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Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Philosophy and Ethics (P&E) Group conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, technology, and innovation

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Philosophical perspectives on technology and innovation

Organisational profile

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.

At the same time, we also view fundamental philosophical research as an essential part of what we do. Our research on technology-related problems and technological innovations requires going beyond the application of existing frameworks. Members of the group have proposed substantial changes to existing philosophical theories such as consequentialism, Kantian ethics, responsible innovation frameworks, and the extended-mind hypothesis. Members have also developed entirely new philosophical frameworks, such as the ethical design cycle and theories of technical functions and of engineering knowledge. Moreover, we work on fundamental critical assessments of technology-related research in various sciences, and of programs in engineering disciplines.

The group’s expertise covers a variety of philosophical sub-disciplines, including applied ethics, normative ethics, meta-ethics, philosophy of science and technology, and epistemology. 

The P&E group is currently the management headquarters for the 4TU|Centre for Ethics and Technology. In addition, the group is a member of the Dutch Research School for Philosophy (OZSW), is actively involved in the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science, and has ongoing collaborations with both private and public partners.
Past and current stakeholders in P&E group projects include the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DAF Trucks, Agentschap NL, Milieudefensie, Rathenau Instituut.  

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moral philosophy Social Sciences
Cultural Evolution Medicine & Life Sciences
robot Social Sciences
Technology Medicine & Life Sciences
Deep Brain Stimulation Medicine & Life Sciences
Ethics Medicine & Life Sciences
engineering Social Sciences
Values Social Sciences

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Projects 2009 2022

Research Output 1985 2020

5 Citations (Scopus)

Automated cars meet human drivers: responsible human-robot coordination and the ethics of mixed traffic

Nyholm, S. & Smids, J., 2020, In : Ethics and Information Technology. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Railroad cars
moral philosophy

Challenge based introductory ethics course at TU/e

Bombaerts, G., 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic


1st prize #IkSchrijf Award 2017

Marjolein Lanzing (Recipient), 2017

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

moral philosophy

1st Prize in Safety Category Data4Refugees

Erika Frydenlund (Recipient), Ross Gore (Recipient), Meltem Y. Sener (Recipient), Christine G. van Burken (Recipient), Christa DeKock (Recipient) & Engin Bozdag (Recipient), 21 Jan 2019

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 1998 2019

Emerging Ethical Issues in Machine Learning and Medicine

Lily E. Frank (Speaker), Michal Klincewicz (Speaker)
11 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Moral uncertainty: toward an evaluative account

Philip J. Nickel (Speaker)
9 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

"Yes, I accept cookies" Who reads the terms and conditions?

Iris Loosman (Speaker)
26 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Press / Media

Models Explore Possible Causes of Neanderthal Extinction

Krist Vaesen


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Habsburg jaw likely caused by inbreeding, study finds

Krist Vaesen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A brief encounter with Vincent: the effect on self-compassion from a single interaction with a chatbot that gives or asks for help

Author: van As, N., 31 Jul 2019

Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1), Frank, L. (Supervisor 2) & Lee, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Approaches to modelling technological change in energy models: a learning experience

Author: Wesselman, P., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Houkes, W. (Supervisor 1) & Verbong, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master