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Wilhelm Schmid

On the Power of Touch

(German title: Von der Kraft der Berührung)
ca. 101 pages
Clothbound
2019
Wilhelm Schmid
Foto: Wilhelm Schmid
© Jürgen Bauer

Wilhelm Schmid, free philosopher, born in 1953, lives in Berlin and teaches Philosophy at the University of Erfurt and as visiting Professor at the State University of Tiflis/Georgia.

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Gaining more equanimity through touch

The new book by the bestselling author of What We Gain as We Grow Older. On Gelassenheit (more than 500.000 copies sold) and Happiness (more than 200.000 copies sold)

An inspiration on how life can be given more meaning through touch

Wilhelm Schmid puts all levels of touch into focus: sensual, emotional, mental and transcendent.

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We see, we hear, we smell, we taste. But what about the sense of touch? Yes, touch can be quite nice. It offers stimulation, encouragement, reassurance, connection with others. It strengthens the physical and social immune system. But the great longing for being touched that many people feel is thwarted by an equally great shyness, by reservations of various kinds. The Me too-debate has created awareness for the occurrences of touch that is undesired and violent, but it would be a great pity to become suspicious of every kind of touch as a response to that. Many of us only know touch from a touchscreen anyway. Wilhelm Schmid makes suggestions as to how a new sensuality can be discovered with analogous touch beyond digital devices. And he demonstrates that the phenomenon of touch far exceeds the physical plane.

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Selbstfreundschaft/Self-Acceptance (2018)

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Sexout/Sexout (2015)

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Gelassenheit/What We Gain as We Grow Older (2014)

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Liebe/Love (2011)

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Schönes Leben?/Beautiful Life? (2005)

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Mit sich selbst befreundet sein/To Be Friends With Ourselves (2004)

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Philosophie der Lebenskunst/Philosophie der Lebenskunst (1998)

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