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Ferretti, Maria Paola, Dr.


maria [Punkt] ferretti (at) normativeorders [Punkt] net

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  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
    EXNO
    Normative Orders 3.6

Projects and Positions in the Cluster

    Programming period 2012-2019

  • Post Docs

Research topic

Towards a non-welfarist ethics of risk: a freedom-based framework

Brief description of research topic

The aim of this project is to develop a new and original approach to the ethics of risk that can offer criteria for devising public policies of risk management. The thesis is that the imposition of risk is a wrong because it interferes with people’s overall freedom, defined as the ensemble of external options open to a subject. This approach - broadly in line with a neokantian interpretation of external freedom - is based on the assumption that treating people as moral agents requires respecting a certain ‘measure’ of freedom. When a risk diminishes overall freedom below that ‘measure’, imposing it is morally wrong, irrespective of the consequences for people’s wellbeing. This deontological approach has several advantages: it can explain why imposing risk is wrong even when damage does not materialize; it is independent from people’s awareness of being subject to a risk and from their actual or rational preferences about risk. In this vein the project offers an alternative to welfare-based and autonomy-based approaches. Two case studies, one on precarious working contracts and social security and one on exposure to environmental pollutants, will explore the practical relevance of this approach in capturing aspects of risk management that are overlooked by rival theories, with particular reference to the assessment and measurement of risk, the identification of vulnerable groups, risk distribution and compensation.

Subject areas

Political philosophy, political theory, public ethics.

Biographical Details

I am a senior research fellow in political philosophy, currently working on a project on the ethics of risk, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). I studied philosophy at the University of Pavia (Laurea) and Political Theory at York (MA) and Manchester (PhD). Before coming to Frankfurt, I worked at the University of Bologna, at the University of Bremen and at TU Darmstadt.
My main research interests are in political philosophy and public ethics.
I'm a member of the Executive Commitee of the Society for Applied Philosophy and co-convenor of the Specialist Group in Political Theory of the ECPR and collaborate on a UNDC project on Education for Justice (E4J).

Publications

  • Book chapter
    • 2018
      • Ferretti, Maria Paola (2018): “The Ethics of Anticorruption Policies” (With. E.Ceva), in A. Lever and A. Poama (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy, London: Routledge (2018), 255-266
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  • Monograph
    • 2019
      • Ferretti, Maria Paola (2019): The Public Perspective. Public Justification and The Ethics of Belief. Rowman and Littlefield
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    • 2018
    • 2017
    • 2016
    • 2014
    • 2013
    • 2010
      • Ferretti, Maria Paola (2010): Risk and distributive justice: The case of regulating new technologies, Science and Engineering Ethics, 15:4 (2010): 501-515.
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    • 2009
      • Ferretti, Maria Paola (2009): Exemptions for whom? On the relevant focus of the egalitarian concern, Res Publica, 15:3 (2009): 269-287
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      • Ferretti, Maria Paola (2009): Rule-and-exemptions: The politics of difference within liberalism, Special Issue of Res Publica 15:3(2009).
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      • Ferretti, Maria Paola Pavone, Vincenzo (2009): What do civil society organisations expect from participation in science? Lessons from Germany and Spain on the issue of GMOs, Science and Public Policy 36:4 (2009): 287-299.
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      • Ferretti, Maria Paola Steffek, Jens (2009): Accountability or ‘Good Decisions? The rival goals of civil society participation in international governance, Global Society 23:1 (2009): 37-57.
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    • 2008
      • Ferretti, Maria Paola Lener, Matteo (2008): Lay public or experts? E-participation in authorisation for GMO Products in the European Union, Review of Policy Research 25:6 (2008): 507-525.
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