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Empirically Informed Ethics: Morality between Facts and Norms

  • Markus Christen
  • Carel van Schaik
  • Johannes Fischer
  • Markus Huppenbauer
  • Carmen Tanner
Book

Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. What Is Empirically Informed Ethics?

  3. Investigating Origins of Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Carel van Schaik, Judith M. Burkart, Adrian V. Jaeggi, Claudia Rudolf von Rohr
      Pages 65-84
  4. Assessing the Moral Agent

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Carmen Tanner, Markus Christen
      Pages 119-136
    3. Kristin Prehn, Hauke R. Heekeren
      Pages 137-157
    4. Shaun Nichols, Mark Timmons, Theresa Lopez
      Pages 159-176
  5. Justifications Between Rational Reflections and Intuitions

  6. Practicing Ethics in the Real World

About this book

Introduction

This volume provides an overview of the most recent developments in empirical investigations of morality and assesses their impact and importance for ethical thinking. It involves contributions of scholars both from philosophy, theology and empirical sciences with firm standings in their own disciplines, but an inclination to step across borders—in particular the one between the world of facts and the world of norms. Human morality is complex, and probably even messy—and this clean distinction becomes blurred whenever one looks more closely at the various components that enable and influence our moral actions and ethical orientations. In that way, morality may indeed be located between facts and norms—and an empirically informed ethics that is less concerned with analytical purity but immerses into this moral complexity may be an important step to make the contributions of ethics to this world more valuable and relevant. ​

Keywords

Empirical Ethics Empirically informed ethics Intuitions and morality Moral agent Origins of morality moral psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Markus Christen
    • 1
  • Carel van Schaik
    • 2
  • Johannes Fischer
    • 3
  • Markus Huppenbauer
    • 4
  • Carmen Tanner
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Anthropological Institute & MuseumUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Social EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.University Priority Program EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Department of Banking and Finance, Centre for Responsibility in FinanceUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

About the editors

Mark Alfano (philosophy) is at the Center of Human Values of Princeton University, Princeton, USA.

 

Sarah F. Brosnan (primatology) is at the Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Georgia, USA.

 

Judith Burkart (anthropology) is at the Anthropological Institute and Museum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Markus Christen (neuroethics) is at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Johannes Fischer (theological ethics) is at the Institute of Social Ethics of the University of Zurich.

 

Tobias Gollan (social psychology) is at the Psychology Department of the University of Hamburg, Germany.

 

Hauke Heekeren (affective neuroscience) is at the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion”of the Free University of Berlin, Germany.

 

Markus Huppenbauer (ethics) is at the University Priority Program Ethics of the University of Zurich.

 

Adrian Jaeggi (anthropology) is at the Department of Anthropology of the University of California Santa Barbara, California, USA.

 

Antti Kauppinen (philosophy) is at the Department of Philosophy of the Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

 

Tanja Krones (medical ethics and sociology) is at the University Hospital Zurich and the Institute of Biomedical Ethics of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Daniel Lapsley (moral psychology) is at the Psychology Department of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.

 

Theresa Lopez (moral philosophy) is at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Arizona, Arizona, USA.

 

Bert Musschenga (moral philosophy) is at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

Darcia Narvaez (moral psychology) is at the Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.

 

Adriano Naves de Brito (moral philosophy) is at the Center of Human Sciences, Unisinos University, Brasil.

 

Shaun Nichols (experimental philosophy) is at the Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Arizona, USA.

 

Kristin Prehn (cognitive neuroscience) is at the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion”, Free University of Berlin, Germany.

 

Jesse J. Prinz (moral philosophy) is at the Philosophy Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, USA.

 

Claudia Rudolf von Rohr (anthropology) is at the Anthropological Institute & Museum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Carmen Tanner (social psychology) is at the Center for Ethics and Finance at the Institute of Banking and Finance, at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Mark Timmons (moral philosophy) is at the Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Arizona, USA.

 

Johannes J.M. van Delden (medical ethics) is at the Medical school of Utrecht University, Netherlands.

 

Carel P. van Schaik (anthropology) is at the Anthropological Institute & Museum of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Ghislaine J.M.W. van Thiel (medical ethics) is at the Medical school of Utrecht University, Netherlands.

 

Erich H. Witte (social psychology) is at the Psychology Department of the University of Hamburg, Germany

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