Tischner Debates

The Józef Tischner Debates, a series of public debates in Warsaw, were jointly launched by the IWM and Warsaw University in 2005 in memory of the Polish priest and philosopher Józef Tischner, founding president of the IWM. The first 20 debates took place between 2005 and 2010. Outstanding intellectuals and important public figures such as Giuliano Amato, Ralf Dahrendorf, Joschka Fischer, Bronislaw Geremek, Simon Peres, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, Adam Zagajewski and others debated the future of Europe, climate change, the public role of religion, and moral dilemmas, among others. After the death of IWM’s founding Rector Krzysztof Michalski, who used to chair the debates together with Marcin Król, the series was continued in 2014 on the initiative of the Institute’s new Rector Shalini Randeria.


Previous Tischner Debates

December 2017
Does Capitalism Need Liberalism?

November 2017,
Religious Tolerance

October 2016
Free Speech

May, 2016
Remembering and Forgetting

November, 2015
Membership and Identity

March, 2015
Democracy, the Internet and Transparency

October, 2014
Illiberal Democracy

December 10, 2010
Is there an Efficient Non-populist Conservatism?

May 17, 2010
Europe and Its Nations

February 18, 2010
Obama and the New World Order

November 24, 2009
Russia, Poland and WW II

October 19, 2009
Crisis of Capitalism?

December 1, 2008
John Paul II
His Impact on the World and on Poland

June 5, 2008
Politics of Climate Change

April 24, 2008
Morals and Foreign Affairs

April 16, 2008
Democracy at War

June 11, 2007
Future of Europe’s Left

June 4, 2007
On Strangers

April 26, 2007
Poland and Europe

7, 2007
Market and Morals March

May 24, 2006
On Europe

May 8, 2006
What Is Truth?

April 10, 2006
On Liberalism

March 27, 2006
On Tischner’s Legacy

May 20, 2005
The Public Role of Religion

April 11, 2005
On Inequality

March 7, 2005
On Solidarity