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“Honest, open dialogue has become precarious,” says the well-known philosopher Barbara Bleisch. After three successful years, the intensive discussions with inspiring personalities on topics that drive society are entering their next edition. Once again, the stage belongs to Barbara Bleisch four times a year. Each time, she meets an inspiring personality of her choice from the worlds of culture, politics, art and science to discuss current affairs. In 90-minute conversations, uncomfortable topics are addressed and questions are brought to a close – fabulously, honestly and without spectacle.

In December 2024 Barbara Bleisch will meet Simonetta Sommaruga.

Barbara Bleisch

Barbara Bleisch, Dr phil., studied philosophy, German and religious studies in Zurich, Basel and Tübingen and completed her doctorate at the Ethics Centre of the University of Zurich. She has hosted the “Sternstunde Philosophie” programme on Swiss radio and television SRF since 2010 and has been a columnist for the “Tages-Anzeiger” newspaper since 2018.

Bleisch is a member of the Ethics Centre at the University of Zurich and teaches ethics in various university further education programmes. She is also a member of the jury for the Tractatus Prize for Philosophical Essay Writing.

Her most recent publications include “Kinder wollen” (Kids Want) together with Andrea Büchler (Hanser), “Warum wir unseren Eltern nichts schulden” (Why we owe our parents nothing, Hanser), “Familiäre Pflichten” (Family obligations, Suhrkamp) and “Ethische Entscheidungsfindung” (Ethical decision-making, Versus).

Book publications

  • Kinder wollen. Über Autonomie und Verantwortung, Munich: Hanser 2020 (together with A. Büchler)
  • Warum wir unseren Eltern nichts schulden, Munich: Hanser 2018.
  • Familiäre Pflichten, Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp 2015 (ed. together with M. Betzler)
  • Ethische Entscheidungsfindung. Ein Handbuch für die Praxis, Zurich: Versus 2014 (together with M. Huppenbauer)
  • Müssen Ethiker moralisch sein? Essays über Philosophie und Lebensführung, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus 2011 (together with M. Huppenbauer)
  • Pflichten auf Distanz. Weltarmut und individuelle Verantwortung, Berlin/New York 2010 (series „Ideen & Argumente“)
  • Weltarmut und Ethik, Paderborn: mentis 2009 (ed. together with P. Schaber)
  • Zu wenig. Dimensionen der Armut, Zurich: Seismo 2007 (ed. together with U. Renz)
  • Pazifismus. Ideengeschichte, Theorie und Praxis, Berne: Haupt 2006 (ed. together with J.-D. Strub)


Supported by:

  • GVB Kulturstiftung
  • Gesellschaft zu Zimmerleuten
  • Gesellschaft zu Schumachern

Book table in collaboration with Münstergass-Buchhandlung Bern


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