Bioethics Research Group and Beyond: Three Decades of Studies in Ethics and Political Philosophy

In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
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  • 1 Professor, Department for Communication, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2 Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 3 Professor, Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark
  • 4 Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics & Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The aim of this paper is to present some important contributions to ethics, value theory and political philosophy the former members of the Bioethics Research Group have made. The group was established at the University of Copenhagen in 1992 and was formally dissolved in 1997, but the members continued to work in ethics and political philosophy and set up research groups and centres at four Danish universities. Within four research themes, contributions made over the years are described. Research outputs of the group have, in various ways, served to bring studies of ethics and political philosophy originating in Denmark into the wider international research arena. Members of the group have increasingly included empirical approaches in their research and have thereby participated in the more general “empirical turn” in analytic philosophy. Some members of the group can also be said to have participated in a “pluralist turn”.