Autonomy and social trust
Prof. Dr. Jörg H. Hardy ( Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics, University of Münster, Germany )
To live means to make decisions under conditions of epistemic
uncertainty. This is why we need autonomy and social trust.
Autonomy provides rational and free agency, and trust reduces epistemic dependency. An individual person is autonomous if
she is able to successfully pursue general, supreme goals (such as doing scientifc research, helping people, etc.). In my
presentation I aim to explain the structure of social and personal autonomy as well as the importance of social trust, and
I invoke what I call 'A Minimalist Theory of Morality'.
A handout is available here: [pdf].
Joerg H. Hardy PhD is Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics at the University of Muenster. He also works as
executive director of a German foundation for human dignity and as scientific director of a forthcoming research project on
Human-Robot-Interaction. Dr. Hardy has studied Philosophy, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Law in Muenster, where he received
his PhD, and he received his 'Habilitation' (postdoctoral qualification) at the Free University Berlin. He has published four
books and he currently works on a monograph about Autonomy and Dignity.