Center for Inquiry Low Countries presents:
The Secular Outlook
Symposium on Moral and Political Secularism
The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism shows how people can live together and overcome the challenge of religious terrorism by adopting a “secular outlook” on life and politics. In his book Cliteur shows how secularism can answer the problem of religious terrorism; he provides new perspectives on how religious minorities can be integrated into liberal democracies, reveals how secularism has gained a new political and moral significance, and also examines such topics as atheism, religious criticism and free speech.
Saturday 16 October 2010
13.00h – 17.00h.
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29 (Universiteit voor Humanistiek), Utrecht
12.30-13.00: entrance with coffee/tea
13.00-13.10: Welcome by Rob Tielman (chairman CFI LC)
13.10-13.20: Floris van den Berg on humanism and secularism: secular humanism
13.20-13.30: Spoken column by Dick Metselaar
13.30-14.50: Paul Cliteur presents The Secular Outlook
14.50-15.05: Humanist intermezzo by Joep Schrijvers
15.25-16.05: Keynote: Stephen Law, author of The War for Children’s Minds, on secular education
16.05-16.35: Herman Philipse on secularism & atheism
16.35-17:15: (panel) discussion lead by Joep Schrijvers
Floris van den Berg, co-executive director of CFI Low Countries, teaches environmental ethics at Utrecht University and is the author of Filosofie voor een betere wereld. He blogs at http://verlichtingshumanisten.web-log.nl/.
Paul Cliteur is a philosopher as well as professor of jurisprudence at Leiden University. He is the author of many books, among which Moreel Esperanto. The Secular Outlook is his first book in English.
Stephen Law is a humanist philosopher and chairman of CFI UK. He popularizes philosophy for children as well for adults. In his book The War for Children’s Minds he pleas for a liberal, humanist education and educational system. He blogs here: http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/
Dick Metselaar is actively involved in internationally organized humanism. He is also the poet laureate of the city of Deventer.
Herman Philipse is university professor at Utrecht University and outspoken atheist and secularist. Recently he published Filosofische polemieken, a collections of his essays. A large collection of his public lectures has been published on audio by Home Academy, including Godsgeloof of atheïsme.
Joep Schrijvers established the enlightenment humanist think tank. Schrijvers is a management trainer, and author of, among many other books, Hoe word ik een rat?
Rob Tielman, chairman CFI Low Countries, is a prominent leader in organized humanism nationally and internationally. Recently a compilation of his work has been published, Rob Tielman, begeesterd humanist.
[zie ook God en het monotheïstisch dilemma]