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.

Please register via e-mail to Leonie Wiemeyer (leonie.wiemeyer@philos.uni-hannover.de) by 8 September 2020 23:59 CEST. The login information for the video conferencing service Zoom will be sent to participants after registration.

Programme (PDF)
Click to download the programme.



Successful dissertation defense

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


Successful dissertation defense

Julia Pfeiff has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Julia, great job!

New publication

We would like to draw your attention to a forthcoming publication by GRK 2073 doctoral researcher Enno Fischer:

Fischer, E. (forthcoming). Causation and the Problem of Disagreement. Philosophy of Science.
This paper presents a new argument for incorporating a distinction between default and deviant values into the formalism of causal models. The argument is based on considerations about how causal reasoners should represent disagreement over causes and it is defended against an objection that has been raised against earlier arguments for defaults.


New affiliated member

Jannik Zeiser of Hannover University has joined us as our new affiliated doctoral candidate. Welcome, Jannik!

Two successful dissertation defences in one week

Daria Jadreškić and David Hopf have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations. Congratulations, Daria and David, and well done!

New doctoral researcher at Hannover

We are very happy to welcome our new doctoral candidate at Hannover, Hannah Hilligardt. It’s great you are joining us!

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