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Back to 2013_10_03_ICS_La ética en la vida en común centra una serie de sesiones del Instituto Cultura y Sociedad abiertas a todo el campus

Ethics in communal living is the focus of a series of ICS sessions open to the general public. campus

Coordinated by David Thunder with the support of ICS, the forum aims to foster dialogue between researchers, professors and students from postgraduate program of all disciplines, particularly within the Humanities and social sciences.

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Main Library Building. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
03/10/13 11:51 Isabel Solana

David Thunder, researcher of project 'Religion and Civil Society' of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra, has organized the second edition of the 'Ethics and Society Forum'. This is a series of sessions, sponsored by the ICS, that will address issues related to the improvement of communal life and society, whether from the perspective of ethics, legal theory, Economics, political and social Philosophy , or the social sciences in general.

The activity is open to researchers, professors and students of postgraduate program from all over the campus. The goal is threefold: it aims to be a vehicle to disseminate the work of the ICS among the entire university community, to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and to encourage ICS researchers to receive feedback from other experts on the work they are developing.

The first of the meetings will be held on October 8, under the degree scroll 'Who is my Neighbour? A Phronetic Approach to Duties of Beneficence'. In it, Professor David Thunder will reflect from Philosophy on what people should do for those who do not belong to their family or close environment.

Philosophical reflection on the financial aid to others.

"A certain Degree of sensitivity to strangers," Professor Thunder explains, "is generally perceived as a sign of decency, while indifference to their basic needs is often seen as a trait of a self-centered and immoral personality. Many philosophers have suggested that there is a moral obligation to help strangers in need, although there is no agreement about the content and scope of that duty."

The other three sessions planned for this semester are 'The anthropological crisis of scientific innovation', at position by PhD student of Philosophy Alberto Vargas (October 22); 'Taming the Leviathan. A critical approach to the concept of subsidiarity and its application in the European Union', to be given by Joseba Fernández, PhD student of Public Law (November 5); and 'Forgiveness. A philosophical perspective', to be given by Mariano Crespo, researcher of project 'Natural law and rationality internship' (November 19).

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