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Last weekend’s events show that the European Union no longer represents the will of the Europeans.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

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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