SP 1 Normativity of Human Reproduction

Scientific Research Questions

Human reproduction is shaped and claimed by various discourses on the body, self-determination, the definition of the family, and the admissibility of human intervention. It is governed by numerous norms while itself generating normative ideas and leading to social, ethical and legal consequences. Reproductive medicine is developing  rapidly, so research into the normative paradigm shifts associated with new reproductive possibilities is important both to Swiss and international science and to national and global society. Research has to consider the experiences of other countries and adopt a comparative approach; it must also be heuristically open, evolve around the findings from empirical research and include citizen science to achieve valid results. The main scientific questions of the project cover both the traditional and the new normativity of human reproduction:

  • How can a normative framework adequately take into account the interests of the individual and of society as a whole?
  • How can the legitimate objectives of medical advances be reconciled with the fundamental values of ethics and law?

This project unites competencies in law, philosophy, ethics, history, and gender studies to unfold, analyze, and question various explicit and implicit normative assumptions.

Research Areas

The Project entails three research areas, which are interlinked by a common methodological-reflective framework.

  • Rights over bodies and bodily substances
  • Descent and family
  • The Scope and limits of reproductive autonomy