Department of (Social-)Ethics

© (Social) Ethics / University of Bonn

Welcome to the Department of (Social) Ethics!

We explore ethical questions in the interplay between society and technology. We research how new technologies change social life foms and institutions and how to responsibly shape these changes. By using empirical  and analytical-hermeneutic methods we evaluate social norms or concepts. We examine how they can provide orientation or need to be innovated and rethought. By this we develop options for behavior and action for the social dealing with new technologies.

© Matthias Braun


© Matthias Braun


© Matthias Braun


© Matthias Braun


Lunch Series
© Eva Maria Hille

Events and Outreach

© Georg Hübl / Universität Bonn


Ethics und Governance of emerging technologies

Here you will soon learn more about the research hub "ethics and governance of emerging technologies""

Workshop Political Hope Vol. 2
Rabinstraße 8, 53111 Bonn
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A warm invitation to part two of our workshop series on "Political Hope and Collective Action"! In a roundtable format we will discuss with high-level ...
Antrittsvorlesung von Prof. Braun
Heussallee 18-24
06:15 PM
Herzliche Einladung zur Antrittsvorlesung von Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun zum Thema "Körper. Theologische Ethik als Kritik des Sozialen" am Mittwoch, 11. Oktober ...
Workshop Political Hope Vol. 1
Am Hofgarten 8, 53113 ...
Whole Day
A warm invitation to part one of our workshop on "Political Hope – Technology and Digital Transformation" Our first of several workshops on hope and ...
Lunch Series
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Join us each month for a fun and informative lunch on "Ethics, AI and Health"! On 29 June, we have Sandra Wachter as a guest in our Lunch Series, who will ...
Meaningful Human Control over AI for Health? A Review

New paper by Eva Maria Hille, Patrik Hummel and Matthias Braun in the "Journal of Medical Ethics"

Research Stay in Oslo

In March 2023, Eva Maria Hille spent a research stay at the University of Oslo. Together with her hosts Dr Jenny Krutzinna and Prof. Dr Elisabeth Staksrud from the research group "Children, Youth and Media", she wrote a short commentary entitled "Understanding one's own illness - How the use of contactless sensors in healthcare could influence children", which you can read below.  

Successful launch of Lunch Series

Since March 2023, the Lunch Series has been an integral part of the department's programme. In cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre EmpkinS and TRA 3 "Life & Health" (University of Bonn), the Social Ethics Group organises the talks on "Ethics, AI and Health". With between 30 and 80 registered participants for each event and numerous renowned international researchers, the Lunch Series had a very successful start.

Falling Walls 2023 Science Breakthrough

Matthias Braun one of ten winners in the Social Sciences and Humanities category of the Falling Walls 2023s Science Breakthroughs


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Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun

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Sarah Mühlenhaus

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Ilona Schimmel

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