Democracy and Tolerance

2nd Seminar // February-March 2022

At a time when much of the world is increasingly concerned about authori-tarianism and illiberal attitudes, tolerance and the defense of liberties are once again being strongly vindicated as fundamental principles of democratic systems. This seminar is an extension of the one held in 2021 under the title “Liberal democracy / digital democracy. Democracy and its current transfor-mations”, and is part of the activities developed by ILE in collaboration with Residencia de Estudiantes that are encompassed under the broader heading of “Democracy and Tolerance”. The aim is to clarify how this concept has been redefined, emphasizing the values on which the culture of liberty is based. These values correspond to those promoted by ILE since its foundation: en-couraging personal autonomy, tolerance, critical thinking, and a cosmopolitan view open to international solidarity. Reflecting upon these issues seems espe-cially timely in the face of the various crises and transformations affecting our present-day societies.

Approximate duration of each session: 90 minutes.

Seminar sessions will be in Spanish or English, with simultaneous translation into the other language.

Seminar coordinated by Fernando Vallespín

Rob Riemen / President and Founder of the Nexus Institute / Presidente y Fundador del Nexus Institute

February 7th // 19:00 h. (CET)

President and Founder of the Nexus Institute

The Culture of Liberty

Opening remarks by Fernando Vallespín

February 14th // 19:00 h. (CET)

Political Science Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Is there something wrong with “The West”?

The present dispute on our common values

Fernando Vallespín / Professor of Political Science at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / Catedrático de Ciencia Política en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
John Keane / Political Theory Professor at Sidney University & Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin / Catedrático de Teoría Política en la Universidad de Sidney y en el Wissenschaftszentrum de Berlín

February 21st // 19:00 h. (CET)

Philosophy of Law Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

The law, the condition of liberty and democracy

February 28th // 19:00 h. (CET)

Ethics Professor at the University of Valencia, Spain

For a cosmopolitan approach to culture

Fernando Vallespín / Professor of Political Science at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / Catedrático de Ciencia Política en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
John Keane / Political Theory Professor at Sidney University & Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin / Catedrático de Teoría Política en la Universidad de Sidney y en el Wissenschaftszentrum de Berlín

March 7th // 19:00 h. (CET)

President of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics at ESADE

Democracies and Geopolitics

March 21st // 19:00 h. (CET)

Philosopher, writer of crime fiction and TV host

Science and Democracy

A conversation with Fernando Vallespín

Fernando Vallespín / Professor of Political Science at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / Catedrático de Ciencia Política en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
John Keane / Political Theory Professor at Sidney University & Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin / Catedrático de Teoría Política en la Universidad de Sidney y en el Wissenschaftszentrum de Berlín

March 28th // 19:00 h. (CET)

Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy Emerita at Yale University

Reflections on the Counter-Revolution of Our Times

Residencia de Estudiantes
Patrimonio Europeo