Paweł Łuków

Director of the Center for Bioethics & Biolaw

Professor, Ethics Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw


Research interests: 

  • normative ethics and contemporary Kantian thought with special interest in autonomy and the problems of justification of moral norms
  • clinical ethics, in particular issues of patient informed consent to medical intervention and the ethical foundations of legal regulation in this sphere
  • ethics of transplantation; the problems of relation between a person and their body and the scope of the individual’s right to disposal of their own body
  • bioethical discourse in democratic society and its axiological foundations
  • ethics instruction in medical professions


    In progress:



  • Zrozumieć śmierć człowieka (Warszawa, ed. 2015)
  • Etyka medyczna z elementami filozofii  (Warszawa, 2014; with T. Pasierski)
  • Moralność medycyny. O sztuce dobrego życia i o sztuce leczenia  (Warszawa, 2012)
  • Granice zgody: autonomia zasad i dobro pacjenta (Warszawa, 2005)
  • Wolność i autorytet rozumu. Racjonalność w filozofii moralnej Kanta  (Warszawa, 1997)



  • professor (state degree) (2014)
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh, UK (2009)
  • doctor habilitated (2006)
  • The Rockefeller Foundation residency at Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy (2001)
  • The Fulbright Program, research visit at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (1999-2000)
  • Cambridge Hospitality Scheme, Newnham College, Cambridge University, UK (1997)
  • doctor of humanities in philosophy (PhD) (1994)
  • University of Notre Dame, doctoral research visit at the University of Notre Dame, USA (1992-93)
  • The British Council academic visit, University of Essex, UK (1990-91)
  • master of arts in philosophy (MA) (1987)