Short CV/Education and training

    Studied philosophy and Romance philology at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany,(1st state examination November 1975)

    Studied English philology/American studies (minor subject for my doctorate 1981)

  • 1975 – 1977
    Doctoral fellowship for research from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

  • 1976 – 1977
    Research Associate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

  • 1977 – 1979
    Student employee at the Institute of Philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • 1979 – 1981
    Research assistant under the chair in philosophy with a research focus on the philosophy and history of science (Prof. Dr. Gert König), Institute of Philosophy, Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1981
    Doctorate in philosophy with the dissertation "The teleology of life. Critical reflections on a new formulation of the teleology problem in the Anglo-American philosophy of science. A systematic, historical examination."

  • 1981 – 1982
    Studied biology

  • 1982 – 1987
    Assistant professor (C1) under Prof. Dr. Gert König, Institute of Philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1988
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in philosophy in Bochum with the Habilitation thesis:"Cognition as adaptation? A study on evolutionary epistemology."

  • 1988 – 1989
    German Research Foundation (DFG) research project "Possibilities of and limits to evolutionary ethics" under Prof. Dr. Gert König, chair at the Institute of Philosophy at the Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1989 – 1991
    Professorships (leave replacement) at Bielefeld University (acting chair), the University of Göttingen and the University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1991 – 1993
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 1992
    Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Science in Society, Blacksburg/Virginia, USA

  • 1993 – 1996
    Professor of philosophy with a research focus on theoretical philosophy (epistemology and philosophy of science, natural philosophy) at the University of Kassel, Germany

  • Since 1996
    Chair in ethics in the life sciences, Faculty of Biology, since 1 October 2010 (after the restructuring) in the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at the University of Tübingen, Germany; from 1996 to 30 September 2010 co-opted member of the Faculty of Philosophy and History (later Faculty of Humanities) at the University of Tübingen; since 1 October 2010 associate member of the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen; member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen; from 1996 to January 2011 member of the board of directors of the IZEW.

  • 2001 – 2011
    Speaker for the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen

  • Since 2004
    Speaker for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Bioethics" at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Selected publications

  • Der implantierte Mensch. Therapie und Enhancement im Gehirn. Hrsg. gemeinsam mit Elisabeth Hildt, Freiburg/München: Alber 2009

  • Wie funktioniert Bioethik? Hrsg. gemeinsam mit Cordula Brand, Arianna Ferrari und László Kovács, Paderborn: mentis 2008

  • The Janus Face of Prenatal Diagnostics. A European Study Bridging Ethics, Psychoanalysis, and Medicine. Hrsg. gemeinsam mit Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber und John Tsiantis, London: Karnac 2008

  • The Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe, hrsg. gemeinsam mit Thomas Glick, London: Continuum 2008

  • Charles Darwin. München: C.H. Beck 2007 (Beck'sche Reihe Denker)

  • Biologie und Ethik. Hrsg., mit Vorwort und Einleitung versehen von Eve-Marie Engels. Stuttgart: Reclam 1999

  • Die Rezeption von Evolutionstheorien im 19. Jahrhundert. Hrsg., mit einem Vorwort, einer Einleitung und einer Auswahlbibliographie versehen von Eve-Marie Engels. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1995

  • Erkenntnis als Anpassung? Eine Studie zur Evolutionären Erkenntnistheorie. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1989

  • Die Teleologie des Lebendigen. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot 1982

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Ethics Council (from 2001 to 2007)

  • Member of the HUGO (Human Genome Organization) International Committee on Ethics (from 1999 to 2004)

  • Member of the German Academy for Ethics in Medicine (AEM), Göttingen

  • Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (German Philosophical Association)

  • Member of the German Society for the History and Philosophy of Biology

    Board member 1997-2001; chair 1999-2001

  • Member of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology

  • Faculty representative for the Faculty of Biology to the Studium generale

  • Member of the Studium generale working group at the University of Tübingen

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation

    (from 2008 to 2011)

  • Member of the bioeconomy strategy group of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg (MWK) (July 2012 to July 2013)

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee on biodiversity and genetic resources to the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) (since July 2012)

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