Book Symposium on Michael Kühler & Veselin Mitrović (eds.): Theories of the Self and Autonomy in Medical Ethics, The International Library of Bioethics 83, Cham: Springer, 2020

Organized by Michael Kühler & Veselin Mitrović

Hosted by the Academy for Responsible Research, Teaching, and Innovation (ARRTI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) & the Institute of Social Sciences

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 (whole day event)

Online on Zoom

Breaks and Get-together afterwards on Wonder.me

Abstract

The volume Theories of the Self and Autonomy in Medical Ethics engages in a critical discussion on how to respect and promote patients’ autonomy in difficult cases such as palliative care and end-of-life decisions. These cases pose specific epistemic, normative, and practical problems, and the volume’s contributions elucidate the connection between the practical implications of the theoretical debate on respecting autonomy, on the one hand, and specific questions and challenges that arise in medical practice, on the other hand. Given that the idea of personal autonomy includes the notion of authenticity as one of its core components, the volume explicitly includes discussions on underlying theories of the self. In doing so, it brings together original contributions and novel insights for “applied” scenarios based on interdisciplinary collaboration between German and Serbian scholars from philosophy, sociology, and law. It is of benefit to anyone cherishing autonomy in medical ethics and medical practice. The volume has recently been published (2020) with Springer as number 83 of “The International Library of Bioethics” series.

The book symposium is intended to engage in further discussion on topics of the volume and ideally to encourage further international and interdisciplinary collaboration. It features comments by a variety of esteemed colleagues on selected chapters, brief replies by the respective chapter authors, and time for joint discussion. It also includes a presentation by Christopher Wilby from Springer on their publication opportunities. After the academic part, there will be an opportunity for an informal online get-together on the platform Wonder.me.

Participation

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to michael.kuehler∂kit.edu.

 

Schedule

Time (CET)

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome by Michael Kühler & Veselin Mitrović

09:20 – 10:00

Annette Dufner
Who Should Take Care of Offenders with Dementia? Some Thoughts on Fading Selves and the Challenge of Responsibility Interpretations

20min

Comment by Leon Rossmaier (Twente University)

10min

Reply & Discussion

10min

Break

10:00 – 11:00

Lucie White
Personal Identity and Self-Regarding Choice in Medical Ethics

20min

Comment by Nils-Frederic Wagner (Uni Mainz)

20min

Comment by Paul Cummins (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

10min

Reply & Discussion

10min

Break

11:00 – 12:00

Hajrija Mujovic
A Patient’s Right to Refuse Medical Treatment Through the Act of Advanced Directives

20min

Comment by Vida Jeremic Stojkovic (University of Belgrade)

20min

Comment by Jelena Mijić (University of Belgrade)

10min

Reply & Discussion

10min

Break

12:00 – 12:50

Michael Kühler
Narratives in Flux.
Why Patients’ Life Stories Do Not Provide Decisive Instructions in Cases of Surrogate Decision-Making

20min

Comment by Tatjana Tömmel (TU Berlin)

20min

Comment by Pavle Kerkez (University of Belgrade)

10min

Reply & Discussion

12:50 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30

Chris Wilby (Springer): Publication Opportunities with Springer (Presentation and Q&A)

14:30 – 15:10

Marco Stier
Remainders of the Self: Consciousness as a Problem for Neuroethics

20min

Comment by Vanja Subotić (University of Belgrade)

10min

Reply & Discussion

10min

Break

15:10 – 16:10

Birgit Beck
The ART of Authenticity

20min

Comment by Ana Katić (University of Belgrade)

20min

Comment by Teresa Geisler (TU Berlin)

10min

Reply & Discussion

10min

Break

16:10 – 16:40

Veselin Mitrović
Understanding ‘Euthanasia’ Across Various Medical Practices

20min

Comment by Jagoda Drljača (University of Novi Sad)

10min

Reply & Discussion

16:40

End of Symposium and Virtual Get-together on Wonder.me