Foreign Rights → Title ListLife is Unfair

Rights sold: Italian, Turkish

104 pages
Format 140x220 Klappenbroschur
EUR 18,00

ISBN: 9783701715558
ISBN ebook: 9783701742721

published in September 2010



Thomas Macho

Life is Unfair
Keeping uncalm

Anachronistic subjects revisited

Thomas Macho leads us through a fascinating philosophical discourse on the boundaries of fairness. On one hand it is said that “all humans are equal”, but on the other, “life is unfair”. Illnesses, disabilities, shortened life spans and causes of death constantly challenge the sociopolitical ideal of equality. What use are comp time, governmental child support and pensions, insurances and building loan agreements if some people die as children while others live to be one hundred years – perhaps even wealthy and full of happiness?

The well-known philosopher investigates this and further questions in a world that may be familiar with the term “justice”, but faces a different reality. He questions the solidarity of humans, the base of democracy, and embarks on a search for answers and new paths.

Thomas Macho was born 1952 in Vienna. He studied Philosophy, Music and Pedagogy at the University of Vienna. He has been a professor of Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin since 1993 and became director of the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Sciences at the Humboldt University in 2009. He has published numerous works, most recently “Menschen – Tiere – Maschinen” (humans – animals – machines) (2010).

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