The Centre for Ethics and Politics produces and coordinates research, discussion and training on ethical issues with regard to all aspects of social life. CeSEP continuously organizes meetings that are open to the public for the discussion of such issues.

To deal with the public issues of our time – as far as biology, psychology and neuroscience, economics, politics, intercultural communication are concerned – means to take into account fundamental moral and political decisions. In our Centre we interpret it as the field of discussion about ethical issues, in the context of our social and institutional life, to come to collective decisions in favor of public welfare, while acknowledging political constraints. Along with this focus, the Centre investigates also metaethical and normative issues. It is a place of discussion, interdisciplinary research, and education in the fields of ethics, politics, metaethics, normative moral theory, and applied ethics.

Directory Board

Alessandro Del Maschio, Rector, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Roberta Sala, Director, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Massimo Reichlin, co-Director, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Operations Board

Stefano Bacin

Marta Boniardi

Sonia Cosio

Chiara Cozzi

Luca Girardi

Roberto Mordacci

Federico Pennestrì

Francesca Pongiglione

Massimo Reichlin

Maria Russo

Virginia Sanchini

Sarah Songhorian

Eleonora Viganò

Technical and scientific secretary

Maria Russo

Sarah Songhorian

Scientific Committee

Giampaolo Azzoni, Università di Pavia

Elvio Baccarini, University of Rijeka

Carla Bagnoli, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Antonella Besussi, Università di Milano

Patrizia Borsellino, Università di Milano Bicocca

Francesco Botturi, Università Cattolica di Milano

Ian Carter, Università di Pavia

Emanuela Ceva, Università di Pavia

Antonio Da Re, Università di Padova

Mario De Caro, Università di Roma III

Corrado Del Bo, Università di Milano

Roberta De Monticelli, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano

Maurizio Ferrera, Università di Milano

Luca Fonnesu, Università di Pavia

Rainer Forst, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt

Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli

Barbara Herman, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

John Horton, Keele University

Andrea Lavazza, Centro Universitario Internazionale di Arezzo

Neil Levy, University of Melbourne

Beatrice Magni, Università di Milano

Filippo Magni, Università di Pavia

Massimo Marassi, Università Cattolica di Milano

Susan Mendus, University of York

Glyn Morgan, Syracuse University in New York

Anna Ogliari, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano

Valeria Ottonelli, Università di Genova

Mario Ricciardi, Università di Milano

Adina Roskies, Dartmouth College

John Skorupski, University of St. Andrews

Jens Timmermann, University of St. Andrews

Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University

Marco Ventura, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento

Corrado Viafora, Università di Padova

Our members’ teaching activity covers a broad range of topics in all areas of practical and political philosophy, spanning from general introductory courses in moral philosophy and political philosophy to advanced classes in bioethics, ethics, politics, philosophy of history.

Moral Philosophy

It aims at understanding human agency, both at the individual and the social level, with reference to morally normative criteria. This aim is attained also by way of the analysis of the theoretical traditions of moral research as they are found in the history of Western thought.
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Life Ethics and Bioethics

Introduction to life ethics: the course aims at giving a basic presentation of the main theoretical and practical questions of biomedical ethics, as well as of the ethics of the relationship with non-human animals and the natural environment. Issues in bioethics: the aim of the course is to give a complete analysis of a relevant issue in contemporary bioethics.
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Ethical Theory

This course aims at analysing the most central questions in the debate on the foundations of ethics, from the analysis of moral language to the justification of moral normativity, using a variety of methodologies of reflection. The course develops a proposal concerning the theoretical problems in moral action.
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Political Philosophy

The course aims to discuss the epistemological status of political philosophy. Core issues are: the relationship between philosophy and politics, political science and political philosophy. Within these paradigms the focus will be on the relationships between theory and practice, on the role of contingency and necessity in political theory, legitimization and justification.
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Public Ethics

This course aims to examine in depth the ethical aspects of several social and political questions raised by the pluralism of values and cultures as characterizing contemporary societies.
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History of Moral Philosophy

It aims at introducing the historical development of the philosophical reflection on morality, from its appearance to the contemporary age.
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Philosophy and Human Rights

This course is devoted to analysing the various theories concerning human rights and discussing the controversy concerning their universal validity. The debate concerning the tradition of human rights – as considered as inviolable individual rights – and the more recent debate concerning the attempt to enlarge this tradition with the integration of so-called collective rights will be introduced.
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Philosophy of History

this course aims at an examination of the overall sense of human history, with reference to cultural identities and to religious, political, artistic and literary traditions.
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The Centre hosts and develops research projects in all areas of practical philosophy, focusing on issues of metaethics, normative ethics, bioethics, political and social philosophy, history of moral and political philosophy, neuroethics and the ethical implications of experimental research in Psychology and Neurosciences. In these areas the Centre also organises conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events.

Meetings of the Laboratory of Practical Philosophy: PhD students and visiting guests from other Italian universities or from abroad discuss their current work and on-going projects.

Seminars on public issues: Discussion of matters of public interest such as issues of bioethics, social policy, national and international politics.

The Centre contributed to initiate and hosts the Italian Society for Neuroethics (http://societadineuroetica.it), supporting its activities.

The Centre also collaborates with the Milan Center for Gender Cultures.

The Centre hosts, moreover, a laboratory on Film and philosophy: the course aims at providing fundamental methods for philosophical analysis of a film. The course consists of philosophical analysis of issues ranging from the status of the image to content that can be transmitted through it, and of a practical part, in which technical aspects and film language are at issue.

Faculty

STEFANO BACIN

Lecturer in Moral Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan (PhD Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa). He has been Marie Curie Fellow (IEF) at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (2011–2013) and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (2009–2010). Main research interests: Kant’s ethics (both historically and with regard to the current debates on Kantian ethics), early modern moral philosophy, German classical philosophy.

ROBERTO MORDACCI

Full Professor of Moral Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of San Raffaele University, Milan. He has founded the Centre for Public Ethics (now Centre for Ethics and Politics). His research and teaching activities range from issues in metaethics to normative ethics, neuroethics and bioethics. He has been member of the Italian Commissione Nazionale per la Biosicurezza, le Biotecnologie e le Scienze della Vita (National Commission for Biosafety, Biotechnologies and the Life Sciences).

FRANCESCA PONGIGLIONE

Lecturer in Moral Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan. She teaches Philosophy and human rights (BA in Philosophy), Ethics of scientific research (inside the course of Logic of innovation and of scientific research, MA in Biotechnology), Introduction to moral decision theory (inside the course of Philosophy of science and bioethics, BA in Psychology). Her research focuses mainly on moral responsibility in collective actions (especially in relation to climate change).

MASSIMO REICHLIN

Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of San Raffaele University, Milan. He teaches Ethics of Life, History of Moral Philosophy, and Ethical Theory at the Faculty of Philosophy; he also teaches Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Faculty of Medicine, San Raffaele University. He is also Visiting Professor of Social Ethics at the University of Bergamo, and of Bioethics at the Humanitas University of Milan. He is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Scientific Institute San Raffaele and of the Scientific Committee of some journals and Research Centres.

ROBERTA SALA

Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Public Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan. She teaches Bioethics at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (Biotechnology) and the Faculty of Psychology, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan. She is the present coordinator of CeSEP. Fellowships: Research Assistant at J. Safra Foundation Center of Ethics, Harvard University, December 2005-January 2006; Visiting Fellow at Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, London UK, October 2007/January 2008; Jemolo Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (UK), July 2008; Research Fellow at Department of Comparative Cultural and Social Anthropology, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder (D), Sept 2009. Subjects: Toleration, Classical and Contemporary Liberalism, Multiculturalism, Secular Bioethics.

Ph.D. students

MARTA BONIARDI

Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (curriculum Ethics and Philosophy of the Person) from October 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan, presenting a dissertation on medieval philosophy. She then attended her Master’s in Philosophical Sciences at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, where she specialized in public ethics and graduated in July 2016 with a thesis on the ethical issues that lie under the mental health service in Italy (A public ethic perspective on the Italian psychiatric landscape. Supervisor: Professor Roberta Sala). Her research project investigates the issues of cultural psychiatry. For that purpose, she cooperates with the Casa della carità foundation in Milan, and with the connected research center Centro Studi Sofferenza Urbana (Souq). Main interests: ethics of psychiatry, public policies, philosophy of medicine, bioethics.

SONIA COSIO

Ph.D. student in Philosophy (Philosophy and Science of the Mind in History of Ideas curricula) at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, where she graduated in History of Ancient Philosophy. Her research interests: Moral Philosophy, Bioethics and History of Ethics. In particular, her current research deals with the idea of embryo in the Ancient and Medieval World, in order to understand the way in which the idea of embryo has come to be of interest to the Ethics even now.

CHIARA COZZI

Ph.D. student in Philosophy (Philosophy and Science of the Mind in Ethics and Philosophy of the Person curricula) at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, where she graduated in Moral Philosophy. Her research involves the analysis of the problem of distance in morality and its role in generating moral obligations. She concentrate her analysis on global ethical issues, in particular poverty, distributive justice and humanitarian intervention.

LUCA GIRARDI

Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan. He graduated in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan in September 2013. Since October 2014 he has been frequenting the PhD Course in Philosophy and Sciences of Mind (Curriculum in Ethics and Philosophy of the Person) at the same university. The aim of his research project is to give an account of Lorenzo Valla’s moral proposal, bringing its cultural, geographical and historical context to light.

ANTONIO MORETTI

Ph.D. student Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (Philosophy and Science of the Mind in the Ethics and Philosophy of the Persona curriculum). He graduated in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan. He is a member also of CRISI (Interdisciplinary Center for History of Ideas). He is an active member of the University’s Philosophies of Cinema Laboratory. The theme of his research examines the relationships between the concepts of biopolitics and care of the self in Michel Foucault philosophy, through two main research axes: the importance of clarifying whether or not Foucault actually produced a moral theory; the contemporary reception of Michel Foucault’s works.

FEDERICO PENNESTRÌ

Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, appointed to a research on Philosophy in support of Public Policies, in collaboration with Eupolis-Regione Lombardia. He graduated in Philosophy in 2010 defending a thesis on John Rawls’ Law of Peoples. He acted as coordinator of a project on Inter-culturalism and civic values in collaboration with Comune di Milano. 2014 on: lecturer of Medical Terminology at UniLUDeS (Lugano, Switzerland). Main interests: public policies, philosophy of medicine, bioethics.

MARIA RUSSO

Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (Philosophy and Science of the Mind in the Ethics and Philosophy of the Persona curriculum). At the same university she graduated in Moral Philosophy. She is the coordinator of the University’s Philosophies of Cinema Laboratory. The theme of her research examines the possibility of tracing a moral in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialism, introduced from the hermeneutic starting point, which is existentialist psychoanalysis.

Former Ph.D. students

RAFFAELE ARIANO

has a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan, where he has been coordinator of the Film and Philosophy seminar and is member of two different research centers, the CeSEP (Centre for Ethics and Politics) and the CRISI (Interdisciplinary Center for History of Ideas). He is author of “Morte dell’uomo e fine del soggetto. Indagine sulla filosofia di Michel Foucault” (Rubbettino 2014) and co-editor of V. Gallese, P. Virno et al., “Che cos’è un soggetto. Tra comune e singolare” (Mimesis 2014). His research in the field of history of ideas and contemporary philosophy, drawing from the works of Michel Foucault and Lionel Trilling, focuses on the relationship between ethics, subjectivity and storytelling. Relevant sub-topics are: theory of the novel, film and philosophy, self-writing, style in philosophy.

GABRIELE GIACOMINI

has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Pavia (IUSS). He graduated in Philosophy at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan with a Dissertation on behavioural economics. At the moment he is working on the issue of psychology of judgment and decision-making, in particular on political decision-making and evidence based public policy.

ANDREA TERENZI

Psychologist, has a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind curricula) at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan. His research ideals with Moral Psychology. In particular, his current research focuses on studying the role of controlled and automatic cognitive processes in moral decision-making, and their impact on the emotional response to moral dilemmas.

ELEONORA VIGANÒ

Has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Pavia (IUSS). Her Ph.D. thesis was on “Smithian Prudence and its Relevance in Moral Philosophy and Neuroscience” under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Mordacci and Prof. Philippe Tobler (University of Zurich). She was a visiting doctoral student in the program of Neuroeconomics at the University of Zurich. She graduated in Moral Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in 2011. Her main research topics are Adam Smith’s ethics, practical reasoning, and the moral agent’s identity. She is also interested in moral and economic decision-making examined from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Post-Doc

SARAH SONGHORIAN

has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Pavia (IUSS). She defended a Dissertation on “Empathy, Sympathy, and Morality: An Interdisciplinary Approach”. She graduated in 2011 at Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan on: “Sentire e agire. L’etica della simpatia tra sentimentalismo e razionalismo” (Feeling and Acting. The Ethics of Sympathy between Sentimentalism and Rationalism). Her research topic focuses on the possibility to find a relation between the concepts of “empathy”, as it is intended in recent neuroscientific analysis, and that of “sympathy”, as a normative foundation for a moral theory. She is also a member of PERSONA – Laboratory for Research in Phenomenology and Sciences of the Person – at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Research areas: Moral philosophy, Metaethics, Empathy and Sympathy.

External Affiliates

GRETA FAVARA

PhD student in Political Studies at the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan. She obtained her MA in Philosophy at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan where she defended a thesis which reconsidered the role of Modus Vivendi in theories of political liberalism. Her PhD thesis deals with methodological issues in normative political theory. Specifically, her project aims at clarifying the boundaries of imagination in normative political theory examining whether, and to what extent, political theories ought to be constrained by political reality. She has been visiting researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences of the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2014 and 2015.

VIRGINIA SANCHINI

PhD student of the PhD Program FOLSATEC – Foundations of the Life Sciences and Their Ethical Consequences – financed by the University of Milan and the European Institute of Oncology (IEO). She graduated in Philosophy at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, with a dissertation on Kantian Ethics. Her areas of expertise are ethics and bioethics. At the moment, she is working on the issue of bioethical expertise and, in particular, on role of bioethicist within the context of public decision-making.

Faculty

STEFANO BACIN

STEFANO BACIN

  • Marcus Willaschek, Jürgen Stolzenberg, Georg Mohr, Stefano Bacin (a cura di / eds.), Kant-Lexikon, Berlin–Boston, De Gruyter, 2015, 3 vols. (xiv, 2900 p.).
  • Reason, Perfection and God in Britain and Germany, in Sacha Golob, Jens Timmermann (a cura di / eds.), The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017 – forthcoming.
  • “‘Ein Bewußtsein, das selbst Pflicht ist’. Fichtes unkantische Auffassung des Gewissens und ihr philosophischer Kontext”, Fichte-Studien, 2015 – forthcoming.
  • “Kant’s Lectures on Ethics and Baumgarten’s Moral Philosophy”, in Lara Denis, Oliver Sensen (a cura di / eds.), Kant’s Lectures on Ethics. A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2015, 15-33.
  • Kant’s View on Human Dignity: Between Tradition and and Originality”, Kant-Studien, 106 (2015), 97-106.
  • Comments on Kristi Sweet’s Kant on Practical Life. From Duty to History”, Critique, on-line (June 2015).
  • “Pragmatismi”, in Giuseppe Cambiano, Luca Fonnesu, Massimo Mori (a cura di / eds.), Storia della filosofia occidentale, il Mulino, Bologna, 2015, vol. VI, 193-220.
  • “Idealismo italiano e angloamericano”, in Giuseppe Cambiano, Luca Fonnesu, Massimo Mori (a cura di / eds.), Storia della filosofia occidentale, il Mulino, Bologna, 2015, vol. VI, 131-161.
  • Note on the text, bibliography, notes and Glossary, in Immanuel Kant, Idea per una storia universale in prospettiva cosmopolitica, a cura di / ed. by Roberto Mordacci, Mimesis, Milano, 2015, 37-45, 91-109.
  • “L’età kantiana”, in Giuseppe Cambiano, Luca Fonnesu, Massimo Mori (a cura di / eds.), Storia della filosofia occidentale, vol. IV: La filosofia classica tedesca, il Mulino, Bologna, 2014, 69-90.
  • 35 articles in Marcus Willaschek, Georg Mohr, Jürgen Stolzenberg, Stefano Bacin (a cura di / eds.), Kant-Lexikon, De Gruyter, Berlin–Boston, 2015:
    Ahnung; Clarke, Samuel; Elementarbegriff; Elementarlehre; Elementarlehre, transzendentale; Elementarsystem; Erkenntnis, deutliche; Erkenntnis, praktische; Formel; Hermeneutik; Interpretation; Lehrbegriff; Keuschheit; Nachricht von der Einrichtung seiner Vorlesungen in dem Winterhalbenjahre, von 1765-1766; praktisch; pragmatisch; Schriftauslegung; Schriftgelehrsamkeit; Sein/Sollen; Solipsismus; Spott, Spottsucht; Standhaftigkeit; Stärke; Stärke, moralische; Streben; Strenge; subsumieren, Subsumtion; Sucht; Sündenschuld; Tun und Leiden; Willensbestimmung; Wohlwollen; Wollust; Wort.

ROBERTO MORDACCI

ROBERTO MORDACCI
Volumi pubblicati / Books 

Articoli recenti / Recent articles

MASSIMO REICHLIN

Volumi pubblicati / Books

  • L’utilitarismo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013.
  • Etica e neuroscienze. Stati vegetativi, malattie degenerative, identità personale, Mondadori Università, Milano 2012.
  • Etica della vita. Nuovi paradigmi morali, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2008.
  • Aborto. La morale oltre il diritto, Carocci, Roma 2007.
  • R. Price, Rassegna delle principali questioni della morale, a cura di / ed. M. Reichlin, Bompiani, Milano 2004.
  • Fini in sé. La teoria morale di Alan Donagan, Trauben, Torino 2003.
  • L’etica e la buona morte, Edizioni di Comunità, Torino 2002.
  • Introduzione all’etica contemporanea, Europa Scienze Umane, Milano 2000.
  • Bioetica della generazione (con / with P. Cattorini), Sei, Torino 1996.
  • Introduzione allo studio della bioetica (a cura di / eds. P. Cattorini, R. Mordacci, M. Reichlin), Europa Scienze Umane, Milano 1996.


Articoli recenti / Recent articles

ROBERTA SALA

ROBERTA SALA
Volumi pubblicati / Books


Articoli recenti / Recent articles

Former Ph.D. students

ELEONORA VIGANÒ

Post-Doc

SARAH SONGHORIAN

Roberta Sala, Director

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Roberto Mordacci

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Francesca Pongiglione

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Stefano Bacin

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