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Empirically Informed Ethics: Morality between Facts and Norms

Christen, M., van Schaik, C., Fischer, J., Huppenbauer, M., Tanner, C. (Eds.)

2014, X, 349 p. 13 illus.

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  • First book that unifies empirical research on morals as well as philosophical reflections on this empirical work in one single volume
  • Provides an overview on state-of-the-art research in empirical ethics
  • Contains contributions to novel, application-oriented concepts like "moral intelligence"​
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. ​

Content Level » Research

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

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Community Psychology - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Neuropsychology

Table of contents 

Introduction; Bridging the Is-Ought-Dichotomy.- Part I: What is Empirically Informed Ethics?.- Markus Christen, Mark Alfano’ Outlining the Field – A Research Program for Empirically Informed Ethics.- Johannes Fischer; What Kind of Ethics? – How the Understanding of the Fields Affects the Role of Empirical Research on Morality for Ethics.-

Adriano Naves de Brito; Moral Behavior and Moral Sentiments – On the Natural Basis for Moral Values.- Part II: Investigating Origins of Morality.- Carel P. van Schaik, Judith Burkart, Adrian Jaeggi, Claudia Rudolf von Rohr; Morality as a Biological Adaptation – an Evolutionary Model based on the Lifestyle of Human Foragers.- Sarah F. Brosnan; Precursors of Morality – Evidence for Moral Behaviors in Non-Human Primates.- Jesse J. Prinz; Where Do Morals Come From? – A Plea for a Cultural Approach.- Part III: Assessing the Moral Agent.- Carmen Tanner, Markus Christen; Moral Intelligence – A Framework for Understanding Moral Competences.- Kristin Prehn, Hauke Heekeren; Moral Brains – Possibilities and Limits of the Neuroscience of Ethics.- Shaun Nichols, Mark Timmons, Theresa Lopez; Using Experiments in Ethics – Ethical Conservatism and the Psychology of Moral Luck.- Part IV: Justifications between Rational Reflections and Intuitions.- Ghislaine J.M.W. van Thiel, Johannes J.M. van Delden; Intuitions in Moral Reasoning – Normative Empirical Reflective Equilibrium as a Model for Substantial Justification of Moral Claims.- Bert Musschenga; Moral Expertise – The Role of Expert Judgments and Expert Intuitions in the Constitution of (Local) Ethical Theories.- Erich H. Witte &, Tobias Gollan; Social Variability in Moral Judgments – Analyzing the Justification of Actions using the Prescriptive Attribution Concept.- Part V: Practicing Morality and Ethics in the Real World; Darcia Narvaez, Daniel Lapsley.- Becoming a Moral Person – Moral Development and Moral Character Education as a Result of Social Interactions.- Markus Huppenbauer, Carmen Tanner; Ethical Leadership – How to Integrate Empirical and Ethical Aspects for Promoting Moral Decision Making in Business Practice.- Tanja Krones; The Empirical Turn in Bioethics – From Boundary Work to a Context-Sensitive, Transdisciplinary Field of Inquiry.- Critical Postscript.- Antti Kauppinen; Ethics and Empirical Psychology – Critical Remarks to Empirically Informed Ethics.- References.- Index.- Authors

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