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.

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
Montesquieu 1689-1755
Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
Hannah Arendt 1906-1975
The truth belongs to those who seek it, not to those who claim to own it.
Nicolas de Condorcet 1743-1794
The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
Richard Dawkins – 1941 –

There is no fool like an educated fool, Margaret Atwood – 1939 –
All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.
Hypathia of Alexandria 370-415
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
James Baldwin 1924-1976
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
David Hume 1711-1776


Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.
Steven Pinker – 1954 –