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Prof. Dr. Annette Dufner

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University of Bonn
Institute for Science and Ethics
- Ethics and Medical Ethics -
Bonner Talweg 57
53113 Bonn

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(December 2019)

Area of Specialization

  • philosophical ethics and medical ethics


Areas of Competency

  • legal philosophy, social and political philosophy, personal identity theory, 19th/20th century German and British moral philosophy


Academic Employment

  • Since Apr. 2017: Professor for Ethics and Medical Ethics, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2015 - 2017: Professor for Practical Philosophy, Philosophy & Economics Program, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • 2010 - 2015: Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics, University of Muenster, Germany
  • 2009 - 2010: Postdoc for Philosophy & Economics, University of Bayreuth, Germany 
  • 2003 - 2009: PhD Candidate, Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Essay Clinician in Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada


Philosophical Education and Degrees

  • 2010 - 2016: “Habilitation” in philosophy, University of Muenster, Germany
    Title: Moral Aggregation. Fairness and Efficiency in Medical Rescue Conflicts
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Muenster, Germany
    Readers: Prof. Dr. Kurt Bayertz (Muenster), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schramme (Liverpool), Prof Dr. med. Hartmut Schmidt (Muenster)
  • 2003 - 2009: PhD in philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada
    Title: The Normative Implications of Personal Identity Theory
    Supervisor: Prof. Thoma Hurka, BA (Toronto), BPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
    Readers: Prof. Wayne Sumner, BA (Toronto), MA, PhD (Princeton), Prof. Sergio Tenenbaum, BA (Hebrew), PhD (Pittsburgh), Prof. Dennis McKerlie, BA, MA (Calgary), DPhil (Oxford)
  • 1996 - 2002: BA/MA in philosophy and literature, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, with exchange years at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and Brown University, Providence, RI, USA


Recent Events

  • Workshop on Prioritarianism:
    "New Perspectives on Priority and Efficiency in Distributive Justice Ethics"
    Satellite Workshop at the Congress of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies
    July 27 & 28, 2018 (more)

  • Workshop:
    The Principle of Double Effect in Law, Secular Ethics and Theology (in German)
    March 5 & 6, 2018 (more)


Work in Progress

  • Moral Aggregation: Fairness and Efficiency in Ethics and Transplantation Medicine (book manuscript in German).
  • Individuals in Moral Theory (book manuscript).

Edited Volumes

  • “The Ethics of Organ Transplantation” (in German), special issue of Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Ethik (2019) 23: 105-206.
  • Henry Sidgwick: Utilitarianism and German Philosophy (in German), edited and translated together with Johannes Müller-Salo, Hamburg: Felix Meiner 2019.
  • “Philosophy of Dementia” (in German), special issue of Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie (2018) 5:1, 73-230.
  • Autonomy and its Limits. Contemporary German and Hungarian Bioethical Writings (in Hungarian), together with Sandor Kőmüves and Erzsébet Rózsa, Debrecen: Debrecen University Press 2016.
  • Public Autonomy, Private Paternalism? special issue of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, together with Michael Kühler, (2014) 17: 3, 351-441.

In Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • 2019: "Rescuing the Greater Number. A Debate about Cornerstones in Normative Ethics" (in German), in: Zeitschrift für praktische Philosophie (2019), 6:2, 15-42. 
  • 2017: "Better off without Parents? Legal and Ethical Questions concerning Refugee Children in Germany", together with Lars Hillmann, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, online first: DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1404268. 
  • 2015: “Trust and Altruism - Organ Distribution Scandals: Do They Provide Good Reasons to Refuse Posthumous Donation?”, together with John Harris (Manchester), in: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2015), 40:3, 328-341.
  • 2014: “Blood Products and the Commodification Debate. The Blurry Concept of Altruism and the ‘Implicit Price’ of Readily Available Body Parts”, in: Health Care Ethics Forum (2015) 27:4, 347-359. 
  • 2014: “Contrasting Mill and Sidgwick. A Development Analysis of the Value Theory of Classical Utilitarianism” (in German), in: Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie (2014) 39:2, 173-193. 
  • 2013: “Should the Late Stage Demented be Punished for Past Crimes?”, in: Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013) 7, 137-150. 
  • 2013: “Potentiality Arguments and the Definition of ‘Human Organism’”, in: American Journal of Bioethics (2013) 13:1, 33-34. 
  • 2012: “Surprising Theses of Classical Utilitarianism. Henry Sidgwick’s Neglected Completion of Classical British Moral Philosophy” (in German), in: Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy /Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (2012) 98: 4, 510-534. 


In Collections

  • 2018: “Prioritaristian Consequentialism?“ (in German), in: The Philosophy of Derek Parfit. With Responses by Parfit (German: Die Philosophie Derek Parfits. Mit Repliken von Parfit), Markus Rüther / Sebastian Muders / Matthias Hoesch (Hg.), Hamburg: Meiner 2018, 245-264.
  • 2017: “Releasing Prisoners with Dementia: Could there be a Recollection Requirement for Expressivist and Communicative Justifications of Punishment?“, in: Dementia and Subjectivity. Aesthetic, Literary and Philosophical Perspectives, Daniela Ringkamp / Leonie Süwolto (Hg.), Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang 2017, 241-249. 
  • 2015: “Population Growth and Demographic Change” (in German), together with Alena Buys, in: Handbook Bioethics (German: Handbuch Bioethik), Dieter Sturma and Bert Heinrichs (ed.), Stuttgart: Metzler 2015.
  • 2013: “Preventing Paternalism: An Accomplishment of Subjective Theories of the Good” (in German), in: Paternalism and Consequentialism (German: Paternalismus und Konsequentialismus), Michael Kühler and Alexa Nossek (ed.), Muenster: Mentis 2014, 179-98. In Hungarian: As autonómia és határai [Autonomy and its Limits], Annette Dufner / Sandor Kőmüves / Erzsébet Rózsa (Hg.), Debrecen: Debrecen University Press 2016, 171-195.
  • 2012: “Fairness and Efficiency in Conflict Cases: Do Numbers Count, After All?” (in German), together with Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Preprints of the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics, University of Muenster 2012, 1-15. Online preview
  • 2012: “The Non-Identity Problem: A Recurring Philosophical Issue in Medical Ethics and Legislation”, in: Meditor 2, Sándor Kőmüves (ed.), Debrecen: Debrecen University Press 2012, 168-176. In Hungarian: Meditor 2, 92-101.
  • 2011: “Does the Separateness of Persons Support Moderate Moral Side Constraints? A Summary”, in: Online Proceedings des XXII. Deutschen Kongresses für Philosophie, München 2011, 1-8. Online preview
  • 2011: “Inalienability and the Scope of Self-Regarding Rights. Some Thoughts about Claim Rights, Mandatory Rights, and Temporal Cut-off-Lines” (in German), in: Human Dignity and Modern Medical Technology (German: Menschenwürde und moderne Medizintechnik), Eric Hilgendorf, Jan Joerden, Natalia Petrillo and Felix Thiele (ed.), Baden-Baden: Nomos 2011, 249-260.
  • 2009: “How The Best Life Possible Can Be Bad: Some Deliberations on Intra-Personal Scope for Distributive Principles”, in: Brains and Persons. Contributions to the 8th International Congress of the Austrian Philosophical Association in Graz, Martina Fürst, Wolfgang Gombocz and Christian Hiebaum (ed.), Frankfurt: Ontos 2009, 353-362.
  • 2008: “Brain State Transfers and Autonomy”, in: Selected Papers Contributed to the Sections of GAP.6. Sixth International Congress of the Society for Analytic Philosophy, Berlin, 11. - 14. September 2006, Helen Bohse and Sven Walter (ed.), Paderborn: Mentis 2008, 308-316.


Reviews and Dictionary Entries

  • 2016: “Weyma Lübbe: Nonaggregationism”, in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2017) 20, 209-212. 
  • 2012: “Robert Nozick: Philosophical Explanations”, “Derek Parfit: Reasons and Persons”, “John Perry: Reference and Reflexivity”, “Sydney Shoemaker: Self-Knowledge and Self-Identity”, Bernard Williams: Problems of the Self”, in: Dictionary of Philosophical Writings (German: Kleines Werklexikon der Philosophie), Michael Quante (ed.), Stuttgart: Kröner 2012.
  • 2008: “Michael Quante: Person”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2009) 12: 569-570.
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