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The Matter of Conscience Laboratory (Le laboratoire des cas de conscience)



Original Language: French | 180 pages | February 2012

2 Seas Represents: Danish, Dutch, English (USA & Canada), Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Rights.


Big philosophical and ethical questions are made accessible to all in this short book: do we have the right to sacrifice one life in order to save several others? How far should our solidarity go for someone who means nothing to us? How to do justice when there is a loss of life, but neither responsible nor culprit can be summoned? Is it right to die for one’s ideas?

From issues concerning social justice to the new challenges in bioethics or international law, the moral debate is everywhere. But the theory of justice is not omnipotent: a scruple, a memory, a doubt may overwhelm or confuse the thought process. Because it addresses this part of the emotions and the imagination, literature offers bright and new resources to help us answer the recurring question: what is the right thing to do?

Building from her experience with students and future leaders, Frédérique Leichter-Flack proposes us to ponder about today’s crucial issues with Kafka and Gogol, Camus and Melville, Dostoyevsky and Hugo. Literature and not law is the matter of conscience laboratory.