Published: Friday, 01/16/2015

The power of vulnerability

Die Kraft der Verwundbarkeit (The power of vulnerability): speech of Prof. Clemens Sedmak at IFOTES congress in Gothenburg (SE) - 11 July 2013

Vulnerability is a key element of the human condition but it is unequally distributed. Different people can protect themselves differently against risks. After clarifying the concept of vulnerability and looking into the role of vulnerability for theories of justice the talk focuses on the transformative power of vulnerability: How can we cope with our own vulnerability and the vulnerability of others in order to transform society? How can deep transformation happen on the basis of a genuine recognition of vulnerability? Thus, the talk would like to show the cultural, social and political importance of people with special vulnerabilities.