Research Topics

Humanities and Anthropology

  • Ecology of Ideas: Ways of opening up the intellectual life in an ideological environment. Abstraction, vulgarity, euphamisms: ways in which language can be corrupted.
  • The ecology of interpersonal relations: Recognizing the other as a a gift (approaching the problematic within different contexts: the internet, the university, urban life). The relevance of formalities.  Courtship: the value of the human person.
  • Faith and Ecology. The Biblical Concept of Creation and its relevance for understanding the environment and how to farm. The relationship between Liturgy and Cosmos in the thought of Joseph Ratzinger—Benedict XVI. Recent Magisterium on ecology, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis.
  • Anthropology and Ecology. A critical examination of the various philosophies of human nature and ethics with respect to nature: utilitarianism, biocentrism, speciesism, the Gaia hypothesis, ecological feminism, ecological masculinism, etc. How to engage indigenous cultures and incorporate them into modern society while respecting their way of life.
  • New projects: the problem of transhumanism and the project of saving the world. Human nature and the recognition of its limits. The eternal desire of being superman.
  • Responsibility and life-style: ecology, acting with responsibility before the men of today and tomorrow. The costs of breaking the “generational pact.” What ecosystem of values will we leave to those who come after us?
  • Ethics of marriage and family life. Ethics of peace, justice and respect for creation. Is it really possible to separate morality into distinct parts? Benedict XVI’s analysis of current situation of morality (Discourse to the Bishops of Switzerland, 9 November 2006).   
  • The family as the “fundamental structure” of human ecology: John Paul II’s proposal to strengthen and promote the “first cell of life” of every human being.
  • What we see & photography: when our relationship to what is around us becomes an accumulation of images. Strategies for harmonizing and truly learning from what we see (an analysis here could take place from several points of view: tourism, daily life, social networks…)
  • Addictions, or letting things take the place of persons. Temperance as what enables human ecology (on the internet, leisure, what we consume). Consumerism and preserving nature: frugality as an ecological value.
  • The advantages of disconnecting: proposals for harmonizing personal and virtual relationships. The value of ListeningMusic, its healthy uses and its dangers. The personal need for silence.

 

Science and Medicine

  • Genetic manipulation: questions of health, biodiversity, enhancing the quality and quantity of food. Agricuculture and organic farming. Pesticides and the preservation of nature.
  • The predictable or observable effects of climate change. Climatic Models: certainties or doubts. Climate change and the movements of species. Biological footprints.  
  • Genetics: how we are shaped by our genes, how we are shaped by our environment, and how we shape ourselves. Evolution: genetics and determinism. The bionic man: norms for putting mechanical parts in humans. Respect for animals in biomedical investigation.
  • The environmental state of the world: biodiversity, contamination. Uses of the sea. Uses of water. The question of energy. Recycling, how it is done and our responsibility.
  • The doctor-patient relationship. The personal nature of medical teams in palliative care for the terminally ill. Bioethics: abortion, cloning, euthanasia, using embryoes for medical research.
  • Stress, self medication, drug addiction: the impact of violence done to the body and its effects on personal relations.

 

Economics, Law, Politics

  • Natural Law: nature as a standard for legal objectivity. What does it mean to say that “there are things that are just by nature”? Natura and practical reason, the guide for determining what is “just by nature.” Law and the social efficacy of values. Philosophy of law, the natural law and the ecology of man.  
  • Benedict XVI’s speech to the Bundestag. Is there an analogy between respect for the physical worls and respect for the nature of man? Technology and ecology: is there a sustainable development?
  • The international struggle against climate change. Agreements that limit emissions and economic development. La lucha internacional contra el cambio climático. Is ecology a luxury for wealthy countries. Constitutional rights to a healthy  environment.
  • Ecological Impact as a factor in business decisions. Controlling contamination through taxes and fines. Business and the rights of emission. Environmental economics: a calculus of environmental costs (for example, nuclear residues); the economic value of natural methods
  • Environmental catastrophes. The debate that Bjørn Lomborg generated by claiming to look objectively at ecological facts in his book: The Skeptical Environmentalist. Measuring the Real State of the World.
  • Discussion about the rights of animals. The Great Monkey Project.  What are its limits? Are they able to be given rights commensurate with those of humans? The political and legal debate about using animals in performances.
  • Regulating our use of natural resources. Water rights. The legal protection of flora and fauna. Regulating fishing and hunting.
  • Regulation of  urban development and  ecological urbanism. Regulating noise and lighting. The politics of preventing natural disasters.
  • The ecological movement: its roots and leaders. Its impact on lawmaking. Ecology and politics: the birth and development of Green Parties. The United Nations International Conference on Environmental Change and Development: the Rio Declaration of 1992
  • Concerns for the human planet: environmental change and population growth. Environmental change as a basis for controlling birth: Elhrich, Simon and others.
  • Ecological strategies: local initiatives in the face of a global framework; civil associations and political activism on a large scale. Oikofilia, or love for one’s own home. The positive influence of family belonging in the face of environmental change. 
  • Harmonizing professional life and family life.

 

Communication

  • Catastrophes in the media: The truth or falsity of ecological disasters? The benefits of rapid communication in the middle of humanitarian or natural catastrophes.
  • Family and communication: the movement in France  La manif pour tous (LMPT), a case of many diverse groups to vindicate the rights of children to have a father and a mother (their strategy and means of communication).
  • Film and human ecology. Different explorations of man in the cosmos: The Tree of Life (Terence Malick) and Avatar (James Cameron).
  • Towards an authentic sense of humor: examples that succeed in not falling into vularism or cynicism. Nature in poetry and literary creation.
  • Is there a universal form of human communication, one that responds to the fundamental needs of the person? The transcultural nature of rhetoric.
  • Investigative Journalism: the roles of business and environmental disasters. National Geographic, its influence on new ways of looking at the environment.
  • Publcity and ecological values of brands. The defense of environmental change and the reputation of a commercial product. Publicity and its limits: the diffusion of information.

 

Art, Architecture, and Engineering

  • Designing with nature: Gaudí and the originality of origins. Architecture and genetics. What do we learn from looking at the way nature functions? New materials, techniques that use animals for guidance, for communication, etc.
  • Nature and the origins of painting. Music and the exaltation of nature. Realism and utopian art in the place of nature.
  • Being a City mouse: being born, living and dying in a large city. Finding spaces to breath in large cities: case studies and proposals.
  • Renewable energy: mixing energies. The value of wind, solar, wave, or bio energy. Urbanism and the birth of environmental change. Recovering the human scale of the city. Recovering the value of humans using things.
  • Architecture and environmental change. Geo-Engineering and climate change. Techniques for reducing air, land, or water pollution.
  • Industrial production and consuming less energy: hybrid cars, efficient airplanes, more efficient houses. Biological computers. Artificial intelligence. Can computers replace humans?