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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.

For more on our work, see the indi­vidu­al pages of the group mem­bers and the past and upcom­ing events pages. For more on our con­cep­tion of philo­soph­ic­al anthro­po­logy go here.

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