Foundations of pragmatic ethics

Research team

Eric Racine, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, Université de Montréal, McGill University); Simon Senghor, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, McGill University)


Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S)

As a guiding theory, pragmatism offers numerous insights into the nature of ethics and its relationship to empirical studies of human morality. Several Unit members are actively leading projects to refine different theoretical and methodological aspects of pragmatic philosophy to generate empirical and conceptual methods aligned with the insights proposed by this theory.


  1. Racine Eric, Sample Matthew. Two problematic foundations of neuroethics and pragmatist reconstructions. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2018; 27(4):566-577. For more information.
  2. Veljko Dubljevic, Sebastian Sattler, Eric Racine. Deciphering moral intuition: how agents, deeds, and consequences influence moral judgment. Plos One, 2018; 13(10): e0204631. Read article.
  3. Racine Eric, Cascio Ariel, Montreuil Marjorie, Bogossian Aline. Instrumentalist analyses of the functions of ethics concepts: A proposal to bridge conceptual and empirical ethics methodology. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 2019; 40:253–278; DOI: 10.1007/s11017-019-09502-y. Read article.
  4. Racine Eric et Sample Matthew. Do we need neuroethics? AJOB Neuroscience, 2019; 10:3, 101-103; DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2019.1632957. For more information.
  5. Racine Eric, Cascio Ariel. The false dichotomy between empirical and normative bioethics. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 2020;11(1), 5-7; DOI: 10.1080/23294515.2019.1705429. Read article.