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CC2 Writing retreat Nov 2023


Aim / objective The aim is to enable students to get a lot of writing done for their dissertation. In addition, several workshops will help PhD students to become a better writer. Assessment Students are obligatory to attend the whole retreat. There will be no assessment. Credit points Study load is the equivalent of:...

CC2 Writing retreat June 2023


Aim / objective The aim is to enable students to get a lot of writing done for their dissertation. In addition, several workshops will help PhD students to become a better writer. Assessment Students are obligatory to attend the whole retreat. There will be no assessment. Credit points Study load is the equivalent of:...

CC2 Writing Retreat Nov 2022


We are happy to announce that the 4TU November writing retreat is happening! Surrounded by nature and like-minded PhDs, the writing retreat is the perfect occasion to get some nice writing done, bond with the rest of the group, and learn from each other. The days will kick off with morning workshops on writing, both academic...

LC5 Continental Philosophy of Technoscience


This course focuses on present-day and particularly continental philosophical approaches to technology and science. The course consists of 12 sessions (120mins), with 6 sessions centering around authors (e.g. Heidegger, Simondon, Stiegler), and the other six sessions being more thematic (e.g. Synthetic Cell, AI, Anthropocene). Confirmed lecturers include Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek; dr. Vincent Blok; Prof....

LC3 Philosophy of Mind, Body and Technology


This course acquaints students with current theories and approaches to the relations between mind, body, and technology. Our entry point is the central role of the human mind in the European and Anglo-American tradition of Philosophy. Simply put, human beings are considered to have a specific kind of mind, that makes them human. The...

LC8 Design for Values


Approaches like Value Sensitive Design and ethics-by-design have become popular over the last decade to integrate values, and other moral considerations, from the start in the design and development of new technologies. This course provides an introduction to some of the key underlying philosophical foundations and issues of such approaches. We will discuss what...

LC6 Good Technology for Users and Society


This course explores the relationships between technology and goodness.  We will look at goodness for human beings (will particular technologies make our lives better), goodness for society (will they make society better) and moral goodness (will they realize moral values and make things morally better)?  A running theme throughout the course is that emerging...

LC4 Anticipation and Assessment of Emerging Technologies


Promises and expectations concerning new and emerging science and technologies (NEST) abound in contemporary societies. How should we anticipate and evaluate these new and emerging sciences and technologies and the impacts they may have on society? In this course we start by identifying the specific challenges emerging technologies pose to their ethical and societal evaluation. Since...

LC2 Philosophy of Responsible Innovation


This course discusses the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible Innovation, an emerging concept in the EU context which highlights the relevance of social-ethical issues in research and innovation practices. This emerging concept calls for philosophical reflection on the nature, scope and applicability of responsibility and innovation in innovation practices in general, and...

LC1 Philosophy of Risk


Actions, policies, and new technologies often pose risks. Risk is an important topic for practical philosophy in general, and applied ethics in particular. For example, it is a central concept used by those who design and regulate technology to evaluate its impact. It is a central concept with respect to health and medicine, as...

CC2 Writing Retreat June 2022


Surrounded by nature and like-minded PhD students, the writing retreat is the perfect occasion to get some nice writing done, bond with the rest of the group, and learn from each other. The days will kick off with morning workshops on writing, both academic and more general, while the afternoons will offer plenty of...

CC1 Philosophies of Technology


The course runs across five days, with each day covering one dimension of philosophy of technology: metaphysics (day 1-2), (meta)ethics (day 3), politics (day 4), applied ethics (day 5). For each topic there will be at least one invited lecture from someone from the 4TU.Ethics network, and at least one interactive exercise. Every day,...

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