The Philosophical Salon

True to the tradition of public intellectual engagement, the Philosophical Salon is a place where contemporary thinkers can discuss today's crucial issues. In cooperation with our two columnists and editors of the Philosophical Salon, philosopher "Michael Marder":http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/michael-marder and literary and cultural theorist "Patricia Vieira":http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/patricia-vieira, The European brings you leading intellectuals from across the world and their reflections on things that matter to us all.

Live and let...

Why enjoyment and renunciation are mutually dependent. Why Seneca is right and why asceticism is underestimated as a fine form of culture.

In Pursuit of the Bea...

“The Beautiful is not different from the Good: The Beautiful is the Good that shows itself to us pleasingly veiled. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Renaissance of Salo...

What is the history of salon culture? How did the salon contribute to the formation of a European public sphere? In what ways did salons create new forms of community through culture and ideas? What lessons can be learned for communication, discursive action and human interaction today? These are q

Being Human Matters...

How do we define what is human and what is not?

Deadly Hesitation...

The notion of the universality of human rights is morally undeniable. Why do we struggle to act on them?

Veganism without Anima...

In less than five minutes, we will show you that you are committed to veganism.

What Are We Talking Ab...

A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of the undead.

The End of Democratic ...

Last weekend’s events show that the European Union no longer represents the will of the Europeans.

Feeding Cars and Junki...

A problem the world over, malnutrition and obesity in America are very much tied to the corn industry. And that's just one of many ways America's obsession with corn is endangering its citizens.

A Bit on Theory...

Theory is epistemological and ethical healthcare for our society. Gayatri C. Spivak tackles the question "Is theory critical?"

Loving the Earth Enoug...

Humans love animals more than ever before. We protect them, mourn their deaths, and accept them into our families. Is interspecies love laying the groundwork for a more ethical relationship to the earth we all share?

The Cultural Identity ...

The European conflict between North and South did not arise out of nothing. Our civilization developed on a foundation of three cultures: first Cretan, then Athenian, then Christian. Rather than eclipsing each other in succession, these identities intermingle, continuing to battle it out today.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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