Boundaries of bio-discourse

The philosophical analysis concerning deletion of borders in contemprorary bio-discourse

Project name: VEGA 1/0563/18 The Philosophical Analysis Concerning Deletion of Borders in Contemporary Bio-Discourse

Agency: Scientific Grant Agency VEGA of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Character of research: Basic research

Department of science and technology: Historical sciences and social sciences (philosophy, sociology, political science, theology)

Time period of the project: 2018-2021

Amount of funds acquired: 8.573 € (in year 2018)

Research institution: Department of philosophy and applied philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (investigator), Institute of World Literature SAS (co-investigator)

Principal investigator: Mgr. Jana Tomašovičová, PhD. (FF UCM)

Project deputies: prof. RNDr. Peter Sýkora, PhD. (FF UCM); Mgr. Bogumiła Suwara, PhD. (ÚSL SAV)

Investigators (researches): Mgr. Tomáš Čana (FF UCM), PhD.; Mgr. Juraj Odorčák, PhD. (FF UCM); Mgr. Andrej Rozemberg, PhD. (FF UCM); PhD.; Mgr. Mária Halašková; Mgr. Milan Petkanič, PhD. (FF TRUNI); Mgr. Katarína Ihringová, PhD. (FF TRUNI); Mgr. Pavlína Bakošová (FF UCM); Mgr. Peter Takáč (FF UCM)


The dynamic development in modern bio-sciences regarding genetic modifications, human enhancement, and systematic creation of new forms of life brought various changes and far-reaching transformations of boundaries in current bio-discourse. The most distinctive phenomena of these challenges are vivid in the transgression of contemporary identification criteria, assessment standards and long-lasting interpretation frameworks. This multipurpose convergence analytically and potentially systematically exceeds the classical limits of different scientific fields and approaches. Therefore, we believe that these new challenges and discursive reconstructions require the close attention of multidisciplinary array of contemporary humanities

Main objectives

The main goal of the project is to consistently react to the current transformative and potentially disruptive research and:

  • Analyze the shift in boundaries from three different perspectives: ontological, epistemological, and ethical.
  • Identify new criteria for relevant evaluation of contemporary bioethical data.
  • Examine conditions of (temporary) coexistence of old and newly-established evaluation criteria for modern bio-discourse.

Publications and activities

Modern Bio-Discourse and Blurring Borders (B.o.A.) / Jana Tomašovičová, Juraj Odorčák, J. (eds.): Trnava: University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava Press. ISBN 978-80-572-0086-4.

Scientific Communication in Mediatized World. The Visual Interfaces of Science and Theology / Suwara, B., Adamski, A. In: European Journal of Science and Theology, Vol. 16, No. 3, (2020), pp. 79-93.

Perzistencia a identita osoby = Persistence and personal identity / Odorčák, J. In: Ostium, Vol. 16, No. 1. (2020).

Remediation: Crossing Discursive Boundaries. Central European Perspective. / Suwara, B., Pisarski, M. (eds.) Berlin: Peter Lang Verlag, Bratislava: Veda. (2019) ISBN 978-3-631-79504-0. ISBN 978-80-224-1758-7.

O metajazykovom odmietnutí zlomyseľného klamára = On Metalinguistic Rejection of the Evil Geniu. / Čana, T. In: Filozofia, Vol. 74, No. 4, (2019) p. 291-307.

O človeku, myslení a technike. Štúdie k dielu Martina Heideggera About man, mind and technology. Studies on the work of Martin Heidegger / Tomašovičová, J. Trnava: Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave. (2019) 148 p. ISBN 978-80-572-0018-5.

Problém autonómie a zodpovednosti v kontexte moderných neurotechnológií = The problem of autonomy and responsibility in the context of modern neurotechnologies. / Tomašovičová, J. In: Smreková, D. (ed.): Podoby zodpovednosti: filozofické reflexie o aktuálnych spoločenských problémoch. Bratislava: Iris, p. 137-163. (2018) ISBN 978-80-8200-030-9.

Nové formy života? Filozofické reflexie syntetickej biológie = New Forms of Life? Philosophical Reflections on Synthetic Biology. / Tomašovičová, J. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 6, p. 437-448. (2018) ISSN 0046-385X.

Neuroadministratívné zariadenia a autonómia subjektu = Neuro Administrative Devices and Personal Autonomy. / Odorčák, J. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 6, p. 449-457. (2018) ISSN 0046-385X.

Moderný návrat k Aristotelovi: hylomorfné verzus historické esencie = Modern Return to Aristotle: Hylomorphic versus Historical Essences. / Sýkora, P. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 6, (2018). p. 425-436.

Pamäť, rekognícia a osobná identita v klasickej indickej filozofii = Memory, Recognition and Personal Identity in Classical Indian Philosophy. / Rozember, A. In: Filozofia Vol. 73 No. 3, (2018). p. 224-234.

Ku Kymlickovým východiskám liberálnej koncepcie menšinových práv = The Basis of Will Kymlicka's Liberal Conception of Minority Rights / Labuda, L. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 7, (2018) p. 555-565.

Dummett o kruhovosti pri argumentovaní = Dummett on the Circularity in the Argumentation. / Čana, T. In: Filozofia, Vol. 73, No. 6, (2018) p. 469-480.

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