Respect – What’s That Supposed to Be?

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.-find out what it means to me

We're all familiar with the concept of respect, even though it means different things to different people. Is it about meeting on the same footing? Is it a matter of tolerance? Appreciation? Esteem?

Journalist Elke Reichart ...


Soundtrack - How I left yesterday's world

You only really understand what freedom means when you don't have it. When you have the courage to fight for it. Olaf Hintze, born in 1964 in the East German city of Erfurt, has experienced both worlds: during his youth in the German Democratic Republic he was very aware of his ...


Friends, Parents, Teachers

...and other everyday problems

Help and advice for 9 to 13-year-olds

How do I manage to get into so many arguments with my friends? Why are my parents constantly nagging me about my homework? What have I done to deserve a sister who's such a total waste of space? All 9 to 13-year-olds will have asked themselves ...


A Passion for Thought

The lives and times of eight great female philosophers

Philosophy is generally considered an exclusively male domain. The great minds portrayed in this book prove that this is by no means the case. The stories of these women take us on a journey from the Middle Ages to the present day. Their determined single-mindedness and great passion for ...


Journey to the Stars

Scientists explore distant worlds

Where do we come from - where are we going ? A fascinating voyage of discovery into the infinity of the universe

The stars are so incredibly far away , and yet appear so close to us at night. We are all captivated by their glittering beauty. But stars are not just twinkling lights ...


Hamster, Cat & Co.

The Little Book of Pet Puzzles

Dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea-pigs, rabbits, budgerigars, turtles, canaries, mice and fish are children's favourite pets. But often they know far too little about the animals, where they come from, how long they will live, what they should eat, their needs, likes and dislikes - for example, ...

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Being Like No Other

Simone de Beauvoir: Author and Philosopher

Simone de Beauvoir is regarded as one of the founders of feminism, her book The Second Sex became a cornerstone of the women's liberation movement. As a committed philosopher and writer and the life-long companion of Jean-Paul Sartre, she had a major influence on intellectual life in the ...


In Search of Understanding

A History of Female Thinkers

If you open any ordinary history of philosophy, you will be left with the impression that thinking is an exclusively male prerogative. And you'd have a hard time finding any traces of female philosophers. Yet they did exist, and not just in recent times, when women were allowed to enter the realms ...
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Body Talk

With 20 b/w- and coloured illustrations

The new cult of the body beautiful.

We are living in a hitherto unprecedented era where the body as nature created it is no longer accepted unquestioningly. Beauty is now achievable for us all, its lack is seen as an avoidable failure. What is particularly worrying is the ...


Moritz Meets God

Purely by chance - because it's raining - Moritz takes refuge in a church, not really a place he is at all familiar with. And in there is this old woman who points out that actually you are meant to pay for the candles you light in a church. She lends him the money and he promises to pay her back.

Over There

When your parents were young and Germany was divided in two

Kalter Hund cakes and prefab buildings over here, gum and townhouses over there


Max and Maya are cousins. They like each other. They enjoy playing cowboys and Indians, and eating vanilla ice cream. They could do so many things together, but the border between East and ...


Katharina von der Gathen

Tell me some more facts of life

More real-life questions from children on a fascinating topic

Do animals go through puberty, too?

You might think that Explain It to Me had already covered everything on this subject,but some things were missing: the elementary school children with whom Katharina von der Gathen works keep throwing new question slips into the ...