Schering Stiftung

Panel discussion 

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter

Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter

Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker

Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker

»Together We Are Weak?«

Salon on Collectivity and Public Spirit

»Together We Are Weak?«

Salon on Collectivity and Public Spirit


May 09, 2016, 7:30–9 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57
10117 Berlin

Self-fulfilment is the creed of western societies, public-mindedness is only for social romantics. Has one of the key achievements of the Enlightenment – the autonomy of the subject – turned into its negative? Have we forgotten the value of collectivity? Is it even possible to create community within heterogeneous and pluralistic societies? And if so, how? Maybe in small collectives that combine an individualism beyond egotism and a sense of community beyond homogeneity?

GUESTS: Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter (brain researcher, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main) and Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker (professor of cultural theory, University of Witten/Herdecke)
With singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS: Katja Naie and Rainer Simon

Die Hochzeit des Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
(Performances on May 1, 6, 16, 20, and 28, 2016)


This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

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