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Even at the age of 12, Rene was aware of the rise of fascism when growing up in Berlin, and had parents who were both politically involved in fighting the Nazis – both became refugees. We follow Rene’s life, first as a child, growing up in pre-Nazi Germany, then her emigration from Germany via Denmark to Britain in 1933, when she arrived in Harwich from Esbjerg. Rene acquired an international outlook during childhood from those who surrounded her in Berlin.
In the U.K. Rene became Rita Hinden’s secretary at the Fabian Colonial Bureau, a job which turned her into a ‘citizen of the world’. She met people from West to East, with Trinidad at one end to Malaysia at the other. Many became good friends, and with some a life-long closer contact developed. Later she laughed when at her home in Kings Gardens it was suddenly discovered that two Senators were sharing their meal with her, Muriel Green from Trinidad and Manae Kubota from Japan. Both had been mature students at Hillcroft College in Surbiton, where Rene taught for ten years.
“Those who are familiar with Socratic Dialogue and those who have only recently discovered it as an approach to doing philosophy alike will find Enquiring Minds an informative text” — Analytical Teaching
This volume presents the proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Socratic Dialogue held in Loccum, Germany, in 2000, convened by the Philosophical-Political Academy (PPA, Germany), the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy (SFCP, UK), and the Dutch Network of Socratic Facilitators. The proceedings focus on what Socratic Dialogue can contribute to ethical question in different social fields. They range from philosophising with children to management consultancy and refer to projects and experiences with SD in different countries demonstrating how to conduct ethical discourse on a global level.
The twelfth volume of the “Series on Socratic Philosophizing” reflects the international discussion on Socratic philosophizing within a global perspective. This volume throws on the challenges Socratic Dialogue and other forms of dialogue face in different political systems and cultures. The following sub-topics are discussed: the development of the theory and the practice of Socratic Dialogue, examples of dialogues practised in different political systems, and the role of dialogue in mutual understanding within and between different cultures and in the polictial and economic sector.
What is the role of civil society in a modern democracy? How can we build a common identity in today’s fragmented societies? What can be done to counteract the growing disillusionment with representative forms of government and diminishing participation in formal political systems? How might dialogue be used as a tool to foster understanding both within and between nations and cultures?
This volume attempts to think through some of the difficult and urgent issues facing civil society today, and considers the potential role of dialogue, especially modern Socratic Dialogue, in helping to answer some of the most pressing ethical questions and issues facing civil society.
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The SFCP previously published Hijatus by Nermina Kurspahic. Nermina Kurspahic lives and works in an apartment in the heart of Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia- Herzegovina. Her essays concern the phenomenon of illness, the army as an institution and war games, about the place of women in a male world, the Balkan policy of half life and cover a multitude of themes. Hijatus or Hiatus in the title refers to the frustrating way speech can desert us, at the moment we most need it to protest, when faced with war and terrible cruelty. This has a particular resonance in her case as soon after writing these essays war broke out in the Balkans confirming in the most horrific way many of her predictions.
The article is dedicated to Leonard Nelson’s book on philosophical fallacies. The book itself was published by Springer with the financial aid of the SFCP.
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