The research profile of the chair is characterized by an understanding of ethics as fundamen-tal-theological and concrete. The expression “fundamental-theological” is meant to signal the neccessity of rendering theological convictions accessible to a non-theological audience in a pluralist and functionally differentiated society. In the spirit of 1. Peter 3:15 (“Always be pre-pared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”), fundamental-theological ethics aims to introduce insights of the Christian tradition into contemporary ethical discourses. Although this “transparticularisation” of religious con-victions touches upon a number of methodological and metaethical issues, the main focus of research is on concrete moral conflicts, especially in the field of bioethics and social ethics. In line with this emphasis, ethics is conceived of as an academic discipline that uncovers norma-tive questions, analyses their presuppositions and implications, develops criteria for the as-sessment of situations of moral conflict, advises policy makers, and passes on the respective knowledge and competences to students.