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The aim of this research project is to improve our understanding of the goals, prospects and reach of argumentative debate in responding to religious disagreements. Whereas the question of how societies can be enabled to accommodate religious disagreement in ethically and politically legitimate ways has been the topic of extensive research, the question of how much room this kind of disagreement leaves for argumentative debate in its own right and terms has attracted less attention.

Since September 2013 the Center for Religious Studies has presented interdisciplinary workshops and seminars on the role of religion as a factor for both organised violence and peace building.

The project is supervised by Debora Tonelli in conjunction with the following academical institutions: CeRPIC-FBK, CSPS of Tor Vergata (Rome), Forum fiorentino per i problemi della pace e della guerra (Florence), and recently the Faculty of Missiology of the Pontifical Urbaniana University (Rome).


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The ISR project on Human Enhancement, pursued by Lucia Galvagni and Boris Rähme, focuses on ethical questions concerning various practices and techniques of enhancing human performance by technological means. It has led to the publication of a special issue of the Italian journal of medical humanities L’Arco di Giano, with articles covering a broad range of topics from cognitive, moral, and genetic enhancement, as well as to an international two-day conference entitled “Aspects of Human Enhancement”, held at the Center for Religious Studies.

COST Action CHIP ME - Citizen’s Health through public-private Initiatives: Public health, Market and Ethical perspectives. The EU-funded COST Action CHIP ME focuses on public health genomics and patients’/citizens’ participation, comparing public and private initiatives.

This research project regards the ethics of medicine interpreted as clinical ethics, research ethics and healthcare organizational ethics. Combined with a study and analysis of the ethical-philosophical references and of the bioethical debate, we realize action-oriented and intervention-oriented research, both on a national and international level and inside specific clinical units.