Ethics of Medical Engineering



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Di 16:15-17:45, Raum EL 4.14


This course provides an introduction to the ethical reflection of engineering, with examples taken from the areas of medical technology, energy technology, biochemical engineering and others. It offers both an elementary introduction to normative ethics and a variety of specific problems, from the engineer's responsibility over the ethics of robotics to problems of justice and allocation in the larger context of the deployment of high-end medical technolocy under conditions of moderate scarcity. The course addresses

  • basics of utilitarianism, deontological ethics and virtue ethics

  • ethical challenges in the construction of semi-autonomous machines

  • the ethical role and efficacy of professional codes

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

  • the responsibility of engineers and whistleblowing

  • dealing with test subjects and personal data

  • ethical assessment of unintended and unforeseen consquences of technological development

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.