Skip to main content

The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization

Objective

The ETN has two aims: to a) train ESRs; b) investigate the The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization.
a) The ETN will establish an innovative training programme which allows the ESRs to obtain specialist knowledge of a specific research topic and to obtain transferable skills enabling the students to apply their knowledge in non-academic institutions, e.g. dealing with social welfare, human resources, or legal /political institutes. The training program includes acquiring transferable skills via courses and via secondments in non-academic partner organisations.
b) The thesis of the research is that the concept of the ideal modern Western European human being has its roots far back in the history of philosophy and theology. This ideal human being has the right to think, believe, and express itself freely about all matters without fearing retribution, and to be treated as an autonomous and dignified individual. But such a conception is not shared by all – and never was. Its long history has been formed through a continuous battle between two theological and philosophical traditions going back to Origen from Alexandria and Augustine of Hippo respectively. Origen saw humans as free, valuable and dignified beings, while Augustine saw them as predestined, sinful and bound to servitude. The network will investigate the reception and use of Origen’s ideas in order to provide a comprehensive and historically based understanding of these fundamental values, their origins, development and the fights they have gone through. Only then can we argue for their continued place in modern society.
Such a project is highly relevant today, since the modern conception of humans is a fundamental pillar of Western democracies which is under pressure from both political and fundamentalist religious groups that question the societal structures building on ideas of humans’ freedom and dignity, and by global crises and structures that limit the individual’s autonomy.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
See other projects for this call

Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 160 327,52

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 820 337,58
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAT HALLE-WITTENBERG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 633 425,22
Address
Universitatsplatz 10
6108 Halle
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 232 422,48
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 326 427,19
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 148,57
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (8)

Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle
Germany
Address

Halle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Evangelische Kirche in Mitteldeutschland
Germany
Address

Erfurt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Dean and Chapter of Canterbury
United Kingdom
Address
Cathedral House
CT1 2EH Canterbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Address
Wilhelmstr. 18
72074 Tübingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aschendorff Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Address
Soester Str. 13
48155 Münster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DAR AL KALIMA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OFARTS AND CULTURE
Palestine
Address
Mureir Mountain
Bethlehem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Diocese of Pecs
Hungary
Address
Szent Istvan Ter 23.
7624 Pécs
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Walther de Gruyter GmBH
Germany
Address

Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)