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»ZEIT library of values«

We live in a time of polarization and excitement: simple slogans and quick judgments are enjoying increasing popularity; There seems to be neither time nor place for differentiated discourses. It is urgently necessary that we exchange ideas about what matters to us:What are the core values ​​that unite us? What do we need for a good community life? Understanding our values ​​is crucial for the future of our coexistence, and the "ZEIT Library of Values" would like to initiate this dialogue. Smart and visionary books from bestselling authors like Harald Welzer, Carolin Emcke, Roger Willemsen or Remo Largo provide the necessary arguments and ideas for this.

The edition gathers eight important and well-equipped non-fiction books, which address the central values ​​of our society: Questions about democracy, freedom, justice, self-determination, work, tolerance, maturity and attitude are addressed byoutstanding scholars and journalists taken up in an exciting and lively way.

An exclusive contribution by the ZEIT editorial team in the appendix to each volume expands the discussion to include a journalistic perspective. So this edition not only includes some of the most important theses in recent years, but offers additional food for thought and encourages exchange. Exactly the exchange that we urgently need now.

Bestselling authors:
Carefully curated compilation of eight successful non-fiction books whose authors are luminaries in their field
High quality equipment:
Eight hardcovers with dust jacket and ribbon bookmark in a jewelery slipcase for only € 89.95
Special ZEIT extra:
Each volume is supplemented by an exclusive epilogue by the ZEIT editorial team
Important contributions
on highly topical social issues and therefore valuable reading for everyone


MENTALITY - Harald Welzer: »Think for yourself. A Guide to Resistance «
The future used to be a promise that everything would get better. But today it is clear that things cannot go on as before. Harald Welzer analyzes the current situation: expanding consumption is consuming all resources, citizens are politically paralyzed - that has to be changed. The first steps are very simple: we have to take ourselves seriously again, think for ourselves, act ourselves.
304 pages. With an afterword by ZEIT editor Maximilian Probst.
10th place on the SPIEGEL bestseller list (hardcover non-fiction books).
Harald Welzer, born in 1958, is co-founder and director of Futurzwei - Foundation for Future Capability and honorary professor for transformation design at the University of Flensburg. He is director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research (CMR) in Essen and leads sub-projects of the research focus Climate Culture at the Institute for Cultural Studies in Essen.
TOLERANCE - Carolin Emcke: »Against hatred«

Carolin Emcke, one of the most important intellectuals of the present, expresses herself in this committed essay on the major issues of our time: racism, fanaticism, hostility towards democracy. For everyone who is looking for convincing arguments to defend a humanistic attitude and an open society.

176 pages. With an afterword by ZEIT editor Jan Roß.
1st place on the non-fiction leaderboard.

Carolin Emcke, born in 1967, studied philosophy in London, Frankfurt / Main and Harvard. She is a freelance journalist and received, in addition to numerous other awards, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2016.

ATTITUDE - Roger Willemsen: »Who we were. Future Speech "
Roger Willemsen's last book was to be called "Who We Were". It should tell the failings of the present from the perspective of those who will live after us. When he fell ill, he stopped working on this book. But he had already formulated central thoughts for this book in a rousing "future speech". It is not only the melancholy résumé and the sharp analysis of an extraordinary contemporary, but at the same time the passionate plea for a "separation from the pace of time". It is a call to the next generation to disagree.
64 pages. With an afterword by ZEIT author Hilal Sezgin.
Second place on the SPIEGEL bestseller list (hardcover non-fiction books).
Roger Willemsen, 1955 - 2016, studied German, philosophy and art history and was known to a wide audience as the author of numerous books and as a television presenter. He received numerous awards and was one of Germany's best-known and most popular intellectuals.
SELF-DETERMINATION - Remo H. Largo: »The right life. What defines our individuality and how we can live it «
Everyone wants a full life. But as simple as it seems, it is difficult to live in harmony with yourself and others. Mostly it is important to meet externally determined expectations. Remo H. Largo draws the sum of his decades of research and knowledge and shows us which needs and competencies shape our individuality, how we can live our strengths, talents, but also our weaknesses and what constitutes the "right life".
416 pages. With an afterword by ZEIT author Reinhard Kahl.
6th place on the SPIEGEL bestseller list (hardcover non-fiction books).
Remo H. Largo, born in Winterthur in 1943, studied medicine at the University of Zurich and developmental pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1978 to 1987 he headed the “Growth and Development” department at the University Children's Clinic in Zurich.
JUSTICE - Michael J. Sandel: »Morals and Politics. Thoughts on a Just Society "
How can moral aspects influence practical politics? How value-neutral can state, law and statute behave? These questions form the background for Michael J. Sandels clever considerations on social issues - for example on the topics of abortion or stem cell research. Sandel conveys the vision of a just and morally oriented society and develops a civic concept of freedom that enables the individual to contribute his own values.
320 pages. With an interview conducted by ZEIT editor Elisabeth von Thadden.
Michael J. Sandel, born in 1953, is a political philosopher. He studied at Oxford and has taught at Harvard since 1980. His series of lectures on justice made him the world's most popular moral philosopher.
FREEDOM - Carlo Strenger: »The adventure of freedom. A guide to uncertain times "
Carlo Strenger advocates a liberal upbringing that is not judged solely on whether school and training make use of career opportunities and how much they will contribute to economic performance. Conflict and failure are also part of human nature, and we have to learn again that freedom is a lifelong adventure: risky, but at the same time much more interesting than today's mass culture wants us to believe. Freedom upbringing is not a luxury, but a prerequisite for our freedom to withstand the numerous stress tests of the present day.
128 pages. With an afterword by ZEIT editor Jochen Bittner.
12th place on the SPIEGEL bestseller list (paperback non-fiction).
Carlo Strenger, born in Basel in 1958, is Professor of Psychology at Tel Aviv University. He has published numerous books and is a regular contributor to Israel's leading liberal newspaper, Haaretz.
WORK - Lisa Herzog: »The salvation of work. A political appeal "
How will we work in the future? Artificial intelligence and robots are already taking on more and more tasks - what role will humans still have? Can we still exert influence or does the market regulate everything? Work holds societies together, it is something fundamentally human, and the philosopher Lisa Herzog shows how it can become fairer and more democratic in digital times than it ever was - for everyone, not just for the privileged few.
192 pages. With an interview conducted by ZEIT editor Elisabeth von Thadden.
3rd place on the non-fiction leaderboard.
Lisa Herzog, born in 1983, has been Professor of Political Philosophy and Theory at the University of Politics at the Technical University of Munich since 2016. Among other things, she works on economic justice, ethics in organizations and economic democracy.
DEMOCRACY - David van Reybrouck: »Against elections. Why voting is not democratic "
More and more people around the world consider democracy to be the ideal form of government, yet fewer and fewer people vote and the membership of political parties is falling. Why is that? David Van Reybrouck's startling finding: elections are a questionable and no longer up-to-date means for people to identify with democracy. It shows how instead the tried and tested lottery procedure can make our democracy more lively and create real participation.
176 pages. With an afterword by ZEIT editor Jörg Lau.
2nd place on the non-fiction leaderboard.
David Van Reybrouck, born in Bruges in 1971, is a historian, ethnologist, archaeologist and writer. He is the initiator of the G 1000 model, which calls for a greater say for the citizens of Europe.
»ZEIT library of values«
4.9 / 5 from 30 rating (s)

I am excited to be an ideal

I am excited to make an ideal gift for my grown children

Keep it up!

Cover, presentation very good. Reading still follows. After that I will know more about it.

Delivery went well. An evaluation of the book content

Delivery went well. I could only evaluate the contents of the book after extensive reading and working through, and I need time for that.

Everything fits here: the product, that is

Everything fits here: the product, i.e. the design and the external quality of the books, the high-quality content of which I will now enjoy.

Roland Rischawy from Konradsreuth in Bavaria at the top

Thoughts and impulses that can broaden the horizon.

This library gives a lot of food for thought. I am not compliant with many statements here, including on ethical aspects, but of course that is also due to my more economically liberal background. But this series of books certainly has the potential to open new horizons.

Very beautiful and noble collection. One should have.

Very beautiful and noble collection.
One should have.

Reinhard L. On: November 18, 2020