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Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Dallmann

Professorship of Theology and Ethics

Dean Department of Social and Health Services (FB IV)

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Teaching areas

  • Ethics
  • Foundations of Social Science
  • Philosophy of Science

Research focus

  • Ethics of helping professions
  • Systems theory approaches
  • Migration

Professional career

1984Studies of Protestant Theology at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt and the Philipps-University Marburg, graduation with the First Theological Examination
1987Doctoral studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and work as a repetent at the Theologischen Konvikt at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University Frankfurt
1988Doctorate in theology at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg
1989Vicariate in Frankfurt-Eschersheim and completion of the second phase of training by the Second Theological Examination of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau
1994Pastor in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen
1997DFG scholarship for a habilitation project
since 1997Professorship for theology and ethics at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen
2001Venia Legendi granted by the Faculty of Theology of the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg
2008 - 2019Vice President for University Development at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen
since 2021Dean of the Department of Social and Health Services (FB IV)


  • Since 2004 Member for the EKD in the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG)
  • Member of the Ethics Working Group of the German Society for Social Work (DGSA)
  • Member of the editorial board of "Ethik und Gesellschaft. Ecumenical Journal for Social Ethics"


  • (1992): The Contingency Problem in Niklas Luhmann's View of Religion, Church and Community, TFESG, Series B, No. 14. Heidelberg (FEST).
  • (1994): Niklas Luhmann's systems theory and its theological reception, Stuttgart (Kohlhammer).
  • (2002): The right to be different. A socio-ethical study on inclusion and exclusion in the context of migration, Gütersloh (Gütersloher), (Public Theology 13).
  • (2013) (together with Fritz Rüdiger Volz): Ethik in der Sozialen Arbeit, Schwalbach im Taunus (Wochenschau Verlag), (Grundlagen Sozialer Arbeit).
  • (2016) (together with Andrea Schiff): Ethical Orientation in Nursing, Frankfurt (Mabuse).
  • (2021) (together with Andrea Schiff): Ethics in nursing. Munich (Reinhardt - utb).

Essays since 2009 (selection)

  • (2009a): Reactions of nursing to biomedical progress. The Function of the Talk of Holism for the Positioning of Nursing, in: Susanne Dungs, Uwe Gerber, Eric Mührel (eds.) - Biotechnology in the Context of the Social and Health Professions. Professionelle Praxen - Disziplinäre Nachbarschaften - Gesellschaftliche Leitbilder, Frankfurt u. a. (Peter Lang), 233-252.
  • (2009b): A Virtue Ethical Approach to the Concept and Pedagogy of Competencies, in Ethics and Society 3/2009, H. 1 (http://www.ethik-und-gesellschaft.de/mm/EuG-1-2009_Dallmann.pdf), 51 pp.
  • (2010): Vom Nutzen und Nachteil der Systemtheorie Niklas Luhmanns für die Soziale Arbeit, in: Wolfgang Krieger (ed.) - Systemische Impulse. Theory approaches, new concepts and fields of application of systemic social work, Stuttgart (ibidem), 71-93.
  • (2011): Vom Umgang mit Knappheit: ethische Perspektiven auf die Priorisierung im Gesundheitswesen, in: Ethics and Society 5/2011, H. 1 (http://www.ethik-und-gesellschaft.de/mm/EuG-1-2011_Dallmann.pdf), 37 pp.
  • (2012): Caring siege. Ethical dilemmas of screening and early intervention exemplified by the adolescent life stage, in: Social Magazine 37/2012, H. 4, 42-54.
  • (2013a): Between religionlessness and fundamentalism. Funktion und Transformation der Religion im Anschluss an Niklas Luhmann, in: Ansgar Kreutzer, Franz Gruber (eds.) - Im Dialog. Systematic Theology and Sociology of Religion, Freiburg (Herder), 97-124.
  • (2013b): Migration and the Limits of Nation-State Sovereignty, in Ethics and Society 7/2013, H. 2 (http://www.ethik-und-gesellschaft.de/mm/EuG-2-2013_ Dallmann.pdf), 22 pp.
  • (2015): What Inclusion and Exclusion Have to Do with Poverty - and What Not, in: Ellen Bareis, Thomas Wagner (eds.) - Politics with Poverty. European social policy and welfare production "from below", Münster (Westfälisches Dampfboot), 98-113.
  • (2016a): Ethics of the Gift, in: Fundraising Akademie (ed.) - Fundraising. Handbook of Principles, Strategies and Methods, Wiesbaden (Springer Gabler), 185-203.
  • (2016b) (together with Andrea Schiff): Conditions of good nursing. Current developments in the academization of nursing and in nursing practice, in: Jahrbuch für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften 57/2016, 171-197. (2017a): The healthy sick person - ethical perspectives on the hospital system, in: Renate Stemmer, Ruth Remmel-Faßbender, Martin Schmid, Reinhold Wolke (eds.): Shaping task distribution and care management in hospitals - learning from successful practice, Heidelberg (Medhochzwei), 93-109.
  • (2017a) (together with Andrea Schiff): Ich kenn' mich nicht mehr aus! Ethical orientation and professional identity; in: PADUA 12/2017, H. 1, 7-12.
  • (2017): The limits of morality. Critique of the critique of ethics and morality - at the same time an attempt to introduce a theological theoretical element into the debate; in: Wolfgang Krieger, Sebastian Sierra Barra (eds.) - Systemisch - kritisch? Zur Kritischen Systemtheorie und zur systemisch-kritischen Praxis der Sozialen Arbeit, Stuttgart (ibidem), 237-256.
  • (2018b): Taking oneself and one's profession seriously - Ethics as a process of self-understanding, in: Arnd Götzelmann (ed.) - Zweieinhalb Jubiläen. The Department of Social and Health Services at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen am Rhein and its history since 1948, Norderstedt (Books on Demand), 428-440.
  • (2019): Borders, Fences, Walls, Territories, Nation and the Right to Migrate - A Borderline Syndrome, in Christine Resch, Thomas Wagner (eds.) - Migration as Social Practice. Struggles for Autonomy and Repressive Experiences, Münster (Westfälisches Dampfboot), 36-55.
  • (2020a) (with Andrea Schiff): Just a little nudge? Nudging as a strategy for better health. In: Mabuse 45/2020 (no. 248), 35-37.
  • (2020b) (co-author with Andreas W. Gold and Clara Römer): University Continuing Education as a Meaningful Component of the Academization of Nursing - A Critical Plea. In: Nursing & Society 25/2020, 350-357.
  • (2022a) (together with Andrea Schiff): Not being able or not wanting - Ethical aspects of mobility. In: Bianca Berger, Fabian Graeb, Gundula Essig, Petra Reiber, Reinhold Wolke (eds.): Promotion and Maintenance of Mobility in the Care of Older People. Recommendations for practice, Stuttgart (Kohlhammer), 352-365.
  • (2022b), "You don't let people drown. Period." - Public action and public theology in the migration debate. In Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Peter Bubmann, Hans-Ulrich Dallmann, Torsten Meireis (eds.): Critical Public Theology. Wolfgang Huber on his 80th birthday, Leipzig (EVA), 217-225.
  • (2023): Deception and lies in ethical perspective. In: Journal of Protestant Ethics 67/2023, 102-117.