Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
The Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche regularly nominates scholars of various national, theoretical and philosophical backgrounds to Weimar as “Distinguished Fellows”. These internationally acclaimed scholars possess an outstanding philosophical, academic or literary reputation. The goal of the “Distinguished Fellowship” programme is to present current political, cultural and academic debates to the public.
„My task, preparing for humanity’s moment of highest self-examination, a Great Noon ... in which it will turn its gaze backwards and forwards, when it will escape from the domination of chance and priests and, for the first time, pose the question ‘why?’, the question ‘what for?’ as a whole.“
Friedrich Nietzsche (Ecce Homo: Dawn of Day, 2)
As part of an extended lecture series, the Distinguished Fellows reflect on the possibility, the necessity and occasionally the impossibility of thinking about the world. They offer unconventional approaches and ponder the “why?“ and the “what for?” – not only for Western culture.
We are pleased to welcome the renowned social psychologist and humanities scholar ProfessorHarald Welzer as our Distinguished Fellow in 2019. He will hold public lectures on the topic “Building the Civilisational Project. The Continuation of Modernism” from 8 to 14 July.
The following is a list of the Distinguished Fellows nominated by the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche since its establishment in 1999.
2000: “Nietzsche and the Philosophy of the Future”
Winter 2000/2001: “On Historical and Prophetic Anthropology”
2001: “The Politics of Fantasy”
Winter 2001/2002: “The Theory of Modernity”
2002: “Ideas on an Anthropology”
Winter 2002/2003: “War and What is Reality?”
2003: “The Event”
Winter 2003/2004: “Thought and Selfhood. Fundamental Philosophical Questions in Modern Consciousness”
2004: “Reconciliation and Power: Word, Music, Love”
2005: “Democracy in the Age of Empire”
2006: “The Monotheism of Modernism”
2007: “Freedom and Responsibility”
2008: “Signatura rerum. The Signature and the Theory of Signs”
2009: “The Crisis of the Political and the Alliteration of the World”
2010: “Four Major Lectures on Nietzsche”
Hans Heinz Holz
2010: “Speculative Thinking, Its Basis and Methodology”
Winter 2010/2011: “On the West-Eastern Philosophical Debate”
2011: “Human and World – Outside the Anthropic Ways of Thinking of Modernism”
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Winter 2012/2013: “Risky Thinking. Proposals on a Genealogy of Western Intellectualism”
2013: “Memory and Personal Identity”
2014: “Nietzsche and Marx: Atheism, Materialism, History and Tragedy”
2015: “The Idea of Socialism. An Attempt at an Update”
2016: “Friedrich Nietzsche on Truth and Human Action”
2017: “Constitution, Democracy and Integration Between the Nation State and Globalisation”
2018: “Religion and Empire – A History of Entanglement in the 20th Century”
Nominated by the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche as the Distinguished Fellow of 2019, Harald Welzer will continue the series this July with lectures on “Building the Civilisational Project. The Continuation of Modernism" .