Fellow Prof. Dr. Susanne Hahn

Prof. Dr. Susanne Hahn

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

  Fellow at CAIS from March to September 2019


Responsibility in Times of Artificial Intelligence

The ascription of responsibility for harm has already undergone significant changes with the use of technology. Nowadays, the established attribution of responsibility is again challenged by the use of “artificial intelligence” in life-threatening situations. If tumors are not detected in time or patients are not sent for preventive cardiovascular examinations early on, with the participation of algorithms, then persons are harmed and it is not clear who is to blame.
A public discussion about promoting or limiting the use of artificial intelligence in life-threatening situations requires a comparison of opportunities and risks. This presupposes to know which types of machine learning function how and what consequences this has for the areas of action in question. Only then can judgments be made about their (non-)acceptability, taking into account normative and pragmatic aspects.
The project aims at an analysis and transparent account of this problem, using medical diagnostics as an example. Essential components are:

  • the explication of the concept of responsibility
  • the distinction between different types of machine learning with regard to the challenge of ascribing responsibility
  • possible changes in the ascription of responsibility in the light of the challenges identified
Main Research Topics
  • Normativity
  • Rationality
  • Methodology in Philosophy
  • Business Ethics
  • Digitalization
Curriculum Vitae
  • 1984 to 1992 Studies of history, philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Essen, Germany
  • 1998: Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) at the University of Essen; title of dissertation: “Überlegungsgleichgewicht(e) – Prüfung einer Rechtfertigungsmetapher” (“Reflective equilibrium – Analysis of a metaphor of justification”)
  • 2008 Habilitation at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (venia legendi: Philosophy); Habilitation thesis: “Rationality – A Mapping”.
  • 2015: Appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
  • Professorial positions and teaching assignments at the Universities of Duisburg, Bochum, Dortmund and Düsseldorf and at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  • 2017 German Prize for Philosophy and Social Ethics awarded by the Max Uwe Redler Foundation
Publications and presentations
  • Scenarios of digital challenges. Responsibility, guidance and care (Annual Meeting of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine: “Medizin 4.0 – Ethik im digitalen Gesundheitswesen”, 14.9.2018)
  • Digitalisation in the Perspective of Freedom and Regulation (Colloquia of the art project “Freedom 2.0” – What does BIG DATA have to do with freedom? – conceived by Florian Mehnert, Organizer: Stadtpalais Stuttgart and State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Baden-Württemberg, 24.06.2018)
  • Dealing with digital technologies as self-determined action? (Main contribution to the session: The analog human being in complex digital worlds – remaining self-determined and capable of action, BMBF conference “Integrated Research”, 29.05.2018)
  • Digitalisation from the perspective of participation, education and judgment (University of Education St. Gallen, 07.05.2018)
  • Truth – >Bullshit< – Lie. Philosophical Orientation in Dealing with Fake News (Rothenfels Easter Conference “Truth”, 28.03.2018)
Visiting Fellows
Svenja WiertzInternationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW), Universität Tübingen
Svenja Wiertz
Research focus
  • Persönliche Beziehungen, insbesondere Freundschaft.
  • Auswirkungen von Digitalisierung auf persönliche Beziehungen.
  • Ethische Fragen zum Einsatz von Robotern in der Pflege.
Curriculum Vitae
  • 2013-2018 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Philosophie an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.
  • Seit November 2018 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Internationalen Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW) der Universität Tübingen.
  • März 2019: Abschluss der Promotion zum Thema Freundschaft in Düsseldorf.
Dr. phil. Friedrich ReinmuthUniversität Greifswald
Dr. Friedrich Reinmuth
Research focus
  • Argumentationstheorie und Logik (Anwendung der Logik, natürliches Schließen, prozedurale Modelle des Argumentierens)
  • Hermeneutik (Theorie der Interpretation)
  • Sprachphilosophie (Sprechakttheorie, handlungs- und regelbasierte Sprach- und Bedeutungstheorien)
Curriculum Vitae
  • 2009 – 2018  wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Philosophie an der Universität Greifswald
  • 2014 Promotion zum Dr. phil. an der Universität Greifswald mit einer Arbeit zur logischen Rekonstruktion
  • 2018 – 2019 Vertretung der Professur für Theoretische Philosophie an der Universität Greifswald