Dr. Matthias Braun

Dr. Matthias Braun

Kochstraße 6
91054 Erlangen
Tel.: +49 (0)9131 / 8526078
Fax: +49 (0)9131 / 8526020

Short CV

Dr. Matthias Braun serves as an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Systematic Theology II (Ethics) at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
After studying biology and Protestant theology, Matthias worked as a research assistant at the Philipps University of Marburg and then took over the coordination of the FAU excellence project „Bio-Objects and Bio-Subjects. Exploring the Interface of Science, Technology and Society“. Subsequently, he conducted research on a governance model for dealing with emerging biotechnologies as part of the „MaxSynBio“ excellence project jointly funded by the Max Planck Society and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Matthias doctoral thesis dealt with social-anthropological and theological-ethical issues in dealing with psychological deviance. In this work he developed a model of intersubjective recognition that simultaneously takes into account the fundamental vulnerability of human beeings and asks for concrete possibilities to shape existing structure and modes of existence. His work has been awarded several prizes (DFG, Staedtler Foundation) and has been published by Mohr-Siebeck.

His current research deals with questions of political ethics (the relationship between democracy, civil society and the rule of law) as well as with the ethical, legal and social challenges of new technologies (especially: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Genome Editing). In addition to scientific publications and national and international lectures, Matthias Braun has been able to attract and carry out numerous research projects.

Main fields of research

  • political ethics
  • ethics of artificial intelligence
  • ethics of emerging biotechnologies at the science-society interface (with special regard to synthetic biology, genome editing and stem cell research)
  • science and technology studies
  • concepts of recognition and vulnerability as a topic for theological ethics
  • ethics of psychiatry

Selected bibliography