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27.07.2018 12:13

Building on Hans Küng's Legacy of Basic Trust in Life

Buchvorstellung und Diskussion mit Dr. Jonathan Keir in englischer Sprache



The Weltethos-Institut kindly invites you to the book discussion of "From Global Ethic to World Ethos - Building on Hans Küng's Legacy of Basic Trust in Life" with the Author Dr. Jonathan Keir on Friday, July 27th, 5p.m. Free entrance, notification welcome (tomfeah[at]weltethos-institut.org).

About the Book:

Beyond his widely publicised attempts to reform Vatican politics in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, Swiss theologian Hans Küng (1928-) is best known as the architect of the Declaration Toward a Global ethic (Erklärung zum Weltethos), signed by religious leaders from around the world at the Parliament of World's Religions in Chicago in 1993.

Twenty-five years on from this historic event, Küng's Weltethos project has fallen from the radar of international concern. This book returns to the roots of Küng's vision, to the development of what he calls 'Basic Trust in life' (Lebensvertrauen or Grundvertrauen). 'Without this Basic Trust' Küng boldly claims, 'no one can behave ethically'.

Echoes of this theme are then recovered from the annals of World Literature, with a view to reorienting the conversation around Küng's legacy away from legalistic definitions of a 'Global Ethic' - a list of ethical principles for the entire world - and towards a 'World Ethos' - a spirit of concern for the meaning of one's life as a whole.

About the Author:



Jonathan Keir (1982-) was a Research Fellow at the University of Tübingen's Weltethos-Institut from 2014 to 2017.
The cosmopolitan postdoctoral literature scholar, who came to Tübingen to further his studies on Hans Küng, has since only amplified his ambition for perpetuating intercultural dialogue on Global Ethics both academically and in practice.

Be it as "International Ethics Project Coordinator" of the Karl Schlecht Stiftung or as lecturer at the Weltethos-Institut, Dr. Keir's eloquent, well-informed and multilingual dedication towards a more ethical intercultural exchange will be greatly missed in Tübingen as his journey will soon lead him to Beijing, China. 

There he will undoubtedly continue his passionate endeavour working under Tu Weiming, Chair Professor of Humanities and Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University.

Free Entrance / Notification welcome: tomfeah[at]weltethos-institut.org

Text: Dr. Jonathan Keir/ Anna Tomfeah
Foto: Weltethos-Institut