Well-being and Time

Conference at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics
© Stefan Klatt

“When it can’t get any better, one should stop” is not just an old German saying, but also a result of happiness research. It gives us a hint to discuss the good life in its temporal constitution, rather than as an aggregated phenomenon. The conference Well-being and Time will take up that perspective: What is the value of childhood for current well-being? Can one make provisions for future happiness? Is there such thing as a permanent well-being?

The conference is organised by the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics. It will take place on 17–19 October 2016 at the Freiher-von-Vincke Haus (Domplatz 36). Registration is required due to the limited capacity. Please send your registration inquiry to casb@wwu.de by 10 October latest.

"Well-being and Time"

What we understand by “well-being” or “happiness” and how to attain it has recently become the subject of increased interest in ethics and empirical sciences. The subject of the conference, Well-being and Time, will be the significance of the temporality and finiteness of human life, and also the temporally limited availability of the goods required for well-being. We will not only discuss fundamental questions related to the topic, but also questions of application, in particular from bioethics. Insights from philosophy as well as from empirical sciences will be taken into account.


Monday, 17 October 2016
15:00 – 16:00 Well-being and time: Some introductory remarks
Kurt Bayertz (Münster)
16:00 – 17:00 Values over time
Valerie Tiberius (Minneapolis)
Coffee break
17:30 – 18:30 Good lives?
Daniel M. Haybron (Saint Louis)
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
9:30 – 10:30 Progress in societies: Socio-economic and subjective aspects of well-being
Jürgen Schupp (Berlin)
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Subjective well-being over the life span: Temporal conditions and constraints
Jochen Brandstädter (Trier)
15:00 – 16:00 Well-being: Just one good thing after another?
Michael Bishop (Tallahassee)
16:00 – 17:00 The value of childhood
Monika Betzler (München)
Coffee break
17:30 – 18:30 Extending the time of fertility–who is better off? Some thoughts on social freezing
Eva Weber-Guskar (Göttingen)
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
9:30 – 10:30 Remembrance of the past and anticipation of the open future as preconditions of human well-being
Héctor Wittwer (Magdeburg)
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Self-consistency over time and what's good for the self
Jennifer Hawkins (Durham)
12:00 – 12:30 Well-being and time: Is there a take-home message?
Reinold Schmücker (Münster)