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Summer School 2020

Summer School 2020: Medicine between Science and Art of Healing

The chair „Practical Philosophy – Ethics, Law, Economy“ of the Institute of Philosophy at the FernUniversität in Hagen will hold an international and interdisciplinary summer school in Berlin (Germany) from June 21st - June 28th, 2020 October 25 - November 1, 2020 on the topic of Medicine between Science and Art of Healing. The summer school will be held in cooperation with the DAAD-supported partner universities of Belgrad, Rethymno, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Zagreb, Zenica and the Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing. The KU Linz is another participating institution.

The summer school commences with the experience that medico-ethical conflicts often arise from tensions between medicine’s mission to cure, which is derived from the medical ethos provided in personal care to the individual, and the scientific claims of a medical science, which abstracts from individuality, appears as „high tech medicine“ or may even be guided by economical motives.

The summer school will address, among other topics, the mode and characteristics of medical knowledge, the relationship between doctor and patient as well as the ethos of medical professionals in times of mechanization and digitalization. In addition, the summer school will be complemented by visits to the medical history collections of the Charité and the Robert-Koch-Institut.

Participation in the summer school will be supported through a DAAD-financed scholarship for travel and accommodation. Applications were welcome from December 1st, 2019 – March 1st, 2020.

In order to apply for the summer school, all applicants had to provide a letter of motivation, a CV, and present above average grades from their recent course of studies. All participants are expected to prepare a presentation on a chosen topic or a bioethical project related to the subject of the summer school (20 minutes). The official language of the summer school is English.


As you may have already guessed, the international Summer School Bioethics in Context: Medicine between Science and Art of Healing will not be held at the announced date (June 21-28, 2020) due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We plan to change the Summer School into an Autumn School. The new date is: October 25 to November 1, 2020. The venue will remain in Berlin. Check this page regularly for updates.


Bryan Planhof | 04.06.2020
FernUni-Logo FernUniversität in Hagen, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, Lehrgebiet Philosophie II, Bioethik, 58084 Hagen