from 08 to 09 June, 2017

A new look at solidarity?

Two Study Days under the responsibility of Laura Llevadot, Àngel Puyol, Jordi Riba and Patrice Vermeren

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Paris 8 and the Laboratory of Studies and Research on "Contemporary Logics of Philosophy" with the Department of Philosophy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Research Team: Justice and Democracy: towards A new model of solidarity, financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain and the Chair of Contemporary Philosophy of the University of Barcelona), la Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme et le Grecol-ALC

Organized on 8 and 9 June 201

Two Study Days on the subject

 "A new look at solidarity?"

Under the responsibility of Laura Llevadot (UB / LLCP), Àngel Puyol (UAB), Jordi Riba (UAB / LLCP) and Patrice Vermeren (Paris8 / LLCP)


Solidarity is a rising value, but at present is subject to various transformations. It is a rising value because the current crisis has highlighted the need to assert principles and values to help alleviate the worst evils of today's individualistic and mercantile society. And it is subject to changes because moral and social values that are derived from that individualistic and mercantilist society are eroding and changing the very idea of solidarity.

In this new scenario of contradictions and social changes, it is necessary to rethink the concept of solidarity, and see whether it is possible to help overcome, and in what way, the problems that democracy and current theories of justice cannot solve; namely, the enormous social and economic inequalities compatible with a conception of justice based on individual responsibility, and the lack of reasons for some individuals to meet the basic needs of others.

The aim of the workshop is: Can solidarity help overcome these problems provided that it is intended as a principle of justice (with liberty and equality), not as a mere complement to it? Should solidarity be conceived as a constitutive part of democracy, not as a superfluous addition to what defines a democratic society?

Another questions to analyse:

1. How the idea of solidarity is changing in the present context, dominated by the economic crisis, the decline of the welfare state, and the increasing individualistic perception of social risks.

2. Once clarified the factual and normative sense of solidarity, to find its place in a theory of justice committed not only to individual freedom and equal rights and opportunities, but also to social inclusion and social emancipation.

3. To check how solidarity is an inseparable part of democracy. Both forms of democratic participation and its results should not be understood without respect for the principle of solidarity and the social and economic rights and duties that it entails.

4. To analyze the role that can and must play solidarity in the context of globalization, taking into account various conflicts, such as the ethical demands of special moral duties to those closest, or the extension of the duties of justice beyond nation-states (within the debate on global justice).

5. To analyze all these issues in various areas of social life, such as health, labour, immigration, the media, and the inter-territorial and intergenerational relationships.

   Jordi Riba


►Thersday June 8: Solidarity and socialityMaison Suger-Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (Fmsh), 16-18, rue Suger 75006 Paris - Métro Saint-Michel ou Odéon.

9:45am Presentation of the days

10am Jean-Louis Laville, CNAM, L'Économie sociale et solidaire. 

10:30am Fabienne Brugère, Université Paris8-LLCP, Solidarité et hospitalité.

11am Véronique Munoz-Dardé, University College/Berkeley, Solidarité et théorie de la justice.

Président de séance : Patrice Vermeren, Université Paris8-LLCP et Agostina Weler, UBA/ Université Paris 8-LLCP.

12am Carlos Pérez, Université du Chili, Jeux d’enfance, grève et autres figures pour penser le temps de l’action solidaire".

12:30am Emmanuel Gléveau, Université Paris 8, La solidarité, entre l’activité et la morale.

Chair of the meeting: Laura Llevadot, Université de Barcelone, et Nelson Vallejo-Gomez (FMSH).

►Friday June 9: Solidarity and political developmentUniversité Paris8 – salle C 103, Métro Saint Denis-Université.

9:30am  Georges Navet, Université Paris8-LLCP, L'Ismael de Herman Melville et la corde à singe.

10:00am  Àngel Puyol, Univ. Aut. de Barcelone, Solidarité moderne : la version light de la vieille fraternité politique.

10:30am  Jordi Riba, Univ. Aut. de Barcelone-LLCP, Solidarité et démocratie insurgeante.

Chairpersons: Senda Sferco (Université del Litoral, Santa Fe) et Alejandro Bilbao (Université Andres Bello, Santiago de Chile)

11:00am  Lorena Souyris, CNRS, La vulnérabilité et l´émancipation : au croisement pour penser la solidarité.

11h 30am Patrice Vermeren, Université Paris8-LLCP. Une philosophie politique de la solidarité est-elle possible ? et Gustavo Celedon, Université de Valparaiso, Solidarité-Egalité

12:00. Marcelo Raffin, Université de Buenos Aires-CONICET. Foucault, la solidarité, la politique.

Chairpersons: Cristina Lopez, UNSAM Buenos Aires et Jordi Riba, Université Autonome de Barcelone

12:30 Round Table: Espaces et nouvelles politiques ?  

Speakers: Elias Emir, Mariam Catalinna Shengelia, Gisele Amaya Dal  Bó, Denis Kaidi, Martín Macías Sorondo, LLCP Université Paris 8 and Casa de filosofia, Montevideo.

Chairpersons: Mariela Avila ((Université Catholique Silva Henriquez, Chili) et Fedra Cuestas (Université Andres Bello)

2:30pm Round Table: Représentation, identité, responsabilité et sécurité.

Speakers: Jelson Roberto de Oliveira, Ericson Savio Falabretti, Cesar Candiotto, Alexandre Franco de Sá. Présidents de séance : Francisco Verardi Bocca, Université Pontificale Catholique du Parana, and Mercedes Risco Université de Tucuman.


Thersday June 8 2017 | 9:45am-2:00pm

Maison Suger | 16-18 rue Suger | Métro Sain-Michel ou Odéon

Friday June 9 2017 | 9:30am-4:00pm

Université Paris 8 | salle C103 | Métro Sain-Denis Université

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NB Participation in these study days is part of the validation of the course of Patrice Vermeren: Philosophie et socialisme : L'Homme médiocre