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Panel discussion 

Wolfgang Welsch & Reinhold Leinfelder

Wolfgang Welsch & Reinhold Leinfelder

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Welsch

Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Welsch

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder

“Holocene or Anthropocene?”

On the Significance of Man in Nature

“Holocene or Anthropocene?”

On the Significance of Man in Nature


June 04, 2018, 7:30–9:30 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57
10117 Berlin

Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper Berlin.

Climate change or the disappearance of the ozone hole, species extinction or the return of the wolf – no matter what natural events we are talking about, we quickly see mankind in a direct causal relationship to the event under discussion. It is no accident that geologists have named the most recent era after man: anthropocene. But are we really so important, so central to the biological, geological, and atmospheric changes on this planet? Is our talking about, and acting in, nature perhaps just an expression of the anthropocentrism that has defined Western thought since the Middle Ages? What are the consequences of challenging this anthropocentrism?

GUESTS Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Welsch (anthropologist and cultural philosopher, University of Jena), Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder (paleontologist and geobiologist, FU Berlin)
MODERATORS Sina Dotzert and Rainer Simon


Statt Börsenberichten solle man im Fernsehen lieber „Anthropozän-Zustandsberichte“ senden.

7.6.2018, Adelheid Müller-Lisner, Tagesspiegel


Program of the salon

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Wolfgang Welsch, Prof. Dr. phil., born 1946, studied philosophy, art history, psychology and archeology at Munich and Würzburg universities; Ph. D. 1974, Habilitation 1982, retired since April 2012.



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