Rainer Mausfeld

  • Renew democracy!
  • How does democracy work in the 21st century?
  • Lecture

Democracy thrives on debate.

Democracy means: peacefully settling differences of interest in a public debating space in order to find common social action.

But: How can we recognize our own cognitive and emotional limitations and prejudices? Why do we react so aggressively when our most natural prejudices are challenged? We are so conditioned that we tend to think of our habits as beliefs. Our mind produces “opinions” instinctively, as it were. In a sense, ideologies are the collective prejudices that make the status quo seem self-evident.

How can one now objectify one’s own interests? How do we gain a common communication basis for a democratic discussion based on arguments?

Prof. Rainer Mausfeld (among others, in 2019 at the DAI with “Warum schweigen die Lämmer?”) will talk about democracy, ideologies and ways of thinking.


In addition, a symposium entitled “Renewing Democracies – Direct Conversation with Rainer Mausfeld” will take place the following day (Saturday, 25 January) from 11:00 – 16:00. The participants* will have the opportunity to engage in an intensive exchange with Rainer Mausfeld and to discuss various aspects in greater depth.

The number of participants* is limited.

Lecture and symposium are to be held individually or as part of a Combined tickets bookable.
Please note the different price models.

Ticket Prices (plus fees)

Regular price 15 €
Reduced price 12 €
Member price 10 €

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