The ‘Centre for Studies in Ethics and Socio-political Philosophy’ (CSESPP) has been in progress since 27/09/2018 with the approval of the Hon’ble Executive Council of Kazi Nazrul University. Dr Kalyan Banerjee, Associate Professor in Philosophy, assumed the charge of the Centre as Coordinator. Kunal Debnath, Assistant Professor in Political Science, joined the charge of Joint Coordinator. Sk Abdul Halim, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, and Bhabesh Gayen, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, joined the charge of Deputy Coordinators.
While we lay much emphasis on the empirical enquiry of various social interactions and nature of politics pertaining to the question ‘what is’, the concept of the underlying structures of social and political, both are value laden thus grounded in the question of ‘what ought to be’, tend to be neglected. The more gap between ‘what ought to be’ and ‘what is’, the more challenge to ensure a ‘good life’ to the mankind. Then the question of ethics is central to the domain of both society and polity which lack the ethical enquiry in practice. Ethics and values have both its theoretical and factual implications. Dearth of theoretical scheme leads to an underexposed image of the world. Fact is necessary for the foundation of theory. Similarly too much emphasis upon fact leads to an overexposed image of the world. Before distinguishing good or bad we must have philosophical understanding of what is good or bad, similarly if we don’t have the conceptual outlines of justice we won’t differentiate between the just and unjust. On the other hand any philosophical understanding has limited significance if it is not tested by the unremitting events in society and polity.
Pertaining to the above propositions, the Centre aims:
The Centre successfully organized an Inaugural Programme cum a Day-long Seminar on 03/01/2019. Apart from the discussion on the necessity of this Centre and what role should be undertaken by the Centre in near future, two topics were discussed in this programme, i.e. ‘Moral Dilemmas in Ethics’, and ‘Concept of Good Governance in Ancient Period’.