Essays on Orientation Skills in Everyday and Professional Life

Orientation, considered as finding one’s ways successfully in new situations, isn’t simply a matter of theoretical knowledge. It’s also an achievement and a competence involving manifold orientation skills and orientation virtues that differ depending on the field of action we’re in. Such orientation skills, demanded especially from successful professionals such as entrepreneurs, businesspeople, politicians, lawyers, athletes, marketers, scientists, artists, or poker players, have hardly become an object of philosophical research. Through the lens of the philosophy of orientation, this essay series investigates these orientation skills that are vital for people to successfully find their ways in today’s complex and ever-changing world.

Agonistic Orientations: Sequences of Competing Essays

Editors: Werner Stegmaier, Enrico Müller, and Reinhard G. Mueller

Ever since the ancient Greeks established the culture of competition (“agon”) not only in war and sports, but also introduced it into politics, philosophy, rhetoric, the arts, architecture, and large parts of everyday life, this culture has, up to the present day, permeated various aspects of our current world, influencing some orientation worlds more, others less. Each sequence of essays is organized around a certain theme and different authors compose essays from different points of view. These essays respond to each other and are themselves in philosophical competition. The first theme in this genre is the philosophical significance of “agonism” itself.

Essays Concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic

We are exploring the various disorientations and reorientations taking place in connection with the Coronavirus pandemic. The essays span from investigating the societal and political shifts to an “emergency mode” and “moral orientation“ to the question of how we can “rise” in this crisis. This essays series is edited by Werner Stegmaier and Reinhard G. Mueller.

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On this topic, see also the video podcast with Mike Hodges, in discussion with host Reinhard G. Mueller here.

English Articles by Werner Stegmaier

Only some texts of Werner Stegmaier’s large oeuvre are available in English. Besides the book What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation, these are translations of texts that appeared in the past twenty years, most of them dealing with Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy. Here, you can find all of his texts currently accessible in English. This collection of translations is edited by Reinhard G. Mueller.

3 Guides to the Philosophy of Orientation

To provide a quick overview of the philosophy of orientation, we have prepared three guides to the philosophy of orientation. You can download the PDF of these these three e-books here.

A. Successful Modes of Orientation: 15 Conclusions from the Philosophy of Orientation for Your Everyday Life

B. Fearless Findings: 25 Footholds for the Philosophy of Orientation

C. Courageous Beginnings: 25 Situations of New Orientations in the History of Philosophy