Deepening our theoretical understanding of societal issues

The research conducted at the Ethics Institute focuses on the theoretical exploration of practical issues. Our various research projects are united by a shared commitment to connecting applied work with fundamental theory. On the fundamental level, the Ethics Institute investigates basic normative concepts (such as human rights, agency, justice, and integrity) and diverse strategies of moral justification as tools for dealing with the complex moral questions of the contemporary world. In our applied research, we use such theoretical tools to analyze concrete moral issues in economic and political instutions, healthcare, technology, and our relations to animals and the environment. The methodology of ethics education and scientific integrity are important focus areas in our research.

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What distinguishes the Ethics Institute is its multidisciplinary approach: our expertise encompasses all of the disciplines within practical philosophy (meta-ethics, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophical anthropology and aesthetics). Philosophical insights into practical issues are studied in conjunction with the relevant knowledge from other disciplines, such as economics, law, psychology, history, art history and veterinary and human medicine.

Themes and focus areas

Our research into the ethics of institutions makes an important contribution to the university’s strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies. We also contribute to the research focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights.