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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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Projects 2009 2022

Scaling up Co-creation: Avenues and Limits for Integrating Society in Science and Innovation

Bombaerts, G., Bombaerts, G., van der Avoird, M., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Tsui, S., Astola, M., Laes, E., Wieczorek, A., Spahn, A., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Reymen, I. & Royakkers, L.


Project: Research direct

Working with or against the machine? Optimizing human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Le Blanc, P., Gerrits, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Berkers, H.


Project: Research direct

Working ‘with’ or ‘against’ the machine? Optimizing human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Nyholm, S., Nyholm, S., Gerrits, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Smids, J.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1985 2019

Considering intra­individual genetic heterogeneity to understand biodiversity

Boon, E., 2019, From assessing to conserving biodiversity: beyond the species approach. Casetta, E., Vecchi, D. & da Silva, J. M. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

ecological function

A phenomenological investigation of the interplay among professional worth appraisal, self-esteem and self-perception in nurses: the revelation of an internal and external criteria system

Karanikola, M., Doulougeri, K., Koutrouba, A., Giannakopoulou, M. & Papathanassoglou, E. D. E., 1 Oct 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, october, 12 p., 1805

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Self Concept
Professional Role
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
5 Citations

Assessing the success of electricity demand response programs: a meta-analysis

Srivastava, A., van Passel, S. & Laes, E., 1 Jun 2018, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 40, p. 110-117 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Energy policy


1st prize #IkSchrijf Award 2017

Marjolein Lanzing (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

moral philosophy

Award for Best Contribution for paper titled: “What is lost when we use technology to improve moral decision-making: Do moral deliberation and moral struggle have independent value for moral progress?”

Lily Frank (Recipient), 15 Jul 2016

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

Best Teacher Award

Andreas Spahn (Recipient), 2016

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


Activities 1998 2018

A more egalitarian future

Vaesen, K. (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationKeynote talkScientific

"Living labs en de glibberige glijbanen naar dystopia"

Astola, M. (Speaker)
13 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkPopular

Human Minds meet Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for Ethical AI

Nyholm, S. (Speaker)
29 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

Student theses


How system architecture shapes performance curves: a simulation study of systemic innovation inertia

Author: Zijlstra, F., Jun 2017

Supervisor: Houkes, W. (Supervisor 1), Alkemade, F. (Supervisor 2) & Vaesen, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Personalization in automated digital customer support: an explorative and experimental study

Author: Aanhane, T., 22 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Nijssen, E. (Supervisor 1), Royakkers, L. (Supervisor 2) & van der Borgh, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master