What moral stakes are raised by the major challenges the world faces today?
How can the promotion of public health respect the autonomy of individuals? How are ethical norms affected by the rise of artificial intelligence? Should multinational corporations serve the public interest? Is there such a thing as moral progress? How can we design our institutions in a way that enables us to fight environmental catastrophes and social injustices? These are some of the central questions addressed by philosophers at the Ethics Institute.
We connect fundamental philosophical reflection with the well-informed consideration of concrete moral topics. In our research, teaching, and public engagement, we draw on all fields of practical philosophy (meta-, normative, and applied ethics, philosophical anthropology and aesthetics, and political and economic philosophy), as well as strong interdisciplinary collaborations. We aim to promote a plurality of methods and approaches in philosophy, including marginalised perspectives.