The Biological Foundations of Law and Ethics project is a part of the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Kraków. It was launched in 2008 in cooperation with the Chair for the Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
The project seeks to tackle legal and ethical problems from the perspective of contemporary biological sciences. The past 20 years have witnessed unparalleled developments in biology, psychology and medicine, especially in neuroscience. The results of this research concern a wide range of issues, from brain functions, consciousness and emotions to the emergence of normative orders. However, philosophy of law and – to a certain extent – ethics seem almost completely disinterested in the findings of biological science. Our aim is to provide an in-depth analysis of the main legal-philosophical and ethical problems with the insights gained from biological theories.