Integral Human Development in the Digital Age: Poverties, Migrants, Pandemics, and the Idea of a New Social Ethics.

In 2019 the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Ukrainian Catholic University inaugurated an annual international conference series within the framework of a broad theme entitled Integral Human Development in the Digital Age.

The underlying aim of the series is to bring diverse fields of study into a fruitful multidisciplinary dialogue on matters of public relevance with special reference to “integral human development” or human ecology. No one discipline or specialized domain of knowledge, however, can deal with such an extensive set of fundamental concerns. Consequently, such a topic requires a multidisciplinary approach. The specific context of such an approach here is Catholic social teaching where the general notion of integral human development is brought into a sharper focus and employed as a key concept for facing the complex challenges and opportunities involved in dignified human development and social progress today and tomorrow. This concept offers a deeply important and rich perspective on the unity of human life and experiences, the significance of authentically human relationships, and the meanings of responsibility in the shifting contexts of a rapidly emerging digital world.

This further international conference is intended to be an open-ended critical forum for exploring the still mainly overlooked, often hidden, and obscure yet quite essential and multiple ethical dimensions of poverties, migrations, and pandemics, notably, in the plural for there are many kinds. In particular, the conference aims to bring together all those seriously interested in exploring what important deficits still affect our commonly accepted ideas of a social ethics today and integral human development. And it also aims at articulating, however tentatively, several of what must be central thematic elements of any new social ethics that can legitimately hope to surpass the limits of at least some of the present guiding ideas of social ethics in Europe today. This new social ethics would be one that, among other characteristics, could address much less unsatisfactorily, despite some progress so far, the rapidly accelerating challenges of poverties, migrations, and pandemics.
What may prove especially attractive to some, whether ordinary thoughtful citizens, students, and academics, is the chance to participate in critical discussions with one another. These discussions will concern not just of each of these extraordinary challenges continuing to confront today’s European communities and nations, but also their interconnections as well. And they will do so on the eve of the next UN global climate change reports due very soon.
  • Programme: https://ihd.ucu.edu.ua/
  • Register here: https://ihd.ucu.edu.ua/ihdda2021/registration 
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Integral Human Development in the Digital Age: Poverties, Migrants, Pandemics, and the Idea of a New Social Ethics.

In 2019 the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Ukrainian Catholic University inaugurated an annual international conference series within the framework of a broad theme entitled Integral Human Development in the Digital Age.

The underlying aim of the series is to bring diverse fields of study into a fruitful multidisciplinary dialogue on matters of public relevance with special reference to “integral human development” or human ecology. No one discipline or specialized domain of knowledge, however, can deal with such an extensive set of fundamental concerns. Consequently, such a topic requires a multidisciplinary approach. The specific context of such an approach here is Catholic social teaching where the general notion of integral human development is brought into a sharper focus and employed as a key concept for facing the complex challenges and opportunities involved in dignified human development and social progress today and tomorrow. This concept offers a deeply important and rich perspective on the unity of human life and experiences, the significance of authentically human relationships, and the meanings of responsibility in the shifting contexts of a rapidly emerging digital world.

This further international conference is intended to be an open-ended critical forum for exploring the still mainly overlooked, often hidden, and obscure yet quite essential and multiple ethical dimensions of poverties, migrations, and pandemics, notably, in the plural for there are many kinds. In particular, the conference aims to bring together all those seriously interested in exploring what important deficits still affect our commonly accepted ideas of a social ethics today and integral human development. And it also aims at articulating, however tentatively, several of what must be central thematic elements of any new social ethics that can legitimately hope to surpass the limits of at least some of the present guiding ideas of social ethics in Europe today. This new social ethics would be one that, among other characteristics, could address much less unsatisfactorily, despite some progress so far, the rapidly accelerating challenges of poverties, migrations, and pandemics.
What may prove especially attractive to some, whether ordinary thoughtful citizens, students, and academics, is the chance to participate in critical discussions with one another. These discussions will concern not just of each of these extraordinary challenges continuing to confront today’s European communities and nations, but also their interconnections as well. And they will do so on the eve of the next UN global climate change reports due very soon.
  • Programme: https://ihd.ucu.edu.ua/
  • Register here: https://ihd.ucu.edu.ua/ihdda2021/registration