21st Century Talks: The future of ValuesThe next session of 21st Century Talks and Dialogues will address the question “The Future of Values”, on the occasion of the publication in France of a work by the same title (Où sont les valeurs, Albin Michel / UNESCO Publishing). The four co-authors of the book, Hélé Béji, Axel Kahn, Paul Ricoeur and Gianni Vattimo will take part in the session, which will take place at UNESCO (Room XII) on April 28, 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
The Future of Values (to be published in English later this year) is the second anthology of the des 21st Century Talks and Dialogues. Some 50 scientists, intellectuals, artists and other personalities have contributed to the work. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura wrote the preface of the book which was edited by Jérôme Bindé, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Division of Foresight, Philosophy and Human Sciences. Like the first volume, Keys to the 21st Century (Berghahn Books / UNESCO Publishing), it is intended for those who wish to improve their understanding of the world we live so as to prepare for tomorrow.
The Talks will be chaired by the Director-General and moderated by Jérôme Bindé. It will bring together: Hélé Béji the essayist and novelist who chairs the International College of Tunis, which she founded in 1998. Her research focuses on the anthropology of decolonization and cultural issues. Her publications include Désenchantement national, essai sur la décolonisation, L’Imposture culturelle and the novel L’Œil du jour.
Geneticist and a physician Axel Kahn directs the Institut Cochin of Molecular Genetics (France) and is a Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). A member of the National Ethics Consultative Committee (France) and President of the European Commission’s Life Sciences High-Level Group, he has published numerous works including La médecine du XXIème siècle: des gènes et des hommes, Copies conformes: le clonage en question, Et l’Homme dans tout ça? and Raisonnable et humain.
The philosopher Paul Ricoeur is Emeritus Professor of the University of Paris and the University of Chicago. A former professor of philosophy at the universities of Strasbourg, Paris-Sorbonne and Paris Nanterre, he is a member of the Universal Academy of Cultures. He has published, among others, Le Conflit des interpretations, Time and Narrative, Oneself as Another, Critique et conviction, La mémoire, l’histoire, l’oubli and Parcours de la reconnaissance.
Gianni Vattimo is professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. Regarded as one of the leading figures of post-modernism in philosophy, he is the author of numerous works, including The End of Modernity, The Transparent Society, Belief, and After Christianity.