Round Table: "Paul Ricoeur - Ethics of Knowledge"

When :

from Wednesday 27 November, 2013
to Wednesday 27 November, 2013

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room IV, 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

Irina Zoubenko-Laplante,

Within the framework of the celebration of the 2013 World Philosophy Day, the main theme of which is “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet”, an international round table on the Ethics of Knowledge will pay tribute to one of the major French philosophers of the twentieth century, known for the wide range of his thinking and the worldwide impact of his work.

In 2013, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of this remarkable thinker who was a devoted friend of UNESCO and made a significant contribution to the Organization’s work on philosophical reflection about the role of values and ethics in education, culture and science, and forging the universal project of humanity.

Our world has been profoundly changed by knowledge and technical knowhow; the learning of philosophical enquiry in order to understand together the problems which assail us has never been more urgent.

Paul Ricoeur - who worked closely with UNESCO over the years, keeping alive the dialogue between the great philosophical traditions and the human sciences – helps us understand science as a way of understanding ourselves, at one and the same time active and impotent, responsible and vulnerable.

Our aim, with the help of speakers from the four corners of the world, is to unwrap the contribution of ricoeurian philosophy with regard to the ethical and educational implications of the digital age and to show how the tragedy of action informs the ethics of science by the gap created between ‘the horizon that awaits us and the space of experience’ in the age of techno-science and its planetary consequences. We also want to understand man, suffering and seeking to define the role of ‘care’ in our societies, and to look for the paths of wisdom or translation which go from the science of language to the understanding of religion.

Moderator: John Crowley, Chief of the Global Environmental Change team, Division of Ethics and Global Change, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector

• Beatriz Contreras Tasso, Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of Chile on ‘Ethical challenges according to Ricoeur in the era of techno-scientific knowledge'

• André Duhamel, Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Applied Ethics of the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada on ‘Can the tragedy of action inform science ethics today?’

• Peter Kemp, University of Copenhagen, Honorary President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies on ‘From the science of language to the understanding of religion’

• Claire Marin of the Centre International de Recherches sur la Philosophie Française Contemporaine of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, on ‘Understanding Human Suffering’

Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) was the author of, among other works: Le Conflit des interpretations; Time and Narrative; Oneself as Another; Critique et conviction; La mémoire, l’histoire, l’oubli; and Parcours de la reconnaissance.

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