Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics

at the University of Münster

The Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics, located at the University of Münster, started its work in 2010. The Centre is funded by the German Research Council (DFG), designed for a period of eight years and intends to provide an in-depth discussion on the basic principles of plausible norm foundation in bioethics. To this end the resources of philosophical metaethics, normative ethics and legal ethics shall be discussed and made productive; at the same time, however, the crucial debates in biomedical ethics, biomedical law and biopolitics of the last 30 years shall be analysed and critically worked up as well.

Consent: Its Nature and Normative Relevance

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.

Causation and Responsibility: Fact or Ascription?

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.