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Johann Roduit

Johann  Roduit
PhD Student
Tel.: +41 44 634 83 86

Curriculum Vitae

Founding member of NeoHumanitas, a think thank fostering discussion about future and emerging technologies, I am also a Ph.D. Candidate in “Biomedical Ethics and Law”. After finishing my master’s degree in Vancouver (Canada) in which I looked at some ethical aspects of human enhancement, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. back in my home country Switzerland.

Since September 2010, I have been working at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Zurich. I am interested in the interplay between anthropology and current issues of human enhancement. Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), my current research aims to look at what role, if any, the notion of perfection should play in the debate about the ethics of human enhancement.

As part of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS) project Human enhancement and perfection, I have been awarded an SNSF Mobility grant. From October 2013 to April 2014, I will take part in the "Academic Visitor Programme" of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

My other research interests include bioethics, transhumanism, virtue ethics, the ethics of human cloning, human dignity, philosophical anthropology and robot ethics. I am also part of the network: “human dignity in practical contexts” with the University Research Priority Program at the University of Zurich.

A regular columnist in different newspapers (Le Temps, Le Nouvelliste, 24 Heures, La Presse, Huffington Post), I have also published in scientific journals (Bioethica Forum, Revue Médical Suisse, Schweizerische Ärztezeitung, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, and the Journal of Medical Ethics).

Recent Publications

For a complete list of publication see: my column in the Huffington Post (France) and my profile on academia.edu.

Johann A R Roduit, Holger Baumann and Jan-Christoph Heilinger. Human enhancement and perfection. J Med Ethics. Published online February 22, 2013. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2012-100920. Link

J. Roduit & D. Widrig. Animal enhancement: the legal framework of mixing human-animal materials in Switzerland and our postanimal future. Bioethica Forum, 2012 (5)2:75-76. Link

V. Menuz & J. Roduit. Ingénieries ou Singeries? Bulletin des médecins suisses 2012;93: 24, p929-30. Link

J. Roduit. Le Robin des Bois post-humain et la fin de l’humanité, A propos du film Time Out. Bulletin des médecins suisses 2012;93: 5, p177. Link

J. Roduit. Remarques sur le rapport de la commission nationale d’éthique sur la Médecine d’amélioration. Bulletin des médecins suisses 2011;92: 51/52. Link