Karl-Martin Dietz

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Karl-Martin Dietz (* 1945 in Heidelberg ) is a German classical philologist , social philosopher and cultural scientist . He gained fame primarily through the development of the concept of dialogical leadership .


Karl-Martin Dietz studied classical philology, German literature , philosophy and economics at the University of Heidelberg , the University of Tübingen and in Rome . In 1976 he received his doctorate with a thesis on pre-Socratic philosophy. From 1974 to 1980 he taught at the Department of Classical Philology at Heidelberg University. From 2003 to 2010 he held a lectureship at the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on the subject of dialogic leadership . In 1978 he founded the Friedrich von Hardenberg Institute for Cultural Studies together with Thomas Kracht , in the context of which he has been active ever since.

In addition to his work on corporate management and corporate culture, Dietz mainly publishes on ancient philosophy and philology, on intellectual and contemporary topics, on school management, especially in self-managed Waldorf schools , and on anthroposophy.


As an author:

  • Protagoras of Abdera. Research into his thinking. R. Habelt, Bonn 1976.
  • The search for reality. History of Consciousness at the End of the 20th Century. Free Spiritual Life, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-7725-0510-4 .
  • Dialog. The art of collaboration. Menon, Heidelberg 1998; 4th edition 2014, ISBN 978-3-921132-13-5 .
  • The hearts start to have thoughts. Free Spiritual Life, Stuttgart 1998; 2nd, amended and expanded edition: When hearts begin to have thoughts. 2005, ISBN 3-7725-1969-5 .
  • Parents and teachers at the Waldorf School. Basics of a dialogical cooperation. Menon, Heidelberg 2002; 2nd, revised and greatly expanded edition 2007, ISBN 978-3-921132-23-4 .
  • with Thomas Kracht : Dialogical leadership. Basics - practice, case study dm-drogerie markt. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2002; 3rd edition 2011, ISBN 978-3-593-37170-2 .
  • Education in freedom. Menon, Heidelberg 2003, ISBN 3-921132-25-8 .
  • Productive discomfort. Menon, Heidelberg 2003, ISBN 3-921132-24-X .
  • Metamorphoses of the Mind. Free Spiritual Life, Stuttgart 2004, Volume 1: Prometheus the thought leader: From divine to human knowledge. Volume 2: Plato and Aristotle. The awakening of European thought. Volume 3: Heraclitus of Ephesus and the development of individuality. Free Spiritual Life, Stuttgart, 2004, ISBN 3-7725-1300-X .
  • Think and act healthily. On the spiritual dimension of salutogenesis. Menon, Heidelberg 2004, ISBN 3-921132-33-9 .
  • Dialogic school management at Waldorf schools, spiritual individualism as a social principle. Menon, Heidelberg 2006, ISBN 3-921132-40-1 .
  • Productivity and receptivity. The disregarded working principle of the spiritual life. Menon, Heidelberg 2008, ISBN 978-3-921132-42-5 .
  • Everyone is an entrepreneur: the basics of a dialogical culture. KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe 2008, ISBN 978-3-86644-264-1 ( PDF ).
  • Leadership: what comes after? Prospects for a re-evaluation of work and education. KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe 2011 ( PDF ).
  • Independent in the sense of the whole. To the intention of a dialogic corporate culture. Menon, Heidelberg 2013; 3rd, revised edition 2014, ISBN 978-3-921132-50-0 .
  • How people get free. To understand adolescence. Menon, Heidelberg 2015. ISBN 978-3-921132-52-4 .

As editor:

  • Rudolf Steiner's "Philosophy of Freedom". A human knowledge of the higher self. Free Spiritual Life, Stuttgart 1994, ISBN 3-7725-1164-3 .
  • Life in dialogue. Perspectives of a new culture. Menon, Heidelberg 2004; 2nd edition 2010, ISBN 978-3-921132-29-6 .
  • Understand esotericism. Anthroposophical and academic esoteric research (= contributions to the history of consciousness. Volume 18). Edition Hardenberg, Verlag Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-7725-1718-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. hardenberginstitut.de