Journal and Book Club

A. The Book Club

We invite all researchers, including doctoral students, to read a book on ethical issues and moral philosophy, chapter by chapter, and to critically evaluate and revise it. At the end of the reading of the book, a meeting with the author would be arranged, either in person or virtually, or look at video interviews when she/he is no longer alive.

The conditions for participation are as follows:

1. Have an interest in the chosen book (all IBME members will be able to vote for this choice)

2. Commit to regular attendance: every other Thursday from 4:00 pm 5:00 pm.

3. Register with Corine, coordinator of the Journal and Book Club, in order to be added to the Microsoft team "Book Club" for any communication, and also to know more about the meeting accommodation (room, zoom link).

Program - Fall Semester 2021-22

We are back to a fundamental reading in Ethics: 

Principles of Biomedical Ethics
Tom L. Beauchamp, James F. Childress, 2019 (8th edition)
This 8th edition will be available at the IBME library, but the former edition can be used (we will tell when paragraphs are modified)
Download the flyer (PDF, 329 KB)
Meeting dates:

every other Thursday 4 to 5 pm, in presence, hybrid or zoom depending on the situation. To get updated information, please register to Corine

September 23 Chapters 1, 2 and 3 Moral foundations
October 7 Chapter 4 Respect for autonomy
October 21 Chapter 5 Nonmaleficence
November 4 Chapter 6 Beneficence
November 18 Chapter 7 Justice
December 2 Chapter 8 Professional-Patient relationsships
December 16 Chapter 9 Moral theories
January 13, 2022 Chapter 10 Method and moral justification
January 27 Chapter 11 Conclusion about the reading
Choice of the next book

The book has been chosen by the current IBME organizing committee of the Book Club: Tobias Eichinger, Roberto Andorno, Jana Sedlakova, Katia Tikhomirova, Martin Gramc, Anna Westermeir, Tania Manriquez, and Corine Mouton Dorey (coordinator).

Special Event:

On July 8, 4pm, Tanja Krones invites us to a discussion around the tremendous book of Cathy O’Neil: Weapons of Math Destruction.

More information and registration from Dominik


Past events:

Spring semester 2021
Two books were critically discussed:

  • The case against perfection; Michael Sandel
  • The Section III of The Methods of Bioethics, John McMillan

Fall semester 2020
Hans Jonas: The imperative of Responsibility. In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age.

Spring semester 2020
We have read the following two books and have met the authors. For those interested, we have the recordings of the meetings with the author.

  • Dien Ho: A philosopher goes to the doctor - February 19, to April 22
  • Oliver Bennett: Cultures of optimism. The institutional promotion of hope. From April 28

B. The Journal Club
The Journal Club aims to give PhD students and other researchers the possibility to meet once a month to present a recent article in the field of biomedical ethics, and critically evaluate it.

These meetings allow participants to keep up to date with the literature, to exchange views on current issues in the field, and to improve their critical appraisal skills. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by approx. 20 minutes of discussion. Presenters will summarize a paper and give their own critical appraisal. The paper will be sent to the other participants in the Journal Club two weeks before the presentation.

C. ECT credit

The Journal and Book Club counts as an elective module for the PhD Program BmEL. Participants will be entitled to 0.5 ECTS per semester.


a) Regular attendance

b) Presenting a publication / respectively a book chapter, or writing a critical feedback of the Journal and Book Club meetings at the end of the semester.

c) Enrollment on the “Modul Buchung” platform of UZH.

If you would like to participate, or if you need further information, please contact: