Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics

Research Group

Philosophy Department
Duisburg-Essen University

Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics

Research Group

Philosophy Department, Duisburg-Essen University

I have been Professor for Philosophical Anthropology and Ethics at Duisburg-Essen University since September 2009. Before accepting the position in Essen, I taught in various capacities at the Universities of Constance, Bielefeld, Zurich, Münster and Essen, including periods as a visiting professor at the latter three universities. Over several years my research was generously funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), who supported work on the projects Three Ways of Being For (2000-2003) and Weakness of Will in Practical Reasoning (2003-2005) respectively. In Constance I was a member of the interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Intentions and Intentionality (2001-2005) and the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) on Literature and Anthropology (1996-1999).

Alongside my areas of specialization in ethics and philosophical anthropology, action theory and philosophical psychology, I have also published on aesthetics. My historical interests concern the classical figures in ethical sentimentalism, particularly David Hume and Adam Smith, as well as the history of action theory.

At present, I am Head of the Philosophy Department in Essen. I am co-editor of the series Practical Philosophy, published by ontos at de Gruyter and a member of the editorial board of the Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur. I am one of the founding members of the DFG network Philosophy of the Life Sciences in Germany.




with Thomas Schramme (eds.). Forms of Fellow Feeling. Empathy, Sympathy, Concern and Moral Agency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

with contributions from: D. Batson, D. Bischof-Köhler & N. Bischof, L. Blum, S. Darwall, J. Deigh, N. Eisenberg, H. Maibom, N. Roughley, T. Schramme, M. Slote, A. Vaish.

Neil Roughley
Wanting and Intending. Elements of a Philosophy of Practical Mind . Dordrecht: Springer 2016

with Julius Schälike (eds.).
Wollen. Seine Bedeutung, seine Grenzen. Münster: mentis 2015.

with contributions from: H. Altehenger, K. Bayertz, A. Beckermann, M. Kühler, A. Leist, M. Pauen, W. Pfannkuche, N. Roughley, P. Schaber, J. Schälike, M. Schmitz, T. Spitzley, W. Spohn, H. Steinfath

with Thomas Schramme (eds.).
On Moral Sentimentalism. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

with contributions from: M. Betzler, C. Budnik, K. Derpmann, M. Gottschalk, J. Löschke, H. Pauer-Studer, N. Roughley, T. Schramme, M. Slote.

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with Kurt Bayertz (eds.). The Normative Animal? On the Anthropological Significance of Social, Moral and Linguistic Norms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

with contributions from: C. Antweiler, K. Bayertz, N. Enfield & J. Sidnell, H. Glock, P. Kappeler, C. Fichtel & C. van Schaik, N. Kompa, K. Mertens, M.F.H. Schmidt & H. Rakoczy, A. Reboul, L. Röska-Hardy, N. Roughley, H. Steinfath, E. Turiel & A. Dahl, C. van Schaik & J. Burkart.


(ed.) Being Humans. Anthropological Universality and Particularity in Transdisciplinary Perspectives, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2000.

with contributions from: A. Assmann, C. J. Berry, D. E. Brown, M. Carrithers, D. Cockburn, M. Cole, D. Copp, W. van Damme, W. Friedlmeier, R. Harré, A. Harrison, H. Haste, K. Levitin, T. Luckmann, M. Midgley, N. Roughley, G. Seebass, B. Shore, R. de Sousa, J. Stagl, B. Williams
(ed.) with M. Endreß, Anthropologie und Moral. Philosophische und soziologische Perspektiven, Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann 2000.

with contributions from: S. A. Döring, M. Endreß, H. Fahrenbach, C. R. Hallpike, H. Krämer, A. Kusser, T. Luckmann, G. Nunner-Winkler, W: Pfannkuche, J. Renn, N. Roughley, P. Schaber, V. H. Schmidt, G. Seebaß, H. Steinfath, T. Sutter
with A. Barkhaus, M. Mayer, D. Thürnau, (eds.) Identität, Leiblichkeit, Normativität. Neue Horizonte anthropologischen Denkens, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 1996, 2nd ed. 1999.

with contributions from: A. Barkhaus, D. Bischof-Köhler, G. Böhme, G. Gamm, H. Joas, F. Kambartel, H. Keupp, D. Kuhlmann, D. Lenzen, G. Lindemann, M. Mayer, H. Prior, M. Ritter, N. Roughley, W. Schmid, H. Schmitz, L. Siep, R. Spaemann, D. Thürnau

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