Reification workshop, Oslo 4th July 2017

Georg Morgenstiernes Hus, Blindernveien 31, 0371, Oslo.

This interdisciplinary workshop will work towards the development of a recognition/reification based approach to the ethical treatment of animals and humans as research subjects and as patients, in contexts where the individual lacks capacity. Our starting point is the work of Axel Honneth. Honneth questions why – especially in bioethics – the concepts of reification and recognition are poorly integrated in practical approaches to ethical projects. This workshop takes up that challenge. The project’s primary outcome will be a practical account of reification and recognition which will support clinicians and researchers in their engagement with non-capacitous individuals. The research will therefore benefit practitioners and those without capacity, as well as society more broadly. Ensuring access to responsive healthcare grounded in a research base for those who cannot consent, contributes to a more just and inclusive society.

There is a brief exerpt of Honneth’s work here: honneth_exerpt. Please read this in advance of the workshop.

And a link to his full paper on reification here: Honneth_2006. We don’t require people to read this, but thought it would be good to have it available.


Please send an abstract in advance, to if you have not already done so.

Practical lnformation

Conference hotel:

Anna Smajdor’s contact details: +47 455 03 053;