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European Summer School 2012

Science, ethics and law : norm dynamics and competition

GREOUX-LES-BAINS 27 − 31 August 2012

The community’s appropriation of science and technology is an essential condition for the exercise of democracy and the development of our societies. Although education and public debate, which were addressed during the previous European Summer Schools, are central to this requirement, science’s relationships with ethics and law are another major dimension of it. Science today, because its applications concern most aspects of human action, and because its organisation and dynamic can no longer be dissociated from those of the Cité, naturally encounters the norms that govern human behaviour, be it those of morality or law. This is reflected by a number of controversies and debates. How do science, ethics and law interact ? How are the dynamics at the frontiers of science, ethics and law currently developing ? What do their competitions and frictions reveal ? The Summer School will therefore pose the fundamental question of normativity in science and law and how they interact, and will explore the specific place of ethics and ethical norms.

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Objectives and pedagogy
In the spirit of previous Summer Academies, the aim is not just to restate a complex reality, but rather to devise the tools needed to tackle the issue differently. The aim is also to learn what contribution research can make in addressing these numerous questions. Top-level speakers from diverse fields of expertise, along with an international perspective and ample time for debate among participants will enrich our understanding of the issues.
The pedagogical approach of the European Summer Academy is founded on the experience gained during the annual national conference cycles of the IHEST and the first Summer Academies. Fostering interaction among the speakers, attendees and participants is a key objective of the pedagogical approach to help participants develop a shared analysis and a collective understanding.

Scientific council
Pierre-Jean BENGHOZI, Ecole polytechnique, Centre national des études scientifiques (CNRS) ; Jean-Michel BESNIER, Université Paris-Sorbonne ; Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON, Centre national des études scientifiques (CNRS), Institut des hautes études scientifiques (IHÉS) ; Marie-Françoise CHEVALLIER-LE GUYADER, IHEST ; Marie de LATTRE-GASQUET, Centre de coopération international en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) ; Mireill DELMAS-MARTY, Collège de France ; Rafael ENCINAS de MUNAGORRI, Université de Nantes ; Patrick GAUDRAY, Centre national des études scientifiques (CNRS) ; Mathias GIREL, Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) ; Stéphanie LACOUR, Centre national des études scientifiques (CNRS) ; Etienne VERGES, Université de Grenoble2 ; Heinz WISMANN, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

Organizing Committee
Marie-Françoise CHEVALLIER-LE GUYADER, IHEST ; Mathias GIREL, Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) ; Stéphanie LACOUR, CNRS ; Olivier Dargouge, IHEST ; Lucile Grasset, IHEST ; Christelle Tallon, IHEST

Working language
French/english (simultaneous translation)


Christelle TALLON

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Publié le mercredi 13 juin 2012