Since October 2020, I have been a participant in an interdisciplinary dialogue on the authenticity and inauthenticity of artifacts, initiated by Amrei Bahr and Gerrit Fröhlich (Link: https://authenticartifacts.wordpress.com ).
After having dealt with the originality of artifacts in my dissertation with Reinold Schmücker at the Department of Philosophy of the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster from 2014 to 2019, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to bring the results of my research into an interdisciplinary exchange here. The thesis I am putting forward for discussion in this context: the classical requirement for authentic masterpieces, namely that they must be handmade, is not a good criterion for the status of an original for several reasons. Together with the literary scholar Joana van de Löcht, I am writing a text on autographic authenticity.
A theory of spirituality
Having dealt long and intensively with spiritualized violence as a theologian, I am interested as a philosopher in what spirituality actually is. This question is not only unresolved, but seems to be increasingly difficult to answer since the term has experienced an enormous renaissance, transformation and expansion from about the middle of the 20th century. The starting and pivotal point of almost all works in the philosophy of religion on the subject has so far been the question of the difference between religiosity and spirituality, which at one time appear as synonymous and at another time as antagonists, and whose exact relationship to each other must remain unclear as long as the meaning of both terms is not precisely defined. My attempt to sketch a theory of spirituality thus begins with a conceptual explication. My initial thesis: spirituality is sense-making, and as such not necessarily religious, but a necessary part of human agency in the world. With a one-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, I am beginning to work intensively on this project this year, in order to sketch out the basic outlines of a theory of spirituality that does justice to the phenomenon in its religious as well as in its non-religious forms.