Moral Philosophy and Metaethics

Moral philosophy

Filippo Santoni de Sio has published on the theory of moral responsibility.

Santoni de Sio F., Di Nucci E. 2018. Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing, Neuroethics 11:35

Santoni de Sio, F. 2015. Towards a Philosophical Defence of Legal Compatibilism, in F. Battaglia, N. Mukerji and J. Nida-Rümelin (eds), Rethinking Responsibility in Science and Technology, RoboLaw Series, Pisa: Pisa University Press.

Santoni de Sio, F., 2011. Irresistible desires as an excuse, King's Law Journal, 22:3, 289-307.

There is an intrinsic relation between emotions and values, as emotions are nothing more than normative evaluations of a certain situation that mobilize us to act. Udo Pesch has taken this crucial role of emotions in moral life as the starting point to reflect on our moral experience and the way to deploy emotions effectively in decision-making.

Pesch, U. (2020). Making sense of the self: an integrative framework for moral agency. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 50(1), 119-130. doi:10.1111/jtsb.12230
Pesch, U. (2021). Institutions of justice and intuitions of fairness: contesting goods, rules and inequalities. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 1-14. doi:10.1080/13698230.2021.1913887
Roeser, S., & Pesch, U. (2016). An Emotional Deliberation Approach to Risk. Science, Technology & Human Values, 41(2), 274-297. doi:10.1177/0162243915596231




Martin Sand  has developed a new defense of the Control Principle and discussed a solution to the problem of outcome luck (with Michael Klenk).  

Sand, M.: Klenk, M. (2021) Moral luck and unfair blame. Journal of Value Inquiry. DOI:10.1007/s10790-021-09856-4

Sand, M. (2020) A defence of the control principle. Philosophia- Philosophical Quarterly of Israel, 49, pp. 765–775, DOI: 10.1007/s11406- 020-00242-1


Samantha Copeland approaches ethics in resilience planning and medical technology development by emphasizing epistemic relationships and the role of ontological assumptions in how we produce and use scientific knowledge. Philosophical approaches are particularly good at spotting where our normative and ontological assumptions interact; only from there can we work out how to ensure those interactions result in a better, more inclusive, way of seeing our world and its potential.

Rocca, E., Copeland, S., & Edwards, I. R. (2019). Pharmacovigilance as scientific discovery: an argument for trans-disciplinarity. Drug safety, 42(10), 1115-1124.

Michael Klenk has developed a theory of moral belief change in response to new information. This theory can be used to assess when and why we ought to change our moral beliefs. In the future, it can be used to assess the fruitfulness for developing artificial moral advisors, and the conditions under which we should listen to machines for moral guidance.

Klenk, M. „Old Wine in New Bottles” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2017.

Klenk, M. „Can realists deflect defeat due to evolutionary explanations of morality?” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2017.

Klenk, M. „Third-factor explanations and disagreement in metaethics” Synthese 2020.


Sabine Roeser has developed a metaethical theory according to which ethical intuitions are paradigmatically cognitive moral emotions with which we perceive moral features that are non-reductive resultant properties of descriptive aspects of the world.

Sabine Roeser (2011), Moral Emotions and Intuitions, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan