“Justice, Democracy, and the Unconditional Basic Income”

The second public event of our events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” took place on February 18, 2016, at the University of Zurich.

A large audience of about 400 people attended the lecture of the political philosopher and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network Philippe Van Parijs, who presented his perspective on “Justice, Democracy, and the Unconditional Basic Income“. The lecture was followed by a challenging discussion between Philippe Van Parijs and Reiner Eicheberger, Professor of Economics at the University of Fribourg. Moderated by the economic journalist Philipp Löpfe, this debate clarified the arguments in favour or against the introduction of an unconditional basic income in Switzerland – a topic on which the Swiss citizens will vote on June 5, 2016.

We thank Institut Zukunft for co-organizing the event with us, as well as Graduate Campus UZH for their support for the entire “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” series.

Those who couldn’t make it can learn more about what was discussed

  • By reading our report on the event
  • By watching the video of the event (which unfortunately didn’t follow our speakers along the entire evening…):

Media reports related to the event: