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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.

Live and let

Medium_7c80926576 0 Why enjoyment and renunciation are mutually dependent. Why Seneca is right and why asceticism is underestimated as a fine form of culture.
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by Christian Harisch
24.09.2018

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

US Presidential Election

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This Land Is Your Land

A European perspective on American electoral politics.

PM Netanyahu's Response to President Donald Trump's Statement about the U.S. Embassy

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Jerusalem has been the focus of hopes, dreams and prayers of the Jewish people around the world for three millennia. Now US-President Donald Trump has clearly pronounced, that the USA recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately reacted thankful and more than pleased.

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by The European
08.12.2017

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

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?

Can the Stock Market Triple by 2026?

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Thirty years ago, on Monday, October 19, 1987, the US Stock market collapsed. Plunging more than 500 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 23%, its greatest single day decline ever. Black Monday – as the day was quickly dubbed by financial journalists — was a significant and sobering event.

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by James Dilworth
09.11.2017

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

Power in the 21st Century

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Who’s Got The Power?

Power is a fundamental resource of human interaction. Be it on the political level or on the societal level: power shapes our relations. But the nation-state is no longer the only game in town. New powers are rising and the global power balance is reaching a tipping point.

What the German Voters did

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I was in Hamburg on the day of the elections. I watched the results come in with a girlfriend on her television. She is a green voter appalled to see the high proportion of seats won by the AfD. It was hardly a surprise. The result was symbolic of the breakdown of the old style binary parliamentary structures of Western European democracies that have been around for a century.

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by John Malcolm Watts
05.10.2017

We only have two choices

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Jean-Claude Juncker has given his final state-of-the-union-address to the EU-parliament. He said: “Either come together around a positive European agenda or each retreat into our own corners. Faced with this choice, I argued for unity.” The European hereby presents the full text of this speech.

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by Jean-Claude Juncker
15.09.2017

Merkel or THE LEFT

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A policy of cutbacks, isolationism, arms build-up. Obama, Pope, Panda bear. Angela Merkel is campaigning with backwards policies and beautiful pictures. The direction is called “More of the same!”

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by Dietmar Bartsch
17.08.2017

Knocking on chancellor’s door

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“Today’s political and social conditions are highly unjust and therefore, we need to fight them with the greatest energy possible.” And: “Performance needs to be worthwhile again”. These are not quotations from the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz.

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by Dietmar Bartsch
12.03.2017

Global Catastrophic Risks

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Apocalypse No

For millennia, man has been fascinated by the idea of global apocalypse. We’re now able for the first time to develop preventive and defense technologies against some of the most destructive natural threats.

Glyphosat: the Commission, a mere sekretariat!

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In the European Commission, they like having the power but not the responsibility. They like pressure even less. As NGOs and certain journalists go after glyphosate, the Commission is muddling through and passing the buck to the Member States without any hesitation.

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by Daniel Guéguen
20.09.2017

Against the Tide

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Even the most advanced technology cannot compete with nature when it comes to tsunami defense. Our best hope: preserve coastal forests, and run for the hills.

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by Bill McGuire
13.04.2013

Access Denied

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Hundreds of asteroids – so-called “Near Earth Objects” – could impact the earth with devastating consequences. But scientists are already working on defensive technologies.

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by Massimiliano Vasile
12.04.2013

Exceptional Risks, Exceptional Precautions

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The biggest viral threats come from man-made super-viruses. To prevent lethal global epidemics, scientists must trade experimental research for tighter safety measures.

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by Marc Lipsitch
10.04.2013

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

Out of Service

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Instead of following the Church into irrelevance, we should embrace a secular celebration of culture and the arts.

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by Jörg Friedrich
29.06.2013

Questioning the Questioners

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Atheists celebrate scientific rationality. But even the most thorough experiment cannot resolve all mysteries about human existence.

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by Wolfgang Huber
24.06.2013
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