This is the tenth installment of my series Philosophical Chats. In this episode, I have a conversation with Tom Poljanšek who is currently working as a postdoc at the University of Göttingen.
Our conversation is inspired by his recent book Realität und Wirklichkeit: Zur Ontologie geteilter Welten and zooms in on topics such as the relation between reality and appearance, relativism, bureaucracy, norms, Musil’s Man without Qualities, and empathy as well as Tom’s approach to writing this book. Here is a rough overview:
Tom’s book 01:20
Rules – from semantics to politics 22:00
Implicit rules and trust 28:26
Empathy – and how it figures in sharing experience 40:40
How to read work by students and others openly 51:50
On mapping philosophy and being part of the map 55:40
Philosophy as orientation 01:11:00
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