Ongoing Research Projects


New Directions in Plant Ethics


This project addresses the life of plants in the context of ethics. Its research project investigates values in growing plants and in cultivating plants, the ethics of gardening, meta-ethical concepts in plant ethics (flourishing, moral status, moral significance of plants) and applications of plant ethics.

Scope: Moral status of plants, ethics of plant cultivation

The project is supported by the FWF (330 000 Euros).

Research Platform Nano - Norms - Nature


This research platform brings together scientists from jurisprudence, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences in order to develop a normative assessment of the nano-nature interface. In particular, the researchers explore normative guidelines that are applicable to future developments in nano-sciences. This includes debate about issues of nano-release into nature, approaches to planetary medicine that include nano-technologies, and enhancement of natural beings. The overall goal is the exploration of a set of principles that contribute to regulatory frameworks and to norms that institutions subscribe to in developing nano-materials.

Scope: Research at the interface of geo-physics, environmental ethics and law.

The Research Platform is supported by the University of Vienna (330 000 Euros).