Summer School 2013


'Bioethics in Context II:

Autonomy, Dignity and Life as Basic Concepts to Medical Science and Bioethics'

The summer school 2013, hosted from 31.08.- 13.09.2013 on the island of Crete (GR), was affiliated with the 2012 opened series ‘Bioethics in Context’, conducted by the Fernuniversität in Hagen in collaboration with four other universities. Under the title ‘Autonomy, Dignity and Life as Basic Concepts to Medical Science and Bioethics’ the Summer School dealt with the comprehension of the core concepts addressed in these central bioethical terms that refer to the humane individual and social self-understanding.

Autonomy and dignity are concepts that are firmly embedded into a predominant field of bioethics and attained global attention due to popular demand mentioned in the Universal Declaration of the UNESCO on ‘Bioethics and Human Rights’ (2005) – nonetheless, there are numerous communication and application problems which are tied to different scientific approaches.

The concept of life refers to a long tradition in Bioethics, where it stages a central role that is linked to the names of Albert Schweitzer, Van Rensselaer Potter or Hans Jonas. In this regard, one problem is a convincing normative interpretation of the concept of life, avoiding ‘vitalistic fallacies’, and also considering compatibility towards a discourse on dignity that is constitutive to modern societies.

The Summer School intended to raise awareness of the problem, but also to acquire solutions that can be transferred to other fields of science involved in the discussion of medicinal and bioethical questions (Philosophy, Theology, Jurisprudence, Medical Science, Life Sciences). In addition to the outcome which is a result from the disambiguation itself, students had the opportunity to an exemplary acquisition of interdisciplinary approaches in the clarification of exposed concepts of social orientation.

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FernUni-Logo FernUniversität in Hagen, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, Lehrgebiet Philosophie II, Bioethik, 58084 Hagen