Sunday, February 7, 2016

Worldly Philosophers

What makes a war just? Are preemptive attacks ever morally defensible? What are the sources of violence? Is the world becoming “Americanized,” and if so, who is responsible? What is the meaning of treason?

Because they can be disseminated and downloaded anywhere with the click of a computer mouse, ideas nowadays have the potential instantly to reach – and shape – everything from people’s consciences to the cash in their wallets. Yet, today’s Internet Babel may also submerge some of the best current thinking in a tidal wave of noise.

Project Syndicate with its record of success in making complex ideas comprehensible to the lay public, and Vienna’s Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen), an acclaimed interdisciplinary intellectual center in the heart of Europe, are uniquely placed to dissect the trends, paradoxes, and reflections now fashioning our world and our future.

Edited by the Director of the Institute for Human Sciences and noted philosopher Krzysztof Michalski, the Worldly Philosophers series brings to readers of Project Syndicate member papers such distinguished thinkers as philosophers Leszek Kolakowski, John Gray, and Robert Spaemann; historians Pierre Nora, Reinhard Koselleck, Dominique Schnapper, and Tsvetan Todorov; political scientist Francis Fukuyama; and public intellectuals and statesmen, such as Poland’s Bronislaw Geremek and Germany’s Kurt Biedenkopf.

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