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in-person Seminar: The Philosophy of Orientation on Leadership

Weekly meetings will begin in October 2022

Content

“Superior orientation skills qualify for leadership,” Werner Stegmaier writes in What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation (p. 242). Outstanding leaders orient themselves more successfully than others under the conditions of uncertainty and time pressure. They are therefore able to take on responsibility for other people. Doing so requires not only “orientation skills”, but also “orientation virtues” such as overview, foresight, insight, precaution, and consideration as well as fundamental “ethical virtues” like open-mindedness, benevolence, tactfulness, cautiousness, politeness, nobility, and goodness. What is leadership in orientation-philosophical terms? How can leaders orient themselves successfully in a complex world that is changing ever-more rapidly? 

In this in-person seminar, we will, in weekly meetings, go through the primary book of the philosophy of orientation, Werner Stegmaier’s What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation, with regard to the question of leadership. Besides closely reading and discussing What is Orientation, the seminar will also include additional texts by different authors that relate to the respective book chapters and the issue of leadership. The seminar is organized by Dr. Reinhard G. Mueller.

The seminar is discussion-based, so participants are expected to read the respective texts before the meetings. The meeting times will be determined in coordination with everyone before the seminar begins. The seminar is free.

Location in Nashville: TBD

Weekly meeting times: TBD

 

Who can attend?

Everyone, no matter what background, is welcome to attend. To apply, please send a short text briefly describing 1. your professional and/or academic background, 2. your philosophical interests, and 3. your motivation for joining the seminar via email to reinhard.mueller@hfpo.com by September 25, 2022.

This seminar will began in September/October 2022.

Virtual Seminar on the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Weekly meetings since April 2022

Content

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is not only one of the most influential thinkers of modern and “postmodern” philosophy, art, and literature, but he is also one of the most crucial forerunners of the philosophy of orientation. Behind his seemingly aggressive doctrines of ‘will to power,’ ‘death of God,’ ‘overman,’ and ‘masters and slaves,’ there appears a refined and nuanced thinker, who carefully composes new forms of philosophical writing in order to grasp and push forward his new, radical, and experimental ways of philosophizing. His critical perspectivism, phenomenalism, and his affirmation of the evolution of thinking has revolutionized and continues to inspire philosophy up to the present day.

In this virtual seminar, we will explore, via the philosophy of orientation, the central concepts of Nietzsche’s philosophizing through close readings of his Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, Genealogy of Morality, and others. The seminar is organized by Dr. Reinhard G. Mueller, whose translation of Werner Stegmaier‘s An Orientation to the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is forthcoming as the first publication on HFPO’s Orientations Press.

The seminar is discussion-based, so participants are expected to read the respective texts before the meetings. The meeting times will be determined in coordination with everyone in order to accommodate participants from different time zones and continents.

The seminar is free.

Who can attend?

Everyone, no matter what background, is welcome to attend. To apply, please send a short text briefly describing 1. your professional and/or academic background, 2. your philosophical interests, and 3. your motivation for joining the seminar via email to reinhard.mueller@hfpo.com.

This seminar began in April 2022, but you can still join the weekly meetings at any time.

Virtual Seminar on What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation

First seminar round: June 2020 – May 2021; second round: March 2021 – March 2022

Content

Especially in times of the current Coronavirus pandemic, the question of how we continually reorient ourselves in everyday life has become most relevant. But what is orientation? How are we capable of going with the changing times? And how can we philosophically grasp these processes of orientation and reorientation?

The Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation offers a virtual seminar about the primary work of the philosophy of orientation, Werner Stegmaier’s What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation. The seminar is organized by the book’s translator, Dr. Reinhard Mueller.

In this seminar, we will philosophically explore the issues of orientation and reorientation not only by going through the book What is Orientation? but also by trying to relate them to today’s everyday life and our fast-changing world. In weekly 2h meetings, the webinars will go through the book chapter by chapter. The seminar is discussion-based, so participants are expected to read the respective chapters before the meetings. The meeting times will be determined in coordination with the participants so that attending from different time zones and continents is no problem.

The seminar is free.

Who can attend?

Everyone, no matter what background, is welcome to attend. To apply, please send a short text briefly describing 1. your professional and/or academic background, 2. your philosophical interests, and 3. your motivation for joining the seminar via email to reinhard.mueller@hfpo.com.

The second seminar round started mid-March 2021; please inquire about participating at a later point: reinhard.mueller@hfpo.com