Humans have passions. As for me, I have a penchant for the lifeworld, the realm of our daily routines. For it offers us a view on people more or less absorbed in practices, at home in what they do. The charming impression of the lifeworld moment is the beauty of what is natural to us.
Doing philosophy is another passion of mine.
Philosophers reach out to others in various ways. A philosopher is in dialogue with students, publishes written down thoughts, and gives talks in the academic arena. Philosophy, though, can come alive in a variety of other ways. One of them is public philosophy.
Public philosophy is a kind of philosophy that needs to be developed as an idea and implemented as a kind of philosophical practice. It is far from clear what public philosophy is or could be. I therefore work on finding out what it is at least for me. At this point, I have come to the conclusion that once there is a theoretical framework, there is nothing against the idea to become practical in a very concrete sense.
From this point of view, philosophy is real when it translates itself into societal practices. It is not important that such practices are understood or recognized as philosophical. More important is that there are philosophers who have projects, pursuing the goal of contributing to our societies.
One example for such an approach is the denkwerkstatt grenzenlos, a non-profit organization based in Berlin, Germany. I have founded this entrepreneurial company in order to expand the idea of public philosophy into something that contributes to make the world the subject of discussion from a practical point of view.
There are, of course, other ways to become practical.
Among the philosophical practices, the simple idea of giving things a language has always appealed to me. This practice is neither exclusive to philosophers nor all we can say on philosophy. And yet I believe that philosophy has much to do with giving things a language, i.e., finding words proper to their subject.
Language, however, is not bound to letters.
Take, for example, visual language, the language of a picture we see. There is no visual philosophy around, but if we reflect on one of its possible meanings, it might stand for the idea that catching a lifeworld moment means doing visual philosophy: finding language for a particular moment in order to let it grow into its own visual space.
Whereas visual philosophy might be a term too provoking, speaking in terms of lebensweltfoto and lebensweltfilm is speaking out my idea. These are no genres which you have missed so far in your life. They simply represent another passion and thus the variety in my life.