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Research Group: Ethics and Practical Reason

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We have interests in a wide range of issues in metaethics, normative ethics and applied ethics.

Southampton philosophers have published on issues concerning instrumental rationality, the normativity of rationality, fitting-attitude accounts of value, the doing-allowing distinction, and the act-omission distinction, as well as various issues in applied ethics.

We also have strong interests in the history of moral philosophy (see 19th and early 20th century European philosophy).

We are presently hosting a series of workshop on the theme of ‘Aims and Norms’, investigating the relationship between the norms governing subjects’ actions, thoughts and feelings and the aims those subjects have, a project supported by the British Academy. In addition, Fiona Woollard has been awarded a Research Fellowship by the Mind Association, during which she plans to develop further her defence of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing, the claim that doing harm is harder to justify than merely allowing harm.


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