The original Enlightenment included a range of ideas centered on the pursuit of happiness, sovereignty of reason, and the evidence of the senses as the primary sources of knowledge and advanced ideals such as liberty, progress, toleration, fraternity, constitutional government, and separation of church and state
We believe those values never faded away and are, in fact, as foundational today as they were three hundred years ago. Yet, these values may be interpreted in different manners by different cultures and even by a given culture at different times. What deserves to remain universal and what is best left to particular cultures is the raging debate of the XXIst century. The initiators of this forum hope it will be the right place to have civilized discussions about those important questions.