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PD Dr. Mark Schweda

Research interests

  • Ethical, philosophical and socio-cultural aspects of age and ageing
  • Ethics of organ donation and transplantation
  • Socio-cultural contexts of biomedicine and bioethics
  • Socio-empirical research and political participation in bioethics
  • Bioethical and biopolitical information resources
  • Philosophical ethics, political philosophy and history of German philosophy in the 20th century

Biographical Note

Since Oct 2015: Researcher (Postdoc) at the Dpt. for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen

Apr 2015-Sep 2015: Substitute for Prof. Silke Schicktanz, Dpt. for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen

Jan 2014-Mrch 2015: Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study

Jul-Oct 2012: Visiting Scholar at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Aug/Sep 2011: Research stay at the Department of Philosophy, San Francisco State University (USA)

Apr 2009-Jun 2010: Researcher at the Dpt. for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tuebingen in the joint research project "Die Verteilung knapper Gesundheitsressourcen zwischen Krankheitsorientierung und Präferenzerfüllung"(funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research)

Mrch/Apr 2009: Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGEN), University of Lancaster (GB)

Jan 2006-Dec 2013: Researcher at the Dpt. for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen in the EU-Project "Challenges of Biomedicine"

2005: Researcher at the Dpt. for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine, University of Muenster

PhD (supervisor Prof. Dr. Volker Gerhardt, Institute for Philosophy, Humboldt-University at Berlin)  "Entzweiung und Kompensation. Joachim Ritters philosophische Theorie der modernen Welt" (02/2012 "summa cum laude")

Studies philosophy und German literature and language at the Humboldt-University at Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Nottingham (UK) 



Publications (selected)


Joachim Ritter und die Ritter-Schule zur Einführung, Hamburg: Junius 2015.

Entzweiung und Kompensation. Joachim Ritters philosophische Theorie der modernen Welt, Freiburg i. Br.: Alber 2013.




PAPERS (selected)

Current list of publications (PDF)

Recent and ongoing developments in the field of research into the causes and development of AD have led to new ways of understanding this condition. Researchers now suggest AD should be considered as a continuum, ranging from an “at risk” state through to a dementia state, emphasising AD as a possible cause rather than a form of dementia.

The Ethics Working Group reflected on a range of ethical issues linked to the new AD model, for the “Discussion paper on ethical issues linked to the changing definitions/use of terms related to Alzheimer’s disease”.

The working group was comprised of experts in the fields of ethics, the experience of dementia, ageing, psychiatry, psychology, dementia research and policy. AE would like to thank the members of the group - Dianne Gove (Chair), Jean Georges, Hilary Doxford, Karine Fauria, Julian Hughes, Tina Leonard, Anneli Sarvimäki, Mark Schweda, Sarah Smith, Hinesh Topiwala and Guy Widdershoven - for their valuable contributions.

KWI: "Technologischer Fortschritt und gutes Leben"

Talk "Pro-Age oder Anti-Aging? Altern und gutes Leben zwischen Rehabilitation, Prävention und Enhancement" (20.11.2015) at the Conference "Technologischer Fortschritt und gutes Leben" am Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) in Essen

DRadio Wissen "Hörsaal"

New Book

How are individual and social ideas of late-onset dementia shaped and negotiated in film, literature, the arts, and the media? And how can the symbolic forms provided by popular culture be adopted and transformed by those affected in order to express their own perspectives? This international and interdisciplinary volume summarizes central current research trends and opens new theoretical and empirical perspectives on dementia in popular culture. It includes contributions by internationally renowned scholars from the humanities, social and cultural gerontology, age(ing) studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and bioethics.
Contributions by Lucy Burke, Marlene Goldman, Annette Leibing and others.

Studium Generale: „Anders Altern“

June 8th 2015

University of Heidelberg