Tag: Germany

Heidegger and intellectual applicability: the good, the bad and the ugly

© Willy Pragher In opening this longish Insight text, I want to dwell on another text delivered 85 years ago this week by one the greatest minds of the twentieth century.  This was entitled ‘The Self Assertion of the German University’, and was given on the occasion of Martin Heidegger’s appointment as chancellor of Freiburg… Continue reading “Heidegger and intellectual applicability: the good, the bad and the ugly”

The trial against the far right terror group “National Socialist Underground”

It is an outstanding lawsuit in all respects: five presumed members and supporters of the neo-Nazi terrorist group “National Socialist Underground” (NSU) are standing trial at the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) in Munich. This high-profile case is considered to be one of the largest and most important criminal trials in Germany since the country’s reunification.… Continue reading “The trial against the far right terror group “National Socialist Underground””

Protecting Democracy and Countering Far-Right Demagogy

  There is currently much debate in many European countries about the best way to deal with public expressions of ethnonationalism, racism and antisemitism. Only a few years ago, democratic societies would publicly discuss racism, but refuse a platform for racists. However, this has been changing for some time now. In Germany, radical right rhetoric… Continue reading “Protecting Democracy and Countering Far-Right Demagogy”