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Prof. Dr. Annette Dufner

Prof. Dr. Annette Dufner


  • University of Bonn
    Institute for Science and Ethics
    - Ethics and Medical Ethics -
    Bonner Talweg 57
    53113 Bonn
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Area of Specialization

  • philosophical ethics and medical ethics

Areas of Competency

  •  legal philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of economy, philosophy of psychiatry, personal identity theory, 19th/20th century German and British moral philosophy

Academic Employment

Since Apr. 2017 Professor for Ethics and Medical Ethics, University of Bonn, Germany

2015 – 2017 Professor for Practical Philosophy, Philosophy & Economics Program, University of Bayreuth, Germany

2010 – 2015 Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics, University of Muenster, Germany

2009 – 2010 Postdoc for Philosophy & Economics, University of Bayreuth, Germany

2003 – 2009 PhD Candidate, Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Essay Clinician in Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada

Philosophical Education and Degrees

2010 – 2016 “Habilitation” in philosophy, University of Muenster, Germany

     Title: Moral Aggregation. Fairness and Efficiency in Medical Rescue Conflicts
     Prof. Dr. med. Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Muenster, Germany
     Prof. Dr. Kurt Bayertz (Muenster), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schramme (Liverpool), Prof Dr. med. Hartmut Schmidt (Muenster)

2003 – 2009 PhD in philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada

     Title: The Normative Implications of Personal Identity Theory
     Prof. Thoma Hurka, BA (Toronto), BPhil, DPhil (Oxford)
     Prof. Wayne Sumner, BA (Toronto), MA, PhD (Princeton),
     Prof. Sergio Tenenbaum, BA (Hebrew), PhD (Pittsburgh)

1996 – 2002 BA/MA in philosophy and literature, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, with exchange years at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and Brown University, Providence, RI, USA



  • Edited Volumes Public Autonomy, Private Paternalism? special issue of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, together with Michael Kühler, (2014) 17: 3, 351-441.
  • As autonómia és határai. Kortárs német és magyar bioetikai írások [Autonomy and its Limits. Contemporary German and Hungarian Bioethical Writings], Annette Dufner / Sandor Kőmüves / Erzsébet Rózsa (Hg.), Debrecen: Debrecen University Press 2016.

In Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • 2015 “Trust and Altruism - Organ Distribution Scandals: Do They Provide Good Reasons to Refuse Posthumous Donation?”, together with John Harris (Manchester), in: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2015), 40:3, 328-341.
  • 2014 “Blood Products and the Commodification Debate. The Blurry Concept of Altruism and the ‘Implicit Price’ of Readily Available Body Parts”, in: Health Care Ethics Forum (2015) 27:4, 347-359.
  • 2014 “Contrasting Mill and Sidgwick. A Development Analysis of the Value Theory of Classical Utilitarianism” (in German), in: Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie (2014) 39:2, 173-193. 
  • 2013 “Should the Late Stage Demented be Punished for Past Crimes?”, Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013) 7, 137-150.
  • 2013 “Potentiality Arguments and the Definition of ‘Human Organism’”, in: American Journal of Bioethics (2013) 13:1, 33-34.
  • 2012 “Surprising Theses of Classical Utilitarianism. Henry Sidgwick’s Neglected Completion of Classical British Moral Philosophy” (in German), Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy / Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (2012) 98: 4, 510-534.

In Collections

  • 2017 „Prioritaristian Consequentialism?“ (with a response by Derek Parfit; in German), in: What Matters. Derek Parfit's Practical Philosophy under Discussion (German: Worauf es ankommt. Derek Parfit's praktische Philosophie in der Diskussion), Matthias Hoesch / Sebastian Muders /  Markus Rüther (Hg.), Hamburg: Meiner 2018, 245-264.
  • 2017 „Releasing Prisoners with Dementia: Could there be a Recollection Requirement for Expressivist and Communicative Justifications of Punishment?“, in: Dementia and Subjectivity. Aesthetic, Literary and Philosophical Perspectives, Daniela Ringkamp / Leonie Süwolto (Hg.), Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang 2017, 241-249.
  • 2015 “Population Growth and Demographic Change” (in German), together with Alena Buys, in: Handbook Bioethics (German: Handbuch Bioethik), Dieter Sturma and Bert Heinrichs (ed.), Stuttgart: Metzler 2015.
  • 2013 “Preventing Paternalism: An Accomplishment of Subjective Theories of the Good” (in German), in: Paternalism and Consequentialism (German: Paternalismus und Konsequentialismus), Michael Kühler and Alexa Nossek (ed.), Muenster: Mentis 2014, 179-98.
    In Hungarian: As autonómia és határai [Autonomy and its Limits], Annette Dufner / Sandor Kőmüves / Erzsébet Rózsa (Hg.), Debrecen: Debrecen University Press 2016, 171-195.
  • 2012 “Fairness and Efficiency in Conflict Cases: Do Numbers Count, After All?” (in German), together with Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Preprints of the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics, University of Muenster 2012, 1-15.
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  • 2012 “The Non-Identity Problem: A Recurring Philosophical Issue in Medical Ethics and Legislation”, in: Meditor 2, Sándor Kőmüves (ed.), Debrecen: Debrecen University Press 2012, 168-176.
    Ungarische Übersetzung: Meditor 2, S. 92-101
  • 2011 “Does the Separateness of Persons Support Moderate Moral Side Constraints? A Summary”, in: Online Proceedings des XXII. Deutschen Kongresses für Philosophie, München 2011, 1-8.
  • 2011 “Inalienability and the Scope of Self-Regarding Rights. Some Thoughts about Claim Rights, Mandatory Rights, and Temporal Cut-off-Lines” (in German), in: Human Dignity and Modern Medical Technology (German: Menschenwürde und moderne Medizintechnik), Eric Hilgendorf, Jan Joerden, Natalia Petrillo and Felix Thiele (ed.), Baden-Baden: Nomos 2011, 249-260.
  • 2009 “How The Best Life Possible Can Be Bad: Some Deliberations on Intra-Personal Scope for Distributive Principles”, in: Brains and Persons. Contributions to the 8th International Congress of the Austrian Philosophical Association in Graz, Martina Fürst, Wolfgang Gombocz and Christian Hiebaum (ed.), Frankfurt: Ontos 2009, 353-362.
  • 2008 “Brain State Transfers and Autonomy”, in: Selected Papers Contributed to the Sections of GAP.6. Sixth International Congress of the Society for Analytic Philosophy, Berlin, 11 – 14 September 2006, Helen Bohse and Sven Walter (ed.), Paderborn: Mentis 2008, 308-316.

Reviews and Dictionary Entries

  • 2016 “Weyma Lübbe: Nonaggregationism”, in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2017) 20, 209-212.
  • 2012 “Robert Nozick: Philosophical Explanations”, “Derek Parfit: Reasons and Persons”, “John Perry: Reference and Reflexivity”, “Sydney Shoemaker: Self-Knowledge and Self-Identity”, Bernard Williams: Problems of the Self”, in: Dictionary of Philosophical Writings (German: Kleines Werklexikon der Philosophie), Michael Quante (ed.), Stuttgart: Kröner 2012.
  • 2008 “Michael Quante: Person”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2009) 12: 569-570.