What do you mean by philosophical entrepreneurship

We are used to, clear and consistent answers to receive our questions. This is how we are socialized - from early childhood. Conversely, in most social contexts - especially in business - it is unpopular to stick to difficult questions, to ask them again and again, to deepen and reshape them.
But it is precisely this form of thinking - philosophizing - that is more important today than ever. Why?

  • Because we are confronted with big, decisive questions - above all the ecological question.
  • Because the problems to be solved are increasingly complex.
  • Because we need differentiated, holistic, creative and well thought-out solutions for complex questions.

Philosophy makes a difference

What difference could it make if we did Art and practice of philosophizing attach more time, space and meaning again?

  • curiosity: Good philosophizing makes people curious. Talented philosophers encourage us to think deeper, more inspired and differentiated about the world, our togetherness and ourselves.
  • understanding: Good philosophizing trains our mind. We are able to better distinguish between emotion and reason or between feelings and scientific facts.
  • relationship: Good philosophizing leads to better relationships. We learn to exchange our arguments in a cultivated manner, to learn from and with one another and to recognize the quality of the other position.

Today I would like to present to you 7 sources of inspiration that have given me over the past few years

1 Herbert Pietschmann

The Austrian physicist, mathematician and philosopher Prof. Dr. Herbert Pietschmann shows in his books and lectures in an excellent way how our thinking leads to an atomization of society (article as PDF). I recommend this 50-minute lecture to get you in the mood.
Pietschmann's remarks on aporias and contradictions are particularly valuable.

2 Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari is perhaps one of the greatest thinkers of our time. To get in the mood, I recommend some of his lectures, a large number of which are available on YouTube. And of course his books are also highly worth reading to delve deeper into his thoughts on the state and above all on the possible future of the world.
Harari's historical perspective on the world is particularly valuable.

3 Richard David Precht

Richard David Precht is probably by far the best-known philosopher in German-speaking countries. His popularity and the mass suitability of his thoughts (especially on educational issues) have led to the fact that one or the other has already developed a certain Precht fatigue.
Nonetheless, one should be familiar with Precht's remarks on education, digitization, science or the handling of animals. Precht stimulates and sometimes also anger. And that's good!

4 Gary Vaynerchuk

The next representative I would like to recommend to you is not a classic philosopher - but an exceptionally successful internet entrepreneur: Gary Vaynerchuk. His thoughts and wisdom are extremely practical. Gary V is committed to not having read a single book in his life.
Gary V describes his philosophy with "Clouds and Dirt". By this he means that he only focuses on two things in his thoughts and actions:

  • Clouds: Understanding the big picture. What matters. The big picture.
  • Dirt: Knowledge and learning through practical experience and repetition.

It is important here: Gary V leaves out the "Bull ****" in the middle. For him, this is everything that neither inspires (clouds) nor contributes to concrete, practical gain in knowledge (dirt).

5 Rolf Dolbelli

With his books “The Art of Clear Thinking”, “The Art of the Good Life” or “The Art of Clever Action”, the Swiss philosopher Rolf Dolbelli presented bestsellers that you should read.
To get started, I recommend - as practically always - some YouTube videos with lectures or interviews.

6 Philosophical radio

For me personally, the most important source of philosophical thoughts in recent years has probably been the WDR's Philosophical Radio. Here the excellent Jürgen Wiebicke speaks regularly with clever thinkers about various philosophical questions. For many years I have been listening to the shows as podcasts while driving - simply terrific.

7 great hour of philosophy

Last but not least, the equivalent to the Philosophical Radio from Switzerland - namely the program “Sternstunde Philosophie” on Swiss television (SF). This format also impresses with top-class thinkers, diverse topics and questions and, in the truest sense of the word, essential thoughts. Very valuable!

I hope that I have sparked or reignited your curiosity and interest in philosophy. Perhaps you will stand up for the practical Problems and challenges of our time something more philosophical approximate. For me personally, this means, among other things, slower, more substantial, more contradictory, more enlightened, more fact-based, more holistic and more inspired.
I wish you good philosophizing!