We do not live in an ideal world. So shouldn't political theory also allow itself a pinch of realism? Not whether but how this could actually work in practice will be discussed at a conference from 4 to 6 July.
The question of when moral norms are too demanding has so far primarily been discussed from a metaethical point of view. But how does it look in practice: Do I have to risk my life or my job to help others or to do the morally right thing? A workshop on 27–29 June will focus on demandingness objections in practical ethics.
"There is nothing good except: One does it." Ascriptivists would probably supplement: "One does nothing good, unless it is recognized". A workshop on June 21-22 will explore how Ascriptivism turns the current practice of the constitution of actions and the attribution of responsibility upside down.
The concept of causality is not only of interest in the natural sciences, but also plays a central role in the attribution of responsibility in law and ethics. A workshop on 19 and 20 April will be focusing on the manifold and complex issues arising in this context.
Do I have to do something about climate change and if so how much? What is energy justice, and how is energy related to other goods such as happiness and well-being? A workshop on 6-7 July will deal with ethical questions of the energy system transformation.
Consent can make the difference between visiting someone’s home and trespassing, between battery and surgery, and between rape and sex. A conference on June 21-23 will deal with some fundamental questions about consent.
A depressed person acquires an occupational disability after an accident. To what extent is the perpetrator of the accident also responsible? A public lecture and a masterclass with Richard Wright and Ingeborg Puppe (27–28 April) will deal with the relationship of causation and responsibility.
Do I have to be moral when my own well-being is strongly restricted thereby? Are ethical theories implausible when they ask too much of us? A workshop on 21–22 January 2017 will investigate the phenomenon of moral overdemandingness.
While in her recent book, Martha Nussbaum praised the role of (positive) political emotions, at the same time, a phenomenon called "post-truth politics" can be observed in the Western world. A workshop on 10 November will examine what political emotions are and how they relate to political virtues.
“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. A conference on 17–19 October will take up that perspective.
The ban on smoking in restaurants is widely accepted. But how much should the state intervene in individual liberties for the purpose of public health care? A workshop on 21-22 March will deal with objectives and limits of „public health“.
It is often said that everyone has „his own personal ›good‹“. But aren't there also objective criteria of a good life, and if so, how do they relate to each other? A workshop on 3–4 March will deal with the ontology of (supposedly) happiness-relevant values.
What is the significance of temporal aspects in ethics? During a summer school, interested young scientists may enter into dialogue with experts and with each other about this theme complex. The call for abstracts ends on 15 March.
A physically invasive procedure, e.g. blood withdrawal, is usually unlawful without the patient's consent. But what exactly is consent, and how does it change the legal and moral status of acts? A workshop on January 15th and 16th will bring together the relevant debates from different disciplines.
A physicist discusses with a theologian… How can this be not the beginning of a joke but of innovative research? A workshop on December 10th and 11th will critically assess questions of whether and under which circumstances interdisciplinary research can be fruitful.
Are religious arguments legitimate in biopolitical debates? What influence should theologians have e.g. in ethics committees? A conference on October 27 to 29 will focus on the role of religious actors and arguments from theoretical and empirical perspectives.
Should my advance directive still hold 50 years from now? When important decisions are being made, their temporal dimensions often play a big role. A conference on 19-22 October will examine to which extent this is true in the context of ethics.
Pluralistic societies face the problem of dealing with citizens' disagreements. Increasingly, such disagreements are deep and seem to be unresolvable. Some political theorists suggest the search for a "modus vivendi". A conference on 8-10 July will deal with the merits and problems of "modus vivendi".
Should a doctor be allowed to assist someone who wishes to die in taking their own life for reasons of conscience although this conflicts with the code of medical ethics? A convention taking place from 13 April until 15 April will examine conflicts between morality and other norms.
It seems that everyone has a different understanding of inviolable human dignity - although or maybe even also because it is at the opening of the German Constitution. A convention on 11 and 12 December 2014 will analyse different conceptions of dignity and their relation to each other.
Human life is deeply imbued with norms in all its domains. But in which ways do all these norms exist? A workshop on 14 July will deal with the existence of norms from different philosophical perspectives.
To what extent can a person lead an authentic life while taking antidepressants? Beyond this very specific example of Applied Ethics, a workshop on 6 June 2014 will seek to clarify the systematic relationship between alienation, authenticity and autonomy.
Does necessity know no law, as the folk saying goes? How can Ethics take into account the moral relevance of emergency situations? On 8 April 2014, a workshop will deal with problems of Emergency Ethics.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been issued in 1948 subsequent to two devastating world wars and the holocaust. A conference on 30 and 31 January shall deal with the question if norms can be justified with reference to historical experience.
In dealing with applied ethics, we are confronted with two interdependent problem areas: the question of how applied ethics is related to theoretical ethics and the question of how to put ethics into concrete practice. A workshop on 25-26 October will examine these dimensions of "applied ethics and applying ethics".
For transplantation medicine the principle applies: Vital organs may only be removed from already-dead donors. In cooperation with the ZiF, a conference on 12-14 September shall explore the normative status of the so called Dead Donor Rule.
Due to limited resources in medical care, it constantly comes to situations where not all can be saved. A workshop on 5-6 September seeks to clarify central aspects of the question if the number of saved persons is morally relevant or not.
The diversity of worldviews, moral outlooks and ethical commitments is one of modern societies‘ most significant characteristics. A conference on April 11-13 will deal with the problems of decision-making and other challenges of pluralism.
When concerned with deontological conceptions of ethics, the reading of Kant is a must. The Graduate Workshop "Kant in Progress" on 28 January is an opportunity to meet a Kant beyond the "Groundwork".
In cooperation with the Emmy Noether Research Group "Political Philosophy and Bioethics", a Workshop will take place on 7 February dealing with the Concept of Solidarity in Bioethics.
The utterances of bioethicists on controversial topics are at least potentially in the public domain these days. In a lecture on November 7 Professor John Harris will outline which new responsibilities will result from this thesis.
Ethical controversies - e.g. regarding consent to or refusal of medical procedures - inevitably raise the question about an adequate concept of autonomy. In a lecture on October 18, Professor James F. Childress will discuss the suitability of different concepts.
In bioethics, the term "quality of life" has established as a factor of decisions in medical care. However, what is a good life and how can it be defined? In a workshop on October 12 and December 4, the Centre will discuss concepts of happiness and well-being.
On Friday, September 21, Michael Quante will give a public lecture on ethical problems of organ donation. The lecture will take place in the course of the open house of Münster University's Public Education service.
New publication: In his Opus Magnum "Der aufrechte Gang" ["Upright walking"], Kurt Bayertz is raising no lesser question than what it means to be human. What makes us human? What, besides pride and back problems, did our special position do for and to us?
Respect for autonomy is one of the core principles of biomedical ethics. A conference on October 18-20 will discuss thick conceptions of autonomy, especially possible objections against them as well as their application to contexts of biomedical ethics.
In a public lecture on July 26, Professor Thomas Schramme will examine coercive measures in psychiatry and identify morally problematic practices. The lecture is part of the Summer School on Limits of Self-Determination in Medical Care.
What ought one do if one is faced with the decision to either save a smaller or a larger group of people from certain death? A workshop on July 3, 2012 will discuss the positions of the "Do numbers count?" debate.
The Health Impact Fund is a reform project seeking to improve worldwide medication supply especially for the poor. Its theoretical foundations as well as its practicability will be discussed in a workshop on June 6.
Which role are religiously motivated arguments playing in recent bioethical debates, or which role should they play? In a workshop on May 24th, the Centre will discuss the pointed contributions of H. Tristram Engelhardt on this topic.
Bennett W. Helm is an expert in Moral Psychology, Personal Autonomy, and Philosophy of the Mind. In a workshop in the afternoon of March 13, 2012, two of his recent works will be discussed.
Many problems regarding patient autonomy have to be addressed differently, if love is taken into account. The workshop on March 12, 2012 will examine the relationship between different concepts of love and autonomy.
Always doing that which will likely have the better consequences only appears to be a naive commonplace on the surface. A workshop on 16 and 17 February will consider and discuss the basic ideas and problems of ethical consequentialism.
What is meant by patient autonomy and what are the limits of its range? Young researchers get the opportunity to present their own work on this topic in a summer school in July 23-27, 2012 and to discuss it with experts.
The question regarding personal or human identity throughout time is a returning problem in debates of biomedical ethics. Cordula Brand has proposed a naturalistic criterion for identity which shall be discussed in a workshop on November 15.
Sebastian Laukötter, philosopher at the Centre, has been honoured with the "Poertgen Herder Prize" for his dissertation "Between Interference and Assistance - Humanitarian Intervention and Responsibility to Protect in History of Political Thought".
What does narration have to do with medicine? What are middle range principles and how do they apply to specific medical cases? In a master class Marcia Day and James Childress discussed with the participants several problems of medical ethics.
Medical ethicist Professor James F. Childress gave a lecture on the ethical problems of conscientious refusals in health car. He emphasized that creative accommodation procedures should be found in advance.
There is disagreement between liberalists and pluralists on how rules and norms of democratic societies should be constituted. In a workshop on May 31 the relationship between liberalism and pluralism shall be examined.
Professor Marcia Day Childress (University of Virgina) gives a lecture on the value of Beckett's short plays for medical education. The public lecture takes place on May 30 in the Institute for Medical Ethics, History and Philosophy of Medicine.
Sociologist Professor John H. Evans discussed with the Centre about the relationship of religious and secular reasoning in public bioethics. What are the consequences for normative theory?
For students and postgraduates in political sciences and philosophy at the University of Münster Professor Thomas Pogge gave a master class on questions of globals justice.
The medical ethicist Professor James Childress (University of Virgina) gives a lecture on problems of conscientious refusals in health care. The publis lecture takes place on May 16 in the lecture hall of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine.
The current system of medication supply leads to a structural disadvantage of the poorest in the world, says philosopher Professor Thomas Pogge. In his lecture on Wednesday he presented the "Health Impact Fund" as an alternative.
The philosopher Prof. Dr. Thomas Pogge (Yale University) gives a lecture on "A Fairer Global Healthcare System". The public lecture takes place on April 20 in lecture hall F2 of the Fürstenberghaus, Domplatz 20-22 and starts at 18 o'clock.
In medical ethics and bioethics, several problems, including questions of personal autonomy, are depending on the ascription of a status as person. A workshop on February 21, 2011, will try to work out conditions of personhood on the basis of sociality.
In current bioethics, the principle of respect for autonomy has outstripped the traditional orientation to the patient's welfare. In a workshop on December 2, 2010, the conceptual problems arising with this shift shall be addressed.
Within the series "Preprints of the Centre for Advanced Study" recent research result of members and fellows of the Centre will pe published on our homepage. At present nine articles can be found here
Professor Dr. Volker H. Schmidt discussed with the members of the Centre on the topic of prioritization in welfare policy. He argued, that in Germany the expenditure on health should be cut back to the benefit of those on education.
In a ceremonial act in the Palace, the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics will be officially openend on Tuesday April 27, 2010. Highlight of the evening will be a lecture on "Value Pluralism and Ethical Neutrality of the State - the Example of Bioethics" by Professor Dr. Horst Dreier (University of Würzburg). Beginning of the ceremony is 20 o'clock.