• “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 –…

  • Public lecture and discussion with Philippe Van Parijs

    In the frame of our “Democracy and Justice” workshop, we are glad to invite you to the public lecture of the political philosopher Philippe Van Parijs on February 18, 2016, in Zurich. The most renowned advocate of the unconditional basic income will talk about “Justice, democracy and the unconditional basic income” – an extremely relevant topic for current Swiss politics, since the citizens of Switzerland will vote to accept or reject the introduction of an unconditional basic income in 2016. Van Parijs’ presentation will be followed by a critical comment and discussion with the economist Reiner Eichenberger (University of Fribourg). The event will be moderated by the journalist Philipp Löpfe. The…

  • “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” series officially launched

    The events series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” has now officially started – with a promising start! The opening discussion about the Limits of Democracy took place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in the Aula of the University of Zurich. Many of the topics we intend to touch upon in our 2015-2016 project were introduced and debated in a very thoughtful and interesting way by our speakers and moderator – Daniele Caramani, Francis Cheneval, Rosmarie Quadranti, Rudolf Strahm, and Daniel Binswanger. We are very thankful to them for sharing their perspective on this important topic, as well as to the large audience for coming and participating! Those who couldn’t make…