Summer School 2018 - Bioethics in Context V
Life, Living Bodies, and the Genes. Bioethical Reflections on New Genetic Knowledge
Summer School 2018
Date: June 17 - 24, 2018
Location: Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing (Germany)
The successful series Summer School Bioethics in Context on the topic of Integrative Bioethics proceeded for the 5th time in 2018. The chair „Practical Philosophy – Ethics, Law, Economy“ of the Institute of Philosophy at the FernUniversität in Hagen held an international summer school on the topic: Life, Living Bodies, and the Genes. Bioethical Reflections on New Genetic Knowledge in cooperation with the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the KU Linz, four southeast European partner universities as well as the Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing (Germany) from 17th to 24th of June 2018. The venue is located at the Akademie für Politische Bildung in Tutzing, in the vicinity of Lake Starnberg.
Today’s geneticists can give us an insight into the diversity of human genetic information, the location as well as the sequence of base pairs that make up our genome. But what do we know from this and what – possibly for principal reasons – do we not know? Hence, what does Genetic Knowledge mean und what significance does it have for our relation to our own body, our understanding of humanity plus our relation to other living beings? And what can be said about the questions on the genetic alterations of plants, animals and humans through gene scissors such as CRISPR/Cas9 and base editors? Are germ line intrusions ethically sound or do normative arguments speak against them? These and other methodological and application-oriented questions of bioethical theory and praxis were discussed in the course of the international bioethics summer school.