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14: Roots of European Values

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Does the foundation of the present European value system lie in the occidental tradition of ancient Greece and Rome, in the Christian middle age, in the rise of natural sciences since the Renaissance or in the human rights tradition of the Enlightenment era? The seminar will ask whether cultural values are overrated while economic progress and peaceful commerce are in fact important factors for the continued existence of the European project. A special focus will be placed on the three factors economy, politics and culture based on carefully selected texts by different authors. The course will try to develop a view on the European value system from the perspective of transcultural political theory. Are there specific European values or have they become part of a universal cluster of overlapping, sometimes even common, ideas? The issue of Eurocentrism is a frequent objection against the claim of universality. Currently, one of the most relevant problems is the hiatus between the project of an ever closer union and the tradition of competitive pluralism, which has been historically seen as the main reason for the success of the European economy and European ideas in the world. More integration could mean less progress and less dynamics.


Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi Chair
Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas and former Director of Studies, "Euroculture" Programme, Goettingen University, Goettingen Chair


Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

1979 Lecturer, University of Delhi
1980-2005 Full Professor (since 1999), Jawaharlal Nehru University
1995 Visiting Fellow, Harvard University
2001 Visiting Fellow, Bristol University
2001-2005 Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi
2004 Visiting Fellow, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2005 Senior Fellow, CSDS - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
2006 Asia Chair, Science Po, Paris
2007 Visiting Professor, University of Belfast
since 2007 Director, CSDS - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
2008 Visiting Fellow, Columbia University, New York
2009 Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
2011 Fellow, IWM - Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
2013 Visiting Professor, FMSH - Fondation Maison de sciences l’homme


Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas and former Director of Studies, "Euroculture" Programme, Goettingen University, Goettingen

1978 Dr. phil., Hamburg University
1978-1992 Journalist (Stern Magazine, "Die Zeit")
1992-1995 Assistent, University of Halle-Wittenberg
1995-1999 Oberassistent, University of Halle-Wittenberg
1999 Professor of Political Science, University of Essen
2000-2001 Professor of Political Science, University of Hamburg
since 2001 University Professor, Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas, Georg-August-University Goettingen

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of "The Light of Experience"Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security - Cooperation, Concentration and IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation - A Biological and Social BaseSeminar
Seminar 05: Values in ScienceSeminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism - Values and the Variety of Spiritual ExperiencesSeminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in ArtSeminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open SocietySeminar
Seminar 10: Power and CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy - Value-Based or Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical AspectsSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical ImplicationsSeminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European ValuesSeminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic PolicySeminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural ApproachSeminar


20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture


19:00 - 00:00BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar


18:00 - 19:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture