A View of the Future and the Social Tradition

The following paper was presented at the conference “After the End of Revolution: Constitutional Order amid the Crisis of Democracy,” co-organized by the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and the National Research University Higher School of Economics, September 1–2, 2017, Moscow. For additional details about the conference as well as other upcoming events, please visit the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute website.

Today is the time when we get to discuss our future together. This is a rare occasion that may or may not occur every hundred years. For once, we now have Russians, Americans, and Europeans sitting in one boat and considering together how to pass the rapids without capsizing. Steering out of the impasse where we have been driven by the global crisis requires clear thinking and direct, candid dialogue, i.e., the return to the “direct statement” culture. And this is exactly the way in which I will take the liberty to speak. I term the manner of speaking plainly in scientific discussions as “intellectual diplomacy.” And there are times when it is capable of achieving greater results than the combined efforts of the foreign ministries of a number of countries of the world.

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The 2016 Telos Conference: Roundtable on the Global Dimension of Ethical Life

From the 2016 Telos Conference in New York, the following is a video of a roundtable discussion of the question “What is the Global Dimension of Ethical Life?” Moderated by Russell A. Berman, the roundtable included Wayne Hudson, Adrian Pabst, Jay Gupta, David Pan, and Marcia Pally. We previously posted video of the conference’s plenary session here. Stay tuned for more conference videos and papers in the coming days.

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