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Spring Session in Public Ethics

Spring Session in Public Ethics

Saturday, April 6, 2019

       Maurice-Belanger Social Innovation Workshop

  Saint Paul University


Morning Session:


9:00—9:30    Coffee & Muffins, Opening Remarks

9:30—9:50     Dr. Raj Shukla (Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University)

“Public Ethics and the Rule of Law”

9:50—10:00    Questions and Discussion 

10:00—10:20   Allison Trites (MA in Public Ethics Candidate, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University)

“Black Box Ethics: Why the Rights of Explanation and to Be Forgotten are Ethically Critical Components for Vulnerable Populations”

10:20—10:30   Questions and Discussion

10:30—10:50    Coffee Break

10:50—11:10    Dr. Jean-François Méthot (Dominican University College)

« Pour une approche éclectique en éthique publique canadienne » 

11:10—11:20    Questions and Discussion

11:20—11:40    Marie C. Buy (MA in Public Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University)

« Refus des familles de donneurs décédés ayant consenti au don d’organes et statut du corps »

11:40—11:50     Questions and Discussion 

11:50—1:00       Lunch (Provided)


Afternoon Session:


1:00—1:20   Brendan Reimer (MA in Public Ethics Candidate, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University)

“What a Basic Income Can Do for Canadian Democracy: Justifying a Paradigm Shift in Welfare Provision Policy”

1:20—1:30  Questions and Discussion

1:30—1:50  Liam Eagen (MA in Public Ethics Candidate, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University)

“The Ethics of Water and Resource Management”

1:50—2:00  Questions and Discussion

2:00—2:20  Coffee Break 

2:20—2:30  Leticia Ramirez (MA in Public Administration, PhD in Political Science and Sociology Candidate, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain) and Elena Alvardo (Psychology, MSC in Public Health and Medical Anthropology, Université de Montréal)

"Ethics in the Public Service in Mexico"

2:30—2:40  Questions and Discussion 

2:40 – 3:00   Dr. Richard Feist (Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University)

“Some Hatreds of Our Times: A Few Philosophical Reflections”

3:00—3:10  Questions and Discussion

3:10—3:20   Concluding Remarks


Theme:  Ongoing Research and Reflection in Public Ethics

“Public ethics,” broadly construed, is the examination of large-scale ethical issues and problems in society. Public ethics, then, would include, but not be limited to, such concerns as

  • management of the environment
  • conduct in the workplace
  • regulation of public health care
  • oversight concerning privacy and technology
  • balancing of religious and civil rights
  • immigration and refugee policies
  • national security and military engagement 
  • issues in leadership

This spring, scholars, students, public service employees and individuals in private industry will meet at Saint Paul University to discuss and share their research, reflections and experiences regarding the major problems facing society today.

The goal of public ethics is to provide clear articulations of society’s problems and to engage the rich resources of the philosophical tradition and modern scholarship to provide answers with the aim of bettering our society.

Presentation time: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q & A

For more information, please contact: 

Dr R. Feist
Faculty of Human Sciences and Philosophy
School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service



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