The senate at the University of Freiburg has agreed to establish a Heisenberg professorship that the German Research Foundation (DFG) had previously approved for private lecturer Dr. Oliver Müller. The DFG funding is limited to five years with a potential extension to a tenured professorship in the Department of Philosophy in the event of a positive interim evaluation. Müller will further develop the department’s profile in research and teaching with two new emphases: the philosophy of technology and philosophical anthropology.
Based on the research work done at BrainLinks-BrainTools, Müller will give particular attention to the question of how the rise and progress of modern technology have impacted individuals and societies as well as their understanding of reality and nature. Central research objectives include the examination of different ways to interpret our modern technological world as well as analyzing the possibilities and limits of the critique of technology. Among other things, Müller will analyze current forms of mechanization in areas such as biotechnology, medical technology and neurotechnology along with interactions between man and machine and robotics from an ethical perspective. His projects HPA and Reaching Out reflect this perspective in the context of BrainLinks-BrainTools.