The Idea of Europe -

2 October 2004
09.30 – 20.00
Palac Prymasowski, Warschau

Past, Present and Future

Are we in need of common values? And what would such European values represent? Can we still unproblematically use, or refer to, the traditions which once underpinned the ideal of European civilisation? Central aspects of present-day Europe, such as pluralism, national identities, and borders, were addressed in this seminar. From the perspective of the future of European civilisation, the question remains: what choices can we still make?



Germany, 1964

Michael Brenner

expert in modern Jewish history

Italy, 1942

Benedetta Craveri

daughter of Benedetto Croce, specialized in French literature

Slovenia, 1961 - 2016

Aleš Debeljak

cultural critic

Serbia, 1953

Aleksa Djilas

writes on Yugoslavian history and politics

Belgium, 1926

Louis Dupré

Catholic philosopher

The Netherlands, 1963

Maxim Febuari

columnist, philosopher, writer

United States, 1947

Hillel Fradkin

scholar of Islam

Hungary, 1925 - 2016

George Klein

oncologist and humanist

France, 1963

Farid Laroussi

French literature specialist

France, 1949

Pierre Manent

political philosopher in the French liberal tradition

United States, 1964

Peter N. Miller


The Netherlands, 1960 - 2020

Atzo Nicolaï

liberal politician

Israel, 1960

Fania Oz-Salzberger

Israeli professor in the history of ideas and political commentator

United Kingdom, 1944 - 2020

Roger Scruton

conservative philosopher and art expert

Romania, 1951

Vladimir Tismaneanu

political theorist

United States, 1948

Adam Zamoyski

historian of Poland and Europe

Germany, 1948

Karl Schlögel

Eastern Europe expert

The Netherlands, 1949 - 2014

Willem van Hasselt

philosopher, policy maker in international relations

United Kingdom, 1957

Richard Bellamy

political scientist

Netherlands, 1968

Mabel van Oranje

peace and human rights advocate