VALUES – From Plato to pop – everything that connects us (WERTE – Von Plato bis Pop – Alles was uns verbindet) | Peter Prange

What makes us Europeans different from the rest of mankind?

What values do we have? How did they develop and what effect do they have today? What we are and what we believe in, we can find out through the Western history of ideas: from Plato and Tolstoy, from Rousseau and Casanova, from Goethe and the Beatles. The values they give to us form us up to this day. Peter Prange has collected them in his book: A handbook and textbook awakening our values to new life.

Everybody is searching for values – but they are all here! In twenty fascinating voyages of discovery, Peter Prange leads us through the cosmos of values within the European history of ideas – through epochs and nations, through mythology and theology, folklore and pop culture. We find out what lessons we can learn from the writings of Ovid, Ibsen and John Lennon about love, what Dante, Pascal and Einstein had to say about reason and religion, how Augustinus, Caldéron and Stephen Hawking interpret the relationship between beauty and truth. Because whatever we feel and think, whatever we hope and do – everywhere the European mind has already been working.


It might well be as the German writer Peter Prange has written it in his book Werte. Von Plato bis Pop' / ‘Values. From Plato to Pop. I quote him: “Everything that we Europeans have ever managed to do, we can thank our inner contradictory nature, our everlasting conflict within ourselves, the never-ending back and forth of opinion and opposite opinion, of idea and opposite idea, of thesis and antithesis.
B Chancellor Angela Merkel, inaugural speech as president of the Council in front of the European parliament in Strasburg, 17 January 2007
Peter Prange: Ulrich Wickert, but cleverer.
GQ – Das Männer-Magazin, October 2006
A passionate plead for the old Europe.
Neues Deutschland, supplement for the Frankfurt book fair, October 2006
A real house book of European intellect. In "Werte" we have at long last a well written, easily readable and courageously conceived book, which transports the necessary and long overdue discussion about a European identity out of the studies into the schools and the public.
Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 25 November 2006
A literary praise of ambivalence and dialectics, a plead for the intelligent old Europe … not heavy, not lecturing, but cheeky and fresh.
DeutschlandRadio Kultur, 20 November 2006
A splendid, almost novel-like guide through history and thoughts and beliefs.
Rhein-Main-Presse, 6 December 2006
A cosmos of values for the project Europe.
Literatur im Foyer, SWR television, 9 February 2007

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