On Performative Philosophy – 10 impulses for discussion from [soundcheck philosophie]


  • Eva Maria Gauß University of Marburg
  • Rainer Totzke Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg


Since 2011, the philosophy-performance festival, [soundcheck philosophie] has been gathering protagonists in German-speaking countries, who seek and intend to cultivate a certain practice in philosophy. This practice takes philosophy - focussing not only on written texts but also on the fundamental oral situations that take place within pilosophy - and presents it artistically and/or through media. In this context. The term ‘Performative Philosophy’ is meant as a working concept for finding criteria and developing contemporary expressions and forms of doing pilosophy. The [soundcheck philosophie] festival and the association responsible for it, Expedition Philosophie / Internationale Gesellschaft für Performative Philosophie, are understood as a forum for discourse. The 10 theses at the end of this article are intended to initiate discussion. Informed by the well-known yet unique structure of an oral conversation, where a lot of things are mentioned out of context and the topic often remains to be discovered, we would also like to contribute impulses for conversation. With this in mind, we have incorporated 10 conversational impulses that answer, tell, ask, state, chat, riddle and reflect about the undertaking of the project of Performative Philosophy.

Author Biographies

Eva Maria Gauß, University of Marburg

Rainer Totzke, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg


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How to Cite

“On Performative Philosophy – 10 Impulses for Discussion from [soundcheck Philosophie]”. 2015. Performance Philosophy 1 (1): 74-94. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2015.1130.



Performance Philosophy - Pasts, Presents, Futures

How to Cite

“On Performative Philosophy – 10 Impulses for Discussion from [soundcheck Philosophie]”. 2015. Performance Philosophy 1 (1): 74-94. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2015.1130.