University Professor

Anthonie Meijers

Technical objects are also material things with social functions. I think it is essential that engineers understand this, too.

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Philosophy & Ethics
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Research Profile

Anthonie Meijers is professor of philosophy and ethics of technology. He is Distinguished University Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and vice-dean of the Faculty Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences. His research interests include: the theory of artifacts, the epistemology of engineering, ethics of technology (specifically behavior change technologies), speech act theory, and the theory of collective action and collective intentionality. According to Antonie, there will the typical engineer with exclusively technically skills will be outdated in the future. Engineers that can also understand the broader social and philosophical implications of their actions are required.

Academic Background

Anthonie Meijers studied mechanical engineering in Delft 1978 and philosophy in (Utrecht 1987 and received his PhD in philosophy from Leiden University. His dissertation was on the foundation of Searle's theory of speech acts in his theory of mind, for which he carried out extensive research at the University of California, Berkeley. Anthonie is also a member of the management team of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, a member of the Humanities Board at NWO, and chair of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy. He is co-founder and editor in chief of Philosophical Explorations, an international journal for the philosophy of mind and action. He is also editor in chief of the landmark handbook Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences, published by Elsevier.

Educational Activities

  • Studium Generale activities

Ancillary Activities

  • Lid gebiedsbestuur geesteswetenschappen, NWO
  • Voorzitter Bestuur, Onderzoekschool Wijsbegeerte