from 26 to 27 November 2015
Basic Rights, Relational Ethics and Financial Constraints

International scientific meeting

The Conference will explore, from a philosophical perspective, the various ways in which basic rights, interpersonal, professional and institutional relations, and financial constraints interact. Given the gap between the generality of basic ethical principles and the norms of practice in various areas of social life, there is usually no direct or obvious way from principles to detailed and effective regulation.

Thus, important questions regarding the implementation and interpretation of rights make it inevitable to engage with practical issues of interpersonal and institutional ethics. In this respect, financial constraints bring in an additional degree of complexity. Indeed, financial constraints are often suspected of being responsible for ethically inadequate relationships in professional and institutional contexts

For example, medical ethics is often very uncomfortable dealing with financial constraints, which potentially endanger the ethical and professional requirements of care provision. We would like to highlight the nature and ethical relevance of conflicts of this kind. In addition, our ambition is also to explore the levels of decision-making and aspects of organizations that are impacted by financial constraints. These constraints often consist in budgetary maxima, but often assume more complex forms: difficulties in the access to credit are an important case, administrative difficulties and justification requirements are also important potential troublemakers in the relationships between money and ethically respectable practice.


Thursday, November 26th

9 : 00  Emmanuel Picavet (université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) : The financial side of hard compromise.

9 : 30 Patrick Turmel (université Laval, Québec) : Introductory remarks

9 : 45 Emmanuel Picavet (université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) : Some Preliminary Working Hypotheses: the Financial Side of Hard Compromise

10 : 00 Vida Panitch(Carleton University, Canada) : Commodification and Inequality

11 : 00 Pierre-Yves Néron(Université Catholique de Lille) : Relational Equality and Economic Institutions

11 : 45 Louis-Philippe Hodgson (York University, Canada) : Relational Rights and Political Institutions

12 : 30 Déjeuner / Lunch

14 : 00 Douglas Mackay (University of Chapel Hill, USA) : Fulfilling Basic Rights in Conditions of Scarcity: The Ethics of Public Policy Randomized Controlled Trials

14 : 45 Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval, Québec) : Conscience-based Exemptions and Taxation

15 : 45 Michael Kessler (University of Toronto, Canada) : Childhood, Impaired Consent, and Criminal Justice

16 : 30 Rosana Trivino ( (Universidade da Coruña, Spain) : Consciences in Crisis: Healthcare providers’ objection to cutouts & rights restrictions

Friday, November 27th

14 : 00 Constanze Binder (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands) : Regulating Free Markets to Promote Freedom

14 : 45 David Robichaud (Université d’Ottawa, Canada) : Freedom and Taxation

15 : 45 Chad Horne (Centre for Moral and Political Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) : Insurance and Equality Revisited

16 : 30 Concluding debate and perspectives


Venue : Building Le France
Localisation : Room Conseil A (on Thursday) Maison Internationale de l’université Paris 1 (on Friday) 58 boulevard Arago, Paris 13e Ground floor / Salle du rez-de-chaussée
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