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The open society and its enemies
The open society and its enemies

Fri, 20 Oct


Epiphany Church

The open society and its enemies

Conference on: Karl Popper and the current challenges of democracy

Time & Location

20 Oct 2023, 12:00 – 18:30

Epiphany Church, Hauptstrasse 23, 01097 Dresden, Germany

About the event

The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper was published in 1945 - and is highly topical. The slogan “open society” still shapes the self-image of many democracies today, especially in conflicts with non-democratic forces. Following in the footsteps of Karl Popper, the study day explores the core questions of open societies: What are our fundamental values? How do we want to live? What challenges are we currently facing and how existential are they? What and how do we argue? How and with what means do we want or have to defend ourselves? Contributors Dr. Julia Gerlach is a political scientist (doctorate on contentious democracy) and head of studies for democracy, economics and social affairs at the Evangelical Academy of Saxony. Dr. Maik Herold is a political scientist and research assistant in the MIDEM research project of the Hans Vorländer senior professorship at the Technical University of Dresden. His main focus lies in the areas of political theory and history of ideas, political sociology and political cultural research. Against this background, he researches questions of populism, extremism and protest, political polarization, social cohesion and civic ethics. The focus is primarily on Central and Eastern Europe and, in particular, Eastern Germany.

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