EPLab's Research Program

In the context of the strategic project of IFILNOVA, EPLAB has defined as its principal aim the demonstration that devaluation of classical values (individual and subjective rights, equality, liberty, etc.) in nowadays societies is a more apparent than a real process and that, specifically, fundamental rights and the reflection on them will occupy the center of stage.  In fact we believe that the most significant research in the next decade will put the role of these rights as a priority for the inquiry of philosophy and the social sciences. So it is our conviction that in the near and medium run the discussion on values will play a decisive role. The central role of fundamental rights, in particular, is not to be dismissed; on the contrary. Our claim is that despite the plurality of cultures, political forms and legal orders, the work on fundamental rights will be a transversal and essential item for the philosophical inquiry.

We are speaking of values that will not have only a kind of formal constitutional expression, but that fulfill a central transformation in the global form of life of more and more societies around the planet. How this process develops, how we can identify the local and global changes in the perception of values in order to achieve a better common life between prima facie radically distant forms of life will be central theme of the EPLAB’s research. We are persuaded that such a research has also a dramatic impact on the reflection on the differences but also articulations between the moral, political and legal languages. Important contemporary moral and law philosophers (e.g. H.L.A. Hart, Ronald Dworkin, Neil MacCormick) have renewed discussions about legal positivism and natural law theories and finally what is at stake is once more the status of values.

These are presuppositions of EPLAB that make its research program a true interface with the other two Labs of IFILNOVA, specially if one considers that we are speaking of topics that must be treated in some argumentative form (ArgLab) and interact nicely with the research in aesthetic values (AELab).


All Events

Ethics and Metaethics Reading Group

The possibility of parity, Ruth Chang

September 27, 2017

Wittgenstein and Applied Epistemology

Wittgenstein and Applied Epistemology - 6th Symposium of the International…

June 06, 2017

EPLab Seminar Session

"A crítica de Merleau-Ponty à noção de liberdade radical em…

May 31, 2017

Ethics and Meta-Ethics Reading Group

Ethics and Meta-Ethics Reading Group - 2017

April 19, 2017

"Moral Worth and Moral Motivation: Kant's Real View"

Paul Guyer's Conference

March 31, 2017


International Conference

March 06, 2017

EPLAB's Permanent Seminar – series 2016-2017

Moral-Epistemological Issues in von Wright

February 01, 2017

EPLAB's Permanent Seminar – series 2016-2017

'Kant: The Limiting Case of an Internal Reasons Theorist?'

December 07, 2016

Workshop CULT-COOP-01-2017: Democratic discourses and the rule of law

Workshop in preparation of a COST Action on Economic Governance…

October 27, 2016

"Formas de vida e práticas dos valores: políticas da subjectividade no último Foucault"

Ciclo de Seminários do EPLab

October 26, 2016

EPLab's Permanent Seminar

EPLab's Permanent Seminar - series 2016/2017

October 26, 2016

"Da acção à ética - Aproximação a uma teoria da acção na filosofia de J.-P. Sartre."

EPLab Conference

September 30, 2016

"Property-Owning Democracy and the Welfare State as Social Systems -Reconsidering Rawls's Critique of the Welfare State"

"Property-Owning Democracy and the Welfare State as Social Systems -Reconsidering…

September 22, 2016

"How Conflicts Makes (into) Law?"

EPLab Workshop - "How Conflicts Makes (into) Law?"

June 22, 2016

Intersubjectivity and Values: Phenomenological Perspectives


June 14, 2016

Nietzsche & EP-Lab seminar session

"Liberal Democracy and Markets: An Evolutionary Political Theory of Preference…

March 16, 2016

EPLab Conference

EPLab Conference - Professor Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte

February 23, 2016

EPLab Conference - Jamie Buckland

EPLab Conference - Jamie Buckland

February 04, 2016

John Broome

EPLAB/ARGALB Joint Seminar on "Values and Human Action": John Broome

November 12, 2015

EPLab Conference - Alex Voorhoeve

EPLab Conference - Alex Voorhoeve

October 30, 2015

Conference - Philip Stratton-Lake

Philip Stratton-Lake to give a conference at IFILNOVA

October 16, 2015

Workshop with Jonathan Dancy

Jonathan Dancy on Moral Reasoning at IFILNOVA

May 22, 2015


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa