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The Enemy of the Good: Towards a Theory of Moral Progress

Project description

A new theory for perfect moral progress

Ethics studies are dominated by the idea of moral progress throughout human history. It says the circle of moral concerns gradually expanded in a difficult, and imperfect process: from the moral recognition given only for a family or tribe members only to larger groups including other nations, classes or races of people, and finally, today, even to non-human beings. However, this theory is based on contractually chosen traits and ignores the limits of human psychology. The EU-funded PROGRESS project aims to develop an alternative theory of moral progress. The research will focus on human attitudes, evolutionary limits and smart institutions that can help to overcome our psychological issues and uncover possibilities for real moral progress.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion
  • /social sciences/sociology/anthropology/ethnology
  • /social sciences/psychology

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 500 000

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 500 000
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments