„The Normative and Moral Foundations of Group Agency“

An ERC Advanced Research Grant Project
Duration of the project:
01.12.2017 – 31.05.2023

The main objectives of this project are:

  • To analyse the constitutive and regulative rules of group agency and their impact on the normative identity and self-understanding of associative as well as institutional group agents.
  • To investigate the consequences of philosophical work on group agency for recent theorising in moral and legal philosophy.
  • To explore how the achieved philosophical results can help advance a normative understanding of group agents with a clear organisational structure such as corporate and economic agents.

The results will give us a new understanding of group agency, but will also have an impact on debates about the concept of agency in moral philosophy, legal philosophy, and philosophy of economics. Methodologically, the project will cover philosophy of action, moral philosophy, legal theory, philosophy of economics, and organisation theory.

The project will also have an impact on wider debates about normative orders in general and the normative framework and structure of social, political and economic institutions.

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“Distortions of Normativity”
An ERC Advanced Research Grant Project

Duration of the project:
01.07.2010 – 30.06.2015

The project aimed to investigate transformations and distortions of normative, (i.e. moral, political and legal) orders and the distinction between legitimate and illegitimate practices in “non-ideal” political systems.

The project explored the following questions:

  • How should we assess conceptions of normativity under non-ideal conditions?
  • What is the relationship between legality and legitimacy under non-ideal conditions? What are the consequences of for our understanding of political authority?
  • What exactly are the standards for acting morally under non-ideal conditions? What impact do normatively distorted background conditions have on our understanding of moral principles and the ways in which we apply them?

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