La teoria dei giochi sotto le stelle del jazz

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Es ist verblüffend, wie beständig die Aktienmärkte das Geschehen dort als Glücksspiel statt als Gesellschaftsspiel modellieren, um die Anleger und uns, den Rest, immer wieder auf die Nase fallen zu lassen.

Statt hinter Kursschwankungen die Erwartung zu sehen, durch Voraussicht des Verhaltens der anderen, eigene Gewinne zu maximieren, sehen sie ein russisches Roulette. Sie prädestinieren damit das Anlegen von Geld dazu, tatsächlich ein russisches Roulette zu sein.

Paolo Conte umschreibt in Gioco d’azzardo umgekehrt ein typisches Spiel des Verhaltensrisikos (“Was wird sie tun, wenn ich das tue, falls sie etwas anderes tut?”) als Glücksspiel. Immerhin: Er sieht beide Elemente vorhanden.

Conte hat seinerzeit Jura studiert, weshalb ihm ein spieltheoretisches Grundverständnis zugetraut werden kann. Auch so ist es nicht ungerecht, wenn Mourad Mekhail, Hellmuth Milde und ich die Einsicht des Liedermachers bei den Ökonomen vermissen.

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Surprisingly, for decades, economists model what happens in stock markets as a lucky game rather than as a parlour game. “Surprisingly” because in stock markets the expectation is to achieve higher revenues due to prediction of other players’ behaviour.

However, what economists see in stock markets is Russian roulette. This could be the reason why stock markets are really a Russian roulette.

In Gioco d’azzardo, Paolo Conte describes love, a typical game of behavioural risk (What will she do if I do something knowing what she’ll do) as a game of luck. Which shows that, much more wisely than mainstream risk management, he sees some games as having both elements: chance and behavioural risk.

Conte was a barrister before he became a jazz composer. He must have a certain understanding of game theory. Even so, it is not unjust of Mourad Mekhail, Hellmuth Milde and myself (sorry, only in German) to deplore the failure of economists to have the grasp of games which the musician has.

Ulrich Staudinger (*1935-+2021)

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Wenn ich ein drei Jahre altes Interview des Verlegers, Freundes, guten Beraters reposte – eigenartig oder? Bei “Verleger” denkt der Leser an eine einstellige Eigenschaft. Nach “Freund” und “Berater” wurde aber aus “Verleger” eine Relation – dann aus gutem Grund. In der Nacht zum Freitag hat uns Ulrich Staudinger verlassen. Wenn ich von alten Projekten gesprochen habe, hat er mich zu unterbrechen gepflegt: “Gut, reden wir aber jetzt über die Zukunft”.

Uli Mai 2017

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Ulrich Staudinger, the publisher, friend, good advisor (admit it: you thought that “publisher” is a one-place predicate until you read “friend” and “advisor” and only then you realised that also publishing implies a very personal and close relationship) left us in the late hours of last Thursday. This is a reason for me to repost a three-and-a-half-years-old interview of his, where he talks about the future of the publishing house. Whenever I addressed old projects and why they had, eventually, success or were doomed, he used to interrupt me: “Good, but tell me about future projects now”.


… in BankArchiv, Vienna

“Selbstverschuldet” (self-incurred) is an adjective known from Kant, of course. If you fail to draw your own conclusions from experience with your own reasoning, your immaturity is self-induced:

Parts of Mereology

The Handbook of Mereology (ed. by Hans Burkhardt, Johanna Seibt, Guido Imaguire and myself) is now also available in portions, as digitally downloadable printouts.

Check here:


Volumina II, pp. 1538.


Öffentliche Auftritte des mir unbekannten Ausleihers sind erst nach dem 16. Dezember zu erwarten.


Don’t expect to see the borrower in public until Dec 16.

Beauty released

The new BPC volume made my day. As the series editor I would like to congratulate Íngrid and Wolfgang and wish the book an influential function in the related discussions.

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Series: Philosophia_Basic Philosophical Concepts 

Wolfgang Huemer and Íngrid Vendrell Ferran (Editors)


New Essays in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

Munich 2019. 434 pp. Index, Abstracts, Contributors 

ISBN Paperback: 978-3-88405-124-5

ISBN eɃook 978-3-88405-737-7

Each  98.00    

The notion of beauty has been and continues to be one of the main concerns of aesthetics and art theory. Traditionally, the centrality of beauty in the experience of art was widely accepted and beauty was considered one of the key values in aesthetics. In recent debate, however, the significance of the notion of beauty has been discussed controversially. Especially in the second half of the twentieth century, the role of beauty was strongly challenged both by artists and in philosophy and theory of art. Beauty was no longer a central value, but just one aesthetic feature among many others. In recent years, however, the notion of beauty has been re-evaluated, some even speak of a “comeback of beauty”. Against this background it is one of the main tasks and challenges of contemporary aesthetics to develop a more profound understanding of the nature of beauty, its different forms and dimensions, and its place in art theory and practice – and in human life.

In the contributions to this volume, leading scholars in the field explore the significance of the notion of beauty, its key aspects, and its relevance in various aesthetic disciplines. The questions addressed in the volume can be summarized in the following three headings: What is beauty? What is beautiful? How does the value of beauty relate to other aesthetical values?

Table of Contents

“Introduction”: Wolfgang Huemer and Íngrid Vendrell Ferran, pp. 7 ff.

“Beauty and Aesthetic Properties”: Taking Inspiration from Kant Sonia Sedivy, pp. 25 ff.

“Beauty and Rules: Kant and Wittgenstein on the Cognitive Relevance of Aesthetics”: Hanne Appelqvist, pp. 43 ff.

“Challenging the Notion of Intelligible Beauty”: Elisabeth Schellekens, pp. 71 ff.

“Non-Sensory Beauty and Meaning Qualia”: Maria Elisabeth Reicher, pp. 91 ff.

“Beauty and the Agential Dimension of the Judgment of Taste”: María José Alcaraz León, pp. 123 ff.

“Beauty and Bell’s Aesthetic Emotion”: Catrin Misselhorn, pp. 145 ff.

“Art, Beauty, and Criticism”: Noël Carroll, pp. 171 ff.

“The Value of Art: On Meaning and Aesthetic Experience in Difficult Modern Art”: Richard Eldridge, pp. 185 ff.

“The Beauty of Doing: Remarks on the Appreciation of Conceptual Art”: Davide Dal Sasso, pp. 209 ff.

“The Case Against Beauty”: Otto Neumaier, pp. 243 ff.

“An Aesthetics of Insight”: John Gibson, pp. 277 ff.

“Aesthetic Experience and the Experience of Poetry”: Peter Lamarque, pp. 307 ff.

“The Beauty of Landscape”: Allen Carlson, pp. 331 ff.

“The Virtue Analysis of Inner Beauty: Inner Beauty as Moral, Eudaimonistic, 

or Relational Virtueness”: Lisa Katharin Schmalzried, pp. 353 ff.

“Cosmetics and Makeup”: Stephen Davies, pp. 393 ff.

The Contributors to this Volume, pp. 413 ff.

Abstracts, pp. 419 ff.

Index, pp. 427 ff.

Auguste mena kai thee…

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… se senane orkizomaste,

pali tou chronou na mas vreis

sto vracho na philiomaste.

schrieb Odysseas Elytis Anfang der Siebzigerjahre (frei in etwa: “Dir, Augustus, Monat und Gott, / schwören wir, wie wir müssen, / auch nächstes Jahr am Felsen zu sein, / um uns nochmals zu küssen”).

Nicht nur für Belletristik und Küsse an Meeresfelsen, sondern auch für Sachbücher eignet sich die Muße des August. Unlängst machte etwa das Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels auf die neue, von Ludger Jansen und mir herausgegebene Reihe, aufmerksam.

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Augustus, month and god,

to thee we solemnly vow

next year beside the crags again

to kiss just like now.

Elytis wrote these verses in the early seventies. They can mislead you to think that the moments of leisure in August are only for the belles lettres and for open-air kisses.

An extra reading option is given in the recent recommendation of the first title of the new series I edit together with Ludger Jansen by the periodical publication of the German bookstores association.

Gott und Welti

New release, at the same time a new series – forthcoming titles also in English – on philosophy of religion and analytic theology at Philosophia Munich. Some pages from this book’s English abstract appear among the pictures below.

Die neue Reihe des Philosophia-Verlags: Philosophia theologica wird mit diesem Buch eingeweiht. Ich bin – es sei mir bei der Gelegenheit ein Helvetismus gegönnt – eine Art Götti desselben. Welti ist der Autor. Und Gott (und die Welt) das Thema.

Avicenna Anglicus

Just released: The أل مدخل, Avicenna’s commentary to Porphyry, translated into English by Allan Bäck (Kutztown University).

My part was much less than my mirrored face on a black, smooth cover can make you believe.

Peer-reviewed misery #2 or: all the answers and lovely dancers

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Kant erlaubt sich in seiner Schrift Zum ewigen Frieden einen Scherz: Der ewige Friede komme sowieso, ob mit der Verwirklichung des politischen Ideals, das Kriegen vorbeugt, oder auf den Friedhöfen nach dem Krieg. Ähnliches lässt sich über die Umwertung aller Werte sagen: Sie findet statt, wenn der Spießbürger schreit, es gebe zu viele Philosophen und zu wenig Normale, ebenfalls wenn jener zum Philosophen wird und die Disziplin zum Socialising, zum Jargon und zur Äußerlichkeit bagatellisiert.

In der Folge meines Mind-Watch-Postings vor fast drei Monaten wollte ich untersuchen, wie viele der publizierten Aufsätze bei Analysis von Profs oder wenigstens Ehemaligen angelsächsischer Universitäten stammen.

Ich wollte wie bei Mind die letzten fünf Jahre unter die Lupe nehmen. Nach der Untersuchung beider letzten Nummern (Januar und April 2019) von Analysis kam ich auf 100% (in Worten: hundert Prozent) und hörte auf.

Es gibt Wichtigeres zu tun, als noch weiter das Offensichtliche zu untermauern: dass Analysis einer geographisch definierten Ideenproduktion dient und dem zu Folge eine Zeitschrift ist, bei der Beiträge mit Wissen der Identität des Autors abgelehnt werden.

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There is black humour between the lines in Kant’s legendary and much celebrated work Perpetual Peace: Perpetual peace will be achieved anyway. If not by implementing the political ideal Kant propagates (a universal order to prevent war) then at least after the war: in the graveyard.

There is something similar, it seems, with the revenge of the simpleminded: The petty-bourgeois will take their revenge towards the intellectuals either by urging too many philosophers and no normal people being around (how can you tell them to shut up without feeling to be racist?) or by becoming philosophers themselves and by degrading the discipline into public relations, jargon and superficialities.

As a sequel to my Mind-watch post some three months ago, I wanted to investigate how many of the original articles and discussions (I did not bother about reviews) published in Analysis were submitted by faculty or at least alumni of Anglosaxon universities.

Like I did with Mind, I wanted to take the last five years into account. I began with the last issue, April 2019, the figure being 100%, and continued with the one before the last, the figure remaining 100%. This is where I stopped.

There are so many more important things to do than to provide more evidence for the rather obvious claim that Analysis is a journal of a certain geographical area and eo ipso not affirming anonymised peer-reviewed submission.