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    Das Selbstverständnis der politischen Theorie 12.4. Isaiah Berlin (1962), Does Political theory still exist?(Florian Wieczorek) (review)
    with Dipl-Pol Andreas Busen and Alexander Weiß
    Political Theory 9 (3): 379-399. 2007.
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    Natürlichkeit als Wert
    Analyse & Kritik 24 (2002): 249-271. 2002.
    The predicate 'natural' is often used in a normative fashion, especially in Bioethics. But that something is natural does not alone suffice to explain its value. In this essay, I want to fulfil mainly two tasks: Firstly, to differentiate between several usages of the concept of naturalness and scrutinize whether they may serve a function in ethics; secondly, to argue for the value of naturalness in certain respects. The value of the natural lies firstly in its significance for human well-being: …Read more
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    ‘I hope that I get old before I die’: ageing and the concept of disease
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 34 (3): 171-187. 2013.
    Ageing is often deemed bad for people and something that ought to be eliminated. An important aspect of this normative aspect of ageing is whether ageing, i.e., senescence, is a disease. In this essay, I defend a theory of disease that concludes that ageing is not a disease, based on an account of natural function. I also criticize other arguments that lead to the same conclusion. It is important to be clear about valid reasons in this debate, since the failure of bad analyses is exploited by pr…Read more
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    Any theory of health justice requires an account of what areas of social life are important enough to be of public concern. What are the goods that ought to be provided as a matter of justice? This is what I will call the metric problem. The capabilities approach puts forward a particular solution to this problem. In this article I will discuss some issues of such an approach in relation to Sridhar Venkatapuram's well-known theory. Another problem I examine is how to determine a threshold of pro…Read more
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    Die politische Quacksalberei des libertären Paternalismus
    Zeitschrift Für Praktische Philosophie 3 (1): 531-558. 2016.
    Der libertäre Paternalismus befürwortet Eingriffe in die Entscheidungsfindung von Bürgern, ohne ihnen Optionen völlig nehmen zu wollen. Vielmehr soll die Lenkung des Willens durch Schubser geschehen. Im folgenden Beitrag möchte ich zeigen, dass der libertäre Paternalismus auf tönernen Füßen steht. Ich bediene mich dabei des polemischen Bilds von Quacksalbern. Dieses Bild passt zu meinem argumentativen Vorgehen, da ich erstens zeigen will, dass der libertäre Paternalismus falsche Diagnosen über v…Read more
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    Christopher Boorse and the Philosophy of Medicine
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 39 (6): 565-571. 2014.
    In 2012, the symposium "Christopher Boorse and the Philosophy of Medicine" was held at the University of Hamburg. The initial ideas presented at this event, which celebrated Chris's contribution to the development of what is now a vibrant area of research, especially to the theory of disease, form the core of the papers published in this issue. Similarly to what Robert Nozick once said about John Rawls's work, it can be demanded that philosophers of medicine must now either work within Boorse's …Read more
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    Review: Philosophie und Medizin. Ein Blick in aktuelle Veröffentlichungen (review)
    Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 51 (1). 1997.
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    On Norman Daniels' interpretation of the moral significance of healthcare
    Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (1): 17-20. 2009.
    According to Norman Daniels, the moral significance of health needs stem from their impact on the normal opportunity range: pathological conditions involve comparative disadvantage. In this paper I defend an alternative reading of the moral importance of healthcare, which focuses on non-comparative aspects of disease. In the first section I distinguish two contrasting perspectives on pathological conditions, viz a comparative versus a non-comparative. By using this distinction I introduce a rela…Read more
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    Wenn Philosophen aus der Hüfte schießen
    Zeitschrift Für Praktische Philosophie 2 (2): 377-384. 2015.
    In diesem Artikel wird argumentiert, dass die Philosophie nicht über passende Methoden verfügt, reale politische Probleme angemessen zu analysieren. So sind die tatsächlich vorzufindenden Empfehlungen zur Lösung solcher Fragen meist trivial oder unterkomplex. Es wird geraten, zuerst geeignete Instrumentarien der angewandten bzw. konkreten Ethik zu entwickeln, bevor sich PhilosophInnen zu solch komplexen Fragen wie die der Flüchtlingspolitik äußern.