Institute of Theology and Ethics

The two theological chairs of the Institute of Theology and Ethics belong to the traditional chairs of Bundeswehr University Munich. For more than 40 years, they have been representing the ethical perspective in our canon of disciplines. Today, the focus of their teaching and research activities is on applied ethics.


Applied Ethics in Research

Perceptions of reality and truth that once had been taken for granted have more and more come into question in the secular modern age. This also has an impact on ethics as a normative discipline. By now, it faces differentiated rationalities of life and complex interconnections of reality but finds it increasingly difficult to rest its evaluations and orientations on the uniqueness and universality of traditional moral principles. At the same time, great demands are made on ethics: Pluralization, technical-scientific progress and globalization involve unsettling dynamic effects and openings. More than ever, ethics is expected to provide support and clarity—as context-sensitive and specific as possible.

Ethics responds to this issue as applied ethics. It comprises specific subdisciplines such as political ethics, economic ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics, or engineering ethics, and develops solution-oriented normative heuristics adapted to individual necessities. In doing so, applied ethics makes use of traditional theories and tests their coherence and practicability under the conditions of the late modern age. Here, the Institute of Theology and Ethics makes its contribution by introducing theological, philosophical, and social sciences perspectives into the suggestions for substantiations and applications brought forward in the discourses, in particular in the fields of peace ethics, military professional ethics and media ethics. The main areas of research of the institute's individual scientists can be found on the web pages of the two professorial chairs.

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