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Societas Ethica

the European Society for Research in Ethics

SOCIETAS ETHICA, the European Society for Research in Ethics, was founded in 1964 on the initiative of the theologian Hendrik von Oyen at Basle (Switzerland). Under those who took part in the early years were well-known theologians as Franz Böckle, Arthur Rich, Dietrich Ritschl, Niels Hansen Søe and Gustav Wingren. Today SOCIETAS ETHICA has more than 270 members from approximately 35 countries, including both moral theologians and moral philosophers. While in the beginning the character of the society was shaped by the dialogue between catholic and protestant moral theologians, nowadays moral philosophy is equally significant.

SOCIETAS ETHICA sees itself as a platform for the exchange of scholarly work, ideas and experiences stemming from different philosophical and theological traditions. It endeavours to stimulate contacts between scholars in different countries, surpassing political, ideological and religious curtains. Both research in the analytical tradition and research in the traditions of continental philosophy have its esteemed place within the society.

SOCIETAS ETHICA is bilingual: English and German are the offical languages for conferences and publications. French is welcome, but is not understood by such a wide public.

Each year SOCIETAS ETHICA organises a conference (usually at the end of August). Members and non-members are invited to give a lecture or prepare a paper on the theme of the year. The theme of the year reflects on a current subject of interest and debate in either applied ethics or fundamental ethics. Visitors are welcome to participate at the meetings of the society.



Dr. Silas Morgan 


Societas Ethica

c/o Dr. Hille Haker

President, Societas Ethica
Department of Theology
Loyola University Chicago    
1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660


Crown Center for the Humanities Room 300

Loyola University, Chicago IL USA