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Dr. Zümrüt Alpinar Sencan

Research Interests

  • Dementia and Research Ethics
  • Methodology in Ethics and Bioethics
  • Organ Trafficking and Markets (with a focus on "Dignity")
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Justice and Rights in Health Care 

Biographical Note

Since Jan 2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine within the GIF project “Why to know or not to know? Stakeholder’s attitudes towards prodromal dementia diagnosis: Psycho-social and ethical implications in cross-cultural comparison“(PI: Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz & Prof. Dr. Perla Werner) (Project Website)

Since Jan 2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine within the project “Mind the Risk: Ethical, Psychological and Social Implications of Risk Information from Genetic to Related Technologies” (PI: Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz, Project Coordinator: Dr. Sabine Wöhlke) (Project Website)

2016-2017: Associate Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of   Calgary, Canada.

2015: Ph.D. in Biomedical Ethics and Law, at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.       

Ph.D. Thesis: Organ Selling, Human Dignity and its Violation: A Critical Assessment of the Role of Dignity in the Contemporary Debate on Commercialization of Organs (Supervisor: Dr. Holger Baumann)

2011-2014: Research assistant in the Network project “Human Dignity in Practical Contexts” at Centre for Ethics, Zurich, Switzerland (PI: Dr. Holger Baumann) (More)

2008-2010: Personal Assistant of Prof. Dr. Yaman Örs. Performed archival research, helped in systematising the academic and non-academic work of Prof. Dr. Yaman Örs. Edited and co-authored his book on Ethics (The Meaning and Meaninglessness of Ethics from the Perspective of a Scientific Philosopher Yaman Ors).

2009: M.A. in the Department of Philosophy, The Graduate School of Social Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Master’s Thesis: Expansion of Rawls’s Theory of Justice as Fairness to Health Care (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ayhan Sol)

2006: B.A. in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.  

Publications (Selected)

Alpinar-Sencan, Z. (2017). "Ethics in the Light of Scientific Philosophy: Understanding Yaman Örs's Methodological Approach". Turkish Journal of Bioethics. 4(3): 118-124. (Link)

Alpinar-Sencan, Z., Baumann, H., Biller-Andorno, N. (2017). “Does Organ Selling Violate Human Dignity?”. Monash Bioethics Review. 34(3): 189-205. Published online on July 11, 2017. DOI: 10. 1007/s40592-017-0070-x.

Alpinar-Sencan, Z. (2016). “Reconsidering Kantian Arguments Against Organ Selling.” Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 19(1): 21–31.  Published online on January 31, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s11019-015-9623-z

Alpinar-Sencan, Z. (2014). “A Social Understanding of Dignity: A Promising Approach in the Organ Selling Debate.” Bioethica Forum. 7(4): 148–54.

Civaner, M., Alpinar, Z., Örs, Y. (2011). “Why Would Opt-Out System for Organ Procurement Be More Fair?” Synthesis Philosophica. 25(2): 367–76.

Alpinar, Z., Civaner, M., Örs, Y. (2010). “Rationing Healthcare: Should Life-Style Be Used as a Criterion?” The Anatolian Journal of Cardiology. 10 (4): 367–71. DOI:10.5152/akd.2010.097

Book Chapters

Biller-Andorno, N., Alpinar, Z. (2014). Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism. H.A.M.J. ten Have, B. Gordijn (eds.), Handbook of Global Bioethics. Dordrecht: Springer, 771–83. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2512-6_122

Edited Books

Örs, Y. (2011). Bir Bilimsel Felsefeci Olarak Yaman Örs’ün Yaklasimiyla Etik’in Anlami ve Anlmasizligi  (The Meaning and Meaninglessness of Ethics From The Perspective of a Scientific Philosopher Yaman Örs).  Z. Alpinar (Ed.), Ankara: Efil Yayinevi.