What characterizes a morally good life? One could approach this perennial question from a classical philosophical angle, but LMU philosopher Christof Rapp and his colleagues treat the issue from an empirical perspective: They ask to what extent moral behavior can be defined in terms of traits of character or psychological markers. In the current issue of insightLMU, philosophers Christof Rapp and Monika Betzler discuss with economist Martin Kocher what constitutes a morally blameless life, and confront moral philosophy with insights from the behavioral sciences.
Cell biologist Michael Kiebler is intrigued by a similarly fundamental question: What is the molecular basis of learning? In insightLMU, the LMU biochemist shares his insights into how associative learning is encoded in the brain.
“Children who, only 50 years ago, would not have survived into adulthood, now have a very good chance of being cured,” says LMU pediatrician Christoph Klein. To ensure that someday all children with rare diseases can be cured – irrespective of their origins and their parents’ financial resources, Christoph Klein founded the “Care for Rare Alliance” which maintains a worldwide network of researchers and institutions engaged in the search for the origins of highly uncommon disorders.
In the current issue, we also mark a significant anniversary: The Venice International University, jointly created by a group of leading universities from around the world, of which LMU is the only German member, is celebrating its 20th birthday. In insightLMU, LMU students who have attended this unique institution take you on a trip to Venice. Or perhaps you prefer the shores of Northern Norway to the Italian coast? No problem! When he takes a break from his studies of Alzheimer’s disease, LMU biochemist Christian Haass spends much of his leisure time in the field: He is a passionate ornithologist. On weekends, he keeps an eye out for rare species around Starnberg Lake near Munich, but his enthusiasm for ornithology has even taken him beyond the Arctic Circle – in the middle of winter.