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Department of Practical Ethics and History of Ethics

Head of the Department

prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Galewicz mail - w.galewicz<- @ ->


dr hab. Olga Dryla prof. UJ mail - o.dryla<- @ ->

dr hab. Tomasz Żuradzki prof. UJ mail - t.zuradzki<- @ ->

dr Piotr Grzegorz Nowak mail - nowak.piotr.grzegorz<- @ ->

Ph.D Students

dr Wojciech Ciszewski mail - wojciech.ciszewski<- @ ->

Current projects

The members of the Department of Professional Ethics address key normative questions considered both in classical and recent (especially analytic) ethical theories. One of the main subjects of this research is the application of general ethical theories in the area of professional ethics, in particular medical ethics and bioethics.

The Department is currently involved in the following research projects:

Concepts of death – Research project no. 2020/39/D/HS1/02907 funded by National Science Centre (Poland); 16 June 2021 – 15 June 2024; principal investigator: dr. Piotr Grzegorz Nowak.

Deep uncertainties in bioethics: genetic research, preventive medicine, reproductive decisions (BIOUNCERTAINTY) – A research project no. 805498 funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant); 1 February 2019 – 31 January 2024, leader/principal investigator: Dr Tomasz Żuradzki.


Ethics, history, medicine: publishing English-language issues of an editorial project funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the National Programme for the Development of Humanities, the programme “Umiędzynarodowienie 3.b.” in the years  2016-2021, no. 0177/NPRH4/H3b/83/2016; Principal Investigator: Dr. Tomasz Żuradzki. The project is expected to result in the publication of five international special issues of Diametros.

Finished projects

Justice in Healthcare – a research project funded by the National Science Centre within the programme “Maestro”, no. 2013/08/A/HS1/00079; duration period: 28.08.2013 – 27.03.2019; Principal Investigator: Prof. Włodzimierz Galewicz; members of the Department collaborating in the project: Dr. Maja Białek, Dr. Olga Dryla, Dr. Aleksandra Głos, Katarzyna Marchewka and Dr. Piotr Grzegorz Nowak.

Statistical victims, normative uncertainty, blind chance: ethics and decisions making under risk or uncertainty – A research project no. 2015/17/B/HS1/02279 funded by the National Science Centre in Poland (Opus 9); 1 February 2016 – 31 January 2020; leader / principal investigator: Dr Tomasz Żuradzki.

The experimental philosophy lab: the normative implications of the identifiable victim effect – a research project funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the National Programme for the Development of Humanities, the programme “Development 2.b.” in the years 2016 – 20, no. 2015/17/B/HS1/02279; Principal Investigator: Dr. Tomasz Żuradzki; main research collaborators: Prof. Małgorzata Kossowska and Prof. Wojciech Załuski.

"The moral philosophy of Thomas Aquinas and its role for Polish culture" – A research project funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the National Programme for the Development of Humanities (no. 11H 11 002480); February 2012 – January 2017; principal investigator: Prof. Włodzimierz Galewicz.

Institutions related to the activities of the Department of Research on Professional Ethics

Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University was established by the ordinance of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University of February 27, 2007. According to the regulations, its basic task "is to initiate, organize and coordinate various forms of scientific and didactic activity in the field of applied and professional ethics, in particular bioethics and business ethics." Although formally the Center is an organizational unit in the structure of the Faculty of Philosophy, the subject matter and personnel is an inter-faculty initiative, which is already reflected in the fact that the academic board is composed of the representatives of several different faculties of the Jagiellonian University.

Diametros - An Online Journal of Philosophy - (ISSN 1733-5566) was launched in autumn 2004. Prof. Włodzimierz Galewicz is the editor-in-chief of Diametros.

Philosophy in Practice - a popular science journal (published in Polish) established in 2015 thanks to the grant from the Foundation for the Polish Science (programme eNgage funded by the European Union); editor-in-chief: Dr Tomasz Żuradzki. In 2016-17 Philosophy in Practice was financed by PZU Foundation; in 2016-2018 by the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (National Programme for the Development of the Humanities).