Topic: Negative Ethics
I studied economics and philosophy in Münster from 2003 to 2012. Currently I am working as a Senior Economist in the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt).
My PhD project asks what the normative status isof injunctions to prevent or alleviate suffering or unhappiness, whether by action or omission. The intuition motivating the project is that there are strong reasons for a normative ethics to focus on avoiding negative states, rather than to pursue positive ideals. Such a normative priority has, as I hope to show, an anthropological foundation.
- Bünger, Björn und Aloys Prinz (2010), Staatliche Glücksförderung? Karl Popper, Richard Layard und das Rauchen, ORDO — Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, Bd. 61, S. 169–190.
- Prinz, Aloys und Björn Bünger (2012), Balancing ‘full life’: An economic approach to the route to happiness, Journal of Economic Psychology 33(1): 58–70.
- Bünger, Björn (2016), Book review: Marion Hourdequin: Environmental Ethics. From theory to practice, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19(2): 533–535.
Since October 2017 I have been a doctoral student at the University of Duisburg-Essen under the supervision of Neil Roughley. I completed my Master in Philosophy and Political Science of Southasia at the University of Heidelberg. My Master thesis was about the naturalistic fallacy and was supervised by Peter McLaughlin.
My philosophical interests lie primary in Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind, but I´m also interested in Political Philosophy.
I have been a PhD student at the University of Duisburg-Essen since summer 2016. My research centers on robot philosophy in the broadest sense.
The rise of sophisticated autonomous artifacts, based on machine learning, challenges many traditional philosophical views and concepts within different branches of philosophy. I am particular interested in its ramifications for action theory and moral philosophy. I want to develop an advanced understanding of these new kinds of agency and their ethical and philosophical significance. I am particularly interested in questions of moral responsibility that may arise due to the emergence of these new forms of artificial agency.
Presently I am writing on the responsibility gap and trying to develop my thesis question and narrow down my research focus.
- Waldheuser, A. (forthcoming). Book review — robot ethics 2.0 from autonomous cars to artificial intelligence. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice