Ethics is a research area that has attained steadily more significance at University level in recent years. There is a growing interest in ethics and ethical questions in society in general. Ethics can however be many things, and there are a number of different traditions and schools of thought in Ethics.
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Ethics as a research field is connected to all study programs at the Faculty and in its own way connects all the programs together. It gives a particular contribution to professional ethics and research ethics, to ethics in the relation beween religion and society, and to Christian ethics.
At the Faculty of Theology, two things in particular are characteristic for work on ethical questions.
- The one is that we in particular work on questions that have to do with ethics in society, i.e. that ethics is a normative reflection on what – for good or ill – actually happens in practice, whether this be to do with the value foundation and development of the welfare state, pressing questions connected to biotechnology and medical ethics, conflicts and dialogue across religions and cultures or questions concerning the individual’s own life understanding and life practice.
- The second is that we work on ethics against a general, phenomenological background where ethical experiential foundations take part in an open dialogue with different traditions and positions in theological and philosophical discourse, such that ethics also becomes a form of life-interpretation. As a theological faculty, we have a particular expertise in ethical reflection in a Christian tradition, but “the Christian” in this tradition is not something to be taken for granted, but is on the contrary open for discussion.