Science, education, advice and consultancy

The main goal of the Centre is to establish a regional network of specialists dedicated to research and popularization of bioethics in its broader understanding, including medical ethics, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, global ethics, philosophy of technology and technology assessment.

The centre for bioethics at UCM (UCM CB)

The Centre for Bioethics at UCM (UCM CB) was established by Professor Peter Sýkora in 2008 as the first centre of its kind in Slovakia. It is based at the Department of Philosophy and Applied Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts, University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia.

UCM CB focuses on the systematic analysis of the impact of emerging technologies on society and individuals. It is our understanding, that the dynamic development in biology, medicine, and information technology represent unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the reevaluation in the discourse on ethics, legislation and social policy.

News and media

News

August 4, 2021

Multidimensional Character of Trans- And Post- Humanism / Conference Invitation

We cordially invite you to our scientific symposium on transhumanism and posthumanism which will be held at Smolenice Castle on 23. - 26. 8. 2021.

July 27, 2021

Ethical issues of assisted reproduction / TV interview

Prof. Sykora was a host of the TA3 television panel discussion about ethical issues of assisted reproduction.

July 4, 2021

Against the Absurd Idea of Liberty as Freedom to Be Infected and to Infect Others with COVID

Interview with prof. P. Sýkora in the Slovak newspaper Pravda about the supposed conflict between individual rights and public health policy of Covid-19 vaccination.

June 30, 2021

UCM CB Special Issue Out Now: Posthuman Topics in Literature and Other Arts / World Literature Studies

UCM CB is pleased to announce that the new special issue of World Literature Studies dedicated to Posthuman Topics in Literature and Other Arts is out now and freely accessible via the publisher website.

June 1, 2021

Invitation: Sci-Fi PhIlosophy: Posthumanism in Sci-Fi literature 8.6.2021

UCM CB invites you to join the live presentation of our new monothematic issue of World Literature Studies, which is dedicated to posthumanism and transhumanism in Sci-Fi literature.

February 23, 2021

Seniors Must Be Given Priority - Critique of the Current Revison of the Slovak COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Commentary of prof. P. Sýkora for the Slovak newspaper SME about the inconsistency of the current revision of the Slovak Covid-19 vaccination plan.

Video

From Messianic Diaspora to Biomedia Avatars. New Traits of Eastern- European Reception of the East: From 18th to 21st Century

Mgr. Bogumiła Suwara, PhD.; Mariusz Pisarski, PhD.

Sci-Fi Philosophy: The Problem of Extinction

Mgr. Pavlína Bakošová / Malý Berlín, Trnava

Sci-Fi Philosophy: Sci-Fi Democracy - The Government of Overhumans?

PhDr. Jozef Lenč, PhD. / Malý Berlín, Trnava

Team

On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness

Comminity and awards

UCM CB for the community

The sci-fi genre predicted some scenarios that we are currently facing, yet the future is different than what we have ever dreamed of. We were supposed to establish a new society on Mars, but instead are addicted to social media. Maybe the 21st. century will be different than the dream, because humanity is trying to push its limits without a clear vision. We could try to overcome the limitations of our species by developing new forms of (un)natural selection based on intelligent choice, but whose choice will it be and for what intelligence will we decide?
Sci-fi Philosophy: Series of public lectures

Awards and achievements

The Slovak Research and Development Agency (SRDA) under the custody of Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic issued a new report Excellence in Science which awards the implementation and work results of the best Slovak experts in various fields of science. It is our honour to announce that the project of the UCM CB APVV-0379-12 Analysis of the philosophical and ethical dimensions of NBIC technologies concerning human enhancement was evaluated among the best projects in the field of Humanities.

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