Garðar Árnason

About Me

Garðar Árnason

I am a philosopher at the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Tübingen, and the managing director of the research group "Ethics of Genome Editing".

My research interests are in ethics (in particular moral status, responsibility, and free will), and medical ethics (including ethical issues in neuroscience and genetics, research ethics, and public health ethics).

I have a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto.

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Talks and Presentations

Upcoming

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I will give a talk with the title "The Road to the Genetic Future of Humanity: The Problem of Consent in Germline Gene Editing Research" at the annual conference of the German Academy for Medical Ethics: The future of humanity in healthcare (Jahrestagung 2021 der Akademie für Ethik in der Medizin Die Zukunft der Menschlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen) in Erlangen-Nürnberg (online), 22./23.-25. September 2021.

Past talks

"The Moral Status of Cognitively Enhanced Monkeys and Other Novel Beings." A pre-recorded presentation at the Cambridge-ICM Neuroethics Network Meeting (online), 1–3 February 2021.

"Genetically modified primates in neuroscience." A paper presented at the 33rd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Oslo, Norway, 10 August 2019.

"Harms and Benefits in Clinical Innovation." An invited talk given at the conference "Bioethics of clinical innovation and unproven methods," organized by the Nordic committee on bioethics in collaboration with Centre for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 April 2019.

"Cognitive Enhancement of Non-human Primates and Moral Status." An invited talk given at the Conference "Regulating the Tyrell Corporation: Company Law and the Emergence of Novel Beings," London, U.K., 25 October 2018.

"Research Ethics and Animal Research." A presentation given at the Medical Ethics Conference of the World Medical Association, Reykjavík, Iceland, 3 October 2018.

"Mind-Reading, Mind-Hacking, and Moral Responsibility." A paper presented at the 32nd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Lisbon, Portugal, 24 August 2018.

"Genome Editing in Non-Human Primates as Animal Models in the Neurosciences." A poster presented at the Cambridge-ICM Neuroethics Network Meeting, Paris, France, 20–22 June 2018.

"Cognitive Enhancement in Primate Models in the Neurosciences." A presentation given at the 10th International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and 5th Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe): Neuroethics: Re-Mapping The Field, Milan, Italy, 17 May 2018.

"The Ethics of Genome Editing in Non-Human Primates." A paper read at the international conference Genome editing: biomedical and ethical perspectives, Belgrade, Serbia, 20 August 2017.

"Animal Research Ethics." A paper read at the 31st European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Belgrade, Serbia, 18 August 2017.

"Moral Status, 'Marginal Cases,' and the Ethics of Non-Human Primate Research." A paper read at the 30th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Zagreb, Croatia, 18 August 2016.

"The Ethics of NHP Research: The Weatherall Report Revisited." A presentation given at the Primate Neurobiology Conference, Tübingen, Germany, 15 March 2016.

"Balancing Burdens and Benefits in Animal Research." A paper read at the 29th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Ghent, Belgium, 20 August 2015.

"Dilemmas: A Reappraisal." A paper read at a Royal Institute of Philosophy workshop on the work of Gilbert Ryle, Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K., 13 April 2015.

"The Political Turn in Nonhuman Ethics and the Hard Case of Animal Experimentation." A paper read at the conference "Ethics and/or Politics: Approaching the Issues Concerning Nonhuman Animals" at the University of Birmingham, U.K., 9 April 2015.

"Biopolitics and the Longevity of Lefthanders." A paper read at the 28th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Debrecen, Hungary, 30 August 2014.

"Balancing Burdens and Benefits in Neuroscientific Research using Non-Human Primates." A paper read at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics, Mexico City, Mexico, 26 June 2014.

"Five Science-Based Arguments Against Moral Responsibility." An invited presentation given at the Cambridge-ICM Neuroethics Network Meeting, Paris, France, 19 June 2014.

"Are 'Undue Inducements' a Problem for Benefit Sharing?" A paper read at the 27th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Basel, Switzerland, 16 August 2013.

"Exculpation Creep: Neuroscience and the Future of Moral and Legal Responsibility." A paper read at the 11th World Congress of Bioethics, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 27 June 2012.

"Neuroscientific Challenges to Free Will." A paper read at the German Philosophy Congress, München, Germany, 15 September 2011.

"The Concept of Biopower: Its Application and Relevance for the Ethics of Medicine and Health Care." A paper read at the 25th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Zürich, Switzerland, 19 August 2011.

"Neuroimaging, Dispositions and Criminality." A paper read at the NeuroSCAN conference "Normative Issues in Neuroimaging", Berlin, Germany, 21 July 2011.

"Neuroimaging, Dispositions and Responsibility." An invited paper given at the workshop "Brainreading and Neuroethics: Understanding Persons", at the University of Turku, Finland, 15 June 2011.

"Neuroscience, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility." An invited paper read at the Bioethics Seminar at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Canada, 6 October 2010.

"Neuroscience and Free Will." A presentation held at a workshop organized by the NeuroSCAN project, Banff, Canada, 23 September 2010.

"Neuroscience and Free Will." A paper read at the 24th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care, Zagreb, Croatia, 21 August 2010.