Welcome to the Plant Ethics Project

Department of Philosophy | University of Vienna, Austria


The research project New Directions in Plant Ethics explores plant ethics as an emerging field in bioethics. It contributes to developing systematic approaches to the life of plants, highlighting the specific traits of plants as a distinct life-form. Instead of approaching plants as moral patients, it emphasizes and analyzes the relations between plants and persons. In this regard the project focuses on the normative dimensions of cultural practices addressing plant life and practices of exchange among persons and plants.