2015-2017: The Ethico-Political Relevance of Thinking. An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Relation Between Thinking and Action

Stadiu proiect

The research conducted by PhD candidate IONUŢ-RĂZVAN OSTROVEANU was devoted primarily to achieving two objectives of our project and to disseminating his research through conferences:

  1. The first objective (stage 3.2.) wants to construe the argument that thinking, understood as a dialogue with himself as another (the “friend” each one of us carries within himself) is actually indebted to human plurality (i.e. to the interactions with concrete “friends”, i.e. with the others) and is, therefore, open to human plurality (i.e. to the future interactions);
  2. and the second objective (stage 5.2.) is to enter the field of applied ethics in order to highlight the relevance of ethical-political thinking for judgement and, implicitly, for acting in concrete life situations.

Concerning the first objective, the research results of Răzvan Ostroveanu were presented at the Central and Eastern European International Conference LUMEN MEPDEV 2016 (Nov. 17-18 Târgoviște, Valahia University), in a presentation entitled “The Absence of a Normative Component in Capabilities Theory”, presented on 18 November 2016, at the Central and Eastern European LUMEN International Conference MEPDEV 2016, Târgoviște, Universitaty Valahia, Lumen.

Concerning the second objective, the results of the research have been resumed in the the presentation “Identitate practică și autonomie în filosofia morală kantiană” / “Practical Identity and Autonomy in Kant’s Moral Philosophy”, presented on 17 November 2016, at the annual colloquium of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology, entitled Comunitate – identitate – diferenţă. Priviri fenomenologice / Community – Identity – Difference. Phenomenological Perspectives. In his presentation, Răzvan Ostroveanu showed that a rethinking of Kantian ethics cannot be based on the approach of Christine Korsgaard, who aims at inserting the concept of practical identity in Kant’s answer to the normative question “Why should I be a moral person?”, because the many ways in which we identify ourselves are contingent and dependent on particular circumstances, or are defined by taking into account the different contexts in which we live.

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