The Empirical Methods for Philosophy of Technology course will give the students an introduction to the subject, why the students may want to consider it in their research and discuss a range of pitfalls that may lie in pursuing this line of work. Additionally, the course will introduce the students to a range of approaches that can be broadly affiliated with doing empirical philosophy, such as Interviewing, Focus Groups, Conceptual Engineering, Conversation Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Foresight Studies and others.
The course will run over three days, with the first two days dedicated to the lectures and the last one to students’ presentations. The guest lecturers, researchers in philosophy and other academic fields, will give the students a theoretical introduction to the methods and their experience-based reflection on implementing them in research. They will also provide practical exercises for the students to try the methods out in different forms. As the final assignment for the course, the students will be expected to give an extensive and critical presentation reflecting on the use or non-use of empirical philosophy in their PhD projects.
The course requires around 16 pre-read papers to participate in an engaged and meaningful manner. The reading list will become available in March.
Study load is the equivalent of 5 ECTS. The students are expected to engage in all individual and group-based exercises throughout the course. Attendance in all days is mandatory to obtain the credits. There will be no lunches included during the course.
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