dr. W.N. (Wybo) Houkes - Expertise

Houkes, dr. W.N.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Chair :
Philosophy of Science and Technology
Department :
Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
Section :
Philosophy & Ethics
Positioncategory :
Associate Professor (UHD)
Position :
Associate Professor
Room :
IPO 1.10
Tel :
+31 40-247 5943
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Wybo Houkes (1971) is associate professor in the philosophy of science and technology and chair of the Philosophy & Ethics group at TU/e. He studied theoretical physics (Amsterdam, 1995) and philosophy (Leiden, 1996) and received his PhD in philosophy at Leiden University (2000). He was one of the principal researchers in the NWO research program "The Dual Nature of Technical Artefacts" (Delft, 2000-2004) and joined Eindhoven's philosophy group in 2001. He was associate editor of "The ontology and epistemology of artefacts" in the Handbook of Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (Elsevier; editor: Anthonie W.M. Meijers). His NWO-Vidi project "Darwinism in the Man-Made World" (2008-2013) focused on evolutionary approaches to technology, in disciplines as diverse as archaeology, organization studies, and electrical engineering.

His research interests include: philosophy of technical artefacts, theories of cultural evolution, the philosophy of scientific modelling, analyses of technological knowledge, and applications of evolutionary theory to technology.