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Organ donation is giving an organ to someone else who needs a transplant. In many cases when we talk about organ donation in public discourse, what is meant is post-mortal donations or organs and bodily tissue.

To become an organ donor in Germany, you need to actively declare your agreement, for instance by filling out an organ donor card. While this seems like a very easy and quick thing to do, thousands of patients in Germany die because not enough people have declared their willingness to donate organs and tissue. The German minister of health, Jens Spahn, just recently announced that he intends to change this situation, proposing a so-called opt-out solution. But what is the public opinion on this issue? And what does this opt-out solution even mean? Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about donation persist. So are we even ready to have an informed discussion about organ donation?

To address these and many other pressing issues, I was invited to appear at the German popular-scientific tv show Quarks and WDR. I had a lot of fun running experimental studies, interviewing people, and giving expert interviews.

The show will be broadcasted in February. I’ll keep you posted!

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September 29th, 2021

Talk at the Maastricht Law & Philosophy Platform

I was kindly invited to present my research to the Law & Philosophy Platform. You can find information on how […]

April 20th, 2021

Blog Post in German on Philosophie.ch / Deutscher Blog-Beitrag

I so rarely write philosophical pieces in German that it feels particularly exciting when I do. Thanks to Philosophie.ch for […]

April 6th, 2021

Cognitive Science of Philosophy Symposium: Metaethics and Experimental Philosophy

Please take a look at my blog post on metaethics and experimental philosophy, with a comment by Bianca Cepollaro. Each […]

March 12th, 2021

New publication!

My paper with Kevin Reuter “Separating the Evaluative from the Descriptive: An Empirical Study of Thick Concepts” was just published in Thought. […]

January 19th, 2021

My invited talks for 2021, update: 25.03.2021

The new year starts as inspiring, productive, and busy as the last one ended. I have been invited to present […]

February 18th, 2020

Presentation Slides: Separability and the Effect of Valence

Thick concepts like courage and intolerance are at the heart of a variety of debates in linguistics, philosophy of language, […]

February 18th, 2020

Pre-print available: Basic and derivative moral responsibility: An overlooked distinction in experimental philosophy

Abstract Moral philosophers draw an important distinction between two kinds of moral responsibility. An agent can be directly morally responsible, […]

November 13th, 2019

I’ll be giving a talk in Cologne, 5 – 7 December 2019

What methods can and should philosophy apply in order to make progress? The answer to this question largely depends on […]

November 13th, 2019

I’ll be giving a talk in Zurich, 14 – 16 November 2019

If you’re around Zurich, please join the amazing workshop that Hans-Joachim Glock, Elia Haemmerli, and Kevin Reuter have put together. The topic […]

March 18th, 2019

New Publication

I am excited to announce that my paper The Relevance of Alternative Possibilities for Moral Responsibility is about to be […]