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 Throughout his academic career, two philosophers took pride of place in the teaching and research of professor Herman De Dijn: Benedict Spinoza and David Hume.

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 Mutatuli LecturesThe topic of the 'Mutatuli Lectures' touches on multiculturalism, and attempts to adress questions such as `under what circumstances will cultural confrontation lead to enrichment rather than antagonism?´, ìn what way is...  
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 Politeia ConferenceThe Politeia Conference has been established to bring to a wider audience some of the innovative ideas driving discussions about the future of our society.

This conference is a bi-annual event where creative and...
Politeia Conference 2014: Bernhard Schlink
 Politeia Conference 2014: Bernhard SchlinkOn Tuesday 8 April Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader and Professor of public law and philosophy of law, was given a public evening lecture of the 2014 Politeia Conference.

Prof. Schlink spoke on "Freedom to Remember, Freedom to Forget?" in the context of the commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of the Great War.

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Ethical Perspectives, June 2013 (vol 20/2)
 The June 2013 issue of Ethical Perspectives (vol 20/2) contains:

- Introduction by Bart Pattyn

- The Limits of Bernard Williams’s Critique of Political Moralism by Edward Hall

- Inheriting Rights to Reparation. Compensatory Justice and the Passage of Time by Daniel Butt

- The Philosophical and Ethical Significance of Humour. The Simpsons as Humorous Ethical Truth-Telling by Dieter Declercq

- Defending the Guilty. A Moral Justification by Hugo Omar Seleme

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 PublicationsEuropean SPES Cahier 7: Leading with Wisdom
How wisdom and spirituality can result in a more integrated and peaceful practice of leadership.

European SPES Cahier 6: Respect and Economic Democracy
This publication is based on the hypothesis that democracy will become a growing ingredient of good business and leadership.

European SPES Cahier 5: Heroes and Anti-heroes. European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership
The firm belief that divergent (cultural) systems i.e. business ethics and literature can enrich each other is at the core of this publication.

The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business summarizes the most important issues, approaches and models in the field of spirituality in business, economics and society.

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Politeia Conference 2012
 Politeia Conference 2012On 27 and 28 March 2012 Metaforum Leuven and the
Centre for Economics and Ethics was organzing the Politeia Conference 2012 "Prioritizing the Weak in Times of Crisis" by Loïc Wacquant.

Loïc Wacquant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Researcher at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, Paris.

The highlight of 27 March 2012 was the 25th Celebration of the Centre for Economics and Ethics. Rooted in interdisciplinary dialogue, the Centre has endeavoured throughout its existence to integrate ethical reflection into economic research. Themes have emerged from welfare economics, the economics of healthcare, development economics, business ethics and other sub-disciplines, but the focus has always remained on the fate of the weaker members of society.

On 28 March 2012, two expert seminars were organized: ‘Theories of Justice and Concrete Poverty: Economists, Philosophers and Sociologists on Poverty’and ‘Ghettos: The Consequences of the Stigmatization of Problem Neighbourhoods in Cities such as Brussels’.

The evening lecture of the Politeia Conference 2012 ‘Urban Marginality, State Restructuring and Social Justice’ took place on Wednesday 28 March 2012 in the Promotion Hall of the University, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven.

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Multatuli Lecture 2013
 Multatuli Lecture 2013On Tuesday 21 May, Ian Buruma spoke on 'Asia as Myth: the East in the Western Imagination', Tuesday 21 May in the Promotion Hall of the University Halls (in Dutch).

To understand a different culture, simply accumulating information is not enough. An awareness of the stereotypes we use to process this information is at least of equal importance. We often only notice the things we expect to notice. Of course, the better we know a culture, the easier it is to see through the deception projected by such stereotypes: we all know that Holland is more than cloggs, windmills and tulips. When it comes to less familiar countries, however, it is often not so easy to distinguish clearly between fact and fiction. Asian cultures have evoked many different stereotypes since Herodotus. How do these western fantasies distort our view of the real China?

Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied history, Chinese literature, and Japanese cinema. He has worked in journalism and held several editorial and academic positions. In 2003 he became Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College, New York.
Spiritual Humanism, Economic Wisdom
 Spiritual Humanism, Economic WisdomSpiritual Humanism, Economic Wisdom - Essays in the honour of Luk Bouckaert

This special publication collects international essays in the honour of Luk Bouckaert. In the spirit of the European SPES forum, this volume covers issues of contemporary economics using a humanist perspective and discusses interrelated problems of business, ethics and society from spiritually based viewpoints.

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Multatuli-lecture 2011: Frank Furedi
 Multatuli-lecture 2011: 	Frank Furedi

On Wednesday 30 March 2011 Prof. Frank Furedi gave the biennial Multatuli Lecture on 'The Ambivalent Implications of Tolerance'. For an impression, visit our photo gallery.

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Ethical Perspectives, March 2013 (vol 20/1)
 The March 2013 issue of Ethical Perspectives (vol 20/1) contains:
- Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Global Politics and Globalization, by Annelies Decat
- In The Beginning There Was and Will Have Been the World or Who's Afraid of the Nation-State?, by Andréa B. Gill
- Cosmopolitan Ethics from Below, by Gilbert Leung
- Care Drain as an Issue of Global Gender Justice, by Anca Gheaus
- What If We Took Autonomous Recovery Seriously? A Democratic Critique of Contemporary Western Ethical Foreign Policy, by Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa
- Obamacare and Conscientious Objection. Some Introductory Thoughts, by Nir Eyal and Axel Gosseries
- Religious Liberty, Conscience, and the Affordable Care Act, by Holly Fernandez Lunch
- Conscience and Health, by Elizabeth Fenton
- Taxation, Conscientious Objection and Religious Freedom, by Annabelle Lever
- Can Moral Integrity Warrant Opposition to Tax-Funded Healthcare?, by Noam Zohar
- Conscientious Objection, Coercion, the Affordable Care Act, and US States, by Glenn Cohen
- The Use and Abuse of Religious Freedom, by Peter Singer

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Convergence 2014 - call for papers
 Convergence 2014 - call for papersThis International Conference will bring together educationists and professionals from different areas in the industry to address issues of human values, ethics and spirituality in doing business in the Indian context. It aims to identify new directions for spirituality and ethics together to build better leadership in the industry. The conference is organized by the IFIM Business School, Bangalore, India In cooperation with the European SPES Forum, Leuven, Belgium and the Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.

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Business for peace - Strategies for hope
 Business for peace - Strategies for hopeInternational SPES Conference, Ypres,
April 10-12

A joint initiative of the European SPES Forum, VKW het Ondernemersplatform,
Philosophie & Management, Global Compact Network Belgium, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, the European Baha’i Business Forum and Optimists Without Borders. With the support of Mulder Natural Foods NV and some private gifts.

The 'Business for Peace' Conference will be held at the venue of the Novotel in the historical town of Ypres. A visit to the battle fields of the Great War and a participation in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres are also part of the program. Registrations are open and can be done via

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