About the Conference

Politics, Ethics and Education within Contemporary
Paul Ricoeur’s Academic Works in Perspective
LAMRC 2010

           November 29,30, December 01 /2010            

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


By "institution" we are to understand the structure of living together as this belongs to a historical communitypeople, nation, region and so fortha structure irreducible to interpersonal relations and yet bound up with these in a remarkable sense which the notion of distribution will permit to clarify. What fundamentally characterizes the idea of institution is the bond of common mores and not that of constraining rules. In this, we are carried back to the èthos from which ethics takes its name. A felicitous manner of emphasizing the ethical primacy of living together over constraints related to judicial systems and to political organization its to mark, following Hannah Arendt, the gap separating power in common and domination. 
Paul Ricoeur, Onself as Another, 1992: 198.

Welcome to the First Latin American Conference (CLAMR 2010): "Politics, Ethics and Education within Contemporary Institutions: Paul Ricoeur's Works in Perspective". The Conference draws on Paul Ricoeur's works to assess their possible theoretical and methodological implications for Politics, Ethics and Education in Contemporary Institutions.


The Conference is inspired by the success of the  Lisbon Conference: "Reading Ricoeur Once Again: Hermeneutic and Practical Philosophy" held in July 2010 and the common interest of the international participants in that conference to acknowledge and to establish comunication with the different world-wide academic communities and individuals who study Ricoeur's thought.  The First Latin American Ricoeur Conference calls for papers from students, teachers and scholars, especially from the social science disciplines, in order to build new bridges of reflection, cooperation and common academic work around Ricoeur's thinking.


The ethical intention is defined by Ricouer as "aiming the "good life" with and for others in just institutions". This Conference will offer a place to discuss how Ricoeur helps us understand the possibilities and the limits of the relationship between institutions and the good life. Our particular focus is on the effect on the good life of politics, ethics and education within contemprary institutions.


Ricoeur has written much on politics, ethics and education, and his thought offers much for consideration on  these topics even when its specific subject matter lies elsewhere. Taking as a model the recen book, Ricoeur Across the Disciplines (Ed. Davidson, 2010), we bilieve that it is through interdisciplinary studies and discussion that we can use Ricouer's work to help develop differenty critical approaches to the issues facing modern societes.
We anticipate that papers may address the following kinds of questions: How do contemporary political institutions promote or diminish cultivation of good live? How might changes be inclulcated here? To what extent do ethical institutions such as religious institutions have a positive role to play in encouraging substantive values in educational or political institutions? More generally, what if any are the limitations of institutions in promoting the good life? 
How can educational institutions promote or limit substantive values, through cultivation or alienation of such elements as social memory, dinamic traditions, autonomy, identity, intersubjectivity and social recognition? To what extent do contemporary  educational institutions in fact cultivate substantive values or insted promote only vocational or professional education? How might this change? To what extent is an education institution's mission enhanced or diminished by the role played upon it by political institutions?
The LAMRC 2010 offers to be part of a fertile source of ideas for paper topics. Papers may draw on other aspects of Ricoeur's writtings to relate them to the conference's themes. Papers may endorse, extend or propose the limitations of Ricoeurs's thinking in these areas.