Ethics

The discipline of Ethics at the Faculty of Theology is at the intersection between research in studies of religion and philosophical analysis of morals. Ongoing research deepens, in a variety of ways, understanding of morals as a social phenomenon and its relation to different worldviews. International and national collaboration tie our projects to a number of strong research environments in Sweden and internationally.

Three orientations are prioritised within the subject area – ethical theory, political ethics with human rights and practical ethics.

A central question for us concerns what social justice entails. We study different formulations of theories of justice and relate these both to philosophical analysis of political ethics, critique of rationality and different religions’ views on society and politics.

One further area which is prioritised is human rights. What is the relationship between the legal, moral and political dimensions of human rights? Can liberal individualism which has traditionally informed discussion of human rights be united with the liberation vision which can be found in various post-colonial theories and practices?

Studies in practical ethics are sought after by society both in Sweden and internationally. Ethics researchers in Uppsala are conducting a number of interesting projects of high societal relevance. That which particularly characterises our profile is that questions within practical ethics are related to a theoretical meta-reflection. In this way studies in practical ethics challenge ethical theory at the same time as a considered theoretical and methodological approach for practical studies is ensured.

Areas in focus include, in particular environmental ethics, AI ethics and sexual ethics. Furthermore, research on financial ethics and ethics and literature are undertaken. We are interested particularly in the question of how different religious traditions and varying theological approaches contribute to a development of practical ethics.