As Robert Spaemann came to philosophy? A description of the way he has given in one of the conversations with the journalist Stephan Sattler, from which Sattler made the book “About God and the world”, which appeared in 2012, to Spaemanns fifty-fifth eightieth birthday. As Martin Mosebach has stressed in its meeting, are to take the two main words in the title phrase quite literally. Similarly, the way: to give a picture of his intellectual development, described Spaemann a way, he was in the forest, encountered, as a child, when the Indians play.

Patrick Bahners

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Naturally, as it foresaw the probably never explicitly formulated rule of the game, he struck through the wood. He ignored the beaten track. Until one day his path crossed once again with one of the existing paths. And the young Robert remained this time, because for him a thought occurred: What would have done a real Indian? The answer seemed obvious: This would have been the scar, the Chance of the bright, straight, Wisely or, perhaps, only by repeated use of the landscaped path, by no means spurned. Which way but the later philosopher a hit after this insight? He went back into the undergrowth. To play “more Indians, I had to stop thinking like a real native American in this Situation would think. The pursuit of authenticity is destroyed. And that remained the theme of my life: the immediacy, and the futile Effort of immediacy and authenticity.“

a Number of is in this narrative of a primal scene is significant. First, the choice of words. Immediacy and authenticity: These terms have for posterity, an existentialist tone. Us, the suspicion is that they raise the Philosophical. And we would have asked to Spaemanns of life, not to other terms, called: the True, of course, and then also the Good?

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About basic moral concepts Spaemann has written a paperback. He has, quite similar to Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, the unspoken conditions of use of our habit to Judge the words used are examined. One of the practical lessons: a warning against Surrogates. Where “good” by another characteristic word determined and then is replaced, it loses the Good quality of a scale that is worn from the outside. Examples of such deceptive, the time, in accordance with published definitions of “good” were “progressive” and “emancipatory”; known to a larger Public Spaemann, who taught in Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Munich, in Association with students and friends from the Collegium philosophicum, Joachim knight in Münster, as Hermann Lübbe, as a critic of the people’s image of the politically failed, but socially influential late sixties.