Bioethics research group and beyond: Three decades of studies in ethics and political philosophy

Nils Holtug, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Jesper Ryberg, Peter Sandøe*

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The aim of this paper is to present some important contributions to ethics, value theory and political philosophy the former members of the Bioethics Research Group have made. The group was established at the University of Copenhagen in 1992 and was formally dissolved in 1997, but the members continued to work in ethics and political philosophy and set up research groups and centres at four Danish universities. Within four research themes, contributions made over the years are described. Research outputs of the group have, in various ways, served to bring studies of ethics and political philosophy originating in Denmark into the wider international research arena. Members of the group have increasingly included empirical approaches in their research and have thereby participated in the more general “empirical turn” in analytic philosophy. Some members of the group can also be said to have participated in a “pluralist turn”.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Yearbook of Philosophy
Pages (from-to)133-161
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Animal welfare
  • Bioethics
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Danish philosophy
  • Equality
  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy


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