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The Human Condition

The Barcelona Debate 2008

How the individual can properly enjoy his or her freedom in today's world.

With "The Human Condition", the CCCB and the Fundació Collserola aim to foster discussion on how the individual can properly enjoy his or her freedom in today's world. These lectures continue along the lines established with "Passions" (2005), "Life" (2006) and "Meaning" (2007). In this cycle, they deal with some of the specifically human qualities of the human being.

For some decades now, the religious, ideological, family and work-related principles that traditionally sustained human life have been in crisis. These changes, which initially appeared as a chance for the individual to enjoy greater freedom, have opened up new domains of the unknown and, paradoxically, have generated even more uncertainty as to the future. Moreover, recent scientific research has raised doubts about previous assumptions that took for granted the superiority of humans over other living beings. The enduring presence of violence in our world and constant violations of human rights prompt us to recognise that our society is a long way from the humanist ideal. At the start of the 21st century, we are faced, more than ever before, with the need to think about the features that define us as people.

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