• 83 Citations
20082020

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“My research focuses on trust, agency, and human reliance, particularly in the context of technology. We rely on and through technology in most of our pursuits — but when do we have reason to trust it?”

Research profile

Philip Nickel specializes on philosophical aspects of our reliance on others, including trust, consent, and testimonial belief.  Much of his research is in the domain of biomedical ethics, focusing on issues of consent and the mediation of care through technology and data.

Data collection and analysis promises to transform the practice of medicine and improve health. How can we introduce this transformation in a way that also promotes other values besides health, such as fairness, and the human need for knowledge and understanding?  How do we have to re-think traditional values in biomedical ethics such as trust and consent, in view of these changes? Current teaching topics related to this research program include risk and safety, as well as the ethics of technology. 

Academic background

Nickel received his doctorate in 2002 from the University of California, Los Angeles.  From 2003 to 2008 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.  He is the author of many articles on trust, epistemic agency, and the ethics of biomedical research and a regular guest speaker.  Philip has spoken on invitation of University of Oxford, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport, the Oxford Internet Institute, VU Amsterdam and elsewhere.

In 2017, he began a multi-year interdisciplinary project in which the values of trust and consent are reconsidered in the context of mobile health care.  This project, entitled ‘Mobile Support Systems for Behavior Change’, examines network-based telecare systems (technologies and services that deliver health care to patients via software in the form of knowledge, coaching, persuasion, and self-monitoring). This was preceded by a project on trust in web-based telecare systems which ran in 2013-2014.

Affiliated with

  • Data Science Center Eindhoven 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology Society for Philosophy and Technology American Philosophical Association

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Research Output

  • 83 Citations
  • 11 Article
  • 10 Chapter
  • 4 Conference contribution

Sound trust and the ethics of telecare

Voerman, S. A. & Nickel, P. J., Feb 2017, In : Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 42, 1, p. 33-49 17 p.

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    On testimony and transmission

    Carter, J. A. & Nickel, P. J., 2014, In : Episteme. 11, 2, p. 145-155 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
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    Testimonial entitlement, norms of assertion and privacy

    Nickel, P. J., 2013, In : Episteme. 10, 2, p. 207-217 11 p.

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Trust and Testimony

    Nickel, P. J., 2012, In : Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. 93, 3, p. 301-316 16 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Voluntary belief on a reasonable basis

    Nickel, P. J., 2010, In : Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 81, 2, p. 312-334 23 p.

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  • 19 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    Considering Health Behavior Change

    Lily E. Frank (Organiser), Philip J. Nickel (Organiser)
    10 Feb 202011 Feb 2020

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

    Moral uncertainty: toward an evaluative account

    Philip J. Nickel (Speaker)
    9 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Centrum voor Ethiek en Gezondheid

    Philip J. Nickel (Consultant)
    10 Jul 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    Trust in Security Automation: A Normative Account

    Philip J. Nickel (Speaker)
    2 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Workshop on Cybersecurity Ethics

    Philip J. Nickel (Organiser)
    17 Apr 201918 Apr 2019

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

    Press / Media

    AI vraagt om debat

    Philip J. Nickel & Tijn Borghuis

    1/11/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    18 pessimistic opinions on the next 10 years of fake news (and 5 optimistic ones)

    Philip J. Nickel

    19/10/1720/10/17

    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    18 pessimistic opinions on the next 10 years of fake news (and 5 ...

    Philip J. Nickel

    20/10/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Trusting the Black Box: factors influencing trust in algorithmic risk assessment within child welfare services

    Author: Klomp, J., 20 Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Snijders, C. C. (Supervisor 1), Nickel, P. J. (Supervisor 2) & Houkes, W. N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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