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Katharina Bauer
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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    To Be or Not to Be Authentic. In Defence of Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal.Katharina Bauer - 2017 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20 (3):567-580.
    It has recently been pointed out that the cloudiness of the concept of authenticity as well as inflated ideologies of the ‘true self’ provide good reasons to criticize theories and ideals of authenticity. Nevertheless, there are also good reasons to defend an ethical ideal of authenticity, not least because of its critical and oppositional force, which is directed against experiences of self-abandonment and self-alienation. I will argue for an elaborated ethical ideal of authenticity: the ambitious ideal of a continuous self-reflective (...)
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    Cognitive Self‐Enhancement as a Duty to Oneself: A Kantian Perspective.Katharina Bauer - 2018 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 56 (1):36-58.
    Recently some bioethicists and neuroscientists have argued for an imperative of chemical cognitive enhancement. This imperative is usually based on consequentialist grounds. In this paper, the topic of cognitive self-enhancement is discussed from a Kantian point of view in order to shed new light on the controversial debate. With Kant, it is an imperfect duty to oneself to strive for perfecting one’s own natural and moral capacities beyond one’s natural condition, but there is no duty to enhance others. A Kantian (...)
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  3. Practical Necessity and Personality.Katharina Bauer - 2016 - In Jonathan Webber & Alberto Masala (eds.), From Personality to Virtue. Essays in the Philosophy of Character. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 81-105.
    This paper argues that certain expressions of practical necessity – like ‘I have to do this, I do not have a choice’ or ‘Here I stand, I can do no other’ – allow an insight into deep structures of personality and self-understanding. They point at a limit where someone would have to ‘become another person’ (in his own view), if he was forced to an alternative decision, because of neglecting ground-projects and convictions, which are essential for his self-conception. This limit (...)
     
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    Einander zu erkennen geben. Das Selbst zwischen Erkenntnis und Gabe.Katharina Bauer - 2012 - Freiburg / München: Karl Alber Verlag.
    This book deals with theories of the gift, in particular in contemporary French philosophy. The gift can be regarded as a preliminary stage of complex economical procedures. But it can also be understood as a phenomenon that transgresses the structures of economy. In the act of exchanging gifts, the agents symbolize their interpersonal relationship and mutual recognition. It is pointed out that the praxis of the gift can be considered as an essential form of any socio-cultural interaction, as an essential (...)
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  5. Here I Stand. About the Weight of Personal Practical Necessity.Katharina Bauer - 2017 - In Katharina Bauer, Somogy Varga & Corinna Mieth (eds.), Dimensions of Practical Necessity. "Here I Stand. I Can Do No Other.". Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 215-235.
    When we quote Luther’s dictum, “Here I stand. I can do no other,” we refer to the composure of someone who experiences the necessity to follow a particular course of action against all odds. The incapacity of alternative action is not regarded as a deficit; in such cases, it seems to “lend some added weight” to the decision. This paper deals with the question what kind of value is attributed to experiences of practical necessities or incapacities, in particular, if these (...)
     
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  6. Dimensions of Practical Necessity. "Here I Stand I Can Do No Other.".Katharina Bauer, Somogy Varga & Corinna Mieth (eds.) - 2017 - Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
    This collection of essays provides the first systematic investigation of practical necessity and offers novel perspectives on this intriguing phenomenon. While debates on necessity often take place in the realm of metaphysics, there is a form of necessity that is pertinent to practical philosophy. “Here I stand. I can do no other,” a phrase habitually attributed to Luther, is often interpreted as revealing underlying normative reasons that exhibit a special kind of necessitating force, experienced as an inescapable constraint by the (...)
     
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  7. Selbst-Vergessen. Über den Umgang mit demenzbedingten Erfahrungen des Selbstverlusts.Katharina Bauer - 2017 - In Daniela Ringkamp, Sara Strauß & Leonie Süwolto (eds.), ‘Dementia and Subjectivity – Literary and Philosophical Perspectives’. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang. pp. 179-191.
    One of the most threatening effects of dementia is the experience of forgetting or losing one’s self. How can patients and their caregivers cope with this experience? Based on the example of Arno Geiger’s narrative about his father this paper suggests aiming at a joint re-interpretation of the patient’s personality. For this purpose it is essential to respect the patient as a person with practical significance.
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    „Wer Sich Aber Zum Wurm Macht …“ – Würde Als Selbstverpflichtung.Katharina Bauer - 2018 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 66 (5):607-625.
    Kant introduces a duty to oneself to respect oneself and to avoid servility – or not to make oneself a worm. I argue for a wider understanding of this duty: Persons ought to respect their own dignity as persons with autonomy, rationality, and morality, but also as personalities, who embody dignity and live a dignified life. A corresponds to Kant’s concept of duty as the necessity of an action done out of respect for the moral law, B is an obligation (...)
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    Brief aus den Niederlanden.Maren Wehrle & Katharina Bauer - 2021 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 69 (3):452-464.
    In this letter to our German colleagues we describe the situation, mentality, and organization of academic philosophy in the Netherlands in comparison to Germany. We proceed in five acts. In the first act, A wide beach, we set the stage and introduce the two academic landscapes; in the second act, Between controversy and frontal teaching, we compare the Dutch and German academic temper and practices. In the third act, Flat land, flat hierarchies, we parallelize the geography of the Netherlands and (...)
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