Academic Event

Hanse Lecture Nova - Medical Ethics in an Ageing Society: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Research Perspectives

28. October 2021

Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda, Carl von Ossietzky Universit├Ąt Oldenburg, Ethik in der Medizin


In light of increasing life expectancies and unprecedented population aging, ethical debates about aging in the context of medicine and healthcare require an explicit reflection on what it actually means to age and to be old. I will argue that the life course-paradigm provides a suitable theoretical starting point for such a discussion. It allows for the conceptualization of human life as a socio-culturally standardized sequence of phases and trajectories, each linked to a particular status as well as to specific roles, moral expectations, and life prospects. I will highlight the relevance of such a life course-perspective with regard to contemporary ethical debates on medical care and futility, assistive technologies in eldercare, and age-based rationing of healthcare resources. I conclude that medical ethical reasoning needs to appreciate and theoretically accommodate the normative implications of the temporal structure of human existence.

28. October 2021 | 18:00 Uhr
Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst
HWK Lecture Hall
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Dr. Dorothe Poggel, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg
Event type
Hanse Lecture Nova