Ethics of (Medical) Engineering



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Studienfächer / Studienrichtungen

  • WF MT-BA ab Sem. 1
  • WF MT-MA ab Sem. 1


This course provides an introduction to the ethical reflection of engineering, with a particular focus on the area of medical technology. It offers both an elementary introduction to normative ethics and the discussion of a variety of specific ethical problems including the engineer's responsibility, over the ethics of robotics and questions of justice and allocation in the context of the deployment of high-end medical technology.
The course addresses:

  • the basics of utilitarianism, deontological ethics and virtue ethics

  • the ethical challenges in the construction of semi-autonomous machines

  • the ethical role and efficacy of professional codes

  • the just allocation of resources in society from the vantage point of medical technology

  • the responsibility of engineers and the ethical aspects of whistleblowing

  • dealing with test subjects and personal data

Though prioritizing problems in medical technology, this course is designed to provide an introduction to the ethics of engineering in general, and is open to everyone interested.

Empfohlene Literatur

Kraemer, F., Van Overveld, K., & Peterson, M. (2011). Is there an ethics of algorithms?. Ethics and Information Technology, 13(3), 251-260. Kant, I. (1996[1785]). Groundworks for the metaphysics of morals. Kant's Practical Philosophy, Wood Allen & Gregor, Mary (ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 37-108.