European Centre for Social Ethics (ECSE)

European Centre for Social Ethics (ECSE)


The activities of the centre are constantly updated on the website of European Centre for Social Ethics.

Lectures for Europe

The European Centre for Social Ethics organizes, every year, a series of Lectures on Europe, where various topics of philosophical relevance are addressed, such as the history of the EU, EU’s vulnerabilities and its main challenges. The lectures take place once a week for 5 or 6 weeks in a row, and are held by scholars of high academic profile. At the end of each lecture, ample room is given to discussion. No particular background or expertise is required to attend these lectures. Subscription to the yearly cycle of lectures is required. Location, time, conditions and prices may vary from year to year, also according to the partners with which the lectures are organized.

Workshop ECSE

This workshop gathers the members of the centre and deals with a different research theme for each edition. The research theme of each edition is chosen among the scientific interests of Ircecp and it is selected in a way that allows a broad discussion, in which each speaker can deal with the investigated topic from her own scientific perspective. The workshop hosts invited lectures by some members of the Scientific Committee and a discussion session for each lecture. The papers presented during the workshop are submitted for publication on a international journal or a collected volume.

The workshop takes place in Palazzo Arese Borromeo di Cesano Maderno, close to the city of Milan.

Rotelli Lectures

The Faculty of Philosophy of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan launched in 2017 a series of lectures in memory of Professor Giuseppe Rotelli, the founder of Gruppo ospedaliero San Donato. Each year the lectures are devoted to issues of relevance for contemporary societies that are tackled by internationally distinguished personalities from different philosophical areas. Each international guest provides five or six lessons open to anyone interested. Each speaker is asked to present his or her thought on the issue chosen, as already outlined in previous publications, but also to provide some original development.

More information about the past and current editions of the Rotelli Lectures can be found here:

Seminars “History, Utopia, Emancipation”

The Seminars “History, Utopia, Emancipation” focus on topics and authors tracing a relationship between the ideas of History and Progress, in terms of justice, freedom and solidarity. More specifically, the seminars aim to illuminate the “utopian shadow” of different traditions of thought, and to introduce new and innovative normative perspectives of emancipation, through the contributions and voices of nationally and internationally renowned experts. Speakers of the previous editions are, among others: Massimo Cacciari, Rainer Forst, Enrico Giovannini, Roberta De Monticelli, Enrico Donaggio, Deidre McCloskey, Stefano Petrucciani, Francesco Totaro, Mario Vegetti

Cariplo Research Project HHH (Home, Hospitals, Humans: The Impact of Space and Time in Long Term Care Delivery and Aging)

Aging is a growing challenge to contemporary society. One of the most serious issues which come as a consequence is represented by the ethical problems emerging in the care of the elderly. Taking care of an elderly person on a daily basis, whether in hospital or outside, can be physically, emotionally and ethically demanding, as it is suggested by  high rates in nursing turnover. Increasing theoretical and empirical literature investigates the environmental (space, time) and relational determinants of the so-called moral distress, whose common factor is the feeling of frustration generated by the inability to discern or carry out the right caring action.

The HHH (Home, Hospitals, Humans: The Impact of Space and Time in Long Term Care Delivery and Aging) Research Project wants to investigate these phenomena from various perspectives. Empirically, the aim is to investigate the correlations between healthcare environment, individual characteristics, moral distress, and any eventual impact on the quality of care to the elderly. Theoretically, to update the moral theories underlying care for the elderly, providing the operators with intellectual tools to reduce their burden. Technically, to develop a scientific tool to measure moral distress in a non-hospital context.

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