Methods in Applied Ethics

April 19, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Programme for Applied Ethics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU


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Keynote speakers:

Helga Varden
University of Illinois
Jonathan Wolff
Oxford University


Espen Dyrnes Stabell
Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU

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What are the methods of applied ethics? What are good methods? The methodological landscape of applied ethics ranges from «top down» applications of ethical theory (utilitarianism, deontology, contractualism, virtue ethics) to real world issues, to principlism and less theory-oriented approaches such as casuistry, pragmatism, feminist ethics and narrativism. Moreover, reflective equilibrium approaches have been proposed that seek to balance different theories and considerations and yield coherence among a plurality of ethical, political, religious and empirical beliefs. More recently, approaches emphasising the importance of interdisciplinary research have gained ground, adding to the methodological mix such concepts as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and «embedded» ethical research.

The aim of the conference is to gather philosophers, ethicists and researchers of all methodological stripes and colours to exchange ideas and discuss how we are to think of and apply methods in applied ethics today, both within research, teaching and dissemination. Participants are encouraged to present theoretical as well as practical perspectives on methodology.

The conference is organized by the Programme for Applied Ethics, NTNU, in collaboration with the Practical Philosophy Working Group at the University of Oslo.

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University of Pavol Jozef Safarik

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University of Warwick

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