Empirically Informed Ethics: Morality between Facts and Norms

  • Markus Christen
  • Carel van Schaik
  • Johannes Fischer
  • Markus Huppenbauer
  • Carmen Tanner

Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. What Is Empirically Informed Ethics?

  3. Investigating Origins of Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Carel van Schaik, Judith M. Burkart, Adrian V. Jaeggi, Claudia Rudolf von Rohr
      Pages 65-84
  4. Assessing the Moral Agent

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Carmen Tanner, Markus Christen
      Pages 119-136
    3. Kristin Prehn, Hauke R. Heekeren
      Pages 137-157
    4. Shaun Nichols, Mark Timmons, Theresa Lopez
      Pages 159-176
  5. Justifications Between Rational Reflections and Intuitions

  6. Practicing Ethics in the Real World

  7. Critical Postscript

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-349

About this book


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. ​


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Markus Christen
    • 1
  • Carel van Schaik
    • 2
  • Johannes Fischer
    • 3
  • Markus Huppenbauer
    • 4
  • Carmen Tanner
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Anthropological Institute & MuseumUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of Social EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.University Priority Program EthicsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Department of Banking and Finance, Centre for Responsibility in FinanceUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01368-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01369-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6678
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0323
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