Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 27-37

First online:

Ethics, Law and Legislation: The Institutionalisation of Moral Reflection

  • Alberto BondolfiAffiliated withInstitut für Sozialethik, Universität Zürich

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This paper describes the different dimensions of the relation between moral reflection and legislative processes. It discusses some examples of the institutionalisation of moral reflection. It is argued that the relation between ethics and law is still an actual and relevant question. Ethics also has to reflect on its own role in political life. The paper defends the relevance of a theological perspective on the relation between law and ethics. In the last part it is argued that the modality of relation between ethics and law depends on the specific character of social domain.

applied ethics church and state law politics theology