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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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Ethical Perspectives: September 2016
  • Bart Pattyn, Introduction

  • Hun Chung, A Game-Theory Solution to the Inconsistency between Thrasymachus and Glaucon in Plato`s Republic

  • Daniel Sharp, The Rule-Following Considerations and the Case for Moral Particularism. A Critical Examination

  • Radim Bělohrad, Self-Concern without Anticipation

  • Erik Meganck, Spem in Aliud... What (Other) May I Hope for?

  • Kyle Johannsen, Cohen`s Equivocal Attack on Rawls`s Basic Structure Restriction

  • Gabriele Badano, On the Moral Importance of Numbers, Relevance and the Workings of Non-Aggregative Reasoning

  • Book reviews

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Ethical Perspectives: March 2016
  • Gottfried Schweiger, Gunter Graf and Mar Cabezas
    Introduction. Justice and Disadvantages during Childhood: What Does the Capability Approach Have to Offer?
  • Jean-Michel Bonvin, Daniel Stoecklin
    Children`s Rights as Evolving Capabilities
    Towards a Contextualized and Processual Conception of Social Justice
  • Johannes Drerup,
    Liberalism without Perfection? Autonomy, Toleration and Education in Nussbaum`s Capability Approach
  • Mar Cabezas,
    The Right to Love during Childhood and the Capability Approach. Beyond the Liao/Cowden Debate
  • Jonathan Josefsson,
    Children`s Rights to Asylum and the Capability Approach
  • Rosana Triviño Caballero,
    Young Bodies, Small Minds? Applying the Capability Approach to Girls` Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • Sepideh Yousefzadah, Franziska Gassmann
    Local Needs and Global Indicators. A Contextual Approach to Multidimensional Child Deprivation
  • Book Reviews

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Ethical Perspectives - December 2015
 The heterogeneity of the contributions to the present edition of Ethical Perspectives serves to illustrate once again how varied the research subjects can be within the domain of ethical reflection. It is also striking that we have much to learn from the research presented in these pages, which implies in turn that disciplines do not need to be streamlined if they are to be interesting.

Introduction by Bart Pattyn and contributions by
  • Marc Davidson: Death and the Afterlife. A Review Essay
  • Emilian Mihailov: The Argument from Self-Defeating Beliefs Against Deontology
  • Konrad Banicki: Therapeutic Arguments, Spiritual Exercises, or the Care of the Self. Martha Nussbaum, Pierre Hadot and Michel Foucault on Ancient Philosophy
  • Liesbeth Schoonheim: The Impotence of the New. Political Change in an Age of Invisible Ideology
  • Koen Abts: Attitudes Towards a Cordon Sanitaire vis-à-vis Extremist Parties. Instrumental Pragmatism, Affective Reactions, and Democratic Principles
  • Mariano Crespo: Husserl on Personal Aspects of Moral Normativity

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Multatuli Lecture 2015: Michael Tomasello
 Multatuli Lecture 2015: Michael TomaselloThe Multatuli Lecture of 2015 was given by Michael Tomasello, an American developmental and comparative psychologist and co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Theme of his lecture was "the evolutionary origins of human morality".

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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.

Spiritual 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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From European SPES Forum to European SPES Institute
 From European SPES Forum to European SPES InstituteThe Steering Committee of the European SPES Forum gathered in Ypres on April 9, 2014. It took some important decisions which have been presented to the assembly of SPES members during the closing session of the Ypres Conference on April 12.

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Ethical Perspectives: June 2015 (volume 22/2)
  • Bart Pattyn: Introduction

  • Ronen Shnayderman: On Being Forced to Be Free. Between Republican and Liberal Freedom

  • Andrew Fiala: Criticizing Common Sense about War and Posthumous Harm

  • Janna Thompson: Can Groups Have Human Rights?

  • Sven Nyholm: Reason With Me: Confabulation and Interpersonal Moral Reasoning

  • Book reviews

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