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The Centre for Ethics, Policy and Society (CEPS) is a research organic sub-unit of the Institute of Arts and Humanities of the University of Minho created by the Resolution nº3/2017, March 27 of the General Council of University of Minho.
CEPS results from the natural evolution of the Political Theory Group in operation since 2008 at the Centre for Humanistic Studies of the Institute of Arts and Humanities of University of Minho whose accrued experience has allowed the creation of a proper research culture, a community of researchers, bringing together UM professors, professors from other universities, post-doctoral researchers and some PhD students, and by virtue of their own dynamics a gradual diversification and enlargement.
CEPS is the only research centre in Portugal specializing in the fields of Political Theory and Applied Ethics, currently having twenty integrated researchers and other twenty collaborative researchers.
CEPS is a research centre in Philosophy open to contributions from other social and human sciences. The theoretical paradigms used are those of Ethics and Political Philosophy. These paradigms have seen a remarkable evolution since the 1970s, establishing today a framework of investigation easily recognizable and with a considerable autonomy in relation to other philosophical disciplines. CEPS's distinctive ethical-political perspective is focused on social institutions rather than individual behaviours. CEPS is particularly interested in studying and evaluating some types of institutions and practices in the contemporary world, from the ethical-political perspective: those of constitutional democracy, those of social justice and those of technological intervention and their relation with the quality of life of populations. The study of these practices is carried out, respectively, within the framework of theories of political legitimacy, normative conceptions of social justice, ethics applied to technology and populations, not disregarding the historical reconstruction of all these theoretical frameworks. Research within CEPS, although theoretically and historically informed in the field o​​f Ethics and Political Philosophy, has the specific characteristic of being focused on areas and themes with special social relevance and practical application in the contemporary world.​