Jan-Christoph Heilinger

Witten/Herdecke University
Chair of Practical Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
D-58448 Witten

+49 2302 926-507



Since 2023 Chair of Practical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Witten/Herdecke University
Since 2014 Permanent visiting professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université d’Etat d’Haïti, Port-au-Prince
2020-2023 Lecturer and researcher in Philosophy/Applied Ethics at RWTH Aachen University
2013-2020 Academic director (Akademischer Geschäftsführer) of Munich Center for Ethics at LMU Munich (until 2019) and lecturer in philosophy (Akademischer Rat/Oberrat) at LMU Munich, Department of Philosophy (until 2020)
2010–2013 Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich (Center for Ethics)
2004–2010 Researcher and scientific coordinator of two research projects at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2003–2004 Editor’s assistant at de Gruyter publ., Berlin
2009-2023 Visiting research stays at Columbia University, ENS Paris, NYU, the University of Sydney, the University of Auckland, The New School, and Rutgers University
2016 Habilitation at LMU Munich: “Global relational equality. Moral cosmopolitanism in a pragmatic perspective”
2009 Dr. phil. (summa cum laude) from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: “Anthropologie und Ethik des Enhancements”
2003 M.A. (‘with distinction’) in philosophy from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
1998–2003 Studying philosophy at the universities of Cologne, Paris (Paris-IV Sorbonne and Paris-X Nanterre) and Berlin (Humboldt)
1977 Born in Cologne


I work in the field of practical philosophy. My research programme is characterised by the ambition to identify practical problems, to undertake conceptual analysis of the underlying philosophical and ethical issues, and to contribute to developing responses that advance knowledge and contribute to practice. This approach draws upon both my philosophical training and my engagement and collaboration with practitioners and experts from different disciplines. My conceptual analysis and selection of research topics is informed by my longstanding commitment to relational egalitarianism and (global) justice.

I am interested particularly in applied ethics (digital technologies/AI and human enhancement, public health and climate change); the theory and practice of global ethics, relational justice and responsibility; and methods of ethical decision making in practical contexts.

Selected conferences and workshops:

Realising Understanding“, RWTH Aachen University, on February 18, 2021

Moral Progress and Human Enhancement“, LMU Munich/RWTH Aachen University, on January 21, 2021

Philip Kitcher on Moral Progress“, Munich Lectures in Ethics at Munich Centre for Ethics, on June 2–4, 2019

Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration” at Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, on February 21, 2019

Cosmopolitan Responsibility” at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa, on February 1, 2019

Global Individual Responsibility” at the Munich Center for Ethics, on April 25–27, 2018

The Ethics of Complex Global Challenges” at the VELiM Center, University of Sydney, on March 2/3, 2017

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