3.9.2020: PhD student Emnée van den Brandeler has just joined my team. Mira Reyes is visiting my group during September 2020 to discuss chapters of her PhD thesis. Welcome to both of them!

30.4.2020: Starting June 2020, I will join the editorial board of The Journal of Ethics as associate editor. I will be responsible for submissions in animal ethics. I am looking forward to this new task!

12.3.2020: Fully funded PhD position for 4 years in animal ethics - Department of Philosophy, University of Basel (Switzerland)

Start date: 1st of September 2020

The Philosophy Department at the University of Basel (Switzerland) invites applications for a 4 year fully funded PhD position within the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) PRIMA-project Beastly Politics — A Theory of Justice for Nonhuman Animals” of Dr. Angela Martin. The project at the intersection of ethics and political philosophy i) explores whether moral agents have positive duties of assistance towards sentient nonhuman animals; ii) investigates how conflicts between the interests of humans and animals can be resolved, and develops principles to this end; iii) investigates how duties towards animals can be implemented and how animals can be represented on a political level in democracies. More information about the project can be found here:

Your tasks:

- Writing a PhD thesis in animal ethics relevant to the content of the PRIMA-Project of Angela Martin (2nd supervisor: Prof. Dr. Markus Wild, Department of Philosophy, University of Basel).

- Contributing to the literature on animal ethics with research articles published in international peer-reviewed philosophy journals.

- Active participation in the activities relevant to the PRIMA-project as well as team meetings, conferences and workshops at the philosophy department of Basel University.

Your profile: 

- You have an excellent academic degree (master or diploma) in philosophy by September 1st 2020

- You like academic research

- You have a strong interest in animal ethics in particular and in ethics and political philosophy in general

- You are willing to work constructively within the PRIMA-project of Angela Martin and to participate actively in the activities of the philosophy department at Basel University.

- You have a good command of English and are willing to learn German

We offer you: 

- The opportunity to write a PhD thesis in animal ethics in a stimulating and friendly team with diverse research interests

- Various opportunities to present your research nationally and internationally, to discuss it and to co-organize workshops on topics in animal ethics

- Access to international research and scientific networks

- Attractive working conditions in an active research team

 Application / Contact: 

Please submit your application as a single PDF, including: i) cover letter; ii) CV; iii) a short thesis proposal (max. 1 page) relevant to the content of the PRIMA-project; iv) diplomas of academic degrees; v) a writing sample (e.g. essay or part of MA-thesis); vi) names and contact details of at least two academic referees, by April 10th 2020 using the online portal of the University of Basel:

The salary is the standard SNSF salaries for PhD positions in Switzerland. 

We value diversity and encourage applications from groups that are under-represented in philosophy.

For inquiries please do not hesitate to contact Angela Martin:

More information and to apply:

02.08.2019: Call for Papers: Disability and Ethics

The widely ratified United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities lists the rights of disabled individuals and prohibits any discrimination on the basis of disability. It demands state parties, amongst other things, to grant disabled individuals their full inclusion and participation in society (including in social, educational, political and public life as well as in medical decision-making), and to respect the right of disabled individuals to found a family. While these rights are commonly accepted, their application and implementation remain a highly contested issue. It is for example unclear what measures have to be taken to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in education and the world of work whilst providing social protection to those who cannot work due to their impairments. Government agencies have to weigh how to best allocate their limited resources in a fair and cost-effective way, which may sometimes be in tension with the right of disabled individuals to inclusion and participation. And in medicine and political theory, it is an open question how medical and political decision-making can be made more accessible for persons with intellectual disabilities, for those who are profoundly impaired or who are living with multiple disabilities.

Moreover, many cognitively disabled individuals still encounter barriers when it comes to procreation and parenting: they often have to fight for their right to have children, and there is an ongoing debate about whether disabled adults have a right to undergo medical procedures that allow them to have children who share their impairment (e.g. a deaf couple who wishes that their future child should also be deaf). This question goes to the heart of the debate about the nature of disability: is disability something bad that should be fixed and prevented (e.g. through pre-implantation tests and pre-natal screenings), or are disabilities mere differences to which society should adapt?

Finally, an important topic in the fields of disability studies and psychology concerns the question of how to best reduce ableist prejudices in society in general as well as in particular fields, such as for example amongst healthcare practitioners.

The aim of this special issue of Bioethica Forum ( dedicated to ethics and disability is to bring together contributions of scholars in various fields (such as medicine, philosophy, social sciences, disability studies, etc.) which address (bio)ethical issues related to disability. Contributions could cover, but are not restricted to, the topics outlined above, and can be submitted in English, French or German.

Authors can submit an original article, a case commentary or a personal viewpoint. For details, see

Bioethica Forum is the official journal of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics. It publishes interdisciplinary scientific articles on bioethics topics four times per year. Articles and case commentaries are peer reviewed.

Please submit original articles and case commentaries by October 1st, 2019, and viewpoints by January 1st, 2020 to: and