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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?
Is the Big Society the good society?
"There's a real sense of intellectual delight that so much can be discussed in just sixty minutes - and so thoughtfully - both by the speakers and especially by the audience. A rich feast of ideas."
Christopher Kelly, reader in Ancient History and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Corpus Christi College