The Battle Between Good and Evil

Nexus Conference 2018

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It is the oldest tale in the history of humankind: the story of the battle between good and evil, between light and darkness, truth and lies, creation and destruction. Theologians, philosophers and moral leaders debated for centuries how to achieve victory over the forces of evil: through divine grace, good works, or through the power of human reason?

But today, ‘good’ and ‘evil’ seem to have lost their meaning. God is dead, Nietzsche said, and there is no universal knowledge of good and evil, because everything is subjective. Are we truly ‘beyond good and evil’, and have all values lost their value? Should we return to traditional values? Or does man create his own values?

On 15 December 2018, the speakers at the Nexus Conference will take up this battle in two roundtable discussions. How did we lose our values? Are there absolute or universal values, and what should these be based on? Which values are dominant today, and do the notions of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ still play a role in this? What are the dangers of a world dominated by technology, utility and commercial values? What is a ‘good’ society, and how can it be made a reality?

Normal € 90
Members (max. 4) € 50
Youth (under 31) € 30
Connect members € 20
Amici (max. 2) free
Patroni/Maecenates (max. 4) free


Saturday 15 December – National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

9.30 Welcome Rob Riemen

9.45 Keynote lecture Marilynne Robinson

10.45 Intermission

11.15 First roundtable: Paradise Lost. The Knowledge of Good and Evil

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Second roundtable: Beyond Good and Evil. Paradise Regained?

16.00 Book signing

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