BIOS – Grenzfragen des Leben
Johannes Gutenberg- Universität Mainz
BIOS is a transdisciplinary, transcultural group consisting of thirteen core members from fields of philosophy, theology, religion, biology, medicine, history, medicine, and Indology. The project is in close cooperation with the Blondel Institute at the department of philosophy of the university, as well as the diocese of Mainz. The society focuses on multi-faith perspectives in three main areas of interest: ethical decisions before the beginning of life; the normative authority of the term ‘life’; and ethical decisions at the end of life. Meetings concentrate on one paper, internally produced by an individual member or a collaboration of members, to refine and discuss the implications of the work. Papers are electronically distributed to group members prior to meetings with subsequent email exchange, thereby fostering meaningful dialogue at the meetings themselves and afterwards. Revised works are being combined into a comprehensive edited volume for dissemination. Through collaborative efforts with other institutions, the group is intensifying outreach in both academic and non-academic professional circles. A public conference, bringing together members of the society, other area institutions, and members of the general public, also promotes diversification of membership. Matching funds are provided by the NoMaNi Foundation, the Lainz Foundation, and the department of philosophy of the University of Mainz.