C2 Disease, health and enhancement as thick concepts in the context of evolutionary medicine

PI: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Quante
Research Group: Department of Philosophy
Co-PI: Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert
Doctoral students: Ozan Altan Altinok, Jonas Pöld

Concepts as ‘health’, ‘normality’ (or ‘normal functions’) and ‘quality of life’ do not only have descriptive content, but do have normative content, too, which is used in ethical arguments to forbid enhancement on the one hand and to accept therapy as ethically acceptable in principle. Since empirical findings both in evolutionary biology and evolutionary medicine will cause shifts of meaning concerning ‘normality’, ‘health’, ‘organismic integrity’ or ‘quality of life’ the ethical question — to be examined in this project — arises which consequences this will have for our biomedical ethics especially in the context of evolutionary medicine but for biomedical ethics in general, too.