Colloquium: risk ethics; a provisional approach

Generally, one can distinguish three different types of concepts in ethics: Deontological approaches, which focus on rights and duties, consequential approaches, which determine the goodness of an action by concentrating on its effects, and procedural approaches, which define the morality of an action with regard to the conditions of the decision making process.

I will argue that each of these concepts cannot be properly applied to the ethics of risk. Rather, we need a “provisional” or “pragmatic” approach which selectively integrates the advantages of deontological, consequential and procedural approaches into a pragmatic ethical theory of risk.