Nancy Fraser:
Crisis, Critique, Capitalism – A Framework for the 21st Century

How is capitalism best conceptualized  – as an economic system, a form of ethical life, or an institutional order? In her Patočka Memorial Lecture of the year 2013, Nancy Fraser, Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, addressed the current sense of crisis – in economy, ecology, …
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Debating Europe:
Inequality and Solidarity

With: Elsa Fornero Italian Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, as well as for Equal Opportunities Ira Katznelson Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University; President, Social Science Research Council Michael Sandel Professor of Government, Harvard University Andreas Treichl CEO, Erste Group, Vienna Moderator: Alfred Gusenbauer former Chancellor of Austria Print

Serhii Plokhii, Philippe Sands:
Humanity and Catastrophe

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His book, Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy received the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, and the 2019 Pushkin House Prize. His latest book is Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of …
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Michael Sandel:
Lecture on Solidarity

 Michael Sandel is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets—have been translated into 28 languages. An IWM Non-Resident Permanent Fellow, Sandel is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a visiting professor at the …
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Corona and Resurgence of Communitarian Ideas

Weekly Focus curated by Ludger Hagedorn Although liberal democracies will hopefully prove capable of mastering the Corona pandemic, this does not mean that everything will, or should, remain unchanged. Perhaps this crisis entails a clear message for our highly individualized societies, namely that the mere pursuit of one’s self-interest is not enough. Will Western liberal …
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Charles Taylor:
Wieviel Gemeinschaft braucht die Demokratie?

I Im Folgenden möchte ich über die Voraussetzungen der Demokratie am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts nachdenken. Gleichzeitig möchte ich im Zuge dieser Überlegungen danach fragen, was wir heute unter dem Begriff “Demokratie” verstehen. Zuvor aber einige Bemerkungen über die zentrale Bedeutung der Demokratie für unsere Zeit. Die Demokratie ist zu einer Norm geworden, der sich …
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Charles Taylor:
Some Conditions of a Viable Democracy

I I would like to open a discussion on the conditions of a viable democracy in our late twentieth century. And, through this discussion, raise the issue at the same time of exactly what we are looking for under the word ‘democracy’. But as a sort of introduction, I want to remark on the centrality …
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