Welcome to the open lecture "War, Ontology of the Child and Peace" by Lenart Škof, Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Institute for Philosophical Studies at the Science and Research Centre Koper (Slovenia). The lecture will take place at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia, in Aspazijas bulv. 5, the auditorium 225., on December 9, at 2:30 p.m.

The lecture is the first activity in the joint interdisciplinary event series "Transformed Humanity" implemented by Interdisciplinary Research Center of the Academic Library of the University of Latvia (lead by Dr.phil. Ineta Kivle) and the Department of Philosophy and Ethics of the Faculty of History and Philosophy (lead by Dr.phil. Raivis Bičevskis). The “Transformed Humanity” intends to search for new theoretical approaches to the understanding of humanity, looking at human and humanity from the viewpoints of philosophy, religion, art, and ethics and analysing individuality and deconstruction of individuality in the age of constructed rationality. In this series of events, Lennart Škof's lecture will look at the war and peace in the context of future democracy and humanity.

Russia's invasion in Ukraine is a reality – Europe is caught in war, and the war crimes committed against the Ukraine require a new philosophical, ethical, and religious explanation.  Dedicated to the suffering of children, women and men in Ukraine, this lecture wishes to address the possibility of a future political philosophy and political ethics as signs of the coming caring and unwounded democracy. It is unbearable to think about newborn and children, not being protected in the sacred sleep of the night and not being able to breathe the sacred air of peace. As this lecture will show, as an idea, being on the opposite side of violence, destruction, and war, this new unwounded democracy should be imagined in a feminine key – as peaceful and all-nursing atmosphere of compassion, care, and love. The need for protection of children was never greater and with them we all, as it were, feel exposed in our fundamental vulnerability.