• 179 Citations
19982018
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Personal profile

Quote

“Technical objects are also material things with social functions. I think it is essential that engineers understand this.”

Research profile

Anthonie Meijers is professor of philosophy and ethics of technology. His research interests include: the theory of artifacts, the epistemology of engineering, ethics of technology (specifically behavior change technologies), speech act theory, and the theory of collective action and collective intentionality. He is one of the intellectual fathers of the so-called dual nature theory of technical artefacts. He has also been a driving force behind the empirical turn in the philosophy of technology. He has been involved in research programs on topics such as persuasive technology & social values, cognitive artefacts and the extended mind, the nature of engineering knowledge, the quantified self, and behavioural change technologies.

Anthonie has been the author of the TU/e long-term educational vision Engineers for the Future (2013, with Perry den Brok).

 

Academic background

Anthonie Meijers studied mechanical engineering in Delft 1978 and philosophy in Utrecht 1987 and received his PhD in philosophy from Leiden University. His dissertation was on the foundation of Searle's theory of speech acts in his theory of mind, for which he carried out extensive research at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is Distinguished University Professor at Eindhoven and vice-dean of the Faculty of Industrial Emngineering and Innovation Sciences. He is also scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, a member of the Humanities Board at NWO, and chair of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy. He is co-founder and editor in chief of Philosophical Explorations, an international journal for the philosophy of mind and action. He has been the editor in chief of the landmark handbook Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences, published by Elsevier.

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Research Output 1998 2018

26 Citations

The ontology of artefacts : the hard problem

Houkes, W. N. & Meijers, A. W. M., 2006, In : Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 37, 1, p. 118-131 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Ontology
Hard Problem
Artifact
Nature
Supervenience

Artefacts, agency and action schemes

Illies, C. F. R. & Meijers, A. W. M., 2014, The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts. Kroes, P. & Verbeek, P-P. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 159-184

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

Artifact
Designer
Responsibility
Attractiveness
Physical

Philosophy of technology and engineering sciences

Meijers, A. W. M. (ed.), 2009, 1st ed. ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 1472 p. (Handbook of the philosophy of science; vol. 9)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

artifact
engineering
applied science
mathematics
physics
32 Citations

Can collective intentionally be individualized?

Meijers, A. W. M., 2003, In : American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 62, p. 167-183

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

social reality
physics
brain
Intentionality
Society

Toward an axiological turn in the philosophy of technology

Kroes, P. A. & Meijers, A. W. M., 2016, Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn. Franssen, M., Vermaas, P. E., Kroes, P. A. & Meijers, A. W. M. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 11-30 20 p. (Philosophy of Engineering and Technology; vol. 23)

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

Philosophy of Technology
Descriptive
Philosophical Analysis
Reflective
Stance

Prizes

University professor: Prof. dr. ir. A.W.M. (Anthonie) Meijers

Anthonie Meijers (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: TU/eUniversity professorScientific

learning

Activities 1998 2017

  • 4 Editorial activity
  • 1 Contributed talk

Trust and consent in technologies for health-related behavior change (Poster)

Frank, L. (Speaker), Nickel, P. (Speaker), Loosman, I. (Speaker), Meijers, A. (Speaker)
10 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Journal)

Meijers, A. (Guest editor)
2006

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Philosophical Explorations (Journal)

Meijers, A. (Editor-In-Chief)
2006 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

The Monist (Journal)

Meijers, A. (Guest editor)
2004

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Philosophical Explorations (Journal)

Meijers, A. (Editorial board member)
19982005

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Studium Generale activities

1/09/15 → …

Course

Press / Media