Quotes by: Ulrich Beck

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Ulrich Beck
Ulrich Beck, 2012
Born (1944-05-15)15 May 1944
Stolp, Germany (now Słupsk in Poland)
Died 1 January 2015(2015-01-01) (aged 70)[1]
Nationality German
Occupation Sociologist

The basic assumption of the secular society is that modernity overcomes religion.
Ulrich Beck
In the first instance, therefore, global terrorism created a kind of global community sharing a common fate, something we had previously considered impossible.
Ulrich Beck
When they come to Europe, they are confronted by still closed borders. Thus, the concept of open borders is a very selective concept, one that is not taken seriously at all in the experience of non-Europeans.
Ulrich Beck
You cannot make peace with terrorists. The normal dividing lines between war and peace do not apply.
Ulrich Beck
This experience actually means the very opposite: the largest military power was unable to stop such a sensitive attack and will be unable to rule out such a possibility in the future. Precisely this is the background to the United States' military interventions.
Ulrich Beck
The idea that you surrender your identity when you relinquish national powers is unhelpful. No, indeed, precisely the opposite is the case: if done in an intelligent way, you attain the sovereignty to better solve national problems in cooperation with others.
Ulrich Beck
Accordingly, globalization is not only something that will concern and threaten us in the future, but something that is taking place in the present and to which we must first open our eyes.
Ulrich Beck
I held a conference in Harvard where Americans said they didn't believe in risk. They thought it was just European hysteria. Then the terrorist attacks happened and there was a complete conversion. Suddenly terrorism was the central risk.
Ulrich Beck
Initially, the horrific images of September 11th triggered an enormous wave of solidarity.
Ulrich Beck
Western countries in particular can today no longer be separated from Muslim societies, because they have them within themselves. They are themselves internally globalized.
Ulrich Beck
Nonetheless, we continue to be obsessed with finding or inventing a European nation which, as in the nation state, guarantees homogeneity and thus an appropriate form of democracy and centralized government.
Ulrich Beck
All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many.
Ulrich Beck
I forced myself to think what is the new concept and it became clear to me that it was risk, not only in technology and ecology, but in life and employment, too.
Ulrich Beck
Global conditions are far too complex to be able to imagine that they could ever be really controlled by one power.
Ulrich Beck
And it also became clear that these conditions of inequality and historical injustice have given rise to a feeling of hate in the world - a deeply felt hate that cannot easily be overcome with a few good words.
Ulrich Beck
And therefore we must seek dialogue in this networked world. We must ask which voice was actually attempting to make itself heard and saw no other possibility of gaining a hearing. To that extent, for a while this also represented a forced opening of a cosmopolitan view.
Ulrich Beck
In the final analysis, terror is also another proof of the fact that the superpower is not really a superpower. It was vulnerable.
Ulrich Beck
We do not yet have the solutions to these questions, but the awareness that we live in an endangered world is present in more and more life situations.
Ulrich Beck
The world has become so complex that the idea of a power in which everything comes together and can be controlled in a centralized way is now erroneous.
Ulrich Beck
Neither science, nor the politics in power, nor the mass media, nor business, nor the law nor even the military are in a position to define or control risks rationally.
Ulrich Beck
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