The DFG research training group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” is a graduate research group (Graduiertenkolleg) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The group is chaired by Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Martin Carrier (Bielefeld University). It combines the strengths of the universities of Hannover and Bielefeld in philosophy of science by creating a joint program (the two cities are a mere 50 minutes train ride apart).

The program is directed at overcoming the divide between theoretical philosophy (epistemology and metaphysics) and practical philosophy (ethics and political philosophy) of science. It primarily focuses on research questions that require serious attention to both areas. The status of policy advice on the basis of computer simulations in climate science, the balancing of research goals and ethical aspects of medical treatment in clinical trials, the appropriate role of intellectual property in science, or the prospects of social scientific research on the basis of social network data are just a few examples of topics that ought in our view be treated by drawing on the resources of theoretical and practical philosophy and taking both equally seriously.

Current events

Online Research Seminar: Philosophy of Economics
15 – 16 September 2020

Professor Mantzavinos, who is visiting the Research Training Group 2073 as a Mercator Fellow, is offering a research seminar in Philosophy of Economics. Its focus will be on recent developments in the field and the aim is to have a discussion of topics such as institutions, heuristics, and evidence-based policy. The seminar is open to the members of the Graduiertenkolleg as well as other philosophers, economists, and social scientists that would like to attend. It will take place as an online seminar on September 15th and 16th, 2020.

Registration is now closed.

Programme (PDF)
Click to download the programme.

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Call for Applications
Postdoc in Ethics of Science or Philosophy of Science

The Research Training Group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”) invites applications for a position as a

Research Assistant – Postdoc (m/f/d, Salary Scale E13 TV-L, 100 %)

to start on 1 January 2021. The position will be located at at the Institute of Philosophy of Leibniz University Hannover. It is limited to 30 September 2024. Application deadline: 30 September 2020. Find out more.

Blog post by Fabio Tollon featured on DailyNous

Fabio Tollon‘s blog post “YouTube: Designed to Seduce” was recently featured on DailyNous as a new link of interest to those interested in philosophy. Fabio’s article was originally published in the Monday Magazine of 3 Quarks Daily and on the blog of Ethical Intelligence.

New postdoc at Bielefeld

We are excited that Dr. Morgan Thompson has joined us as a postdoc at Bielefeld University. Welcome, Morgan, we look forward to working with you!

Successful dissertation defence

The GRK is happy to announce the successful dissertation defence by Enno Fischer. Well done, Enno, congratulations!

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