Matthias Kettner

Matthias Kettner is research dean of the faculty of humanities and arts at Witten/Herdecke university ( in Germany. He was assistant professor from 1994-2000 at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Essen ( where his research focused on clinical ethics committees in Germany, communicative ethics, and the relationship of applied ethics, biopolitics and democracy. Prior to that, he collaborated with Karl-Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas in research on discourse ethics at Frankfurt University where he had earned a PhD in philosophy and a diploma in psychology.

Recently edited books

"filosofia trascendentalpragmatica – Transzendentalpragmatische Philosophie" (2007), co-edited with Michele Borrelli, Cosenza: Pellegrini Editore 2007.
"Biomedizin und Menschenw" (2004), "Angewandte Ethik als Politikum" (2001), both by Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt.


Papers: Reasons in a World of Practices. A Reconstruction of Frederick L. Will's Theory of Normative Governance. In: Kenneth R. Westphal (Hg.): Pragmatism, Reason, and Norms. A Realistic Assessment. N.Y.: Fordham University Press 1998 (S.255-296)
Argumentative Discourse, Good Reasons, and "Communicative Rationality". In: Julian Nida-Rümelin (Hg.): Rationality, Realism, Revision. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy September 15-18, 1997 in Munich. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter 1999 (S.331-338)
* Changing Normative Textures. Discourse-Ethics and the Challenge of Historism. In: Peter Koslowski (Hg.): Contemporary Economic Ethics and Business Ethics. Berlin: Springer, 2000 (S.55-79)
* New Genetics, New Ethics? In: I. Nippert, H. Neitzel, G. Wolff (Hg.): The New Genetics: From Research into Health Care. Social and Ethical Implications for Users and Providers. Berlin: Springer 1999 (S.135-157)
* Applied Ethics, Human Rights, and the Governance of Big Science. Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik (Annual Review of Law and Ethics) 7, 1999, S.273-289
* The Disappearance of Discourse Ethics in Habermas' "Between Facts and Norms". In: Rene von Schomberg & Kenneth Baynes (Hg.): Discourse and Democracy. Essays on Habermas's Between Facts and Norms. Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press 2002 (S.201-218)
* Gert's Moral Theory and Discourse Ethics. In: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong und Robert Audi (Hg.): Rationality, Rules, and Ideals. Critical Essays on Bernard Gert's Moral Theory. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield 2003 (S.31-50)

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