The goal of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics (INCET) at the Jagiellonian University is to encourage and support research activities in philosophy and ethics, in particular research on the classic bioethical dilemmas (e.g. reproductive or end-of-life decisions, organ transplantation, resource allocation, clinical decision making) and on topics that emerge from recent technological, social, and scientific developments (e.g. genetic engineering, human enhancement, new healthcare and reproductive technologies, infectious diseases, evidence based medicine, preventive medicine, big data, artificial intelligence, algorithmic decision-making, regulating scientific research, climate change, military conflicts, migration and multiculturalism).
We use an interdisciplinary approach that bridges the gap between philosophical ethics and other disciplines (psychology, medicine, legal studies, economics): both “armchair” methods typical for the humanities and social sciences (conceptual analysis, case studies), and empirical methods (behavioral experiments, corpus analysis, topic modelling).
Although the Centre is a part of the Philosophical Faculty, and we cooperate closely with the Institute of Philosophy, it is in fact an interdisciplinary enterprise: its Academic Board includes representatives of several university faculties. The founder and the first director of the Centre (2007-2016) was Prof. Włodzimierz Galewicz. Since 2016 the Centre is headed by Prof. Tomasz Żuradzki and hosts the project BIOUNCERTAINTY funded by the ERC Starting Grant.