The concept of human dignity poses complex questions in medical and legal practice, pointing to a need for clarification also in theology, philosophy and other humanities and human sciences.
Through the research conducted by Profs. Klaus Tanner (Theological Ethics) and Thomas Fuchs (Medicine), FIIT is linked to the Interdisciplinary Forum for Biomedicine and Cultural Studies (IFBK) at Heidelberg University.
Members of Research Departments I and II participated in the Marsilius Project “Embodiment as a Paradigm of an Evolutionary Cultural Anthropology”. They participated in international summer and winter schools of the Marsilius-Kolleg of Heidelberg University. Book publications: G. Etzelmüller/ A. Weissenrieder, Verkörperung als Paradigma theologischer Anthropologie, TBT 172, Berlin/Boston 2016; G. Etzelmüller/ Ch. Tewes, Embodiment in Evolution and Culture, Tübingen 2016; G. Etzelmüller/ Th. Fuchs/ Ch. Tewes, Verkörperung – eine neue interdisziplinäre Anthropologie, Berlin/Boston 2017.
In 2019, a BMBF project on the future of the patent system was completed, in which Profs. Klaus Tanner, Paul Kirchhof, and Rüdiger Wolfrum were involved. The project analyzed the patenting of human embryonic stem cells (hEs cells) on the basis of relevant developments in the law, legal interpretation processes, ethical statements, and societal discussions at the international and national levels. It focused on a patent system that has been extended by essential functions in the last decades due to scientific-technical upheavals, legislative initiatives, non-legislative further development of the law and civil-societal activities. The aim was to develop cornerstones for the formation of a judgment that allows a more differentiated weighing of economic interests and ethical-legal arguments.