Culture, History, Society

Zena Hitz

The Division of Labor and the Sources of Consolation

The capacities to think, to study, to know and to understand are human capacities. This may seem like the most dull and obvious claim in the world, and yet we have forgotten it.

Francesco Boldizzoni

Do we still need social democracy?

I am far from believing that social democracy is viable anywhere in the world. But if there is a natural home for it, it is Europe.

Politics, Science, Society

Nexus Lecture 2022

What’s the matter with capitalism?

There is much to be said for capitalism. But it also has it dangers, not in the last place: its current threat to democracy.


Q&A plus jam session with Wynton Marsalis


Music, Society

Calling Dr. Jazz: the Case for Integrity



A Renaissance Man: Rob Riemen introduces Wynton Marsalis


Politics, Society

Tariq Ramadan

I am European

To say ‘I am European’ implies, first and foremost, an open identity, support for transnational solidarity and acceptance of international responsibilities.

Politics, Society

Allan Janik

On being European

Citizens of European national states who want to become Europeans today do well to remind themselves of the ideas that guided Robert Schuman’s efforts to heal the wounds of a society that had all but self-destructed in the course of the two world wars. To re-examine the roots of his thinking is to re-discover perhaps the most important of well-springs of European unity.

History, Politics, Society

Adin Steinsaltz

I am European

To sum up: the spirit of contemporary Europe is like that of a person past middle age, a semi-retired gentleman. Things have quieted down; most of the ferocious struggles of olden times are now abating.
Van Gogh, Pair of Shoes, 1886

Art, Culture, Philosophy

Lesley Chamberlain

Van Gogh and the light around a pair of boots

In Cuesmes, Van Gogh learnt about physical work, and philosophy after him embroidered the significance of work.

How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way

Life is Hard

The book is filled to the brim with interesting ideas and arguments, well-chosen illustrations from literature and cinema, and courageous confessions taken from Setiya’s own life.
053_JRD0477-Nexus Instituut – Lezing Emmanuel Macron

Literature, Politics

Q&A with President Emmanuel Macron


Rob Riemen

Tomb or Treasure? Nietzsche and Van Gogh discuss The Future of Western Civilization

On the occasion of the Nexus Conference 2023
©Jelmer de Haas – All Rights Reserved


Lilia Shevtsova

How the West is accommodating the Kremlin

The postmodern, transactional leaderships of Europe today find themselves poorly equipped to respond to the challenges posed by the Russian System, which is why the Western responses inevitably slide into accommodationism.

Nelofer Pazira

Flight and identity: the story of Cordoba, Kabul and my father’s suit

Bruckner gotterdammerung

History, Politics, Society

Peter Frankopan

Götterdämmerung: Who – or What – will Rule the World ?


Politics, Society

What’s the Matter With Capitalism?



John Maynard Keynes

Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren