9th Dialogue on Science 2010 - Opinions of the participants Part 2

Challenging Democracy - 9th Dialogue on Science of the Academia Engelberg Foundation 2010 During this year’s Dialogue on Science held in Engelberg in mid October, experts from various disciplines and countries with different forms of government analyzed the concept of democracy. You can find the reportings, impressions, audio- and video-files of the 9th Dialogue on Science on the website: http://www.academia-engelberg.ch/conference_2010.php5 . Visit also the Blog on...

9th Dialogue on Science 2010 - Opinions of the participants Part 1

Challenging Democracy - 9th Dialogue on Science of the Academia Engelberg Foundation 2010 During this year’s Dialogue on Science held in Engelberg in mid October, experts from various disciplines and countries with different forms of government analyzed the concept of democracy. You can find the reportings, impressions, the audio- and video-files of the 9th Dialogue on Science on the website: http://www.academia-engelberg.ch/conference_2010.php5 . Visit also the Blog on...

Scope and limitations of democracy

Challenging Democracy - 9th Dialogue on Science of the Academia Engelberg Foundation 2010 In a role play, participants assumed the task of governing different countries such as Germany, Canada, Kenya, Columbia, Pakistan and Serbia. On the one hand, they had the task to increase their country’s prosperity through fishing as the only source of income. On the other hand, they had to be careful to not lose the favour of the voters. This situation confronted several "governments" with real...

Why Democracy? A philosophical defence against the most subtle despisers

Challenging Democracy - 9th Dialogue on Science of the Academia Engelberg Foundation 2010 In his presentation, Professor Günter Abel from the Technical University of Berlin asked the question of whether society can provide reasons for an understanding of democracy beyond the stranglehold of the dichotomy between metaphysical absolutism and resigned relativism. He asked to leave behind the whole picture of the political as a space of truth and knowledge. Rather, one might conceive the...

Life, death and democracy

Challenging Democracy - 9th Dialogue on Science of the Academia Engelberg Foundation 2010 Life and death are traditional issues of democratic political reflection. They appear in different discussion contexts – from the question about life protection to death penalty. Over the past decades, technical-scientific developments have contributed to a new dynamic of the relation between death, life and politics. In his presentation, Professor Herbert Gottweis from the University of Vienna...

Benign Violations: Making Immoral Behavior Funny

submitted by: apmcgraw
Humor is an important, ubiquitous phenomenon; however, seemingly disparate conditions seem to facilitate humor. We integrate these conditions by suggesting that laughter and amusement result from violations that are simultaneously seen as benign. We investigated three conditions that make a violation benign and thus humorous: (a) the presence of an alternative norm suggesting that the situation is acceptable, (b) weak commitment to the violated norm, and (c) psychological distance from...
Authors: Caleb Warren, A. peter Mcgraw