Doctoral and Postdoctoral Theses

Doctoral Theses

Sarah Bach:
"Ethics of Eco-Spiritualities"
This project will examine the relationship between ethics and spirituality in popular texts, to later compare them to a prominent philosophical and an ecotheological understanding of that relationship, all in trying to answer the question if spirituality can be an ethically responsible aid of orientation in ecotheology.
Supervised by Prof. Dr. Michael Coors and Prof. Dr. Catherine Keller (Co-Supervisor).”

Sebastian Farr:
Involvement of Chaplains in Ethical Counseling and Decision-Making in Hospitals
The projects uses empirical research to gather data on (1) the spectrum of ethical conflicts hospital-chaplains are confronted with in their praxis and (2) how they cope with pastoral- and ethical-counseling aspects in their professional identity.

Monika Wilhelm:
Literatur-Appropriation. Contributions of Literary Texts to the Ethical Reflection
The dissertation asks about contributions of literary texts with respect to three aspects: (1) What role do literary texts play in the context of how we imagine the world, persons and things, and their relationships? (2) What does this mean for our perception of situations that seem ethically relevant to us? (3) What kind of insight can be gained from literary texts and how does this insight unfold in life and action? Answers to these questions are elaborated from the philosophical texts of Iris Murdoch and adapted for theology

Completed Doctorates

Michael Braunschweig:
Zwischen Kategorizität und Kontingenz. Existenzhermeneutische Untersuchungen zur Denkform des Ethischen

Angenommen summa cum laude 02.03.2018, betreut durch: Prof. Dr. Richard Amesbury (Zürich), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Ingolf U. Dalferth (Claremont), Drittgutachterin: Prof. Dr. Christiane Tietz

Habilitation Projects

Michael Braunschweig

Habilitation project within the framework of the university research focus "Human Reproduction Reloaded (H2R)" (SP 1 Normativity of Human Reproduction) Performance and limits of the liberal paradigm of "reproductive autonomy" from an evangelical-theological perspective with regard to the possibilities of genetic germ line interventions for therapeutic and/or enhancement purposes.