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Herwig Grimm studied philosophy at the Universities of Salzburg, Zurich and Munich, main emphasis on ethics and applied ethics. In 2004 he earned his Master’s degree in Salzburg with a thesis on “Moral Standing of Animals? – Approaching the subject with discourse ethics”. From 2004 to 2011 he was a scientific assistant at the interdisciplinary Institute for Technology, Theology and Natural sciences in Munich. He took his doctoral degree at the Munich School of Philosophy. From 2011 he has been a professor and the head of the unit “Ethics and Human-Animal-Studies” at the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna.

Research interests

  • Applied animal ethics / ethics of farm animal welfare / veterinary ethics
  • Pragmatism in applied ethics
  • Orientation towards practice in ethics
  • Methods of problem-oriented and applied moral philosophy
  • The Internal Morality of the Veterinary Profession: An Empirically Informed Ethical Analysis of Hightech Veterinary Medicine (FWF)
  • The Lacanian Animal - A Psychoanalytical Perspective on Anthropocentrism and the Ambivalences in the Human-Animal Relationship (FWF)
  • Vethics E-Portfolio. Professional Ethics für Amtstierärzte. Erstellung von Lernmodulen und eines online gestützten Weiterbildungsangebotes für Amtstierärzte, praktische Tierärzte und Studierende.

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WS 2020:

  • Introduction to Applied Ethics and its Methodologies
  • Einführung in die Tierethik

SS 2020:

  • Ethische Aspekte im wissenschaftlichen Tierversuch
  • Grundzüge des Tierversuchsrechts und ethische Aspekte im wissenschaftlichen Tierversuch
  • Grundlagen der angewandten Ethik
  • Rabbit-Ducks in Ethics - Animal Ethics in the Wake of Wittgenstein

Administration

Portrait Eva Schwarzinger.

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Eva Schwarzinger has been working as an assistant of the unit “Ethics and Human-Animal-Studies” since June 2015. After completing her studies in Geography (Spatial Research and Regional Planning) at the University of Vienna, she worked at a marketing consulting agency and was further responsible for marketing of seminars and conferences at a training institute.

 

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Since March 2018, Katharina Dieck has been a student assistant at the Messerli Research Institute. She supports the organisation of teaching at the University of Vienna and is part of several internal projects. Katharina Dieck has been studying Philosophy and Linguistics (BA) at the University of Vienna since September 2016.

Postdocs

Portrait Andreas Aigner

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Andreas Aigner received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Vienna in 2020. In his dissertation thesis, he explored anthropocentrism and ambivalences in humans’ relationships to animals from the perspective of Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalysis. He has been working at the Messerli Research Institute since December 2013. Before devoting his career primarily to research, he worked as a clinical psychologist for several years. His research interests comprise psychological aspects of human-animal interactions, the interface between psychoanalysis and philosophy/animal ethics, and the relation between traditional and alternative approaches to animal ethics.

Research Interests

  • Animal ethics
  • Psychology of human-animal relationships
  • Psychoanalysis (Jacques Lacan)
  • Anthropocentrism and post-anthropocentrism

2014-2018: Das Lacan’sche Tier – Eine psychoanalytische Perspektive auf den Anthropozentrismus und die Ambivalenzen in der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung (FWF Project P27428-B29, project leader: Herwig Grimm)

  • Glenk, L. M./Belik, C./Palme, R./Aigner, A./Jensen-Jarolim, E. (2020). The human side of animal experimentation: A qualitative, exploratory study into work-related stress and coping in animal experimenters. In: Pet Behaviour Science (9), 1-15. doi:10.21071/pbs.v0i9.12006
  • Grimm, H./Aigner, A./Kaiser, P. (2018): Moralischer Status. In: J. S. Ach/D. Borchers (Hg.), Handbuch Tierethik. Grundlagen – Kontexte – Perspektiven. Stuttgart: Metzler, 185-192.
  • Aigner, A. (2016): Die Tiere der Psychologie. In: R. Borgards (Hg.), Tiere. Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch. Stuttgart: Metzler, 298-307.
  • Aigner, A./Pieper, K./Grimm, H. (2016): “Post-anthropocentrism” in animal philosophy and ethics: The disparity of the prefix “post”. In: Humanimalia 7(2), 56-83. Retrieved from www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/issue%2014/index.html
  • Grimm, H./Aigner, A. (2016): Der moralische Individualismus in der Tierethik. Maxime, Konsequenzen und Kritik. In: C. Köchy/M. Wunsch/M. Böhnert (Hg.), Philosophie der Tierforschung. Band 2. Maximen und Konsequenzen. Freiburg: Alber, 25-63.
  • Grimm, H./Camenzind, S./Aigner, A. (2016): Tierethik. In: R. Borgards (Hg.), Tiere. Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch. Stuttgart: Metzler, 78–97.

For a full list of publications please click here.

Portrait Judith Benz-Schwarzburg

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Judith Benz-Schwarzburg has been a Senior Researcher at the Messerli Institute since 2011 and leads an FWF-funded research project entitled 'Morality in Animals: What It Means and Why It Matters'.

She studied linguistics, German literature, philosophy and ethics at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany (1999–2005). Her diploma thesis dealt with mental expressions in child language, indicating an early development of theory of mind in 2-4-year-old children. After her graduation Judith Benz-Schwarzburg completed her doctoral thesis as a member of the Research Training Group "Bioethics" at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities of the University of Tübingen – an interdisciplinary postgraduate school financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her thesis dealt with socio-cognitive abilities in animals (namely with culture, language and theory of mind) and their ethical relevance. The thesis was published 2012 within the book series Tierrechte – Menschenpflichten of Harald Fischer Publishing. Since then the book has been awarded two prizes, the German Research Prize (Deutscher Studienpreis, 2nd place) in 2013 and the PhD Award of the University of Tübingen in 2012. A translation into English with Brill was published in Spring 2020: brill.com/view/title/35289
In addition to her PhD project, Judith Benz-Schwarzburg was a Fellow of the Forum Scientiarum of the University of Tübingen, where she participated in the 2006/2007 study program examining the biological and cultural foundations of human consciousness. In 2010, she gained a certificate from Cambridge University for a course on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

Link to personal website in German

Research Interests

  • Animal ethics and animal cognition (culture, language, theory of mind, morality in animals)
  • Zoo ethics
  • Wildlife tourism
  • Representation of animals in picture books, movies and on social media
  • Animals in Contemporary Art
  • Animal welfare vs. animal rights / the personhood debate
  • Great ape and dolphin conservation

 

For a full list of publications, please click here.

Since 2011 Judith Benz-Schwarzburg has been teaching regularly at the Vetmeduni Vienna:

  • Practical Course on Ethics and Human-Animal Studies (IMHAI)
  • Current Debates in Applied Animal Ethics (IMHAI)

Additional lecturing at:

  • The University of Tübingen
  • The University of Vienna
  • KTU Linz
  • within the Universitäts Lehrgang `Tiere als Therapie’, Vetmeduni Vienna
  • for the Tierpflegerschule, Vetmeduni Vienna

Judith Benz-Schwarzburg will be on maternity leave from October 2019 to October 2020 (replacement: Birte Wrage, MA).

Portrait Samuel Camenzind

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Samuel Camenzind received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in 2019. His doctoral thesis explores the moral category of instrumentalization within the human-animal relationship. He studied in Zurich, Vienna and the New York.

After earning his Master’s Degree in German language and literature, philosophy and social studies at the University of Zurich, he received his teacher’s training for secondary schools in German language and Philosophy in 2011. 2012 he started to work at the Messerli Research Institute (MFI) as research scholar and spent 2016 one semester at the Department of Philosophy at the New York University (NYU). Since 2019 he has been a senior scientist at the MFI and lecturer at the department of philosophy at the University of Vienna. 2020 he was elected as member of the Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH, Switzerland).

Research Interests

 

  • Ethics of Human Animal Studies (Kantian Animal Ethics)
  • Ethics of Animal Research
  • Ethics of Biotechnology (SCNT-Cloning)
  • Philosophy of Law: Dignity of Creature and Animal Dignity in Swiss Law
  • Applied Ethics: Instrumentalisation, Objectification, Exploitation

Monograph:

Articles:

  • Kantian Ethics and the Animal Turn. On the Contemporary Defence of Kant’s Indirect Duty View. In: Animals 11 (512), 1–12, 2021.
  • Authorization of Animal Research Projects – a Comparison of Harm Concepts in the Swiss Animal Welfare Act and the European Directive 2010/63/EU. In: Berliner und Münchener Tierärztliche Wochenschrift 133, 270–278, 2020. (with M. Eggel)
  • Zur Didaktik des Animalen. Ethik der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung im Unterricht. In: Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Philosophie und Ethik 41 (4): 17–30, 2019. (with H. Grimm, Ch. Dürnberger).
  • Tierversuche im Kontext der Pflicht gegen sich selbst als moralisches Wesen. In: Waibel, V. L./ Ruffing, M./Wagner, D. (eds.): Natur und Freiheit: Akten des XII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 1769–1778, 2018.
  • On Clone as Genetic Copy: Critique of a Metaphor. In: Nanoethics 9 (1), 23–37, 2015.

A full list of publications and talks can be found here.

Winter term 2021/22:

Vetmeduni Vienna:

  • Introduction to Ethics and Human-Animal Studies II (ID: 310302 UE)
  • Interdisciplinary Course on Human-Animal Interactions – Influences, Challenges and Solutions (ID: 310402 SE, VL)
  • Ethik und Conservation Medicine (ID: 8C1015 KV))
  • Ethische Aspekte im wissenschaftlichen Tierversuch (ID: 8L1004 KV)

Universität Wien:

 

Summer term 2021:

Vetmeduni Vienna:

  • Ethische Aspekte im wissenschaftlichen Tierversuch (ID: 8L1004 KV)
  • Grundzüge des Tierversuchsrechts und ethische Aspekte im wissenschaftlichen Tierversuch (ID: 8L2003 KV & 8R2005 KV)
  • Animal Models of Human Disease, Master in Human-Animal Interactions (ID: 300023, SE)
  • Wissenschaft in der Veterinärmedizin (ID: 804905 UE)

Universität Wien:

  • Bereichsethik: Zugänge, Gegenstände, Methoden (180102 SE)
Portrait Shereen Chang

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Shereen Chang did MA and PhD degrees in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a BA in philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is a post-doctoral researcher at the Messerli Research Institute, working on a cognition study with Goffin's cockatoos, as part of Dr. Susana Monsó's project “Animals and the Concept of Death”. Dr. Chang's research lies at the intersection of philosophy of science, biology and animal cognition. She is interested in what we can learn from nonhuman animal minds about concepts and cognition more generally, especially from animals who are not closely related to humans. She is also an avid birder.

Research Interests

  • animal cognition and behaviour (especially acquisition of communication and concepts)
  • animal ethics
Portrait Christian Dürnberger

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Christian Dürnberger is university assistant with a focus on “(Digital) Teaching of Veterinary Ethics“ at the Messerli Research Institute, Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies. He studied philosophy and communication sciences at the University of Vienna. After the completion of his studies, he moved to Munich, where he dealt with questions of applied ethics concerning agriculture and the relationship of man and nature at Institute TTN, Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Munich School of Philosophy.

 

He graduated from the Munich School of Philosophy (Hochschule für Philosophie München). His (German) doctoral thesis was on „Contradiction Nature. Concepts of man-nature-relationship in the controversy on green genetic engineering. Contribution of a descriptive-hermeneutical ethics in order to clarify a social dispute.” His research interests include veterinary ethics, ethical aspects of genome editing, e-learning, and ethics in agriculture.

 

Research interests

  • Veterinary ethics
  • Ethical questions of the relationship between man and nature
  • Ethics in agriculture
  • Genome Editing
  • E-learning in the field of ethics and veterinary medicine

Link to personal website: www.christianduernberger.at

  • Dürnberger, Christian (2020): Am I actually a veterinarian or an economist? Understanding the moral challenges for farm veterinarians in Germany on the basis of a qualitative online survey. Res Vet Sci. 2020; 133:246-250
  • Dürnberger, Christian (2020): I Would like to, but I can't. An Online Survey on the Moral Challenges of German Farm Veterinarians. J Agr Environ Ethic. 2020 33 (3-6) 447-460.
  • Dürnberger, Christian (2019): ‘You should be slaughtered!’ Experiences of criticism/hate speech, motives and strategies among German-speaking livestock farmers using social media. International Journal of Livestock Production, 10(5), 151-165. Open Access: academicjournals.org/journal/IJLP/article-full-text-pdf/D18D7D860706
  • Dürnberger, Christian (2019): Natur als Widerspruch. Die Mensch-Natur-Beziehung in der Kontroverse um die Grüne Gentechnik. TTN-Studien 8. Nomos: Baden-Baden.
  • Dürnberger, Christian (2018): Utopia in the Garden: New Utopian and Dystopian Thinking in Current Debates on Nature, Agriculture and Food. In: Kallhoff, Angela; Di Paola, Marcello; Schörgenhumer, Maria (Editors): Plant Ethics. Concepts and Applications. Routledge, London and New York.

For a full list of publications please click here.

Ethics for students of veterinary medicine at the Vetmeduni Vienna in particular in the context of the following courses:

  • Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine
  • Sustainability of future food production systems
  • Animal welfare ethics
  • Ethics for official veterinarians

In addition, he is lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt - Campus Francisco Josephinum for “Ethics in Agriculture“.

A list of his talks can be found here.

 

Portrait Martin Huth

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Martin Huth studied philosophy and history at the University of Vienna and wrote his diploma thesis on the German phenomenologist Bernhard Waldenfels (published 2008 as Responsive Phänomenologie: Ein Gang durch die Philosophie von Bernhard Waldenfels; Peter Lang). He has been graduated in 2007 with a dissertation thesis on biomedical ethics from a phenomneological persepctive (published in 2011 as Den Anderen behandeln und betreuen. Phänomenologische Ansätze zu Grundfragen der Medizin; Karl Alber).

Since 2008 he is lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna, since 2011 he has been a Post Doc researcher at the 2011 at the Messerli Research Institute, Unit Ethics and human-Animal Studies. He teaches ethics, applied ethics (ethics of human-animal relations; biomedical ethics), political theory, philosophy of science and phenomenology.

Research Interests

  • Vulnerability
  • Empathy and moral imagination
  • Phenomenology
  • Veterinary ethics
  • Foundations of ethics and applied ethics
  • Together with Dr Carlo Salzani, Martin Huth leads the projekt The Limits of Imagination: Animals, Empathy, Anthropomorphism (funded by the FWF, P 35137-G; Nov. 2021 – Okt. 2014). The project is focused on the fundametal possibilities of an understanding interaction between humans and animals. Open PhD position within the project! 
  • For some years, he is investigating the concept of vulnerability regarding ist ethical, but also epistemic and ontological implication. Relevant publications can be found in the list below.

 

  • Huth, M. (2020): 'The dialectics of vulnerability. Can we produce or exacerbate vulnerability by emphasizing vulnerability as normative category?' in Philosophy Today, Special Issue: Dimensions of Vulnerability (guest editors Martin Huth & Gerhard Thonhauser); 64(3): 557-576. doi.org/10.5840/philtoday2020828348
  • Huth, M., Weich, K. and Grimm, H. (2019): ‘Veterinarians between the frontlines?! The concept of One Health and three frames of health in veterinary medicine.’ in Food Ethics. A Journal of the Societies for Agricultural and Food Ethics. (2): 
1-18. doi.org/10.1007/s41055-019-00038-4
  • Huth, M. (2018): ‘Incorporated Recognizability. A Handshake between Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Judith Butler.’ in Acta Structuralica, Special Issue (2): 119-145. DOI: doi.org/10.19079/actas.2018.s2.119
  • Huth, M. (2016): ‘Reflexionen zu einer Ethik des vulnerablen Leibes.’ in Zeitschrift für praktische Philosophie (3), 273-304. DOI: doi.org/10.22613/zfpp/3.1.9 

  • Huth, M. (2016): ‘Interanimality and Animal Encounters. The Phenomenology of Human-Animal Relations.’ in Phainomena (XXV), 99: 155-178. 


For a full list of publications, please click here.

WiSe 2021:

  • VO Grundlagen der angewandten Ethik (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • SE Bereichsethik: Zugänge, Gegenstände, Methoden (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • Lehrveranstaltungen zu Wissenschaftstheorie, Ethik der Seuchenbekämpfung sowie Ethik der Schädlingsbekämpfung im Rahmen des Interdisciplinary Master in Human-Animal Interactions (IMHAI)

 

SoSe 2021:

  • PS Ethik der Vulnerabilität (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • VO Grundlagen der angewandten Ethik (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • SE Bereichsethik: Zugänge, Gegenstände, Methoden (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • SE Wissenschaft in der Veterinärmedizin - Praxis IV (Vetmeduni Vienna)

WiSe 2020:

  • Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of Science (IMHAI)
  • Introduction to Practical Philosophy (IMHAI)
  • VO Grundlagen der angewandten Ethik (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • SE Ethik in Theorie und Praxis: Zugänge, Gegenstände, Methoden (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • SE Wissenschaft in der Veterinärmedizin - Praxis III (Vetmeduni Vienna)

SoSe 2020:

  • SE Ethik in Theorie und Praxis: Zugänge, Gegenstände, Methoden (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • VO Ethik in der Vulnerabilität (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • UE Wissenschaft in der Veterinärmedizin - Praxis II (Vetmeduni Vienna)

WS 2019:

  • Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy and Philosophy of Science (IMHAI)
  • Introduction to Practical Philosophy (IMHAI)
  • VO Grundlagen der angewandten Ethik (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • VO Theorien der Gerechtigkeit (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
  • ME Wissenschaft in der Veterinärmedizin - Praxis I (Vetmeduni Vienna)

SoSe 2019:

  • SE Ethik in Theorie und Praxis: Zugänge, Gegenstände, Methoden (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Wien)
Portrait Svenja Springer

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Svenja Springer graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Vetmeduni Vienna in 2014, focusing on laboratory animal science. After her studies, she has been a scholar and doctoral candidate at the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna since September 2014. In her doctoral thesis, Springer investigated attitudes and beliefs of Austrian veterinarians towards euthanasia and explored moral challenges in light of her empirical study. The defence of her thesis took place in November 2018. Since September 2017, Springer is working on her research project The Internal Morality of the Veterinary Profession: An Empirically Informed Ethical Analysis of Modern Small Animal Practice. This three-years project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF | PI: Herwig Grimm) and will constitute her object of research for her double PhD degree at the University of Copenhagen in cooperation with the Vetmeduni Vienna.

Research Interests

  • Empirical veterinary ethics
  • Veterinary ethics
  • Veterinary professional ethics
  • Clinical ethics consultant services
  • The Internal Morality of the Veterinary Profession: An Empirically Informed Ethical Analysis of Modern Small Animal Practice. (FWF Project P 29974-G24; PI: Herwig Grimm)

For a full list of publications, please click here.

Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria:

Seminar on Animal Welfare Ethics (WS 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22)

Ethics in Equine medicine (WS 2021/22)

Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine I (WS 2015/16, 2016/17)

Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine II (SS 2016, 2021)

Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine III (WS 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2019/20)

Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine IV (SS 2016, 2017, 2021)

“Moral challenges in the profession of animal caretakers: Animal caretakers between animal love, owner care and medical responsibility”. (WS 2019/20, 2020/21)

“Seminar on Methodologies in Veterinary Ethics – Responsibility Check” und “(My) Veterinary Ethics”. VetNEST Summer School: Animal Welfare, Veterinary Ethics, Communication and Law. 17–22 Juli 2019.

University Aalborg, Denmark:

Guest lecture on “Veterinary Medicine meets Ethics” 25. Oktober 2018.

University Dubrovnik, Kroatien:

„Ethics and Zoonoses“. Workshop at the Summer School on „Zoonoses“. 23–30 April 2017.

Universität Ljubljana, Slowenien:

Workshop „Introduction to Veterinary Ethics“. Veterinary Faculty, 20 Januar 2017.

 

Portrait Kerstin Weich

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Kerstin Weich, PhD, is a philosopher and a veterinarian with special qualification in animal welfare. Her work crosses medical philosophy, veterinary science, ethics and animal studies. Kerstin holds a PhD in philosophy for her research project Towards a Philosophy of Veterinary Medicine and a doctorate in veterinary medicine for her work on Care and Critique. An intervention in laboratory animal ethics. She started in 2013 at the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna as Key Researcher of the third party funded project VEthics for Vets – Ethics in Official Veterinary Practice, resulting in the book Ethics in Official Veterinary Practice. A guideline and a follow-up project on didactics for veterinary ethics. She designed a basic teaching course in applied ethics for veterinary students, which she has been teaching since 2016, while also teaching ethics in equine medicine and lab animal sciences. Kerstin inititated the first global Network for Veterinary Humanities as well as a German-speaking Network for Veterinary Ethics.  She was a research fellow at the Wellcome Center for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter, GB, and at the Oslo School of Environmental Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Kerstin is Associate Editor ofFrontiers in Veterinary Science, editor of the peer-reviewed, OA journal Humanimalia, and co-editor of Special Issues on veterinary medical ethics (FoodEthics, BMTW), veterinary anthropoloy (Frontiers) and interspecies relationality (Society&Animals).

Research Interests

  • Medical Philosophy
  • Poststructuralism and posthumanism
  • Animal studies, environmental studies, multispecies ethnography
  • History, theory and ethics of veterinary medicine
  • Veterinary ethics and animal welfare ethics
  • Didactics of veterinary ethics
  • Ethics in the veterinary clinic
  • Ethical justifiability of animal experimentation projects
  • Applied ethics in laboratory animal science

VEthics for Vets – Ethics in Official Veterinary Practice (2012-2016)

VEthics E-Porfolio: an online ethics course for veterinary officers, practitioners and students (2016-2018)

Towards a Philosophy of Veterinary Medicine (PhD)

Care and Critique. An intervention into lab animal ethics.

  • (mit Hohlbaum K, Zintzsch, A): Belastungsbeurteilung im Tierversuch. Ist das eigentlich ethisch? BMTW 133, 2020
  • Weich K. Pharmakoästhetische Praktiken. Wie Tiere einen guten Tod sterben.Jahrbuch der Praktischen Philosophie in globaler Perspektive 2018, 2: 193-219.
  • Weich K, Grimm H. (2018): Meeting the Patient's Interest in Veterinary Clinics. Ethical Dimensions of the 21st Century Animal Patient. Food Ethics, 2018, 1/3: 259-272.
  • (mit Haarmann D). Geschichte der Tiermedizin. In: Borgards R. (Hg.) Tiere. Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch. Stuttgart: Metzler 2016, 149-159.

For a full list of publications, please click here.

Winter term

  • Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine I and III
  • Animal welfare ethics
  • Ethics in equine medicine

Summer term

  • Applied Ethics in Veterinary Medicine I and III
  • Ethics in companion animal medicine

Carlo Salzani (born 1972) studied Philosophy at the University of Verona (Italy) and completed a PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). Between 2008 and 2010 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany) and in the following years focused his research on biopolitics, posthumanism and animal philosophy. Since November 2021 Carlo works in the department of Ethics of Human-Animal Relationships at the Messerli Research Institute as part of the FWF project “The Limits of Imagination: Animals, Empathy, Anthropomorphism” (PI: Martin Huth).

Research interests

 

  • Posthumanism
  • Animals and Biopolitics
  • Animals and Literature
  • Empathy and Anthropomorphism
  • The Limits of Imagination: Animals, Empathy, Anthropomorphism
  • Carlo Salzani, “La noia allo zoo”, in Liberazioni – Rivista di critica antispecista44 (2021): 18-30.
  • Felice Cimatti and Carlo Salzani (eds.), Animality in Contemporary Italian Philosophy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
  • “La mano di Leni: Animalità e redenzione nelle donne kafkiane,” in Pondera verborum, quaderno d'arti e culture 1 (2020): 1-9.
  • “Kafka’s Creaturely Life”, in Marianne Schuller and Günther Ortmann (eds.), Kafka: Organisation, Recht, und Schrift, Weilerswist-Metternich: Velbrück Wissenschaft (2019): 394-407
  • “Saramago’s Dogs: For an Inclusive Humanism” (with Kristof Vanhoutte), in Carlo Salzani and Kristof Vanhoutte (eds.), Saramago’s Philosophical Heritage, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan (2018): 193-210.
  • “From Post-Human to Post-Animal: Posthumanism and the ‘Animal Turn’”, in Giovanni Leghissa, Carlo Molinar Min and Carlo Salzani (eds.), Limiti e confini del postumano / Limits and Boundaries of the Posthuman, Lo sguardo – rivista di filosofia XXIV/17.2 (September 2017): 97-109.

 

A complete list of publication is available here

PhD-Students

Send an e-mail to Mariessa Long

Mariessa Long has studied the Interdisciplinary Master in Human-Animal Interactions at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, until 2020, focusing on clinical ethics in veterinary medicine. Additionally, she holds a BSc in Molecular Life Science and a MSc in Infection Biology from the University of Lübeck, Germany.

In 2020 she joined the Messerli Research Institute as a member of the interdisciplinary research platform Ethics in Equine Medicine. In collaboration with the University Equine Hospital, Vienna, and Gut Aiderbichl, an international animal sanctuary association with estates in multiple European countries, she works on an interdisciplinary project concerned with criteria and models for treatment decision-making in the therapy of old and/or chronically ill horses (PIs: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Herwig Grimm, Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.vet. Florien Jenner Dipl.ACVS Dipl.ECVS). Questions to be addressed within this project are, among others, the concept of quality of life for horses, how stakeholders such as veterinarians, horse owners and caregivers may understand a horse’s quality of life differently and how these different perspectives can be incorporated into a structured decision-making process for complex cases.

Research Interests

  • Veterinary Ethics
  • Clinical Ethics Support Services
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Quality of Life of Horses
  • Animal Ethics

Responsibilities for old and chronically ill horses. Therapy-related decisions: Criteria and models for decision-making (PIs: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Herwig Grimm, Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.vet. Florien Jenner Dipl.ACVS Dipl.ECVS; Project is part of the interdisciplinary research platform Ethics in Equine Medicine)

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Birte Wrage holds an MA in Applied Ethics from Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and a BA in Rehabilitation Pedagogy from TU Dortmund University, Germany.

Since 2018, Birte Wrage has been a PhD student at the ethics unit, working on the role of touch in animal morality as part of the FWF-funded project “Morality in animals - what it means and why it matters” (PI: Judith Benz-Schwarzburg). The PhD project centers on the idea that touch as 'the first sense' is an ontogenetic and phylogenetic precursor to verbal language and thus likely plays a role in the social lives of non-linguistic mammals that has been neglected so far. More precisely, the project develops the idea that touch can be an expression of moral capacities – e.g. sympathy expressed through consolation, trust shown in vulnerable contact behavior –, and that the deprivation of maternal touch as a facilitator of social and thus potentially moral development may be a harm beyond welfare to animals as moral beings.

Research Interests

  • Animal cognition and behavior
  • Applied animal ethics
  • Philosophy of touch
  • Animal representation on social media
  • Monsó, Susana and Birte Wrage. Forthcoming. "Tactful animals. How the study of touch can inform the animal morality debate." Philosophical Psychology.
  • Wrage, Birte. 2020. "The role of touch in animal morality." EurSafe News 22(1): 10-12.
  • Benz-Schwarzburg, Judith, Christian Dürnberger, Elena Thurner, Kerstin Weich, Birte Wrage. 2019. "Eine moralische Revolte. Ethische Überlegungen zur aktuellen Debatte um amtstierärztliche Genehmigungen grenzüberschreitender Tiertransporte in Drittstaaten." Amtstierärztlicher Dienst und Lebensmittelkontrolle 2019; 2019(3): 133-139.
  • Benz-Schwarzburg, Judith, Kristin Andrews, Maria Botero, Susana Monsó, Birte Wrage. 2019. "Can Animals Be Moral? Assessing Conceptual Challenges and Ethical Implications." In Sustainable Governance and Management of Food Systems 2019: Ethical Perspectives., edited by Eija Vinnari and Markus Vinnari. Wageningen Academic Publishing.

Summer 2019, 2020

  • Current Debates in Applied Animal Ethics (IMHAI)