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    Make Way for the Robots! Human- and Machine-Centricity in Constituting a European Public–Private Partnership
    with Niels van Dijk and Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir
    Minerva 58 (1): 47-69. 2020.
    This article is an analytic register of recent European efforts in the making of ‘autonomous’ robots to address what is imagined as Europe’s societal challenges. The paper describes how an emerging techno-epistemic network stretches across industry, science, policy and law to legitimize and enact a robotics innovation agenda. Roadmap is the main metaphor and organizing tool in working across the disciplines and sectors, and in aligning these heterogeneous actors with a machine-centric vision alo…Read more
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    The Role of Moral Imagination in Patients' Decision-Making
    with J. L. Scully and R. Porz
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (2): 160-172. 2013.
    This article reviews recent developments within a number of academic disciplines pointing toward an increasing importance of imagination for understanding morality and cognition. Using elements from hermeneutics and metaphor theory, it works toward a framework for a more context-sensitive understanding of human agency, especially focusing on moral deliberation and change. The analytic framework is used to analyze the story of a patient making tough decisions in the context of prenatal diagnosis.…Read more
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    Tragedy and Grenzsituationen in genetic prediction
    with Rouven Porz
    Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (1): 9-16. 2009.
    Philosophical anthropologies that emphasise the role of the emotions can be used to expand existing notions of moral agency and learning in situations of great moral complexity. In this article we tell the story of one patient facing the tough decision of whether to be tested for Huntington’s disease or not. We then interpret her story from two different but compatible philosophical entry points: Aristotle’s conception of Greek tragedy and Karl Jaspers’ notion of Grenzsituationen (boundary situa…Read more
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    Towards a hermeneutic of technomedical objects
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (2): 103-120. 2008.
    In this article I consider some central aspects of the naturalist philosophy of science and science and technology studies in dealing with the contested status of technoscience in medicine. Focusing on the concepts of realism and representation, I argue that theories of science-as-practice in naturalist philosophy of science should expand their scope so as to reflect more thoroughly on the social and political context of technoscience. I develop a hermeneutic of technomedical objects in order to…Read more
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    We have arrived at a situation in which policymakers and ethicists are considering abandoning informed consent in the governance of certain new technologies, many of which are related to large-scale information systems. A paradigm case is the problem with using individuals’ informed consent to regulate biobanks. As sometimes suggested, there is a need for “new ethical frameworks.”