Research on Moral Intelligence components

Short description

Moral Intelligence is defined as the capability to process moral information and to manage self-regulation in any way that desirable moral ends can be attained. This understanding of moral intelligence has been developed by Tanner & Christen (2014); current research focuses on the competence of moral sensitivity and on values that may be elements of the moral compass.

Collaborating institutes

  • Prof. Carmen Tanner; Zeppelin University (Leadership Excellence Institute) and University of Zurich (Institute of Banking and Finance)
  • Prof Darcia Narvaez; University of Notre Dame (Psychology Department)

Involved NET group researchers

Christian Ineichen, Johannes Katsarov, David Schmocker

Funding

Currently, this research is funded by the Swiss National Science foundation project “Moral Sensitivity: Investigating Implications, Justifications, and Means of Improvements” (M. Christen is main applicant). Past funding has been provided by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (“Moral Intelligence for praxis: developing a tool for moral sensibility”; M. Christen was main applicant, with C. Tanner) and the Cogito Foundation (“Developing a measure of coherence of value systems”, M. Christen was main applicant, with T. Ott).

Publications

  • Christen M (2018): Comparing cultural differences with domain-specific differences of appreciating and understanding values. Journal of Moral Education, in press
    Katsarov J, Christen M (2018): Promoting the Moral Sensitivity of Police and Military Personnel. In: Olsen OK, Waaler G (eds.): NECESSE 3(1): 114-120 [Special Issue on Operational Morals, Royal Norwegian Naval Academy]
    Ineichen C, Christen M, Tanner C (2017): Measuring Moral Sensitivity in Medicine. BMC Medical Ethics 18(1):5
  • Christen M, Katsarov J (2016): Moral Sensitivity as a Precondition of Moral Distress. AJOB Neuroscience 16(12): 19-21
  • Christen M, Ineichen C, Tanner C (2016): „Moralische Intelligenz“ in der klinischen Praxis. Praxis – Schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin 105(21): 1261-1266
  • Christen M, Narvaez D, Tanner C, Ott T (2016): Mapping Values: Using Thesauruses to Reveal Semantic Structures of Cultural Moral Differences. Cognitive Systems Research 40: 59-74
  • Christen M, Ineichen C, Tanner C (2014): How moral are the principles of biomedical ethics? BMC Medical Ethics 15: 47
  • Tanner C, Christen M (2014): Moral Intelligence – A Framework for Understanding Moral Competences. In: Christen M, Fischer J, Huppenbauer M, Tanner C, van Schaik C (eds.): Empirically Informed Ethics. Morality between Facts and Norms. Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy. Berlin: Springer, 119-136
  • Christen M, Ott T (2013): Quantified coherence of moral beliefs as a predictive factor for moral agency. In: Musschenga B et al.: What makes us moral? Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy. Berlin: Springer, 73-96