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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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    Chirag Arora, MSc

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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    Mandi Astola

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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    Bastiaan Bervoets

    Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


    Research Output

    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
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Blame it on me

    Royakkers, L. & Hughes, J., Apr 2020, In : Journal of Philosophical Logic. 49, 2, p. 315-349 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)


    1st prize #IkSchrijf Award 2017

    Marjolein Lanzing (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

  • 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


    Innovating Together: Responsible Scaling of Co-creation

    Mandi Astola (Organiser), Shelly Tsui (Organiser), Gunter Bombaerts (Organiser), Erik J.W. Laes (Organiser)
    13 May 202014 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Insights for Participative Innovation from the Debate on Deliberation

    Mandi Astola (Speaker)
    22 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Re-engineering Humanity: Philosophers Performing about Technology

    Mandi Astola (Member)
    20 Feb 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOtherPopular

    Press / Media

    Diplomatie speelt belangrijke rol bij cyberveiligheid

    Sico van der Meer


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Models Explore Possible Causes of Neanderthal Extinction

    Krist Vaesen


    2 items 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