About Duty

An examination

Original Title: Von der Pflicht

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 176 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-31639-7
€ 18.00 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 25.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: March 29, 2021

 

Richard David  Precht - About Duty
 
 
 
 

 

An urgently needed wake-up call from Germany's most famous philosopher

In 2020 and 2021, the time of the Covid 19 pandemic, a remarkable spectacle occurred. While by far the majority of people showed empathy with the weak and particularly vulnerable, a minority turned away from their duty as citizens and rebelled against government measures installed to protect the health of all citizens.

For Richard David Precht, this was an occasion to reflect on what is actually the duty of the welfare and social state to its citizens and what is the duty of its citizens. What do we owe the state and what are the rights of others over us? The question presents a dilemma: On the one hand, we have been conditioned to be selfish consumers; on the other hand, the state needs exactly the opposite to function, namely solidary citizens. With that in mind, couldn't it be helpful to strengthen the citizens' sense of duty in a liberal democracy by introducing two years of compulsory service? One after graduation and one upon retirement, in order to give all citizens the opportunity to experience themselves within their duty to the state and also to others?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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