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April 25 - December 11, 2019 bonnallianceICB lecture series - 
Forty years after the “Imperative of Responsibility” 
Ethics of Technology Choice in Times of Eroding Planetary Boundaries


The first bonnallianceICB Lecture Series "Forty years after the “Imperative of Responsibility” Ethics of Technology Choice in Times of Eroding Planetary Boundaries" takes place from April, 25 until December, 11 (8 lectures), organized by Dr. Andreas Stamm, German Devleopment Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

11. December Stocktaking and lessons learned: 40 years after – What does Hans Jonas teach us today?


Forty years ago, Hans Jonas’ main work “The Imperative of Responsibility” (German original: “Das Prinzip Verantwortung”) was first published. Starting from the perspective of moral theory, he develops fundamental thought on a responsible approach to deal with new technologies, and especially “disruptive innovations”, as one would put it today. His work is driven technological progress which has amplified the reach of human action to a degree that calls for a new philosophy of responsibility. With technological progress, actions brought about at a singular point in space and time may have far-reaching or even global consequences. 

LectureSeries_Poster_neu40 years have passed. Since 1979, the number of people living on the globe has increased by 3 billion and the percentage of absolutely poor people decreased from 40% to 10%. Planetary boundaries are being transgressed not (only) by single catastrophic events in a novel technological system, but (also) by the progressive erosion of ecosystems - in order to satisfy the needs of a growing and increasingly well-off world population. Technologies and innovations play a crucial role in this new global setup. Do we need a new “ethics of responsibility”, new approaches to radical innovations, maybe combined with novel modes of technological impact assessment and foresights?

Where?       German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE),
                    Im Tulpenfeld 6, Lecture Hall

When?        December 11, 4-6 pm

You are cordially invited to discuss with us!

Further information about the lecturers and the individual lecture dates can be found here and/or in the program.



March 18 - 27, 2020: Alumni Spring School on "Global Transformation towards Sustainability", Bonn

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The University of Bonn and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) are partners in the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research. In a joint Spring School we invite African Germany-Alumni from any field of study and Alumni of the Managing Global Governance Academy (MGG) of the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) to come to Bonn, Germany in March 2020.

The Alumni Spring School aims at fostering partnerships and networks by overcoming regional and disciplinary borders. Knowledge transfer among participants from developing and emerging powers at the science-policy-interface is a main part of this concept.

Online Application: September 1, 2019 - October 28, 2019

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Further events on the topic of "sustainability" in Bonn:

For further events in context of sustainability in Bonn follow this link to the Bonn Sustainability Portal.


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