Monday 12 February, 19:30h.

Barcelona Debate 2007 - Sense

Lecture series

After the crises of religion and the great ideologies that marked the 20th century, our present times appear to represent the triumph of the most frivolous aspects of our condition. Leisure, aesthetics and consumption would now seem to be the panaceas that are to guarantee our happiness. Nonetheless, behind all the lures of this culture of hedonism, the troubling questions over the sense of our existence are still latent, along with a diffuse spirituality impregnated with Oriental wisdom and à la carte beliefs, as an ever-growing testimony to this nostalgia for the absolute. How is it possible to make sense of a world that is dominated by formulas for canned happiness and instant consumption? How can spiritual needs be expressed in today's world?With this cycle, the CCCB and the Collserola Foundation continue with the reflections upon the human condition in our contemporary world that began in 2005 and 2006 with the lecture series "Passions" and "Life".


12 February: "The Humanist Ideal in the Era of the Genome and Artificial Intelligence"
Víctor Gómez Pin, Professor of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

19 February: "Metamorphoses of God and the Sacred"
Frédéric Lenoir, Sociologist and philosopher, director of Le Monde des Religions.

26 February: "Hypermodern Times"
Gilles Lipovetsky, sociologist, author of Los tiempos hipermodernos (Anagrama, 2006).

5 March: "Values and the Life Project in Modernity"
Carlos Castilla del Pino, psychiatrist and member of the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy).

12 March: "The Future of Religion"
Gianni Vattimo, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin.

19 March : "Technology, Progress and the Human Impact on the Earth"
John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.

26 March: "Ethics without Theodicy"
Javier Muguerza, Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spanish Open University).