They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

First a success, then a bubble: the hype surrounding the ?New Leipzig School? put the city on the map of the art world, but also blinkered its vision.... more more

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To the Big Bang and back

Wednesday 25 April, 2007

This year scientists will attempt to recreate the Big Bang in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the world's biggest particle physics laboratory on the Swiss-French border. Astrophysicist and author Ulrich Woelk takes us on a literary voyage from Stonehenge to the sub-atomic core.
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A lifetime of indignation

Monday 2 April, 2007

Freud once said that "dreams are the guardians of sleep." Andre Glucksmann has spent his life trying to fight them. At almost 70, he's as alert, distrusting and belligerent as ever. David Signer talks with the French philosopher about his new autobiography "Une rage d'enfant," and his life spent trying to find productive expression for his rage.
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Whom to thank?

Wednesday 27 December, 2006

Human reason is weighed down by questions it can neither reject nor answer beyond the shadow of a doubt. The existence of God is one such question, pitting spiritual needs against intellectual honesty. By Ernst Tugendhat
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No feel for the ball

Monday 19 June, 2006

Robots have been playing football in Bremen at RoboCup, the robot football world championships, with 440 teams from 36 countries battling it out on 52 fields. The competition, taking place in Germany for the first time, is meant to spur robotics on to much needed bigger and better things. By Manfred Weise
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Me?

Monday 8 May, 2006

Were it not for Sigmund Freud, the couch would be a normal piece of furniture. But what's normal anyway? 150 years after his birth, the man who discovered the unconscious has been re-discovered, or maybe buried for good. By Daniel Binswanger
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Holiday from the Enlightenment

Monday 27 February, 2006

Religion is en vogue today, while the Enlightenment suffers from a major shortcoming: it has a stock of efficient ideas, but no impressive images. In a word, it is not television-compatible. Yet the enlightened world we live in is one where even those opposed to it would like to live. By Heinz Schlaffer
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Spooky action and beyond

Thursday 16 February, 2006

Viennese physicist Anton Zeilinger thinks about things that are impossible to imagine and so random even God wouldn't understand. His is the world of quantum teleportation. An interview by Mathias Plüss and Regina Hügli (Photo: Jacqueline Godany)
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Hell is a state

Wednesday 28 December, 2005

Father Pedro Barrajon conducts courses in Rome for exorcists in training. Here he talks about the power of the devil, pure spirits and the position of the Pope. An interview with Paul Badde.
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The philosophical Madonna

Wednesday 14 December, 2005

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Hannah Arendt's death, Daniel Cohn-Bendit recalls his relationship with the great philosopher and reflects on her and on his generation.
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Washing Weber's dirty laundry

Monday 14 November, 2005

Joachim Radkau has written a monumental biography of Max Weber, the father of sociology. Relying heavily on private letters, he draws close parallels between Weber's intellectual and erotic life - which was at first unfulfilled and then both uninhibitied and extra-marital. All very interesting, but does it help us understand Weber's work? By Robert Leicht
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Preacher of the profane

Monday 17 October, 2005

The time of the master thinkers is over. Or so they say. Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is a beacon for an entire generation of young intellectuals across Europe. Every epoch gets the fashion philosophy it deserves. By Daniel Binswanger
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In praise of the novel

Tuesday 13 September, 2005

"Humankind will prevail because, in spite of the accidents of history, the novel tells us that art restores the life in us that was disregarded by the haste of history." Carlos Fuentes' opening speech at the Fifth International Literature Festival Berlin pays tribute to Don Quixote and literature as a whole.
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Say it loud – it's Schiller and it's proud

Monday 9 May, 2005

Germany's national poet and dramatist, Friedrich Schiller, died 200 years ago today. Since then he has been adulated by generations of Germans. Both the Nazis and the East German communist regime celebrated him as one of their own. But what relevance does Schiller have today? By George Steiner
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Violence in the Land of Non-violence

Monday 2 May 2005

Indian religion, philosophy and the peaceful revolution of Mahatma Gandhi have defined India's image abroad. The West has trouble making sense of the violence that is manifested in religious and political conflicts and everyday crime in India. But are philosophy and reality really at odds with one another? By Bernard Imhasly
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Islam in its new Habitus

Friday 1 April, 2005

The public face of Islam is changing. A new collection of essays tries to understand how and why. By Moritz Behrendt
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