Arts and Education -

23 October 2004
09.00 – 17.00
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlijn

Living European Values

Neither prosperity nor security can guarantee the active existence of civilisation. Culture, with its pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty, the three greatest virtues, is the domain where the meaning of the main spiritual and moral values is sought. Is it still possible, in a pluralist, secular society, to pursue the true, the good, and the beautiful? Or is relativism a more justified course to take? In this seminar, the role of mass society, of the arts and education were examined, against the background of the question: what ought to be done?



United States, 1955

Mark Anderson

Professor of German

The Netherlands, 1933

Frits Bolkestein

liberal politician

France, 1948

Pascal Bruckner

philosopher, writer and critic of Western culture
A.S. Byatt

United States, 1936 – 2023

A.S. Byatt


United Kingdom, 1956 - 2015

David Cesarani

historian and expert on the Holocaust

United States, 1952

Mitchell Cohen

author The Politics of Opera

Hungary, 1952

László F. Földényi

cultural scholar in the broadest sense of the word

Germany, 1937

Karsten Harries

philosopher who writes on aesthetics

The Netherlands, 1950

Ernst Hirsch Ballin

law professor and Christian democrat

France, 1940

Gabriel Josipovici

British writer and academic

The Netherlands, 1960 - 2020

Atzo Nicolaï

liberal politician

United States, 1953

Ingrid Rowland

art historian

Hungary, 1924 - 2008

Tibor Simányi

writer and historian

United States, 1936 - 2015

C.K. Williams

poet, novelist, translator

The Netherlands, 1952 - 2014

Willem Witteveen

legal scholar and Senator

United States, 1956

Emily D. Bilski

curator, specializing in modern and contemporary art

Austria, 1956

Klaus Wölfer

Austrian ambassador

United States, 1952

Gary Smith

director American Academy, Berlin

Czech Republic

Katya Krausova

film and TV producer

Israel, 1945

Gabriel Motzkin

interdisciplinary academic