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What Is Universalism?

New philosophy for a multipolar world

As new power centers emerge around the world, each with a claim to the legitimacy of their civilizational values and particular truth procedures, can we still speak of universal values and universal truths? How can we imagine a new theoretical basis for a post-globalization, post-eurocentric and in many ways post-liberal world?

These and many more questions will be at the base of a philosophical happening taking place on June 21-22 at Palazzo Diedo in Venice. Thinkers from all continents will gather for two days of philosophical creation and a public marathon of interviews on universalism led by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Frédérique Ait-Touati
Barbara Cassin
Emanuele Coccia
Souleyman Bashir Diagne
Mamadou Diouf
Manthia Diawara
Arturo Escobar
Yuk Hui
Nadia Yala Kisukidi
Margaret Levi
Julie Mehretu
Pankaj Mishra
Carlo Rovelli
Nikolaj Schultz
Bing Song
Ece Temelkuran
Ge Wang
Zhang Xudong

Curated by
Hans Ulrich Obrist and Lorenzo Marsili

A special lecture performance by
Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst


“Adventures of Enlightenment”
a project by Alexander Kluge

Graphic design by StudioKrimm



"What Is Universalism" Program

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