Courses offered by Philosophy and Ethics focus primarily on philosophical problems raised by science and technology. Students become acquainted with fundamental philosophical theories that help us to evaluate science and technology. They also develop a critical and argumentative stance towards science and technology and the meaning and value of specific scientific and technological developments. An important theme in these courses is the nature and development of technological and scientific knowledge. We ask what differentiates scientific from technological knowledge, how technological innovation works, and how scientific discoveries change our worldview.
Our courses aim to give students powerful theoretical tools for the critical examination of their own areas of study, and a knowledge of the state of the art of philosophical thinking on technology- and science-related topics. In addition, students develop research and critical thinking skills useful for other areas of study.
The section of Philosophy and Ethics also contributes to the USE component of education in the Bachelors School. “USE” stands for “User, Society, and Enterprise.” In these courses, which are a required part of undergraduate education at TU Eindhoven, students learn about the contextual factors that lead to the success or failure of new technologies. These include technologies’ ethical aspects, their unexpected impacts on users, and potential risks and uncertainties they may pose to society.
Much of the relevant information about our educational offerings can be found at the following links:
• Brabant Robot Challenge