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25 September 2012
Leading intellectuals gather in London for pan-European Battle of Ideas

As the Eurozone crisis demands focus on the state of European democracy, some of Europe’s leading public intellectuals will gather at London’s Battle of Ideas festival in October at a pan-European summit to contest the case for freedom in the twenty-first century. Can freedom be traded off against other important values? Is it worth defending the freedom to exploit, pollute and behave irresponsibly? Is free will simply an illusion or ideal which is no longer relevant to the contemporary West?

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Your conscience, my health: the right to refuse?

"The Battle of Ideas is a weekend like no other. I found the 2011 festival immensely stimulating. It gave me a great deal to think about, and a whole new list of books to read - from Virgil to Vygotsky. On to greater battles in 2012!"
Ken Macleod, award-winning science fiction writer; author, The Restoration Game and Intrusion

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