Dictionary of Moral and Political Philosophy

FCT funded:  POCTI/FIL/39453/2001


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General Description

The entries of this dictionary, organized alphabetically, seek to cover the fundamental concepts in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law. Each entry includes an historical overview of the main theories developed as well as a presentation and discussion of the major contemporary perspectives. It therefore offers to the reader, for each concept covered, both the historical genesis of the problematics as the most relevant areas of debate.

This project - not yet concluded, as more entries will be included – is understood as a dictionary of moral and political philosophy. One could ask why not to follow two dictionaries approach: one of political philosophy and other moral philosophy. This seems to be at least the most common option in what concerns the editions of dictionaries in those areas. The matter is, however, that when one thinks about some of the more fundamental concepts, such a division does not seem possible, or even desirable. Concepts such as autonomy, justice, norm and sovereignty are clear examples of areas where the political and the moral overlap, and where an appropriate political approach becomes impossible without the moral point of view and vice versa.

Given the particular situation of the Portuguese philosophical community, where it does not exist any dictionary of moral and political philosophy for the most part conducted by Portuguese philosophers, this project had precisely as its main objective to address this gap and promote the production of original research in the aforementioned areas. With a view to creating a richer and more stimulating research, and although the majority of researchers are Portuguese, the project had the participation of prestigious Spanish and Brazilian philosophers.

When published, this dictionary intends to become a reference work for the entire philosophical community and for students both at the undergraduate and the postgraduate levels in philosophy, law, political science and communication. But it also seeks to serve the non-academic community. It is noteworthy that many of the philosophical discussions here presented shape many of the public debates concerning matters of great relevance to the lives of citizens, for example, the matters of human rights, ecology, or bioethics. By providing a critical assessment of some of the most decisive theories in fields as different as the welfare state, ecology or the suffrage, this instrument is equally important for readers without a philosophical training.

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Events

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Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Erich Rast, "How to accept the transitivity of better than"

January 23, 2019

2nd ERB Project Lecture

Wagner Teles de Oliveira

January 14, 2019

1st ERB Project Lecture

Maria Filomena Molder

December 10, 2018

3rd NOVA Doctoral Conference in Epistemology

Knowledge, Morality and Society

December 05, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Filipe Faria, "The New Darwinian Naturalism in Political Theory"

November 21, 2018

Intensive PhD Seminar in Epistemology of Religion

Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte (University of Valencia)

November 14, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Pedro Abreu, "Deliberation and agreement"

November 07, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Javier de Prado Salas, "Moral Testimony"

October 24, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Schedule for the 2018/2019 sessions

October 10, 2018

Political Identity on the Threshold

International Conference

September 10, 2018

O Euro e a soberania económica

Conferência internacional

June 22, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Giovanni Damele, "Another Italian thought: elite theory and political realism"

June 21, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Erich Rast, "Value Disagreement and Two Aspects of Meaning"

May 24, 2018

Rules, normativity and values: revisiting the Kantian perspective and its critics

EpLab Conference

May 14, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

John Gibbons, "Things That Make Things Reasonable"

May 10, 2018

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Santoni de Sio

May 04, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Gilbert Harman, "Moral Realism is Moral Relativism"

April 19, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Berit Brogaard, "Moral Contextualism and Moral Relativism"

April 05, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Ronald de Sousa, "Moral Emotions"

March 12, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Uriah Kriegel, "Moral Phenomenology: Foundational issues"

February 22, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Introduction to "A Treatise of Human Nature", D. Hume

January 18, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Force of Law", F. Schauer

December 13, 2017

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy", R. Rorty

November 30, 2017

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Terry Eagleton - Marx and Morality

November 13, 2017

Institutions

IFILNOVA
Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCSH
UNL
FCT