Philosophical perspectives on technology and innovation
Research at the Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) group connects philosophy and ethics to technology and innovation. We believe the design, use, and regulation of technologies is enriched by ethical and philosophical analysis. In turn, philosophy must be informed by science, innovation, and technological developments. A few of the research topics studied in the group include theories and models of technological and cultural evolution, and ethical assessment of persuasive technologies, social robotics, and advances in medical and mobility technologies. Interdisciplinary cooperation is vital for our research, which often involves direct engagement with the natural, engineering and social sciences. Researchers in the P&E group often study innovative technologies and technology-related problems in detail to enable genuinely empirically informed analyses that are meaningful to philosophers, researchers in other areas, and society. For this purpose, the group has established close interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers from other groups in the TU/e School of Innovation Sciences, as well as with mechanical engineers, climate scientists, and archaeologists, among others.Read more
Some of our research projects
The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Modelling Humanitarian Logistics
The research strives for sustainable humanitarian logistics, which has the bjective to assure a standard of living adequate for the health...
Working with or against the machine? Optimizing human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses
Robots have entered our workplaces, and are there to stay! However, the fear that robotization will strip all motivating aspects of jobs or...
Darwinizing culture: The status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science
The last couple of decades has witnessed a surge of attempts to Darwinize the cultural sciences.
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Attributing agency to automated systemsScience and Engineering Ethics (2018)
Pettit on love and its value: a critical assessmentMoral Philosophy and Politics (2018)
"The first generation to end poverty and the last to save the planet?"-Western individualism, human rights and the value of nature in the ethics of global sustainable developmentSustainability (2018)
Societal and ethical issues of digitizationEthics and Information Technology (2018)
Teaching & learning guide for the ethics of crashes with self-driving cars: a roadmap, I-IIPhilosophy Compass (2018)