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Dr Stephan Guttinger

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Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy

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Office hours: Friday 11am – 12:30pm (please email to book a slot).

I joined the department as a teaching fellow in January 2021. I am also a research associate and guest teacher at the London School of Economics.

My research focuses on the ontological, methodological and ethical issues raised by the contemporary biomedical sciences. Of particular interest to me are questions about the nature of macromolecular complexes, such as genomes or viruses (I argue the latter are processes rather than substances). I am also interested in how researchers in the biomedical sciences create trustworthy output, a question that has become particularly relevant in the context of the debate about a ‘replication crisis’ in the experimental sciences. I have argued that the issue might be less problematic than some commentators think, at least in the life sciences. Last but not least, I am also interested in the ethical implications of recent developments in the biomedical sciences. I have looked, for instance, at how the changing understanding of entities such as viruses is affecting debates about childhood vaccination. I am also interested in how our picture of the human genome shapes (or should shape) debates about the safety of heritable genome editing in humans.

For an up-to-date list of my publications please see my Google Scholar profile here.


I currently teach on PHIL1111 Science, Medicine and Society as well as PHIL3211 Biomedical Ethics Past and Present.