Group: Vulnerabilitas: the individual and the protection of the weak: a historical, anthropological, social, moral, bioethical and biolegal perspective on vulnerability
UNESCO Code: 7102; 7103; 7299; 550401; 5103; 550403
Vulnerability, Discrimination, Weakness
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In this research project we aim to address weakness and vulnerability in a multidisciplinary way as one of the inherent manifestations to human beings and their nature, and as a social and anthropological phenomenon from the perspective of history, philosophy, literature, morality, bioethics and law. Weakness, both in the initial moments of people's life, as well as in the course of their life and in the final stages, particularly in relation to childhood, old age, illness, marginality, or the victims in general of different forms of violence, has generated throughout history and generates today a series of different responses in the field of ideas, mentalities, political and health action, morality and law. This response has varied and continues to vary according to the social and cultural context, but we are particularly interested in the role of Christian humanism and its ethic of compassion in caring for the weak. To what extent is this response qualitatively and quantitatively unique in comparison with those of other cultural and religious traditions? This is the question that structures, gives coherence and unity to our project.