Research Interests

Philosophy and ethics of AI, human-machine interaction, (neuro-)technology

Recent developments in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), human-machine interaction (HMI) and neurotechnology, pose fundamental philosophical, ethical, anthropological and social questions, e.g. issues of agency, autonomy, responsibility etc. We investigate these issues with a focus on technologies used in the medical context.

Philosophy and ethics of neurosciences, psychiatry and psychotherapy

New findings and practices in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychotherapy are associated with diverse philosophical-ethical challenges (e.g. autonomy in psychiatry, problems related to neuro-enhancement, neuroimaging, or disorders of consciousness), which we take up in our research.

Ethics of genetics

New approaches of gene-based therapy and prevention raise traditional questions of medical ethics in new ways, regarding, e.g., their principle legitimacy, requirements of an adequate physician-patient relationship, the appropriate consideration of patients' autonomy or issues of fair access.

General questions of applied ethics and (meta-)ethics

Applied ethics as, for instance, medical ethics, calls for a robust conceptual, epistemological as well as action-theoretical basis. We investigate these fields with a focus on their relevance for the more practical questions.