International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Symposium „Ethics as a profession"

4.–5. April 2019, Wilhelmstr. 19, Raum 0.02

For more than 25 years, scientists from various disciplines have been working together at the Ethics Center of Tübingen on socially relevant ethical issues, most of which concern the interfaces between universities, the public and politics. In contrast to the late 1980s, ethical issues have become a permanent feature of public discourse and numerous institutions in science and society. But what does it mean to understand applied ethics as a professional profile, what role can and should academically trained ethicists play both within and outside the university landscape?

We would like to use our background of professional experience, which is not only longstanding but also broad-based, to explore and discuss challenges, opportunities and limits of "ethics as a profession" together with former and current colleagues.

After a brief look at the Ethics Center of Tübingen and some remarks on framing the topic, Prof. Dr. Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl (Catholic University of Applied Sciences Berlin) will then ask the systematic question in the evening lecture to what extent a professional ethics of ethics is required. The second day offers the opportunity to continue intensive discussions with each other. In parallel "table discussions" on three more specific topics, small groups can exchange experiences, make problem constellations clear and consider possible solutions:

  1. (Inter)Disciplinary Identities and Careers (Moderation: Thomas Potthast)
  2. European Perspectives ( Moderation: Members of the International Board of the Ethics Center)
  3. Paths outside the academic sphere (Moderation: Johannes Reidel, Robert Bosch Foundation)

All former and current members of the Tübingen Ethics Centre as well as interested colleagues are invited. Please register by the 1st of March 2019 at izewspam

The event is supported by Association for the Promotion of Ethics in the Sciences and the Humanities.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

4 p.m.

Greeting,  Regina Ammicht Quinn, Ethics Center

4:30 p.m. The Ethics Center today, Cordula Brand and Birgit Kröber, Ethics Center
5 p.m. Ethics as a Profession 1919-2019 – Some considerations with and against Max Weber, Thomas Potthast, Ethics Center
6 p.m. Break
7 p.m.

„Ethik as a Profession – a professional ethical perspective“
Prof. Dr. Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

from 8 p.m. Champagne reception and buffet

Friday, April 5, 2019

10 a.m. Greeting & introduction of the interlocutors
10:15 a.m. Table discussions on topics 1-3, Part I
11 a.m. Break & Switch
11:15 a.m. Table discussions on topics 1-3, Part II
12 p.m. Break & Switch
12:15 p.m. Table discussions on topics 1-3, Part III
1 p.m. Lunch break
2 p.m. Presentation of the results of the table discussions
2:30 p.m. Final discussion
3:30 p.m. End