Institute for Ethics and the History of Medicine 
Gartenstr. 47
72074 Tübingen

Telephone: +49 (0)7071 - 2978038 

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Twitter: @gardara



Research Focus

  • Applied ethics (human and non-human research ethics, neuroethics, ethics of science and technology)
  • Free will and responsibility
  • Philosophy of science


Recent Publications

Gardar Arnason (2019): "Regulating clinical innovation: Trachea transplants and tissue engineering," American Journal of Bioethics 19(6), pp. 32–34.
doi: 10.1080/15265161.2019.1602179

Gardar Arnason (2018): Foucault and the Human Subject of Science. Dordrecht: Springer.
Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-02812-1; eBook ISBN 978-3-030-02813-8;
doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-02813-8

Gardar Arnason (2018): "Human-Animal Parallels in Clinical Ethics and Research Ethics," American Journal of Bioethics 18(2), pp. 64–65.
doi: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1409834

Gardar Arnason (2018): "Objections Still Fail: A Response to Faria," Journal of Medical Ethics 44(5), pp. 334–335.
doi: 10.1136/medethics-2017-104586

Gardar Arnason (2018): "The Ethical Justification for the Use of Non-Human Primates in Research: The Weatherall Report Revisited," Journal of Medical Ethics 44(5), pp. 328–331.
doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103827

Gardar Arnason (2017): "Synthetic Biology Between Self-Regulation and Public Discourse," Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26(2), pp. 246–256.

Gardar Arnason (2017): "The Role and Obligations of Ethicists as Members of Ethics Committees in Professional Organizations," AJOB Neuroscience 8(1), pp. 18–20.

Gardar Arnason (2017): "Animal Research and the Political Theory of Animal Rights," in Gabriel Garmendia da Trindade and Andrew Woodhall (eds.) Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 327–345.

Gardar Arnason (2017): "Biopolitics and the Longevity of Left-Handers,” in Péter Kakuk (ed.) Bioethics and Biopolitics. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 59–76.

Gardar Arnason & Jens Clausen (2016), "On Balance: Weighing Harms and Benefits in Fundamental Neurological Research Using Nonhuman Primates," Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 19(2), pp. 229–237.


Short Resume

  • Studied philosophy at the University of Iceland (B.A. 1993).
  • Studied philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada (M.A. 1994, Ph.D. 2006).
  • 2000-2004: Research associate at the Institute for Ethics and the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Iceland. From 2002-2004: Scientific coordinator of the EU project ELSAGEN (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Human Genetic Databases: A European Comparison).
  • 2004-2006: First researcher, then lecturer, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK.
  • 2007-2008: Research fellow, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) and the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (ISEI), University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2009-2010: Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2011-2014: Lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Hannover.
  • 2014-present: Researcher (akademischer Mitarbeiter) at the Institute for Ethics and the History of Medicine at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.