Weimar thinks is a philosophical festival of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar , which has been held biennially in summer since 2009 . Institutionally, it is considered to be the Nietzsche Kolleg's contribution to the Klassik Stiftung's extensive program of events as part of Goethe's birthday on August 28th. In terms of style and orientation, Weimar thinks of the former salon culture ("The salon served the free exchange of ideas, regardless of class and gender barriers, and promoted enlightenment."):
- To continue and establish "Weimar thinks" is a necessary decision in view of the omnipresent lack of intellectual demand in order not to lose touch with the essential. With lectures, keynote speeches and open discussion groups, the attempt should be made to soften paternalistic or hierarchical structures and to turn to philosophizing again, far from credit points and academic restrictions.
- A principle that »Weimar thinks« should carry on from now on and represents a constant process is equally to take away the inherent fear of not understanding from any anti-intellectualism, to encourage questioning and finally to encourage independent reading, research and reflection.
In order for this to succeed, the elitist gesture of high culture in particular should be broken. Related phenomena such as “icon maniaque” or the practice of pure musealization of works of art should be critically opposed. A claim that piquely collides with its own institutional affiliation and underlines the controversial position of the Nietzsche Kolleg within the Klassik Stiftung .
Basically, Weimar is thinking of the problem “whether philosophy has forgotten people in abstract discourses and on winding paths or it was the person himself who forgot how to marvel, question and discover.” The peculiarity of the festival is reflective discussion own forms and contents, which are perceived as something process-like and should be continuously developed. Both the venues and the type of contributions are considered to be rather unusual. While in the first edition of Weimar thinks the form of presentation set the tone, Weimar thinks II placed more emphasis on a common culture of discussion. The form of joint thinking and communication between the Fellows of the Nietzsche Kolleg (philosophers, cultural scientists and artists) and the attending guests is to be ensured in the future by the fact that the Fellows only present their self-chosen topics in a 10 to 15-minute keynote speech and then rather take on a moderation role. The approximately one-hour contributions take place in non-academic locations, scattered around downtown Weimar : in cafés, restaurants, galleries, in the cinema or underground in the park cave. The attempt is made to dispense with lecterns and single-track sender-receiver speeches and instead create a casual atmosphere at eye level by reducing the language to a necessary minimum of scientific vocabulary:
- The Philosophical Festival Weimar thinks takes science in general and philosophy in particular into the obligation to break out of inner circles and instead to influence society. The Fellows […], even traveling in the border areas of the individual cultural sciences, could act as messengers between science and the bourgeoisie. In order to say goodbye to academic clauses and personal vanities, the form of an open discussion is necessary. […] Linking Schiller and Adorno to a certain extent and uniting humanistic educational ideals with critical emancipation ability, Weimar thinks is supposed to embody the idea of a philosophical-aesthetic education to come of age.
- Literary Salon
- B.-Christoph Streckhardt: Weimar thinks, Perikles and ways out of the thicket of sausage. In: Ders .: The curiosity of the happy. Verlag der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 2012. pp. 152f.
- Cf. ( alia): Regina Mönch: Portrait Feuilleton . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of May 24, 2004; Wolfgang Hirsch: Nietzsche College as a Weimar think tank . In: Thüringer Landeszeitung of January 13, 2012: http://www.tlz.de/web/zgt/suche/detail/-/specific/Nietzsche-Kolleg-als-Weimarer-Denkfabrik-500031122
- B.-Christoph Streckhardt: Weimar thinks, Perikles and ways out of the thicket of sausage. In: Ders .: The curiosity of the happy. Publishing house of the Bauhaus University Weimar, 2012. pp. 151 and 154.