• What are (not) human rights?
  • How can we live together if we do not share common values?
  • Who is responsible for ideological polarization? How to get out of it?

Ivan Krastev has long warned with some nostalgia about the possible breakdown of the liberal consensus in Europe and the rise of authoritarian regimes. Ryszard Legutko, on the other hand, challenges the existence of a liberal consensus and draws attention to the growing totalitarian tendencies of contemporary European liberalism. The aim of the debate is a philosophical-political clash of two ideological currents at the intersection of human rights and the value bases of both worldviews.

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Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and member of the Board of Directors of GLOBSEC. He was a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times (2015-2021) and currently is a Financial Times contributing editor. Ivan Krastev is the author of "Is it Tomorrow, Yet? How the Pandemic Changes Europe" (Allen Lane, 2020); The Light that Failed: A Reckoning (Allen Lane, 2019), co-authored with Stephen Holmes - won the 30th Annual Lionel Gelber Prize; “After Europe” (UPenn Press, 2017); “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, 2014) and “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013). Ivan Krastev is the winner of the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020.

ryszard antoni legutko

Ryszard Legutko

Ryszard Antoni Legutko (1949 - ) has been described as one of the greatest conservative European thinkers of our time. He is a professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He specializes in ancient and political philosophy. He has translated several Platonic dialogues into Polish. He has written over 20 books in which he critically comments on the contemporary political culture of democracy, liberalism and tolerance. His "Essay on the Polish Soul" (2008), in which he vividly depicts the loss of historical memory in contemporary Polish society, was highly acclaimed. In 2013, he published a monumental work Socrates - Philosophy of a Righteous Man, for which he was awarded the prestigious Józef Mackiewicz Prize. In 2007 he was Polish Minister of Education, and is currently a member of the European Parliament for the Law and Justice Party and a co-chairman of the Conservatives and Reformists Group.


Martin Luterán

Martin Luterán vyštudoval právo na Univerzite Komenského a právnu filozofiu na Oxfordskej univerzite v Anglicku. Vo svojom výskume na Oxfordskej univerzite sa venoval o. i. vzťahu práva a morálky, obzvlášť v kontexte ľudských práv. Svoje akademické príspevky prezentoval na konferenciách v Anglicku, Írsku, Kanade, Katare a na Slovensku. V roku 2002 založil Spoločenstvo Ladislava Hanusa, ktoré viedol do roku 2011. V súčasnosti je členom čestnej rady Spoločenstva Ladislava Hanusa. V r. 2009 založil a vedie Kolégium Antona Neuwirtha. Už niekoľko rokov prednáša a vedie semináre o etike a prirodzenom zákone pre stredoškolákov, vysokoškolákov, ako aj pre odbornú verejnosť.