The news from around the world is far from positive: authoritarian regimes are on the rise, the political systems in the EU and US are fractured and ineffective, and millions of people are forced to flee from war, violence and poverty. The state of the world is precarious; yet there are also optimists who believe in the saving power of science, technology or international law and institutions, who argue that the world is really headed in the right direction and that pessimists are misguided or short-sighted.
On Saturday 12 November in Amsterdam, an international cast of activists, scientists, writers and philosophers took the stage to discuss the deeper questions behind the current political, ecological and social crises. What is the defect in our civilization? Is material progress enough, or should progress have a moral or social basis? Is technology a blessing or a curse? And what will save the world – politics, art, science, or faith?
09.40 am Welcome Rob Riemen
09.45 am Keynote lecture Ágnes Heller
10.40 am Intermission
11.00 am I. What is the defect in our civilization?
01.45 pm Lunch with complimentary refreshments
01.30 pm Intermezzo
02.15 pm II. What Will Save the World?
04.00 pm Book signing with Ágnes Heller and others
'Er komt een laag eelt over onze beschaving te liggen.'
'Een dagje somberen met allure.'
'Clinton moet vechten tegen FBI én Russische hackers: ongekend!'
Lees het interview