Below is a letter from John Lachs, our “Schirmherrschaft,” to the members of Berlin Forum:
John Lachs, Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, February 21, 2016
To Members of the Berlin Practical Philosophy International Forum e.V,:
When philosophy moved into the modern knowledge-factory, it lost its way. Instead of offering visions of the whole of things and itself as a guide to life, it looked for fulfillment in abstractions. It seems to have forgotten the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy. In the process, it produced little of value and lost the respect of the community.
During the last few years, there have been signs of philosophy recovering its ancient mission. The Berlin Practical Philosophy International Forum is in the forefront of those dissatisfied with irrelevance. May your steadfast search for what is humanly important and morally significant yield results that help to transform our profession. Your commitment is an inspiration to many.