Minding the Gaps: Sensitivities in Pursuing Empirical Ethics

  • Brian RappertEmail author


How issues are identified and how they become formulated as problems in need of redress are prime concerns in social research, ethics, and elsewhere. And yet, what remains off public, professional, and policy agendas also needs to be heeded. The central aim of this chapter is to ask how those engaged in bringing together empirical research on ‘what is’ and normative analysis on ‘what ought to be’ can become more mindful about the matters they are not addressing. In doing so it is possible to consider how traditions in sociology and ethics can learn from each other through mutually attending to what remains absent from each.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Philosophy, and AnthropologyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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