Do you regret studying philosophy at university?
12/19 Konstantin and Kornelius clubs
Konstantin and Kornelius Keulen, after studying philosophy and now you have also obtained your doctorate. You wrote a doctoral thesis together for your doctorate. How did you divide up the work?
First of all, we had to come up with an idea of how the work could be conceived. Then we considered whether it would be beneficial for each individual chapter to be worked on separately. That turned out to be impossible, for in every advancing thought the totality of the subject is gathered together. So there was only the possibility to think together, to discard, to find new aspects and then to write down the thoughts in separate writing processes. A correction always resulted in new corrections, so that ultimately a joint dissertation was written in which individual sections were edited by an author and can be described as leading. The basis, however, was always thinking and changing together, which was a lot of fun. We really appreciated the professional advice and the friendly support of our doctoral supervisor, Professor Hans-Joachim Petsche. We thank him sincerely for this.
What was the content of your doctorate?
We have long been interested in the phenomenon of time. The design of the concept of time depends very much on which perspective I choose. One possible is to tie the problem of time to the event. With Deleuze, Derrida, Whithead and Heidegger, we have found important philosophers to explain time out of the event. That's very exciting. The transformation of time and event-philosophical investigations and findings on the Internet as a construct of machine and human turned out to be fruitful to explain time and experience in the society dominated by the Internet. That is a broad field. We mainly concentrated on the event-based primer. But one could go so much more into the socio-political level (surveillance, manipulation) and sociological (change in perception, communication, the relationship between people). Here it is worthwhile to come closer to the problem of time with a new vocabulary.
What other scientific questions are you interested in?
As I said, the concept of time is so broad that it can never be treated conclusively. We are also interested in an interpretation of the concept of time based on quantum physics. In addition, we see points of connection between the philosophical approach and the technical side of our conception of time - and implementation as an interesting possibility to make the world in the technology-induced form explainable. This means analyzing them in such a way that the difficult body-soul problem in the constitution of an appresent presence of the body and an omnipresent spiritual - for example in the form of digital information, self-organization processes in nature and society, a transmission of information content from elementary particles with one another, which have a retroactive effect on the enforceability of life in general - must be rethought for the internet-based interwoven structure. We find that extremely exciting. We would like to continue working here.
They both communicate exclusively in writing. How did that work during your studies and during your doctorate?
It's very simple: everything is dealt with in writing. Lectures in the course were given in writing and presented there. Of course it is a shame that we cannot spontaneously intervene in a discussion. We regret that very much.
You have already published numerous works - both scientific and literary. What do you enjoy more?
You cant say it like that. Every topic that we take on has its own charm. Sometimes it is easier to work scientifically. Because here a different stringency and form prevail than in literature. Here I have to redefine my form, my expression again and again and adapt to the topic. That is as difficult as it is creative. But philosophy can also come across as literary. We can learn a lot from the French.
Studies and doctorate have now been completed. How is your life going on now? What are your goals and wishes?
We want to keep writing, both literary texts and scientific papers. Composing thoughts through is a pleasure for us, together and each one for himself. This then always creates a new joint product that cannot be reduced to just one of us.
Will you stay in Potsdam?
We plan to stay in Potsdam. However, we can also envision studying abroad in other cities or countries.
Thank you for the interview!
Publications by Konstantin and Kornelis Keulen
Clubs, Constantine and Cornelius. Kosog, Simone. (2003) "A word to no one " First published by Piper Verlag GmbH, Munich. Unchanged new edition in conception SEIDEL OHG. Hammerbrücke, Muldenhammer (2010).
Clubs, Constantine and Cornelius. "... and then we chase our thoughts“In conception SEIDEL OHG. Hammerbrücke, Muldenhammer. 1st edition. (2010).
Master's thesis “Where is the time? Aspects of Time in the Event Philosophy by Deleuze, Heidegger, James and Whitehead ”, published by trafo Wissenschaftsverlag (2014).
In 2019, the siblings published their doctorate "In the Net of Time - the Internet as reflected in the philosophy of events" at trafo Wissenschaftsverlag.
They also run the zeit-wort.net blog, on which they publish lectures, conference contributions and philosophical essays.
The article by Konstantin and Kornelius Keulen was also published in the portal Alumni issue 16/2019. The alumni magazine reports how inclusive the University of Potsdam is and how lived inclusion (has) changed the way people see things. Alumni are presented who are either affected themselves or who are now involved in inclusion tasks in schools, authorities or social institutions, either professionally or on a voluntary basis.
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