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Monique Canto-Sperber

President, Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University

Monique Canto-Sperber is a philosopher, and is the President of Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University.

Monique Canto-Sperber has assumed several academic positions, and she also proposed for many years a series of lectures on the role of sciences in society at Stanford University. She was Director of the Ecole Normale Supérieure from 2005 to 2012.

Monique Canto-Sperber has been the Vice-president of the Comité consultatif national d’éthique (French national council of ethics) and the President of the Commission of philosophy at the Centre National des Lettres. She is the producer of a weekly program on ethical issues on France Culture (French National radio station): “Questions d’éthique”. She is in charge of two book collections at the Presses Universitaires de France on contemporary ethical matters. She also worked for the French Parliamentary TV Channels (La Chaîne Parlementaire, Public Sénat).

Since the last fifteen years, her work has been mostly focusing on moral philosophy, ethics and contemporary philosophy. She also investigates the social and ethical aspects of contemporary sciences, and has worked on various issues of practical philosophy. She has published many works of reference in these fields, which have been translated in several languages: La Philosophie morale britannique (1994), Dictionnaire d’Ethique et de philosophie morale (1996, 4th edition 2004), L’Inquiétude morale et la vie humaine (2001), Les Règles de la liberté (2003), Le Bien, la guerre et la terreur (2005), Le Libéralisme et la gauche (2008), Essai sur la vie humaine, Naissance et liberté (with René Frydman), Que peut l’éthique? (2008), Vies et destins (2009), Pour une morale internationale (2010), L’idée de guerre juste (2010). She also directed several collective works: Le Style de la pensée (2002), Ethiques d’aujourd’hui (2004).

Monique Canto-Sperber has been granted with the highest national distinctions in France: Légion d’honneur, Officier de l’ordre du Mérite, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Associate member of the Academy.

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