Ideas, values

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Ahmed Bouyerdene : L’humanisme et l’humanité en islam [Humanism and humanity in Islam]

on March 10th, 2015 | Values

Since first coined, the term "humanism", a frequently over-used portmanteau word if ever there was one, has covered fields which are as diverse as they are wide-ranging. Through the centuries, the term has been associated (when not substituted for) philology, philosophy, ethics, progress, romanticism, etc. However, the foundations of humanism may be reduced to two key areas: the quest for knowledge – especially in relation to mankind and its place in the universe – and the love of humanity and the preservation of its dignity.

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Tareq Oubrou : Coran, clés de lecture [Keys to understanding the Koran]

on March 10th, 2015 | Values

Islam is a monotheistic, revealed religion. Its book of reference, the Koran, is considered to be the word of God (or Allah in Arabic), He of the Old and New Testaments: a God who exists, communicates and commands. In other words, a God who is interested in man and his condition and who expects man to be involved in the relationship and offer something in return. Islam shares with Christianity in particular the notion of eschatological salvation and the universality of its message, which is intended for all humanity and not just one specific population.

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Laurence Daziano – The new wave of emerging countries

on November 5th, 2014 | Growth

In 2001, an economist at Goldman Sachs coined the acronym BRICS to mark the entry of emerging countries into the global economy. The concept of emergence is now back in the ascendancy reflecting an international landscape which has undergone profound change. Since this concept emerged, classifications based on broad and sometimes vague criteria have been devised to identify new emerging countries.

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What future for the European left ?

on December 26th, 2011

Sir Stuart Bell, member of the supervisory board of the Fondation pour l’innovation politique, labour member of Parliament studies the future of the European Left.

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Iran: civil revolution?

on July 14th, 2010 | Values

What exactly happened in Iran in June 2009? Why, when Ahmadinejad’s election in 2005 failed to spark any protests, did the Iranian people take to the streets after his re-election four years later? What are the precise characteristics of the protest movement that emerged following the disputed 12 June 2009 election? Who were the young […]

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Measuring Happiness

on February 6th, 2009 | Values

Is it necessary, or even feasible, to measure a country’s wealth in other ways than by its GDP? After being a fad in the 1970s and neglected during the 1980s and 1990s, “welfare” studies are once again in the spotlight. Their aim is to formulate indicators based either on individual subjective perception or on objective […]

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Should We Reform Institutions or Inaugurate a New French Republic? The Bel Report: Its Limitations and Omissions

on February 6th, 2009 | Values

On 8 February 2007, Senator Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the French Senate’s Socialist Group, released his report on institutional reform. These proposals addressing all constitutional issues under the title “Pour une Nouvelle République,” have raised questions, doubts and concerns analyzed here by Frédéric Rouvillois.In this paper, the author provides an in-depth analysis of the Bel […]

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Public Opinion As a Market: Telecracy v. Democracy

on February 6th, 2009

On 3 April 2007, the Fondation pour l’innovation politique held a roundtable on “Public Opinion As a Market: Telecracy v. Democracy” within the framework of monthly political lectures led by Prof. Dominique Lecourt. On this occasion, philosopher Bernard Stiegler, Director of the Cultural Development Department of the Centre Pompidou (where he recently created the Institute […]

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Would civil society be better represented with the proportional system? European Experiences and the French Scenario

on January 20th, 2009 | Values

French citizens are increasingly dissatisfied with the representative system, whether in terms of election procedures or of the relatively stagnant choice of candidates from a professionalized political class. How can France manage to better represent society through its elective system? What would it take to turn grassroot protest movements into constructive influence on public policies?This […]

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