Research Program

The research and training program of the graduate college aims at establishing mutually shared methodological pathways to topics in life sciences and life writing related to boundary experiences of human life. The graduate college proceeds from the hypothesis that in their explanations of boundary experiences of human life, life sciences and biomedicine on the one hand and the humanities and cultural sciences on the other hand approach the same subject of man in his life-world from different angles. If we assume that life sciences and life writing can each be understood as a specific set of narrative practices, in which the significance of explanations and models depend to a large degree on the ways in which empirical data, explanations, and experiences are narrativized, what emerges then is an approach for establishing common methodological perspectives on man in his life-world.


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