Nexus Conference 2018 -

15 December 2018
9.30 – 16.00
National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

The Battle Between Good and Evil

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 and philosophers, scientists and politicians have debated the question for centuries: how do we defeat the forces of evil? What is evil, and do ‘good’ and ‘evil’ even exist as absolute values? And what is a good life?

On 15 December 2018, the speakers at the Nexus Conference took up this battle in two roundtable discussions. The first round included the acclaimed writer on faith, hope and the meaning of life Marilynne Robinson, Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, Cardinal Peter Turkson, A.I.-expert and futurologist Anders Sandberg, classicist Catherine Nixey, top diplomat Jean-Marie Guéhenno and tech investor David Rose.

In the second round, the battle continued with the legendary CIA operative and military intelligence leader Michael Vickers, Syrian freedom fighter Kassem Eid, trailblazing transhumanist philosopher Natasha Vita-More, expert on interreligious dialogue Tarek Mitri, New Right-philosopher Catherine Sommerfeld, writer Tatyana Tolstaya and Jewish thinker Leon Wieseltier.


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Nexus 81

De strijd tussen goed en kwaad

De strijd tussen goed en kwaad

With contributions from the speakers at the Nexus Conference 2018 and the Nexus Lecture by Margaret Atwood


United States, 1943

Marilynne Robinson

Foto Jean-Marie Guehenno

France, 1949

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

diplomat and former UN Under-Secretary-General

Wales, 1980

Catherine Nixey

religion critic and journalist

United States, 1957

David S. Rose

tech entrepreneur and investor

Sweden, 1972

Anders Sandberg

transhumanist and expert on A.I.
Wole Soyinka

Nigeria, 1934

Wole Soyinka

Nobel Prize-winning author

Ghana, 1948

Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson


Syria, 1986

Kassem Eid 

Palestinian-Syrian activist

Lebanon, 1950

Tarek Mitri

expert on interreligious dialogue

Germany, 1975

Caroline Sommerfeld

intellectual of the New Right

Russia, 1951

Tatyana Tolstaya

writer from the Tolstoy family

United States, 1953

Michael G. Vickers

CIA officer and intelligence leader

United States, 1950

Natasha Vita-More

transhumanist designer and author
Nexus_Nietzsche V Gogh-0154

USA, 1952

Leon Wieseltier

Jewish-American public intellectual and editor of Liberties

Citizens of nowhere: on Brexit and cosmopolitanism

On Humanism and Transhumanism

Europe, Christianity and Islam


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