Current research focuses on global bioethics

  • In cooperation with Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (University of the Azores, Portugal) the manuscript of the Dictionary of Global Bioethics had been completed. It presents and explains more than 500 entries in relation to global bioethics. The work is currently in the process of production, and will be published in early 2021 by Springer Publishers International.
  • Work has started on the book Bioethics and women’s rights in Islamic contexts in the era of reproductive technologies. This book is a collection of 20 chapters, edited by Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University in Casablanca, Morocco) and Henk ten Have. It will be associated with a conference in May 2021 at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research in Marseille, France (initially scheduled in May 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19).


New research projects have focused on critical examination of the philosophical and ethical presuppositions of contemporary bioethical debate.

  • A first project has examined the question how the agenda of bioethical debate is determined and influenced, and why certain issues come to dominate public debate. It has resulted in the manuscript Bizarre Bioethics – Ghosts, monsters, and pilgrims. The book focuses on significant metaphors and narratives such as ghosts, monsters, pilgrims, prophets that guide the relevancy of bioethical debates. It is currently under review for publication.
  • The second project was executed in cooperation with Renzo Pegoraro (Fondazione Lanza, Italy). The result is the manuscript The soul in healthcare and bioethics, currently under review for publication. The book explores the connections between health, ethics and soul. It examines the complaints that the soul has been lost in healthcare as well as in bioethics. These charges express the uneasiness, dissatisfaction and disquiet that many people today experience with healthcare and also with the ethical queries that emerge in health care settings. That such uneasiness is expressed in terms of loss of soul, has to do with the dominant scientific worldview that has eradicated any soul-talk and that presents an objective and technical approach to human life and its vulnerabilities. This book analyzes how and why the soul has been lost from scientific discourses, healthcare practices, and ethical discussions. It also provides proposals for different approaches, emphasizing the need for different images and metaphors, so that new approaches can emerge.

International cooperation:

  • VAD project: A new direction in end of life care? Assessing the impact and outcomes of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act, 2019 -2023. Coordinated by Paul Komesaroff, Monash University, Australia.