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Urban Ethics

"How should one live in the city?"

Urban dwellers in a growing number of social fields are looking for new creative answers to this age-old question. Judging from our observations, over the past two decades this question has been increasingly linked to questions concerning what constitutes good and proper ways of living in the city, i.e. ethical issues: Whether availability and affordability of housing, ecology, the economical use of natural resources, how to deal with historic buildings and the stories they remind us of, the evaluation of diversity and heterogeneity in the urban everyday life, or new forms of communal organisation, there is hardly a field of city life or politics which has not become the subject of ethical problematisation! We thus understand ethics as the negotiation of the good and proper conduct of life, which urban dwellers engage in both through debates and through their purposive action in everyday life.