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21. Dialogue and Universalism: Volume > 14 > Issue: 10/12
Krzysztof Gawlikowski From False “Western Universalism” Towards True “Universal Universalism”
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The article outlines tragic consequences of wrong, Euro- and Americano-centric views of the world, with the military intervention “to introduce democracy” in Iraq as its most recent example. The study presents the roots of “false universalism” identified with Western civilization, the intricate way of dialogue among civilizations as leading towards a true “universal universalism”, which considers all civilizations as valuable sources and treats them as equal. The reasons and consequences of the Western and American domination in the world, including the cultural dimension, and some fundamental characteristics of the Western civilization are also outlined. Some indications are presented how the future universal civilization could evolve, and how to deal with the differences of values. The problem of human rights and of democracy is also discussed.
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Tadeusz Kowalik America in an Age of Settling Accounts
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Cezary G. Cerekwicki The Practice of International Cooperation in the Third Sector
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In this paper I describe three similar projects, and investigate origins of their success. All of them are non-governmental and non-profit voluntary international initiatives that developed from small local projects. I claim that the basis of their success is universality of their underlying philosophy.
24. Dialogue and Universalism: Volume > 14 > Issue: 3/4
Ryszard Panasiuk Review of the Achievements of Leszek Kołakowski
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Karol Toeplitz Review of the Achievements of Leszek Kołakowski
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Library of Congress Announces Winner of First John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences
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The Award of the First John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences to Leszek Kołakowski
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Leszek Kołakowski Worst Memories—Again
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Jadwiga Staniszkis, Philip Earl Steele The Rise and Demise of the Metaphysics of the State
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Two streams of political thought will be presented: metaphysics of State (that started in the 14th century with the Ockhamian nominalism and ended with the “political theology” of Carl Schmidt and Weberian rationalization and “dictatorship of form”) and metaphysics of Power (from Nietzsche and Kierkegaard to Derrida, with power as imposed discontinuity). An impact of globalization concealing both traditions (and leading to de-politization, de-hierarchization and de-ontologization of power) will be analyzed, with the present evolution of European Union as an example. Structural violence (as a case of structural power, characteristic of globalization) will be shown in a post-communist context.
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Bernard Albin Professor Leszek Kołakowski’s Curriculum Vitae
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Aleksander Kwaśniewski President of the Republic of Poland
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Andrew Targowski From Global to Universal Civilization
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John Rensenbrink Wisdom and the Learning Imperative
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The word “wisdom” has a multitude of different meanings. This occurs both in popular language and in academic circles. It has that in common with other words of special significance and grandeur in the many languages of our species—think of “justice”, “peace”, “love”, “beauty”, and “reality”. Consider these various meanings of the word “wisdom”: being wise beyond her years, wise old man, wise guy, wise use, the wisdom of the ancients, conventional wisdom, the wise judge, the wise old crone, the three wise men, and so forth. Wisdom is associated with tradition, cleverness, moral rectitude, contemplation, resignation, wonder, keen insight, ripe old age, the received view, judicious balance, acute foresight, superior understanding, solace in time of trouble, and stoic endurance. The list could go on, but even just this much reveals a riot of meanings—and a great deal of confusion. Many of the things we think of as wisdom seem to be at odds with other things we think of as wisdom, and some seem wide of the mark, if not downright mistaken and wrong.
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Karol Bal Laudation
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Zdzisław Latajka Opening Address
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Adam Daniel Rotfeld Once Again on the Worst Issues
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Immanuel Wallerstein The Rising Strength of the World Social Forum
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Krzysztof Szamałek Universalism and Holism in Ecology
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Praxis, especially the daily decisonmaking of political praxis, should, if possible, be accompanied by theoretical reflection. Such reflection helps view matters from a proper distance, separate that what is temporary and short-lived from the endurable and timeless and the unordered, spontaneous and accidental from the systemized, planned and well-probed. A long-year university staffer mainly dealing with the economy of natural resource exploitation, for the past decade I have also been in the fortunate position to work on the political scene as an employee of the Ministry of the Environment.
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Leszek Kołakowski Acceptance Speech
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Janusz Kuczyński, Maciej Bańkowski The Editor’s Afterword: The Universalism Imperative vs. Horror Metaphysicus and Horror Politicus