Our Seminars and Colloquium

Our seminars and colloquium are intended to lead to a deeper understanding of philosophical orientation in today’s complex world as well as prudent practices and virtues in our everyday and professional life, especially in leadership tasks. All our seminars are free of charge and most are virtual.

Who can attend?

Everyone, no matter what background, is welcome to attend. To apply, please fill in the contact forms on the relevant seminar page by briefly describing 1. your professional and/or academic background, 2. your philosophical interests, and 3. your motivation for joining the seminar by the respective deadline. Keep in mind that the seminars may limits the total number of participants.

Ongoing and upcoming

Introduction to the Philosophy of Orientation II

Introduction to the Philosophy of Orientation II

01/19/2024 - 03/08/2024In this introductory seminar, we will read the primary book of the philosophy of orientation, Werner Stegmaier’s Read more
Late Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist

Late Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist

01/17/2024 - 03/13/2024Among Nietzsche’s most aggressive and polemical are his late works, when he was increasingly seeking public attention, such as, "Twilight of the Idols" (1889), with the subtitle "How to Philosophize with a Hammer," and "The Antichrist" (1889), his "Curse Upon Christianity."Read more
Artificial Intelligence and Human Orientation

Artificial Intelligence and Human Orientation

01/15/2024 - 04/22/2024AI is increasingly intertwined with and thus transforms human orientation – raising new philosophical questions concerning artificial intelligence and human orientation.Read more
Virtual Research Colloquium on Philosophical Orientation

Virtual Research Colloquium on Philosophical Orientation

01/01/2023 - 12/31/2025Our research colloquium is designed to provide a collaborative space for researchers with any disciplinary background to present and discuss their research projects engaging with the philosophy of orientation.Read more

Past seminars

Martin Heidegger's Being and Time and the Philosophy of Orientation (part 2)

Martin Heidegger's Being and Time and the Philosophy of Orientation (part 2)

10/23/2023 - 12/18/2023In this seminar, we will track how, in their explorations of everydayness, temporality, and death, Stegmaier’s philosophy of orientation aligns with or departs from Heidegger’s Being and Time.Read more
Orientation for Leadership

Orientation for Leadership

10/18/2023 - 12/20/2023In our everyday and professional lives, people have different orientation abilities. The question of leadership arises when people having to cope with difficult situations are in need of a superior orientation, i.e., leadership.Read more
Introduction to the Philosophy of Orientation I

Introduction to the Philosophy of Orientation I

10/13/2023 - 12/15/2023In this seminar, we will read the first half of the primary book of the philosophy of orientation, Werner Stegmaier’s Read more
Philosophical Critiques of Morality: Nietzsche and Stegmaier

Philosophical Critiques of Morality: Nietzsche and Stegmaier

06/13/2023 - 09/20/2023Morals bind not only our actions, but already our thinking; they are blind spots of our orientation. In this seminar, we explore Nietzsche’s and Stegmaier’s philosophical critiques of morality and compare the two approaches. We will closely read and discuss Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality as well as chapters 14 and 15 from Werner Stegmaier’s Read more
Virtual Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and Human Orientation

Virtual Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and Human Orientation

04/11/2023 - 12/12/2023Artificial Intelligence (AI) increasingly generates output that changes not only how we find our way on the internet and in the world. AI also changes how we relate to each other and how we conceive of ourselves.Read more
Virtual Seminar: Orientation/Disorientation in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Literature

Virtual Seminar: Orientation/Disorientation in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Literature

02/02/2023 - 03/31/2023Many of the basic concepts of our present political, scientific and aesthetic world orientation have their origins in ancient Greek thought. Read more
in-person Seminar: The Philosophy of Orientation on Leadership

in-person Seminar: The Philosophy of Orientation on Leadership

11/30/2022 - 06/30/2023Outstanding 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. Read more
Virtual Seminar: Identity and Orientation

Virtual Seminar: Identity and Orientation

10/26/2022 - 12/30/2022Identity is at the heart of political struggles today: identity politics has become a defining feature of the present culture wars between the liberal left and the conservative right. Read more
Virtual Seminar: Martin heidegger’s Being and Time and the Philosophy of Orientation

Virtual Seminar: Martin heidegger’s Being and Time and the Philosophy of Orientation

10/26/2022 - 12/20/2022Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time (1927) is not only a landmark in the history of philosophy, especially in the so-called “Continental” tradition, but it also prepared the philosophy of orientation in significant aspects. Read more
Virtual Seminar: Chinese Philosophy and the Philosophy of Orientation

Virtual Seminar: Chinese Philosophy and the Philosophy of Orientation

05/24/2022 - 06/28/2023In this seminar we will introduce some of the most influential texts in Chinese thought, namely the Analects of Confucius, the Laozi (Tao-Te-Ching), and the Zhuangzi. We will highlight similarities between the philosophical reflections in these texts and Stegmaier’s philosophy of orientation.Read more
Virtual Seminar on the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Virtual Seminar on the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

04/01/2022 - 12/01/2022Friedrich Nietzsche 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 orientationRead more
Virtual Seminar on What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation

Virtual Seminar on What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation

03/01/2021 - 03/01/2022Especially 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?Read more