Weyma Lübbe – Germany

Ethics of goods in times of starvation: Weyma Lübbe studies the ethics of distribution of live saving goods, when ones have to decide who may survive by getting access to this life saving goods.

Weyma Lübbe

Examples: food in times of starvation, medical goods (not enough Tamiflu for a whole population) during a pandemic disease, access to transport in times of danger (transports out of New Orleans), and so on.

The following texts are partially Google translated: Short biography: Weyma Lübbe is professor at the chair for practical philosophy, University of Leipzig, she is born 1961 in Münster /Westphalia /Germany, lived since 1971 in Einsiedeln /Switzerland. 1979-1984 study of philosophy, literature science, sociology and political economy in Zurich, Konstanz and Munich. Assistants activity in sociology and philosophy, graduation (1989) and habilitation (1997) in philosophy at the University of Konstanz. 1988 graduation scholarship of the Hanns Martin Schleyer donation, 1995 Habilitationsstipendium of the DFG, 1997/98 Fellow at the Colleg of Science to Berlin, 1998 Heisenberg scholarship of the DFG, 1999 Rudolf Meimberg price of the Mainzer Academy of Sciences and the literature.

Spheres of activity: Since 1999 at the Uni Leibzig, in Philosophy of law (theory on right and standard , selected problems of the punishing and of the constitutional law, economic analysis of the right); Social philosophy and political philosophy (theory of social acting, institution theory, political legitimacy, theory of the public opinion); Ethics (Consequentialism and its critics), responsibility. Also justice of distribution – Applied ethics (ethics of allocations, medicine and bio ethics, environmental ethics, risk adjustment, science ethics); Theory and history of the social sciences (general sociological theory, max of webers and its time, causality and probability in the social sciences in 19. Century).

Current research project: Ethics of Allocations/since 1999, Ethics of Distribution – See her book in german (title translated by Google): Weyma Luebbe, Deadly decision, Allocation of lives and death in positions of constraint, Row: map – mentis anthologien philosophy, 2003, ISBN: 3-89785-405-8, EUR 24,80|sFr 42,80.

The project examines ethical, particularly institutionalized borders, also legally ones, among them efficiency-oriented deciding with the distribution of health-relevant goods. The emphasis is thereby on points of particularly arising basic problems, because of a lack on critical goods. Not model-theoretically, but in context and in line with standard usage one proceeds, i.e. how handling actual scarceness situations, the conditions of the social acceptance of such handling and the culture-historical background on its acceptance. Special interest applies 1. on the question of the transferability of valid regulations in exceptional cases (e.g. Triage of the disaster medicine, excusing state of emergency of the criminal law) on situations of durable scarceness as well as 2. of the question of the stability of the distinction of intervention and not intervention (killing and letting dye) in their difference, again in particular and legally relevant manifestations. In background the whole project stands thereby also in question, which Contingents in a world, in which each particular depends ever more strongly on the consequences of the decisions of others and the visibility and predictability of the costs of opportunity of decisions rise at the same time, is nevertheless accepted as destiny
ead of becoming the article from rearrangement expectations to.

The emphasis of the past treatment lay larger public the interest and appropriate co-operation possibilities because of on the medicine-ethical application contexts. To the topics and contacts in detail see details under the column of “lectures”.


Uni Duisburg. Her comments in the Publication ‘HMO’s between Over- and Underprovision of Services – Ethical Comment on John M. Powell‘;

Bioethics in China, 8th World Congress of Bioethics on August 6-9, 2006, in Beijing/China ;

Uni Leipzig;


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