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.

Causation and Responsibility in Moral Philosophy & Law

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.

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.