Ethics Day at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Festival of the Good Life – In welcher Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?
Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, June 26, 2015: What constitutes a good life? Philosophers and thinkers as early as Aristotle have been asking themselves this question for thousands of years. Against the backdrop of this long tradition, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science will be holding a festival dedicated to ethics on October 7, 2015 on the Kamp-Lintfort Campus. The event, entitled “Festival of the Good Life – In welcher Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?” (English: What kind of society do we want to live in?), will critically examine our current social systems within the framework of ethical behaviour and socially-responsible business practices. In the morning portion of the festival, a scientific symposium on ethics and finance will be held, followed in the afternoon by a diverse programme of lectures and workshops on numerous ethical topics.
Scientific Symposium on Ethics and Finance
The “Festival of the Good Life – In welcher Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?” will critically examine our current social systems within the framework of ethical behaviour and socially-responsible business practices. The morning portion of the event will be dedicated to a scientific symposium on the complex ethical issues within the finance sector. The first part of the symposium will be dedicated to the causes for the ongoing global economic recession and the lessons that must be learned from it. Leading researchers and industry experts will provide attendees with detailed looks at ethical developments in the financial markets in presentations such as “Ethical Principles in Commercial Trade? A Legal Comparison between Islamic Banking & Finance and German Economic Law” and “Financial Markets and Crises of Morality. The Onset of the Global Financial Crisis”.
The second part of the symposium will center on the theme of Islamic Banking and New Impetuses. Experts will present their views on the Islamic financial system as a model of ethical business practice, on Islamic business ethics caught between legal and ethical considerations, and on Islamic banking within the intent of Sharia law. A podium discussion will conclude the second half of the symposium, and all attendees are warmly invited to actively take part in the question-and-answer session.
Festival of the Good Life
Students at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences invite residents from around the region to take part in an ethics festival which promises fruitful discussions and exchanges with experts. In a series of informative lectures, experts will be holding presentations on various ethical topics, such as “The Human Concept in Legal Contexts”, “Are we allowed to do whatever we’re capable of? Ethics and Science”, “Manners and Virtue in the 21st Century”, and “Migration – A Look at the Situation of Refugees in Kamp-Lintfort”. Attendees are also warmly invited to take part in the accompanying discussions, and to contribute to in-depth discussions in workshops on the topics “Principles of Professional Ethics for Researchers”, “Ethics and Law Enforcement – Is Germany a Model Example?” and “The Pressure to Perform in our Society”.
Additionally, exhibits will be set up to encourage attendees to reflect upon ethical topics and to take action. On display will be exhibits on the topics “Escaping to a Better Life”, “Islamic Banking”, and “The Good Life depicted in Art”, the latter of which is the result of a competition among local area pupils.
Accompanying the Ethics Festival will be live music and a poetry slam competition, and the day-long event will conclude with an awards ceremony.
All lectures will be held in German. For more information, please see the official programme flyers (in German) to the right.