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Research profile

Our main focus is different theoretical challenges and problems pertaining to the normative authority of ethics and morality and the role morality/ethics may have in our lives. The aim of all ethical inquiry is an ambitious one: namely, to answer the issue of how one should live one's life.

Our aim is to contribute to this fundamental question by address its theoretical underpinnings. As a research group, we approach these questions from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, both contemporary and historical. More narrowly, we focus on five interrelated topics of ethical-cum-meta-ethical inquiry:

  1. value theory (aexiology) and theory of normativity;
  2. action theory and moral psychology; 
  3. moral metaphysics;
  4. moral semantics and -epistemology; 
  5. quality- and meaning of life.

Given that the aim of all ethical inquiry is the question of how one ought to live, an important aspect of our work is also to apply theories and results to normative- and ethical issues: thereby contributing to both normative ethics and -theory construction, more generally, as well as to what one may label as applied ethics.