Foundations of pragmatic ethics

Research team

Eric Racine, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, Université de Montréal, McGill University); Marjorie Montreuil, Nurse, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, McGill University); Matthew Sample, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, McGill University); Aline Bogossian, PhD (Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit, Université de Montréal); Sarah Kusch (Osnabrück 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.


Racine, E., Cascio, M. A., & Bogossian, A. (2017). Instrumentalist analyzes of the functions of health ethics concepts and principles: Methodological guideposts. American Journal of Bioethics, 17(12), 16-18.

Racine, E., & Dubljević, V. (2017). Neuroscience and socio-environmental determinants of moral agency: Threat or empowerment? In Illes, J. (Ed.): Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 388-410.

Racine, E., Aspler, J., Forlini, C., & Chandler, J. A. (2017). Contextualized autonomy and liberalism: Broadening the lenses on complementary and alternative medicines in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 27(1), 1-41.

Racine, E., & Dubljević, V. (2016). Porous or contextualized autonomy? Knowledge can empower autonomous moral agents. American Journal of Bioethics, 16(2), 48-50.

Racine, E. (2010). Pragmatic Neuroethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Racine, E. (2008). Interdisciplinary approaches for a pragmatic neuroethics. American Journal of Bioethics, 8(1), 52-53.

Racine, E. (2007). Pragmatic naturalism. Bioethics, 22(2), 92-100.