Full Circle coming event: Two Great Minds in Conversation on the Future of Europe

Our next event is a Full Circle-Bozar co-production. Philosopher A.C. Grayling joins historian Luuk van Middelaar in conversation on Brexit, European identity & the future of EU. You can choose to come for the talk only or joins us for the usual Full Circle reception before the event.

Prominent British philosopher A.C. Grayling and incisive Dutch historian Luuk van Middelaar challenge each other on the issues and questions at the heart of our troubled times. The exchange will prove to be a whirlwind tour through history, philosophy, culture and identity, and lead to an in-depth conversation on the future of Europe. Join us for thought-provoking insights, streamlined argumentation, impeccable delivery and engage with two brilliant minds at work.

Please reserve your place here: https://grayling-vanmiddelaar-inconversation.eventbrite.co.uk/

Event information

  • Thursday 27th April

  • Reception: 6-7.45pm. Talk: 8-9.30pm

  • Location: BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, Brussels 1000

  • Fee: €15 / 25 / 35 (Reductions available)

  • Anyone can come once before joining

  • Members bring friends at Member rate


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A.C. Grayling is an outstanding British philosopher and public intellectual, as well as a prolific author (over 30 books) and frequent writer, columnist, broadcaster and commentator on all of the main national media in the UK. He contributes to the ongoing reflection on how we should live and about possibilities for good lives in good societies. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. He was previously Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford and has twice been a judge for the Booker Prize.

Key links

Anthony C. Grayling's website, New College of the Humanities

Good reads

• The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind (2016)
The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism (2013)
Friendship (2013)
• The Good Book: A Humanist Bible (2011)
• Liberty in the Age of Terror, A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values (2009)
 Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide For The 21st Century (2008)


Luuk van Middelaar is a political theorist, historian, author, and a brilliant thinker from the Netherlands. He is one of the most engaged and passionate observers of European affairs, providing unrivalled insights on European history and politics, and what it means to be a European today. He is a professor of EU law and European studies at the universities of Leiden and Louvain and a political commentator for NRC Handelsblad and De Tijd. Van Middelaar was the chief speechwriter and a close advisor to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy from 2010 to 2014. Since its original publication in 2009, his best-seller The Passage to Europe has received the Socrates Prize for the best Dutch philosophy book and the European Book Prize 2012. 

Key links
Luuk van Middelaar's website

Good reads
The Passage to Europe (2009)
Politicide (1999)