John-Stewart Gordon

Associated Member of IZEW, University of Tübingen

Permanent Visiting Professor, VDU

Associate Fellow of the Academy of International    Affairs NRW




Previous appointments (selection)

2022-2023: Adjunct Full Professor, LSMU

2015-2022: Full Professor of Philosophy, VDU

2017-2022: PI of the EU-funded project "Integration   

                  Study on Future Law, Ethics, and Smart  


2010-2016: W1 Professor of Anthropology and Ethics,  

                  University of Cologne

2009-2010: Visiting Professor, Queen's University




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Interview with the publisher Brill on AI: 25/09/2020

Please, see the intereview here.

Call for Papers: Moral Expertise in (Bio-)Ethics (at: Bioethics)

Closing date for submissions: 01/09/2021

The CfP can be downloaded here.

Introductions to Ethics - Suggested Readings (29/11/2019)


See, my brief blog entry on recommended introductions to ethics and moral philosophy (English and German works).

Call for Papers: AI and Law

Closing date for submission: 07/31/2019 EXTENDED DEADLINE 31st. 2019


This special issue examines the ethical, legal, and socio-political implications of AI and Law. The unprecedented technological advances of the recent decades have had a number of positive effects in almost every area of human life, they have also brought significant concerns in how the rapidly growing development and utilization of smart technologies relates to future law and ethics. This special issue also attempts to initiate a debate of how to regulate the development of smart technologies and robotics to increase the welfare of society without violating its fundamental values.


Call for Papers: The Ethics of Ageing

Closing date for submission: 01/09/2016


***NEW DEADLINE for submission: 01/03/2017*** 


The Editors of Bioethics are pleased to announce a special issue in 2017 on the Ethics of Ageing. Despite ongoing inequalities in life expectancy across the globe, the world population is constantly growing and the proportion that consists of elderly persons, including frail elderly, is increasing. This is not only a source of pressure for social systems and the health care systems of various countries, but also concerns the vital question of how society should deal with elderly people and raises questions about how to respond. Issues include the appropriate use of ressources, models of health and social care, and policies concerning health, retirement age and pensions. Can Western countries learn something valuable from non-Western less developed countries regarding ageing and elderly people? What does it mean to live a dignified life in old age? Is there a promising normative theory of ageing that deals with the contemporary issues at the cutting edge of age, responsibility, and good life? What are the key notions of an ethics of ageing? These and associated issues should be discussed in the publication.


Human Rights and Dignity: Schroeder and Schaber 

"Human rights and human dignity are important but also highly contested notions in ethics. This is particularly true in bioethical discourses, where the concepts’ vagueness often precludes focused ethical conclusions. For example, it is a matter of debate “whether there is widespread agreement that all human beings have human rights simply because they are human beings”. Here, it is fair to say that “there is currently no common ground with regard to the moral and legal justification or the ontological and epistemological status of human rights” (Gordon 2013)."

Read the full article on my blog.

The New York Times on the film "San Andreas"   

"Watching seemingly successful people punished by earthquakes, sudden illnesses or bad luck “is literally calming down the people’s anger (that they are less fortunate) and a perverse form of healing the tormented souls,” John-Stewart Gordon, a professor of anthropology and ethics at the University of Cologne in Germany, said in an email."

Read the article on my blog or the NYT website!

Human Rights, Capabilities, Disability, John-Stewart Gordon

Hans Jonas
und die klassische Philosophie

Hans Jonas' Auseinandersetzung

mit der Philosophie der Antike und der klassischen Moderne


15.-17. Dezember 2014