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Atheism

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And We Have Killed Him

Religiosity is on the decline throughout the West, and church attendance has never been lower. But can atheists ever hope to replace religious institutions with secular organizations?

ISIL targeting civilians to 'avenge' loss of Tal Afar

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Fighters from the Islamic State (ISIL) are indiscriminately targeting civilians to avenge for their loss of Tal Afar, the top United Nations political representative in Iraqi today said, condemning the latest attack in Baghdad.“Da’esh terrorists have shown absolute disregard for human life

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by Jan Kubis
03.09.2017

Religious freedom is under attack

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Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. Almost 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion.

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by Rex Tillerson
27.08.2017

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

What Shapes Charity Culture in the UK?

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The culture of charity and giving in the UK is shaped by three key factors: state structures, citizens’ religious backgrounds, and the country’s industrial and colonial history.

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by Alex Swallow
20.06.2015

Making Zakat Relevant in the West

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Zakat is a form of alms mandated by Islamic scripture. The coordination of this massive giving project has taken several forms throughout history. In today’s western world, Muslim charities play a central role.

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by Amal Imad
19.06.2015

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

America's Transportation Revolution

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Challenging Car Culture

America has long been a car-centric country, but there is growing demand for alternate means of transportation. Walking, cycling, and public transport offer improvements for quality of life, but culture is hard to change. In the competition for public space and resources, how can communities overcome “car culture” to expand their residents’ transportation choices?

The Policy Problem

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Americans may want to travel more by foot, bicycle, and public transport, but the car will remain king as long as government policy makes driving easy, and everything else hard.

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by Ralph Buehler
09.06.2015

Walking Towards Change

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Creating a pedestrian culture in our communities is possible, but it takes some creativity.

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by Katie Matchett
05.06.2015

The Greatest Invention

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Copenhagen is famous as a cycling city. How did its city council create this world-renowned cycling culture? By making cycling the easiest option.

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by Klaus Bondam
04.06.2015

The Sum of Our Choices

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The prevalence of cars in the American transportation landscape is not an issue of culture. It’s the result of historical accidents and individual choices.

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by James Longhurst
02.06.2015

Commemoration and Memorialization

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How We Remember

Our nations and communities invest significantly in commemorating and memorializing the tragic events of our past. We hold events to mark anniversaries and erect physical monuments in our cities’ most prominent locations. Why does honoring the past play such a great role our present, and how does this remembrance affect us?

Victims "Just Like Us"

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We live in an era that memorializes like none before and seek to create memorials that allow visitors to identify with victims of tragedy. But in portraying victims as just like us, are we paying enough heed to the political and cultural factors that led them to be victims to begin with?

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by Paul Williams
22.05.2015

Greeks in Glass Houses

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Given his focus on the atrocities of Germany’s past, Alexis Tsipras would do well to consider Greece’s own anti-Semitic history. After all, atoning for the past begins in one’s own backyard.

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by Brigitte Sion
21.05.2015

Unnecessary Scale

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Present-day memorials have taken on dimensions like never before. They occupy considerable amounts of public space and serve a pedagogic mission. Yet, this focus on shared experiences and public education has betrayed memorials’ primary function: contemplative, private reflection.

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by Witold Rybczynski
20.05.2015

Europe is Not a Museum

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The “memory boom” has left Europe littered with monuments, so much so that when we’re not actively protesting them, we look right past them.

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by Steve Brown
19.05.2015

Crisis in American Higher Education

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The Leaning Ivory Tower

The price of admission in American Universities and the crippling student debt for those who can’t pay only exacerbate the growing wealth inequality gap in The United States. What needs to be done to reverse the trends, and what are other countries and institutions doing right that could serve as models for reform?

Less is more

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The fact that more people are going to college is a big problem. What we need is more education alternatives and less college.

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by Richard Vedder
16.03.2015

Not that big a deal

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The rhetoric about rising student debt casts the spotlight on the wrong enemy.

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by Philip Trostel
12.03.2015

Faded Glory

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American higher education has a great past, but will it have a great future? Not if we let neoliberal right-wingers decide.

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by Keith Parsons
03.03.2015

The Crisis is Real

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Higher education must serve the public good and not corporate interests. It’s time for professors to work together to rescue the American Education System.

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by Rudy Fichtenbaum
27.02.2015
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