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Centre for Research in Public Ethics and Governance Noon Conference

Lecture by Dr. Louis Perron, professor at the Faculty of Philosophy

Social Institutions and ‘Institutions of Reason’: Thinking Public Ethics with Jean Ladrière

Social life is based on many concrete institutions. By virtue of the increasing process of rationalization of advanced societies, those institutions are truly becoming ‘institutions of reason’. Analogously to social institutions, institutions of reason exist thanks to a founding will. They manifest themselves as objective forms of rationality, constituting today a ‘universe of reason’: science, technology, capitalist economy, State of right, autonomous art. Those institutions overlap all sectors of activities of modern societies as systems of autonomous actions held by specific internal normativity and deploying themselves as modalities of instrumental rationality. The ethical challenge is to situate each of those specific dynamics in the larger project of reason, while evaluating the internal normativity of each system. In other words, the challenge is to inscribe the rational into the reasonable. This is the main stake of public ethics.

When: January 28, 2016

Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Where: G102, Saint Paul University


Event Contact Person: Sophie Cloutier, Director of Centre for Research in Public Ethics and Governance (scloutier@ustpaul.ca)                                                      

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