Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Profoundest Problem in Ethics: Handling Practical Reasons in Conflict (PROFOUND)


Future 2023/2024 Humanities - Theology


PROFOUND addresses a fundamental problem in ethics: conflicts between moral and prudential reasons. The Standard View is that one can resolve such conflicts by comparing the relative strengths of reasons, and by this type of weighing determine what we ought to do all things considered. However, little work has been done to tell us in what way, if any, such comparisons can be made and weights assigned. PROFOUND will challenge the Standard View and the weighing model for determining what we ought to do. PROFOUND will also be constructively concerned to examine and provide alternatives to the Standard View.

Group leader

  • Mathea Slåttholm Sagdahl

    Title Senior Lecturer Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2023/2024
  • Attila Geza Tanyi

    Title Professor Institution UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) Year at CAS 2023/2024