Elisabeth Hildt

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

After having completed her studies in biochemistry, Elisabeth Hildt became a fellow of the post-graduate program Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen, where she did her doctorate writing a thesis on personal identity issues in neural grafting. Afterwards, she was the scientific coordinator of the interdisciplinary project European Network for Biomedical Ethics. After several years of post-doctoral experience at the University of Munich she was an assistant professor at the Chair for Ethics in the Life Sciences at the University of Tübingen. From 2008 to summer 2014, Elisabeth Hildt was the head of the Research Group on Neuroethics/Neurophilosophy at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Mainz.


Habilitation, University of Tübingen (2005)
Ph.D., University of Tübingen (1995)
Diploma Biochemistry, University of Tübingen (1992)

Research Interests


Philosophical and ethical issues in neuroscience

Ethical and social implications of technology

Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Research ethics


Leefmann, J., Levallois, C., Hildt, E.: "Neuroethics 1995-2012. A Bibliometric Analysis of the Guiding Themes of an Emerging Research Field,"Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:336, 2016.

Hildt, E.: "Human germline interventions—think first," Frontiers in Genetics 7:81, 2016.

Hildt, E.: "What will this do to me and my brain? Ethical issues in brain-to-brain interfacing,"Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Vol. 9 Art. 17, 2015.

Hildt, E., Lieb, K., Bagusat, C., Franke, A.G.: "Reflections on Addiction in Students Using Stimulants for Neuroenhancement—A Preliminary Interview Study", BioMed Research International, Article ID 621075, 2015.

Grübler, G., Hildt, E. (eds): Brain-Computer Interfaces in their Ethical, Social and Cultural Contexts, Springer: Dordrecht, 2014.

Hildt, E.: "On the current neuroenhancement use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) by healthy individuals—a non-fictional snap-shot: commentary on Lapenta et al. 2014”, Psychology & Neuroscience 7(2): 181-182, 2014.

Hildt, E., Lieb, K., Franke, A.G.: "Life context of pharmacological academic performance enhancement among university students—a qualitative approach", BMC Medical Ethics 15, 2014, 23.

Grübler, G., Al-Khodairy, A., Leeb, R., Pisotta, I., Riccio, A., Rohm, M., Hildt, E.: "Psychosocial and ethical aspects in non-invasive EEG based BCI research—A survey among BCI users and BCI professionals", Neuroethics 7(1), 2014, 29-41.

Hildt, E., Franke, A.G. (eds): Cognitive Enhancement. An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Springer: Dordrecht, 2013.

Franke, A.G., Lieb, K., Hildt, E.: "What users think about the differences between caffeine and illicit/prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement", PLoS ONE 7(6), 2012, e40047.

Fischmann, T., Hildt, E. (eds): Ethical Dilemmas in Prenatal Diagnosis, Springer: Dordrecht, 2011.

Metzinger, T., Hildt, E: "Cognitive Enhancement", in Illes, J., Sahakian, B.J. (eds): TheOxford Handbook of Neuroethics, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011, 245-264.

Hildt, E.: "Brain-Computer Interaction and Medical Access to the Brain: Individual, Social and Ethical Implications", Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology 4(3), 2010.

Hildt, E.: "Predictive genetic testing, autonomy and responsibility for future health", Medicine Studies 1(2), 2009, 143-153.

Hildt, E.: "Ethical challenges in cell-based interventions for neurological conditions: Some lessons to be learnt from clinical transplantation trials in patients with Parkinson's disease", American Journal of Bioethics 9(5), 2009, 37-38.

Hildt, E.: "Living longer: age retardation and autonomy", Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12(2), 2009, 179-185.

Hildt, E.: Autonomie in der biomedizinischen Ethik. Genetische Diagnostik und selbstbestimmte Lebensgestaltung, Campus: Frankfurt/M., 2006. (Habilitation thesis)

Hildt, E.: Hirngewebetransplantation und personale Identität, Duncker & Humblot: Berlin, 1996. (Ph.D. thesis)


Knowledge transfer between science and society: pharmacological neuroenhancement

Neuroethics: On the interplay between neuroscience and ethics

A bottom-up approach to building a culture of responsible research and practice in STEM