The Future of Democracy, with Jürgen Habermas

5 November 2013 from 10:30 to 17:00 hrs
KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
020 551 0727
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Symposium organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation and the Huizinga Institute Graduate School for Cultural History.

Due to a technical problem, the lecture will start at 10:45 a.m.

For more than fifty years, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has been one of the leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, sociology, and politics. Central to his thinking are deliberative democracy and commitment of citizens. He believes in open rational debate as a vital resource of politics and in the equality of all human beings as a foundational value underpinning democracy. Critical about the way political elites are dealing with the European crisis, driven by unrestrained financial markets, Habermas pleads for a more fully integrated, democratic European Union.

Juergen Habermas

This symposium is organised on the occasion of the Erasmus Prize 2013 that will be awarded to Jürgen Habermas on Wednesday 6 November. The symposium offers a select group of invited Research Master students and PhD researchers an opportunity to enter into discussion with Jürgen Habermas and other speakers, on a range of philosophical, historical, sociological and political topics. The idea is that this dialogue will be fuelled by on-going research of the students and PhD researchers.

Participants are welcome to attend the discussion of Jürgen Habermas with the other speakers and the Research Master students and PhD researchers.



10:30 a.m.

Welcome by Pim Levelt, former President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences


Introduction by Maria Grever, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Deliberative democracy and political crisis, by Jürgen Habermas, recipient of the Erasmus Prize 2013


Discussion moderated by Maria Grever



01:30 p.m.

Introduction by Ed Jonker, Utrecht University


Enlightenment and the limits of equality, by Siep Stuurman, Utrecht University


Discussion moderated by Ed Jonker




Introduction by Joel Anderson, Utrecht University

Democracy and economic crisis, by Ingrid Robeyns, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Discussion moderated by Joel Anderson

05:00 p.m.

Conclusions and drinks

Participation is free, but lunch is not included. In the surroundings of the Trippenhuis are many lunch facilities.

Registration has closed. Follow the symposium via livestream.


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