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| Posted on September 21, 2021

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...

| Posted on September 21, 2021

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...

| Posted on April 25, 2022

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...

| Posted on September 21, 2021

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...

| Posted on September 21, 2021

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...

| Posted on February 23, 2022

ESDIT conference 2022


  This will be a major academic conference in 2022, organized by a consortium of seven universities in the Netherlands. The focus will be on those new technologies that are disruptive and transformative of society: artificial intelligence, robotics, neurotechnology, synthetic biology, 3D printing, energy transition technologies, and others. Conference website: https://www.esdit.nl/conferences/Esdit2022/For all questions and...

| Posted on September 21, 2021

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...

| Posted on September 21, 2021

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....

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