Dieter Birnbacher is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. His research focuses on ethical and anthropological issues in medicine, both fundamental and applied; the ethical problems arising from the tension between transhumanism and bioconservatism; anthropology and neurophilosophy; and the thought of Schopenhauer. He is President of the German Society for Dying with Dignity (DGHS), Vice President of the Schopenhauer Society, and serves on the Central Ethics Committee of the German Medical Association and the editorial board of the journal Ethik in der Medizin. Among his latest books are Klimaethik: Nach uns die Sintflut? (Climate Ethics: After Us, the Flood?) and Tod (Death).