About me



Self-Description

I became a philosopher because it is the only field where you find all these wonderful questions: What happens to "me" once I am dead? When am I dead? Am I allowed to lie under certain circumstances? What about permission to act against a legal system, e.g. to break the law in exceptional cases? Do we live in a "socially cold" society? Does the concept of romantic love (still) work? What is beautiful (sad, heroic etc.) music? Do works of art become Art when they are exhibited in museums? Should we really try to do everything to save the life of a child who has cancer? Does God exist? Is there such a thing as a soul? Could it be possible that we simply dream everything? Is it logically possible to be rational and break the rules of logic?

I have been trying to ask and answer some of these challenging, fundamental questions for about 25 years. In the last 15 years, I have dealt with some of them professionally. These questions probe more deeply than is usually assumed by people who think that they are only posed by philosophers for philosophers. It is worthwhile dealing with these questions.

I feel committed to an old tradition within philosophy that combines analytical standards with tasks related to the history of philosophy. My philosophical heroes – to name just three of them – are Aristotle, Hume and Nietzsche.

It is a pity that academic philosophy – especially in Germany – is confined to an ivory tower. Critics might say that this is exactly the right place for it. Looking at how some exporters of my branch behave, I have to agree with these critics. Philosophers who speak on television in a way that implies that you need to have a degree – ideally, of course, in philosophy – to be able to follow elitist babble (masked as "discourse") serve as gravediggers of philosophy. I would like to popularise philosophy in a responsible manner.

For this purpose, it is important to know what philosophy is. It is a living form and not only a (scientific) discipline.

Furthermore, even if all philosophical questions are answered, the questions of the world we live in (the lifeworld) remain (Wittgenstein). Philosophy does not help us to solve the major problems of our ordinary lifeworld.

Well-informed philosophy does not curry favour with science, but needs to think about the relevance of empirical insights. Wherever empirical results are relevant, let us not ignore them. I prefer not to be an armchair philosopher.

Philosophy is not merely a long succession of positions. Philosopher A and Philosopher B are dealing with the same problem and they contradict each other. So at least one of them is wrong. Although the history of Philosophy is an important part of research, it is not synonymous with philosophy. In order to do justice to the great philosophers we have to criticise the "holy books" such as those by Plato, Aristotle or Kant.

This is the only way to achieve progress. Maybe the eternal questions will persist, but progress on philosophy is beyond doubt.

Mediation


What is Mediation?

Mediation is a highly structured process enabling cooperative, extrajudicial conflict management that enables the conflict parties to figure out the sources of the conflict and the underlying different interests. The basic goal of each mediation process is to reach joint binding and sustainable conflict resolution.

About the tasks of mediators
  • He/she is neutral and represents the interests of each conflict party.
  • He/she controls the structure of the mediation process.
  • The mediator has to reflect on the statements made by the parties involved. He/she ensures fair mutual communication.
  • The mediator – in alliance with the conflict parties – gets to the crux of the matter and shows how both parties would benefit from fair, consensual conflict resolution.
Application areas:
Disputes/conflicts in the following fields

  • Family, e.g. generation gaps, separations, divorces, parent-child conflicts
  • Neighbourhood
  • Friendships/personal relationships, e.g. partnership: every relationship has its “toothpaste tube”.
  • Business/workplace
  • Economy: contract negotiations, disputes on work performed
What I can do for you?
  • Family, e.g. generation gaps, separations, divorces, parent-child conflicts
  • Neighbourhood
  • Friendships/personal relationships, e.g. partnership: every relationship has its “toothpaste tube”.
  • Business/workplace

I look forward to your questions.


Dr. phil. Thomas Sukopp

Singing

I have been trained in classical opera singing by several vocal coaches. I try to enhance my voice continuously. Moreover, I sung in the Additional Choir of the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 1998 to 2005. Occasionally, I perform as a vocal soloist at different types of events.

My repertoire varies from classical songs (Lieder) and arias to operettas and chansons from the 1930’s, catchy tunes and timeless classics included.

Make your party special and ask me to sing for you.

Prices on request.

Contact




Anytime:

Email: thomas.sukopp@gmx.de

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