Philosophy and Politics of Care

May 1617, 2024 in Verona, Italy


A good care keeps the being immersed into a good place. And it is this good place that gives a shape to the generative matrix of our living and that structures that layer of the being that keeps us solid among things and among the others. Practicing care is therefore putting ourselves in touch with the heart of life.
(Mortari, Filosofia della cura, p. 13).

Care and training

Melete is engaged in the training of the future teachers and in service teachers (Teacher Education) with the aim to sustain the development of their professional skills, integrating them into a frame of strong transversal skills.

Care and healthcare

Starting from the ethical perspective of care, Melete projects and realizes researches that investigate the quality of life in healthcare contexts from the point of view of patients, workers, families ect…

Philosophy of care

Melete starts from a fundamental observation: where there is human life, there is the need of care. We cannot think of any dimension of existence out from that frame of sense that is care.

Care and politics

Melete aims at a mission of political kind: to search for the common good and contribute to realize it, under a transformative and participative perspective.

Care and emotions

An educative emergency of the current time is the affective analphabetism, in the sense of incapability or difficulty in understanding, expressing and managing one’s own emotions, behind recognizing the other’s ones and relating to them.

Care and ethics

In a time of strong individualism, it results unavoidable to recover the reflection on ethics, that for the ancient thinkers was based on the research for the good, on how to build a good life, where the relation with the others is based on taking care and virtuous acting.

Center of Philosophy

for Care

What is Melete?

Melete is a Center of Philosophy for Care that originates from the experience acquired by a group of researchers coordinated by Professor Luigina Mortari at the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Verona.


The research makes sense only if it is oriented to improve people’s life, fostering social and cultural transformations. This is the belief that inspires the birth of Melete. A research that starts from a simple intellectual curiosity, without the will to answer to the real necessities of the current time, is a research that is not engaged from an ethical, political and social point of view. The research developed by the Center is participative, because it actively involves the community in which it takes place, transformative, because it aims to improve the quality of life of the contexts in which it occurs and of service, because it means to contribute to the fostering of the common good.       


Melete is a Center for the ethical research in the field of care in educative, healthcare and social areas. In face of the ethical disorientation, educational poorness and political bewilderment, the Center is engaged in the promotion and realization of participative researches, educational interventions and learning processes that, in the disclosed perspective of the ethic of care, can generate new cultures in contexts of primary value for life.


The main goals of Melete are:

  • to promote methodologically rigorous paths of qualitative research in social, healthcare and educative contexts;
  • to establish with the territory relationships and cooperation oriented to the principle of the participatory research;
  • to encourage scientific cooperation of an interdisciplinary nature;
  • to support the research for social purposes.

The services

The services offered by Melete concern:

  • development of research projects in answer to the needs of healthcare and educative contexts:
  • consulting service for the drafting of qualitative  research designs;  
  • support in the various phases of the research (data collecting, data analysis, etc…);
  • training for professional profiles of the healthcare and educational contexts;