Global Ethica: Japan, the Jesuits, and One of the Rarest Books in the World

Do you ever dream of finding a forgotten treasure in your attic? Something of the kind happened to me. As I found out together with professor Katja Triplett, one of the volumes in the Ethica section (Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, A: 57.13 Eth.), a Japanese translation of Thomas a Kempis’ „Imitation of Christ“, is among the rarest books in … Continue reading Global Ethica: Japan, the Jesuits, and One of the Rarest Books in the World

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Ethica in Art: Hannes Möller

The German artist Hannes Möller has a passion for books, and he is fascinated by their individual character. Since 2007, his ambitious project on libraries reconstructs lost libraries such as the collection of Eberbach Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery in Southwestern Germany, portrays old books in their fragility and uniqueness, and depicts the burnt books of the Herzogin Anna Amalia … Continue reading Ethica in Art: Hannes Möller

Little Lies: Post-Truth and Ethics

As The Guardian reports, Oxford Dictionaries have named 'post-truth' word of the year. This is in line with the latest discussions on 'post-truth politics', for example in a recent Economist's leaders on The Art of the Lie. What about 'post-truth ethics', then? 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour', thunders the King James Bible in … Continue reading Little Lies: Post-Truth and Ethics