The View From Prague

The expectations of world leaders at the dawn of the 21st century
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288 pages

This work is the result of the Forum 2000 conferences initiated by Václav Havel and Elie Wiesel. The book is based mainly on the first five conferences which were held in Prague from 1997. 
The first essay written by Václav Havel deals with spiritual preconditions of the global survival of humankind, and the second one is the quintessence of Havel’s views on the world which we have inherited as well as his views on our hopes for the future. The book closes with Havel’s personal reflection on the deeper meaning and aim of the Forum 2000 meetings. 
Subsequent chapters analyze and interpret the ideas that were expressed by the speakers and interlocutors of the first five conferences in which they tried to identify and understand the primary issues facing mankind globally. Reflections deal with the main dimensions of globalization and with their synchronicities as well as asynchronicities based on the quintessences of the annual conference reports.

Editorial Note

List of Contributors

How the Idea of Forum 2000 Emerged
Jiří Musil and Takeaki Hori

Part I. Our World

Spiritual Preconditions for Our Common Global Survival
Václav Havel

The World We Have Inherited, Our World Today, and Hopes for the Future
Václav Havel

Part II. Problems and Visions of Our World Today as Seen by the Participants of Forum 2000 Conferences. Confrontation of Forum 2000 with Contemporary International Discourse on Globalization

Importance of the Context
Jiří Musil

How to React to a Plurality of Cultures

Globalization, Society and Culture
Jiří Musil

Two Examples of Socio-Cultural Disintegration Caused by Globalization
Takeaki Hori

The Importance of Religion

The Transformations of Religion in the Process of Globalization
Tomáš Halík

Awareness of the Relations Between Economics, Politics, Knowledge and Ethics as a Starting Point for Global Governance

Political Globalization
Jiří Pehe

Economy Was in the Background of Many Discussions on Social and Ethical Problems

An Economic View of the World
Jana Marková

The Global Environmental Situation and Human Responsibility

Global Environmental Problems
Václav Mezřický

The View of an Observer

Both the Rationality of Precise Analysis and the Naivety of Ideals Are Needed
Vladimír Karfík

Why Forum 2000?
Václav Havel


Prague Declaration

Participants of the Forum 2000 Conferences (1997–2005)

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