Christoph Luetge (born 10 November 1969) is a German philosopher and
economist notable for his work on business ethics, experimental ethics
and political philosophy. He is Full Professor of
Business Ethics at
Technische Universität München, Bavaria, Germany.
1 Academic career
2.1 Business ethics
2.2 Experimental ethics
2.3 Political philosophy
3 Distinctions and awards
4 Academic bodies reviewer
5 Major books
7 External links
After studying philosophy and business informatics in Braunschweig,
Göttingen and Paris, Luetge was a PhD student at Technical University
of Berlin and
Braunschweig University of Technology from 1997 to 1999.
He was a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and
research fellow at the University of California, San Diego in 1998. In
1999, he received his doctorate in philosophy and became a research
assistant at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. He was visiting
professor at Venice International University in 2003. From 2004,
Luetge was Assistant Professor at the department of philosophy of
Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, from which he also received
his habilitation in 2005.
Christoph Luetge was acting professor at
Witten/Herdecke University from 2007 to 2008 and at Braunschweig
University of Technology from 2008 to 2010. Since August 2010, he
holds the newly created Peter Löscher Endowed Chair of Business
Ethics at Technical University of Munich.
In his work on business ethics, Luetge advocates a contractarian
approach termed „order ethics“. This approach focuses on the
institutional and order framework of a society and its economy. Both
formal and informal order elements are analyzed in order ethics, which
especially highlights the relation of competition and ethics and
reaches out into thematic fields such as Corporate Social
Responsibility and Diversity.
Luetge and his team have established the „Experimental Ethics Lab“
(EEL) at Technische Universität München, in which ethically relevant
behavior of real human subjects is analyzed within a controlled
decision framework. These experiments are performed on a variety of
different topics such as microcredit lending, compliance and whistle
blowing or cheating behavior.
In his work on political philosophy, „Order Ethics or Moral Surplus:
What Holds a Society Together?“, Luetge takes on a fundamental
problem of contemporary political philosophy and ethics. He questions
the often implicit assumption of many contemporary political
philosophers according to which a society needs its citizens to adopt
some shared basic qualities, views or capabilities (here termed a
moral surplus). Luetge examines the respective theories of, among
others, Jürgen Habermas, John Rawls, David Gauthier, James M.
Kenneth Binmore with a focus on their respective moral
surpluses. He finds that each moral surplus is either not necessary
for the stability of societies or cannot remain stable when faced with
opposing incentives. Binmore’s idea of empathy is the only one that
is, at least partly, not confronted with this dilemma. Luetge provides
an alternative view termed "order ethics", which weakens the necessary
assumptions for modern societies and basically only relies on mutual
advantages as the fundamental basis of society.
Distinctions and awards
In 2007 Luetge received a Heisenberg Fellowship from the German
Research Foundation. He is a Member of the Senate and the Advisory
Council of the Bavarian School of Public Policy, Member of the Ethics
Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework
(EMIF), Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Governance,
Leadership and Global Responsibility of Leeds Metropolitan University,
and Vice chairman of the audit committee of the Bavarian Construction
In 2016, Luetge was appointed by Federal Minister of Transport and
Alexander Dobrindt to serve on the German
government’s Ethics Commission on Autonomous Driving.
In 2017, Luetge was elected into the Executive Committee of the
International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics (ISBEE). 
Academic bodies reviewer
Luetge has done reviewing work for the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Israel
Science Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, German Research
Foundation (DFG), German Council of Science and Humanities
(Wissenschaftsrat), Society for Business Ethics, German National
Academic Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and
German Federal Environmental Foundation.
Order Ethics or Moral Surplus: What Holds a Society Together?, Lanham:
Lexington 2015, ISBN 978-0739198674.
Experimental Ethics: Toward an Empirical Moral Philosophy,
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2014, (ed., with H. Rusch and M. Uhl),
Ethik des Wettbewerbs: Über Konkurrenz und Moral. München: Beck
2014, ISBN 978-3406669644.
Business Ethics and Risk Management, Heidelberg/New York: Springer
2014, (ed., with J. Jauernig), ISBN 978-94-007-7441-4.
Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics.
Heidelberg/New York: Springer 2013 (ed.), ISBN 978-94-007-1495-3.
Einführung in die Wirtschaftsethik. 3rd ed., Münster: LIT 2013 (with
K. Homann), ISBN 978-3-8258-7758-3.
Wirtschaftsethik ohne Illusionen: Ordnungstheoretische Reflexionen.
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2012, ISBN 978-3-16-151782-2.
Entscheidung und Urteil. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht 2009
(with H. Jungermann), ISBN 978-3-525-40419-5.
Contractarianism and Ethical Theory: On
Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics. Aldershot/London:
Ashgate 2008 (ed., with J. Conill and T. Schönwälder-Kuntze),
Globalisation and Business Ethics. Aldershot/London: Ashgate 2007
(ed., with K. Homann and P. Koslowski), ISBN 978-0-7546-4817-8.
Was hält eine Gesellschaft zusammen? Ethik im Zeitalter der
Globalisierung. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2007,
Ökonomische Wissenschaftstheorie. Würzburg: Königshausen und
Neumann 2001, ISBN 978-3-8260-2017-9.
^ "Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics".
Christoph Luetge CV". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
^ "Experimental Ethics Lab". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
^ Lütge, Christoph (2015). 'Order Ethics or Moral Surplus: What Holds
a Society Together?. Lanham: Lexington.
^ European Medical Information Framework
^ Member of the Ethics Commission on Autonomous Driving Federal
Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, press release of 30
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