4TU.Ethics @ CPDP2017 – Videos online

The video recording of the 4TU.Ethics panel at “Computer, Data Protection, and Privacy” conference is online:

The panel of the EDPS’s Ethics Advisory Group on “Ethics in the Digital Era” (featuring Jeroen Van den Hoven) is also online:

Finally, check out the recording of the “Surveillance and Privacy in Smart Cities” panel, which includes a talk and discussion with Michael Nagenborg:

4TU.Ethics @ CPDP 2017

4TU.Ethics is proud to sponsor once again the Computer, Data Protection, and Privacy conference. The event takes place from January 25 until January 27, 2017, in Brussel. The 4TU.Ethics panel is dedicated to the topic “AI, Privacy, and Ethics” and will feature our members Nolen Gertz, Luisa Marin, and Iris Huis in ‘t Veld (ETICAS). They will be joined by Pete Fussey, Pierre Nicolas Schwab, Susanne Dehmel (bitkom), and Sartor Giovanni. Join us on Thursday at 14:15! And don’t miss the talks by other members of our center: Michael Nagenborg will speak at a session on “Surveillance and Smart Cities” (Wednesday, 10:30). Jeroen van den Hoven will be one of the speakers a the EDPS’ Ethics Advisory Group’s panel on “Ethics in the Digital Era.”


Colloquium TU Delft: Experiments, Exploration and Robots

Departmental colloquium TU Delft, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology

Date: November 21, 2016; 15:30 – 17:00 hr.
Location: Boardroom (A1.370)

Speaker: Viola Schiaffonati, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano

The debate on the experimental method, its role, its limits, and its possible applications has recently gained attention in autonomous robotics. If, from the one hand, classical experimental principles, such as repeatability and reproducibility, play as an inspiration for the development of good experimental practices in this research area, from the other hand, some recent analyses have evidenced that rigorous experimental approaches are not yet full part of the research habits in this community.

In this presentation, by investigating autonomous robotics, I will claim that the traditional notion of experimentation cannot be always applied as such to computer engineering and I will propose that the notion of explorative experiment is a good candidate to be considered in some situations. By explorative experiments I mean a form of investigation of novel and interesting ideas or techniques without the typical constraints of rigorous experimental methodologies. These are experiments that are driven by the desire of investigating the realm of possibilities pertaining to the functioning of an artefact and its interaction with the environment in the absence of a proper theory or theoretical background. Moreover, while recognizing a substantial continuity of the engineering sciences with the natural ones, I will try to show why the latter need not only an adaptation from the traditional frameworks already established in the philosophy of science (Staples 2015), but also a shift from them.

In my endeavor, I plan to move along three different but interconnected directions. The first one deals with the notion of directly action-guiding experiment, as characterizing a significant part of the experimental practice in autonomous robotics, in opposition to the one of epistemic experiment. The second direction concerns the debate around engineering epistemology, and whether adapting frameworks from the traditional philosophical debate can suffice to take into account the peculiarity of the discipline. Finally, the third direction acknowledges the empirical turn in the recent philosophy of technology, introduces the framework of technoscience as an engineering way of being in science, and invites philosophers of science to take this notion seriously in order to shed light on a range of questions that have been neglected so far.

Viola Schiaffonati is associate professor at Politecnico Milano. She got the Laurea degree in Philosophy from Università degli Studi di Milano in 1999 and the PhD in Philosophy of Science from Università di Genova in 2004. She has been visiting scholar at the Department of Philosophy of the University of California at Berkeley during the academic year 2000/01 and visiting researcher at the Suppes Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology of the Stanford University in 2005. Currently she is associate professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano. Her main research interests include: the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence and robotics, and the philosophy of computing sciences and information, with particular attention to the philosophical issues of computational science and the epistemology of experiments.

The 36th Dutch-Flemish Day of Philosophy

Register now for the Dutch Flemish Day of Philosophy on Saturday October 22nd 2016 at the International School for Philosophy (ISVW) at:  http://dfdop36.weebly.com

Theme: Tall Tales

Speakers: Lily Frank, Naomi Kloosterboer, Linde van Schuppen, Trijsje Franssen, Michael Klenk, Willem der Deijl, Job de Grefte, Micah Bailey, Marlies de Brael, Jojanneke van der Veen, Gregory de Vleeschouwer, Frank van Caspel en Francien Homan

Keynote: Eva Meijer

Performance: Live Poetry Performance by Sjors Talsma
For more information on the program and registration see: http://dfdop36.weebly.com and http://www.ozsw.nl/activity/dfdop/

Everyone who is interested is more than welcome to join, the event is free!dfdop-banner-general

Conference: Theorizing Technological Mediation

Theorizing Technological Mediation

10, 16-17-18 November, @ Designlab, University of Twente






Technologies are everywhere and crucially intertwined with your life. Knowledge, morality and even the limits of our imagination are technologically mediated. What does this mean for the scientific knowledge you produce? What does it mean for the ethical evaluations and intentions you live by? And how is technology touching upon the transcendent boundaries of human existence?

On 10, 16-17-18 November, a conference is devoted to these questions in the Designlab on the campus of the University of Twente. On top of having 3 expert workshops on Technology & MoralityTechnology & Scientific Knowledge and Technology & Transcendence, we invite scholars to send in abstracts on Technological Mediation and Philosophy of Technology for a general symposium on November 17th. All those interested are cordially invited! Programs will be made available the upcoming month. For registration and additional information see:www.utwente.nl/ttm

  • November 10th: Technology and Morality
  • November 16th: Technology and Scientific Knowledge
  • November 17th: Philosophy of Technology and Technological Mediation
  • November 18th: Technology and Transcendence

This conference is part of the NWO funded VICI-program: Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by Prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek.

happyChaos 2016: Error 301:human_not_found (September 23, 2016)

One of the goals of 4TU.Ethics is to stimulate and contribute to the public discussion on ethical issues of new and emerging technologies. Therefore, we are happy to be one of the sponsors of this year’s happyChaos symposium. Speakers include our member Peter-Paul Verbeek and our past managing director and now affiliated member, Mark Cockelbergh. More information on the event can be found here. The event will be held in Dutch.

Invitations to Collective Intentionality X Conference and Peace Palace Lecture

Collective Intentionality X

International Conference | The Hague, The Netherlands | August 30 – September 2, 2016 (PhilEvents page). Click here fore more information.

Collective Intentionality X is an interdisciplinary conference concerning collective intentionality in particular and social ontology more generally. It is organized by Delft University of Technology, 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, and the University of Groningen on behalf of the International Social Ontology Society (ISOS)

Invited speakers:

  • Michael Bratman (Stanford University): Acting and Thinking Together
  • Gunnar Björnsson (Umeå University): Shared Responsibility
  • Toni Erskine (University of New South Wales): “Coalitions of the Willing” and the  Shared Responsibility to Protect
  • Johanna Seibt (Aarhus University): Social Robotics – New Forms of Sociality, New Types of Responsibility?
  • Henry Shue (Oxford): Rules and Exceptions in War
  • Christopher Kutz (Berkeley), Michael Skerker (United States Naval Academy), Seumas Miller(Charles Sturt University): Special Panel on Collective Responsibility, War and Terrorism

Symposium on Collective Responsibility and Responsibility Gaps

The conference will feature a symposium on collective responsibility in general and responsibility gaps in particular. This symposium features Gunnar Björnsson’s lecture on this theme. Responsibility gaps arise when there is no straightforward reduction of responsibility at the collective level to responsibility at the individual level. Such gaps have been argued to occur within the context of organized as well as unorganized collectives. They can be explored in the abstract, or in relation to specific problems such as corporate disasters or global justice.

Peace Palace

The program features a lecture (on Wednesday evening) and a panel (on Thursday evening) in the nearby Peace Place. For more details, see the program. You can freely participate in these sessions but you need to register before August, 20: register here. More information: click here

ECAI 2016

CI X takes place at the same venue and time as ECAI 2016. People who register for one of these conferences can also attend the other.

Program committee: Prof. Dr. Frank Hindriks (chair), Raimo Tuomela, Hans Bernhard Schmid, David Schweikard, Elisabeth Pacherie, Kirk Ludwig, Deborah Tollefsen, Brian Epstein, Arto Laitinen, Hannes Rakoczy, Tom Smith, Mari Mikkola, Sara Chant, Gerhard Thonhauser, Alessandro Salice, Michael Schmitz, Titus Stahl

For questions concerning submissions and program, please contact Dr. Titus Stahl at titus.stahl@rug.nl

Local organizing committee (chair): Prof. Dr. Ibo van de Poel

For questions concerning the organization of the conference, please contact Monique Pijls at M.M.A.Pijls@tudelft.nl





5th 8TU-4TU International Conference: Dutch and Chinese Approaches in the Ethics of Technology

From the 3th till the 5th of July, the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology will host a delegation of Chinese partners at the University of Twente. The collaboration between the Dutch and Chinese centres for Ethics and Technology has started in 2010. Since, 4 conferences have taken place in which the two parties discuss future collaborations, projects, and exchanges. The 4TU Ethics Centre is very enthusiastic to be collaborating with ethicists of technology from the eight Chinese Universities united under the 8TU.Ethics flag.

The event is closed for the public. However, we invite those interested to join us for four talks on Monday afternoon.

15:00-15:40 Sabine ROESER: Moral emotions and technological risk

15:40-16:20 WANG Qian, YAN Ping: Research on the Development of Engineering Ethics in Historical, Comparative Perspectives

16:20-17:00 Anthonie MEIJERS: Zooming Out: Teaching Ethics to Engineers

17:00-17:40 FAN Chunping: Ecological Correctness: The Primary Criterion in Ethics of Science, Technology and Engineering

These lectures will take place in the DesignLab (Room: Inform). You are free to join. However, since seats are limited we kindly ask you to register by sending an email to our managing director Michael Nagenborg (m.h.nagenborg@utwente.nl).

Conference: How can resilient infrastructures contribute to social justice?

Conference “How can resilient infrastructures contribute to social justice?” 

Taking place 2nd of June 2016 at Technical University Delft.

In the last decade, resilience has become a leading paradigm for thinking about risks and safety threats, ranging from climate change and natural hazards to threats related to economic crises, migration, and globalization. Resilience roughly refers to the capacity of a system to respond to and recover from threats and it is often thought to contribute to a better – that is, a safer and more just – society. However, this claim is not uncontroversial. Some also argue that the resilience paradigm primarily benefits the people who are already quite well-off at the expense of disadvantaged groups. The focus in this workshop is on the relation between resilience, technology, and social justice. By bringing together different disciplines, we hope to shed light on the question how resilient infrastructures can contribute to social justice.


The session is a co-production by Delft Deltas Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI) and the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology – 3TU.Ethics brings together the expertise of the philosophy departments of the three Dutch technical universities in the field of ethics of science, technology and engineering.




Chaired by Neelke Doorn (TU Delft)


14:30     Welcome with coffee and tea

15:00     Opening by Prof. Marcel Hertogh (DIMI/TU Delft) – chair of ‘Infrastructure Design and Management of Civil Infrastructures’

15:10     Speakers:

Lecture by Prof. Paolo Gardoni | University of Illinois (USA) – “Introduction Resilient infrastructures & social justice”

15:40     Lecture by Prof. Tina Comes | University of Agder (Norway) – “How can ICT and information systems contribute to resilience?”

16:05     Lecture by Dr. Johan Bergström | Lund University (Sweden) – “Societal resilience as a discursive object”

16.30     Panel discussion, led by Neelke Doorn

17:00     Drinks



OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy

The OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy is taking place on 20-22nd of April at the University of Twente. This conference is organised with support of the 3TU.Ethics Centre.

The program can be found here, and the abstracts of the talks here.

The conference is themed “How Philosophy meets the World”.

OZSW-GCTP2016: “How Philosophy Meets the World”

Philosophers are often pictured as far removed from reality, living in ivory towers. But often philosophy, even of the more theoretical kind, has potential for a huge impact on the way we think about aspects of the world and live our lives. Philosophers themselves often need more encouragement to think about how their ideas and fields have meaning and relevance beyond academic walls, and the directions along which their fields can change our ideas about the world or make contributions to practical problems in science, ethics, society, and so on.

For the Dutch Research School of Philosophy Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy (OZSW-GCTP2016), we are interested in how young researchers situate and demonstrate the relevance of their work. What are the importance or significance of the problems you discuss? What is the importance and significance of your approach to those problems? How do you hope to advance them, and by doing so what might the benefits be both to philosophy but also outside the walls of the philosophy department?

For this conference, we invite graduate students to submit abstracts for presentations of 20 minutes in the field of theoretical philosophy in both its analytic and its continental tradition (philosophy of mind, language and science, logic, metaphysics, epistemology and aesthetics). Presentations can be on any topic in these areas, but they should also reflect on how this work connects philosophy to the world or our understanding of it. Apart from some fantastic keynote speakers, the conference will have a range of social and academic activities; a great chance to meet and talk with other graduate students in your field!