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On 7 October 2023, Israeli sociologist Natan Sznaider woke up in another world. "Horrified" and "despairing" were inadequate words to describe the massacre perpetrated by Hamas.… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Phil.cologne opening event: Israel. A conversation with Navid Kermani and Natan Sznaider

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  • Date: Tue. 11 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: Flora Köln
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We have all experienced it: when the world feels like it’s spinning out of control, this rapidly impacts our sense of personal mental stability as well. Anxiety disorders and depression are on the r… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Thinking versus fear – Thomas Fuchs and Jürgen Wiebicke on ways out of emotional imbalance

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  • Date: Tue. 11 June 2024
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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Israel is at war. The terrorist attack perpetrated by the radical Islamic organisation Hamas is Israel’s greatest catastrophe in recent decades and the tragic climax of the long-running conflict. The w… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Bedrohtes Israel – Avi Primor über ein Land im Ausnahmezustand

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  • Date: Tue. 11 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Stadthalle Köln
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It was the most dramatic year in German literary history: In June 1940, Hitler's Wehrmacht had defeated France, and the Gestapo was searching for Heinrich Mann, Franz Werfel, Hannah Arendt, Lion… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The great escape of the literati – Uwe Wittstock on Marseille in 1940

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  • Date: Tue. 11 June 2024
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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Alexandra Zipperer, who studied art history, fell off the career ladder due to personal circumstances, becoming one of the 14 million poor people in Germany who are dependent on help from churches,… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event At the bottom and the top – on money, power and injustice. With Marlene Engelhorn and Alexandra Zipperer

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  • Date: Wed. 12 June 2024
  • Time: 17:30
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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What is the meaning of life? This question is one of the central conundrums of human existence. Since time immemorial, philosophers and thinkers devoted themselves to the search for meaning. Whether… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The meaning of life. With Elke Heidenreich and Manfred Lütz

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  • Date: Wed. 12 June 2024
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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The rifts running through society are getting deeper and deeper in this time of grave conflict. Groups work themselves into a state moral outrage and hurl accusations at each other. They are… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Morality as a show? Seeking the correct moral posture. With Philipp Hübl and Emilia Roig

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  • Date: Wed. 12 June 2024
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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God is dead! But whose? For some time now, philosophers and thinkers have been eulogising a God of whom we conceive as an omnipotent agent or a sovereign spirit residing in the metaphysical realm. A… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Atheistic faith? Hartmut von Sass and Petra Bahr on faith, hope and action on this side and beyond religion

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  • Date: Wed. 12 June 2024
  • Time: 20:30
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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She is one of the most important thinkers in the world, and in recent years she has gained great renown through her insightful analyses of our relationship models and love in late capitalism… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event On Israel after 7 October 2023. With Eva Illouz

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  • Date: Wed. 12 June 2024
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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    • Englisch

She is a legal psychologist, an expert on queer living and loving and a bestselling author. He is one of the Germany’s most entertaining and enigmatic cabaret artists. Both are united by a f… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Julia Shaw and Florian Schroeder explore evil

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  • Date: Wed. 12 June 2024
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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"Work is not a pony farm", as Andrea Nahles, head of the German Federal Employment Agency, once put it. In other words, the dream of a four-day week with full pay, a compulsory foosball… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event “Politikum” on stage: (Don’t) feel like working? With Tijen Onaran and David Gutensohn

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  • Date: Thu. 13 June 2024
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Kleiner Sendesaal
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How much do we want to defer to vulnerability at the cost of our freedom? This question inevitably arises when we consider the defining debates of our time. Social negotiation processes relating to… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The vulnerable society. How the new vulnerability threatens our freedom. With Frauke Rostalski

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  • Date: Thu. 13 June 2024
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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Anyone who prefers to make decisions out of responsibility and compassion rather than according to laws and strictures, who finds the lives of individuals more interesting than generalised visions… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The humanly possible – Sarah Bakewell on the trail of the humanists

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  • Date: Thu. 13 June 2024
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: Zentralbibliothek Köln
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    • Englisch
    • Deutsch

Shi Heng Yi has been practising Shaolin Kung Fu since he was four years old. He passed his master's examination at the age of 18 and is now the leading master of the Shaolin Temple Europe. His life… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Shaolin. Philosophy of inner strength. With Shi Heng Yi

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  • Date: Thu. 13 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Has the European idea outlived itself? Democratic deficits and manifold crises threaten the European project. In many member states, political actors who no longer (want to) know anything about the… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Tomorrow’s world Visions for a new Europe with Robert Menasse

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  • Date: Thu. 13 June 2024
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Aus organisatorischen Gründen findet die Veranstaltung nicht am 13.6. im Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, sondern am 14.6. in der Kulturkirche statt.

Democracy must be learnt and fought for on an ongoinig basis; simply wanting it is not enough. Born in Kiev in 1987, psychologist Marina Weisband ("Was uns durch die Krise trägt: Ein … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The new school of democracy – with Marina Weisband

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: Kulturkirche Köln
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They have names like Dall•e, Midjourney or Leonardo. Hundreds of AI image generators are now available to create complex visual worlds in a wide variety of styles using simple prompts. What does this m… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Art and art forgery in the age of AI. With Wolfgang Beltracchi

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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On 23 May 2024, the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany will be 75 years old. As the highest instance of the judiciary, the Federal Constitutional Court is responsible for asserting its… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Encyclopaedia on stage. Germany’s Constitutional Court: the bulwark of democracy. With Peter M. Huber and Norbert Lammert

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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If something "has no purpose", it is considered pointless. Just as a person who does not pursue fixed goals is usually judged to be depressed and in need of therapy. Because purposes… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event What for? A philosophy of purposelessness. With Michael Hampe

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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"What should I do?" is one of the four philosophical questions that Kant considered to be the most crucial. As an Enlightenment philosopher, he stood for the idea of cosmopolitanism, global… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event scobel – what should I do?: Kant's universalism in times of crisis. With Markus Gabriel and Karina Theurer

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Altes Pfandhaus
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Are we currently experiencing the greatest civilisation failure in history? Are we ourselves to blame? It is difficult not to succumb to apocalyptic interpretations in the face of the climate crisis.… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Who will change – the climate or us? With Marie-Luise Wolff and Jens Beckert

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Toxic femininity – author Sophia Fritz coined this term to draw attention to a phenomenon that we are only just realising how much it determines the world we live in. While toxic masculinity as a d… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Toxic femininity. With Sophia Fritz and Daniel Schreiber

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  • Date: Fri. 14 June 2024
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Live-Radiosendung auf WDR 5

What can I know? What should I do? What can I hope for? What is a human being? – German public broadcaster WDR 5 drills down deep on these existential questions on this year's Philosophy Day by h… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event WDR 5 philosophy special. Contagious thinking. Kant asks – we answer. With Claudia Blöser, John von Düffel, Wolfram Eilenberger, Svenja Flaßpöhler, Lisz Hirn, Eva von Redecker, Hanno Sauer, Gert Scobel and Jean-Pierre Wils

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  • Date: Sat. 15 June 2024
  • Time: 10:00
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If there is one thing that unites people, it is the longing for happiness. Even if we don't seem to be particularly successful, we're not giving up. All over the world, people are trying out… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Japanese Happiness. Guided tour through the exhibition. With Curator Philipp Teufel

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  • Date: Sat. 15 June 2024
  • Time: 15:00
  • Location: Japanisches Kulturinstitut
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In English.

China is Germany's most important trading partner. Yet despite this economic interdependence, the country is often viewed critically. One thing is certain: the West's relationship with China will… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event China and the West. A system comparison with Yuen Yuen Ang and Daniel Leese

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  • Date: Sat. 15 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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    • Englisch

According to an old fable, a king commands that blind people be led to an elephant, and they must describe the beast. As each one perceives a different part of the animal, the descriptions differ… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The elephant and the blind – on the way to a culture of consciousness. With Thomas Metzinger

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  • Date: Sat. 15 June 2024
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Meta, Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon: our digital present is largely determined by a handful of huge tech companies. Media scholar Martin Andree is convinced that these digital monopolists are… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Big tech – a threat to democracy and the economy? With Martin Andree

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  • Date: Sat. 15 June 2024
  • Time: 20:30
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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Thinking critically, questioning the system, disrupting delusions, even leading the revolution: no other philosophical tradition has influenced the Federal Republic of Germany more profoundly than… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Riot, cacophony, ... Frankfurt School? With Eva von Redecker and Philipp Felsch

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  • Date: Sat. 15 June 2024
  • Time: 21:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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Two of the most attentive observers of our society: Sociologist Steffen Mau has brought new arguments to an old debate with his study Triggerpunkte. Whether social inequality, migration, diversity… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Triggered – how divided is our society? With Hartmut Rosa and Steffen Mau

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  • Date: Sun. 16 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Few living philosophers or movements can claim to have left their mark on an entire school of thought. The New Realism is one such school of thought. And one of its leading lights is Markus Gabriel,… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event What is reality? With Markus Gabriel

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  • Date: Sun. 16 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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Christoph Peters has long been regarded as one of the country's most Japanophile authors. Several of his novels are set in Japan, he is trained in the traditional tea ceremony and collects Japanese… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Days in Tokyo. The fascination of Japan. With Christoph Peters

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  • Date: Sun. 16 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann asserts her political convictions with unabashed forthrightness. As Chairwoman of the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag, she is calling for a rethink of security… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Defending freedom?! Florian Schroeder meets Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann

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  • Date: Sun. 16 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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One popular method of dealing with death is simply not to talk about it. But that doesn't help: for the time being, death remains the end of life for every human being. The only variables are the… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Surviving death: on dealing with the incomprehensible With Wilhelm Schmid

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  • Date: Sun. 16 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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O. Boehm will speak English, D. Kehlmann and W. Eilenberger German.

How can a philosopher born in 1724 have such a defining impact on our thinking today? 300 years after his birth in Königsberg (today Kaliningrad), writer Daniel Kehlmann (most recently … This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event "The starry sky above me" Omri Boehm, Daniel Kehlmann and Immanuel Kant

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  • Date: Sun. 16 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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For years, director and writer Doris Dörrie (most recent book: Die Reisgöttin – und andere Mitbringsel) has felt a deep connection to Japan. And not just on a personal level, but artistically as wel… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Cherry blossoms and demons. Travelling and filming with Doris Dörrie in Japan.

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  • Date: Mon. 17 June 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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Rarely has tomorrow been as uncertain as it is today: War, climate, polycrises. Hardly anyone is optimistic. "Humans are the beings who have the ability to imagine the future in such detail that… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event What if things turn out OK? Designing the future. With Florence Gaub and Harald Welzer

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  • Date: Mon. 17 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: BALLONI Hallen
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"Happiness is like a butterfly," a Zen master once said. "Chase after it and it will elude you. Sit and it will alight upon your shoulder." Asked by the disciple what he could do… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event To hell with happiness. On illusions and Anders real life. A meditative experiment with Paul J. Kohtes, Sann Liedtke and Andreas Prescher

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  • Date: Mon. 17 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Japanisches Kulturinstitut
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Christian theology lists seven cardinal sins that can lead the human soul into perdition. They symbolise temptations to which all people are fundamentally subject: greed, envy, lust, wrath, pride,… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Be greedy, lustful, arrogant ... How old deadly sins became new virtues. Philosophical Radio live with Gunter Gebauer

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  • Date: Mon. 17 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: WDR Funkhaus, Kleiner Sendesaal
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The world is in the throes of transition from a world order dominated by the USA to a multipolar world order with China and India as the new centres of power. The creeping end of the Pax Americana… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event The century of tolerance. A plea for a value-led foreign policy. With Richard David Precht

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  • Date: Mon. 17 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Flora Köln
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In English.

Humans are rational beings. But what exactly is reason? What insights does it enable? And what are its greatest weaknesses? These questions lie at the heart of Immanuel Kant's philosophy. Lea Ypi, a… This text was shortened for this overview. Follow the more-link to read the full text.

More information about the event Reason needs courage! What Kant can teach us about ourselves. With Lea Ypi

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  • Date: Tue. 18 June 2024
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 2
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    • Englisch
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