University Professor

Anthonie Meijers

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

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Research Profile

Anthonie Meijers is professor of philosophy and ethics of technology. 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. He is one of the intellectual fathers of the so-called dual nature theory of technical artefacts. He has also been a driving force behind the empirical turn in the philosophy of technology. He has been involved in research programs on topics such as persuasive technology & social values, cognitive artefacts and the extended mind, the nature of engineering knowledge, the quantified self, and behavioural change technologies. Anthonie has been the author of the TU/e long-term educational vision Engineers for the Future (2013, with Perry den Brok).  

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. He is Distinguished University Professor at Eindhoven and vice-dean of the Faculty of Industrial Emngineering and Innovation Sciences. He is also scientific director of the 4TU.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 has been the editor in chief of the landmark handbook Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences, published by Elsevier.

Educational Activities

  • Studium Generale activities

Ancillary Activities

  • Scientific Director, 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology
  • Lid gebiedsbestuur geesteswetenschappen, NWO
  • Voorzitter Bestuur, Onderzoekschool Wijsbegeerte