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The Culture of Charity

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Why Do We Give?

Charitable giving is seen by some as an integral part of the human condition, a reflection of our empathy and compassion. Yet charity is practiced differently across cultures, religions, and worldviews. Why do we give, and what role does charity play in our varied societies?

What's more?

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Impact Investing, an investment “into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return” is being hyped right now. Go to any conference related to investing and it will be mentioned at some point. The landscape is growing with new funds emerging.

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by Antonis Schwarz
30.10.2016

Dutch Charity Lotteries

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The specifics of Dutch history have lead to a Netherlands which, despite a modern government active in social issues, maintains a strong culture of private charitable giving.

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by Marieke van Schaik
24.06.2015

The Philosophical Salon

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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 and literary and cultural theorist Patricia Vieira, The European brings you leading intellectuals from across the world and their reflections on things that matter to us all.

In Pursuit of the Beautiful Soul

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

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by Justine Kolata
05.10.2016

A Renaissance of Salon Culture

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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 questions we must consider in envisioning new forms of participatory democracy in the 21 st century.

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by Justine Kolata
29.08.2016

Being Human Matters

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

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by Alice Crary
27.07.2015

Deadly Hesitation

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

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by Michael Allen Gillespie
20.07.2015

Great Britain and the EU

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Not Amused

Great Britain and the EU are drifting apart. A majority of Britons now believes that EU membership has become a burden rather than a benefit. How much longer can the leadership at No.10 withstand the Eurosceptics?

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

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Sitting in my favourite local café listening to Bob Dylans ‘It’s A Hard Rains Gonna Fall’ reminded me of the fundamental changes that have occurred since Great Britain had its first referendum on European membership. In the 70s there were no cafes serving ten different types of coffee to a clientele almost exclusively glued to laptop screens, running their businesses from flat white to cappuccino.

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by John Malcolm Watts
11.04.2017

No facts, no trust, no absolute truths

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There have been fundamental changes that have occurred since Great Britain had its first referendum on European membership. In the 70s there were no cafes serving ten different types of coffee to a clientele almost exclusively glued to laptop screens, running their businesses from flat white to cappuccino.

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by John Malcolm Watts
18.06.2016

Completely illusory

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Cameron’s European policy is grounded in a fantasy that will never play out. Instead, the UK may be headed for collapse.

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by Polly Toynbee
25.03.2015

With or without them

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The UK is not an obstacle to harmony and stability. It is the EU integrationists who generate economic and democratic instability.

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by Bill Cash
18.03.2015

US Presidential Election

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This Land Is Your Land

A European perspective on American electoral politics.

The secret to winning elections and becoming US President

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The rationale that explains the popularity and longevity of fictional characters such as detective Columbo also helps predict election outcomes and forecast the likely winner in the race for the White House

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by Christian Schnee
18.04.2016

Let's Talk About Class

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America likes to talk about race, but not about class.

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by Martin Eiermann
29.01.2013

Commander-in-Chief v the World

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Regardless of who wins the US presidential election, two things will remain largely unchanged: America’s foreign policy and the country’s role in the world.

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by Katty Kay
04.11.2012

Private Interests and Public Policy

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Mitt Romney is a cold-hearted capitalist. That’s the message that the Obama campaign wants to convey. But the entrepreneurial spirit is deeply embedded in American culture.

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by E.F. Kaeding
22.06.2012

Has Globalization peaked?

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Growing Smaller

With political nationalism and economic protectionism on the rise, it is time to ask: Has globalization reached its peak and will we witness a retreat behind national borders?

Transforming education in the digital age

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Digitization’s impact on learning is comparable only to the changes wrought by the printing press and compulsory education

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by Jörg Dräger
25.02.2016

The globalization of suffering

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Pictures of suffering and dying are spread in real time; globalization has thereby reached the most intimate sphere of human life.

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by Iavor Rangelov
22.12.2014

Before the collapse

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The latest protests against the globalization are of a new quality: The managers are getting nervous – and rightly so.

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by Harold James
16.12.2014

The world is mountainous

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Globalization is in full swing. The best proof of this are the attempts to stop it.

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by George Ritzer
10.12.2014

European migrant crisis

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Refugees welcome

European migrant crisis engages the european societies.

Why the refugee crisis may sweep Angela Merkel to a 4th election victory

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Does the refugee crisis spell doom for Merkel and usher in the end of her chancellorship? Not necessarily. After a decade in the job she shows remarkably little signs of fatigue and there is no reason either to believe she is daunted by the intensity of opposition her controversial migration policy has been incurring. Nor does a growing amount of personal defamation seem to sap her determination.

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by Christian Schnee
11.02.2016

Is there such a thing as “the wrong Europe”?

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In a recent interview the associate director of Portugal´s border agency, Luis Gouveia, said that besides bureaucracy the difficulty in the resettlement of refugees is due to the fact that they don´t want to come to Portugal but to the Northern European countries like Germany or Sweden.

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by Simone Duarte
01.12.2015
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