Gernot Böhme, Rebecca Böhme

On the Unease of Wealth

Gernot Böhme
Foto: Gernot Böhme
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Gernot Böhme, born in 1937, is a Professor emeritus of Philosophy at the Technical University Darmstadt.

Rebecca Böhme
Foto: Rebecca Böhme
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Rebecca Böhme, born in 1986, is a research fellow at the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linköping University. In 2019, she published her book Human Touch. Warum körperliche Nähe so wichtig ist.

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Can wrong life be lived rightly?


We are living in a state of continuously growing wealth and have been enjoying more than 70 years of democracy and peace. But instead of satisfaction, many experience a feeling of unease. The demands for performance in our workplace take over our leisure time, complaints about insomnia and depression can be heard in all parts of society. How did that happen? Gernot and Rebecca Böhme examine sources of unease in our environment in an interdisciplinary cooperation. There are large-scale changes that should be made, but the individual cannot wait for that to happen.

Together, the philosopher and the neuroscientist present strategies to counteract stress and mental and physical overload. Their critical as well as optimistic essay posits that »wrong life be lived rightly after all«.

Other publications

Ästhetischer Kapitalismus/Aesthetic Capitalism (2016)

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