Value Theory and Applied Ethics
Work in this area at Texas A&M is distinguished by a tight engagement between value theory and applied ethics, including traditional ethical and meta-ethical issues, but also extending out to aesthetics, the philosophy of law, and the philosophy of the environment. Our expertise in value theory includes the areas of consequentialism and ethical gradualism; aesthetic theory, especially of the sublime; and ideas of corrective justice and reconciliation. One of the distinguishing features of our department is a focus on applying value theory to some of the most challenging problems facing the world today. Our areas of focus include theoretically informed applied research into moral injury, the ethics of technology (including AI and biotechnology), engineering ethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics and aesthetics (including climate change).