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The Philosophical Salon

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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.

Background

Philosophy and the Bildung

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In Pursuit of the Beautiful Soul

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

New culture of debates

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A Renaissance of Salon Culture

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.

The problem of defining humanity

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Being Human Matters

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

Why Human Rights Are So Often Unenforced

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Deadly Hesitation

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

The morality of eating meat, eggs and dairy

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Veganism without Animal Rights

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

The societal meaning of Zombies

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What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Zombies?

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

 
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