Wondering how to ensure a better living, Ethics lay at the core of many contemporary
situations: from social justice issues to key economical, ecological and cultural challenges, or from international relations to technological developments in health and life sciences.
Lethica is a network of nearly one hundred researchers and professors, committed to exploring the following questions: how do the arts and literatures inform and reconfigure past and contemporary ethical debates? How do they help publicize their main issues and thus foster general public understanding?
How do they reveal continuities or, on the contrary, significant breaks and differences between various cultures and historical periods on crucial ethical debates?
Lethica addresses three global goals:
• Demonstrate the intake of literary and artistic practices for ethical thinking;
• Elaborate new heuristic and critical skills for students and teachers-researchers in the fields of arts, literature and languages (approaches to ethical questions);
• Elaborate new analytical and practical skills for professionals in social mediation, health and care: functions and functioning of narratives, scenarios, images, dialogizations and vocalizations in ethical relations and questionings.
LETHICA has selected four major contemporary issues, which will be explored in the long term, alternatively or consecutively, and which will give way to joint interdisciplinary programs and specific topics of investigation. Those four major themes are the issues of “Triage”, “Moral revolutions”, “Transparency and Secrecy”, and “Case making and caring”.
Lethica thus intended to address pressing societal challenges, such as the spread of a sorting paradigm (“triage”) from military medicine to emergency medicine, humanitarian aid and a number of economical, social and geopolitical relations; the proliferation and acceleration of moral revolutions, as a consequence of globalization and mediatization, as well as the subsequent multiplication of ethical conflicts within or between western and non-western societies; the public and democratic call for transparency, which tends to be constrained by political strategies and economic interests; the expansion of new paradigms and ethical issues (vulnerability, durability) regarding new situations and conditions for human and animal life (bioethics, animal ethics).