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Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) (IZE) - [German]


Research Centre (national)


Joerden, Jan C. (Prof. Dr.)

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Ethik

Europa-Universität Viadrina

Große Scharrnstr. 59

15230 Frankfurt an der Oder


Phone: +49-(0)335-5534-2336 Fax: +49-(0)335-5534-2847

E-Mail: joerden@euv-frankfurt-o.de
URL: http://viadrina.euv-frankfurt-o.de/~wwwize/


Joerden, Jan C. (Prof. Dr.)

Short Description:

In recent times, the interest in ethics has grown significantly. This is especially the case in the fields of technological and biological science, but also in the Humanities there has been growing recognition of the need to link research to ethical rules. At the same time, the ever-increasing complexity of responsibility that characterizes modern life both in national and global scale, calls for the advancement of a multidisciplinary and international framework for ethical reasoning.

Internationality & Interdisciplinarity

In addition to its international orientation, it was the fundamental commitment to interdisciplinary research that predestined Viadrina University to establish a multidisciplinary research institute for ethics. With its managing committee consisting of members of all three faculties, this motif is also reflected by the IZE's organisational structure. Altogether, 14 chairs from all faculties contribute to the IZE's activities.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics is concerned with fundamental questions of ethics in different disciplines and concentrates on the issues common to these fields. Focal points are legal philosophy and ethics, bioethics, history of ethics and business ethics, the latter involving a special focus on the ethical challenges of market transformation in eastern European countries.

The centre strives to further teaching and research in the field of ethics by organising symposia, lectures, supervising doctoral theses and research projects, and encouraging co-operation with other ethics centres at home and abroad. Publications of the centre are edited by Jan C. Joerden and are published in the "Schriftenreihe des IZE" (Springer Publishers, Heidelberg), the "Studien zur Ethik" (Peter Lang Publishers, Frankfurt am Main) and the "Annual Review of Law and Ethics" (Duncker & Humblot Publishers, Berlin).

Contact and Cooperation

The IZE co-operates with universities and institutes in Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Austria, Poland, Spain, South Africa and the USA. The centre works especially closely with the Collegium Polonicum, a joint institute of the Viadrina and the Adam-Mieckiewicz-University Poznañ, which is situated in the Polish neighbouring town of Slubice.

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