Philosophy Seminar Series: 14 September 2010, 2-4pm, Philosophy Resource Room; Speaker: Thomas Gutmann (Chair for Civil Law, Philosophy of Law, and Medical Law, and Co-director, Center for Advanced Study in Bioethics, University of Münster, Germany); Moderator: Dr. Tang Weng Hong
Abstract: Professor Gutmann will discuss some of the pros and cons of live organ donation and the ethics of organ allocation, both of which are highly controversial issues that he has dealt with extensively in his work. The session will include an open dialogue on the topic with students and staff in attendance.
About the Speaker: A graduate from the University of Munich, where he underwent his legal and philosophical training, from which he obtained a Ph.D. in law and Habilitations in both law and philosophy, and where he served as assistant professor between 2000 and 2006, he was appointed full professor at Münster in 2006. He is the author or co-author of six books, co-editor of another four books, and he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters that have appeared in German, English, Russian and Spanish. His work covers a broad range of issues, from bioethics to the normative foundations of modernity, human dignity, torture, paternalism, communitarianism, several intricate legal matters,and others. He is one of the leading German experts on transplant ethics.