The Philosophical Anthropology & Ethics Research Group, located at the Philosophy Department at Duisburg-Essen University, is a vibrant group of postdocs, doctoral researchers and advanced students and is coordinated by Neil Roughley.
Philosophical anthropology, as we understand the term, is the philosophical investigation of central features of the human life form, particularly as conducted with an eye to relevant empirical research. It covers the philosophy of “human nature”, but also encompasses key questions in philosophical psychology, action theory, the philosophy of emotion, social cognition and social ontology. The Research Group also focuses on questions concerning the place of ethics – of moral facts, of moral judgement, of moral semantics – in the human life form. As such, we have a strong metaethical specialisation.