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“Technology is not the collection of the latest gadgets. It consists of actions by which humans have, for ages, changed their lives and the world around them.”

Research profile

Wybo Houkes (1971) is associate professor in the philosophy of science and technology and chair of the Philosophy & Ethics group at TU/e. His research interests include: philosophy of technical artifacts, theories of cultural evolution, the philosophy of scientific modeling, and analyses of technological knowledge. His prior research, in the “Dual Nature of Technical Artefacts” program at Delft, resulted in the ICE-theory of technical functions, and analyses of use and design rooted in the philosophy of mind and action. In later projects, he studied what might distinguish science and engineering; and to what extent technological may be regarded as an evolutionary process – in disciplines as diverse as archaeology, organization studies, and electrical engineering. One of his main current interests is in the conceptual foundations of cultural-evolutionary theory. At TU/e, his courses look at the evolutionary foundations for innovation sciences; quantitative risk analysis; and philosophical issues arising in engineering, the social sciences, and modelling practices.

Academic background

Wybo Houkes received his PhD in philosophy at Leiden University (2000), after studying theoretical physics in Amsterdam and philosophy in Leiden. He was one of the principal researchers in the NWO research program ‘The Dual Nature of Technical Artefacts’ (Delft, 2000-2004) and joined Eindhoven's philosophy group in 2001. He became associate professor in 2009, and was appointed as chair of the Philosophy & Ethics group in 2015.

At TU/e, he was associate editor of ‘The ontology and epistemology of artefacts’ in the Handbook of Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (Elsevier, 2009). In 2008, he became a VIDI laureate for the program ‘Darwinism in the Human-Made World’, in which he was principal investigator until 2013. In the academic year 2015-2016, he was a fellow in the research group ‘The Ethics of Copying’ at the ZiF in Bielefeld.

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Research Output

Pluralism on artefact categories : a philosophical defense

Houkes, W. N. & Vermaas, P. E., 2013, In : Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 4, 3, p. 543-557 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Robust! : handle with care

    Houkes, W. N. & Vaesen, K., 2012, In : Philosophy of Science. 79, 3, p. 345-364 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    Technical functions : on the use and design of artefacts

    Houkes, W. N. & Vermaas, P. E., 2010, Berlin: Springer. 175 p. (Philosophy of engineering and technology; vol. 1)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

    The nature of technological knowledge

    Houkes, W. N., 2009, Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences. Meijers, A. W. M. (ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier, p. 309-350 41 p. (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science; vol. 9).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  • 21 Citations (Scopus)

    Design and use as plans: an action-theoretical account

    Houkes, W. N., Vermaas, P. E., Dorst, C. H. & Vries, de, M. J., 2002, In : Design Studies. 23, 3, p. 303-320

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 56 Citations (Scopus)

    Prizes

    Darwinism in the Man-Made World

    Wybo Houkes (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: NWOVidiScientific

    Activities

    Design Science (Journal)

    Wybo Houkes (Peer reviewer)
    2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Review of Philosophy and Psychology (Journal)

    Wybo N. Houkes (Peer reviewer)
    2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Functions and the Aesthetics of Technical Artefacts

    Wybo Houkes (Speaker)
    19 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (External organisation)

    Wybo Houkes (Advisor)
    19 Jun 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    SPT 2017 (Event)

    Wybo Houkes (Member)
    2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Courses

    Analysis and control of risk

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    Course

    Research Methods

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    Safety in the chemical industry

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    Student theses

    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

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    Digitization in creative professional service firms: new business models of architects

    Author: Verstegen, G., 28 Feb 2014

    Supervisor: Reymen, I. (Supervisor 1) & Houkes, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    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

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    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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