Why should we help strangers? Ethical aspect of global justice
Between 1 September and 31 December, the Interdisciplinary Center for Ethics at the Jagiellonian University carried out a project intended for the academic staff and students of different social sciences and the humanities (economy, law, international relations, political science, European studies, cultural studies, sociology, geography, ethnology, pedagogy, philosophy).
The project had a general goal of support for introducing elements of development education into the curricula of Polish universities’ social and humanities departments (economy, law, international relations, political science, cultural studies, administration, pedagogy, sociology, etc.) by preparing teaching material; and promoting research into ethical and philosophical issues related to different aspects of global justice. The project’s direct goals accordingly involved propagating the most recent international scientific achievements on the ethical problems related to global justice and development assistance, and promoting Polish academic staff’s independent research that accounts for Polish character and requirements of Polish foreign policy (also in the development dimension).
The project significantly contributed to strengthening the potential and institutional capacity of its beneficiaries – most of all, the research staff, by equipping them with professional teaching tools. Project deliverables included the creation of a generally available database on the website of the Interdisciplinary Center for Ethics at the Jagiellonian University (http://www.incet.uj.edu.pl/), made up of annotated bibliography, cases, and problem overview, and prepared by doctoral students and research workers from Polish universities, and compiling a catalogue of websites; publication of a special web issue of Diametros featuring contributions as part of the project (5 research articles); hosting a national interdisciplinary scientific conference at the Jagiellonian University’s Institute of Philosophy, which was held on 11 and 12 December 2010 (15 speeches altogether).