Dr.Koepsell, D.R. (David)

Delft University of Technology

Section: Philosophy
Faculty: Technology, Policy and Management

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P.O. Box 5015 2600 GA Delft The Netherlands


David is an author, philosopher, and attorney whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics and public policy.

His present positions include:

– Advisor to the Rector, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochilmilco

– Visiting Professor of Research Ethics, Unidad Posgrado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, D.F.

– Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives, Comisión Nacional de Bioética (CONBIOETICA) Mexico, D.F.

– Adjunct Professor, University at Buffalo, Dept. of Learning and Instruction, Science and the Public Masters Program.

–  Senior Fellow, Center for Inquiry – Transnational, Amherst, NY.

– Education Director, Center for Inquiry, Amherst, NY.

Also, David is the Ethics Advisor on this H 2020 ERC grant: Conflict, Competition, Cooperation and Complexity: Using Evolutionary Game Theory to model realistic populations

Funding EC | H2020

Previous academic appointments include:

  • May 2008: Visiting Professor, University of Health Sciences, Antigua
  • Research Asst. Prof., SUNY at Buffalo Dept. of Philosophy; Adjunct Asst. Prof., Learning and Instruction; Adjunct Instructor, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs; Coordinator, Graduate Research Ethics.
  • Sept. 2007-Apr. 2008: Research Scientist, UB Task-Force for Ontology-Based Studies in Psychiatry (Classification of Diseases and Disorders)
  • Fall 2006-2007: Yale University, Donaghue Initiative Visiting Scholar in Research Ethics “Individual and Collective Rights in Genomic Data”
  • Fall. 2005: Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo State College

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Koepsell, David. 2011. Innovation and Nanotechnology: Converging Technologies and the End of Intellectual Property. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic available online


  • Koepsell, David. 2010 "Back to Basics: How Technology and the Open Source Movement Can Save Science" in Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 2010, Pages 181 -190 available online
  • Koepsell, David. 2010. "Authorship and Artifacts: remaking IP law for future objects" in The Monist, Vol. 93, Issue 3, July. pp. 481-492.
  • Koepsell, David. 2010. "Peter Hare on The Problem of Evil" in Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society Symposium dedicated to Peter Hare, Vol. 46, No. 1 (Winter), pp.53-59. available online


  • Koepsell, David. 2009. "Let's Get Small: An introduction to transitional issues in nanotech and intellectual property". Nanoethics, 3(2), 157-166. available online
  • Koepsell, David. 2009. "On Genies and Bottles: Scientists' Moral Responsibility and Dangerous Technology R&D", Science and Engineering Ethics (forthcoming in print) available online
  • Koepsell, David. 2009. Who Owns You?: The Corporate Gold Rush to Patent Your Genes: Wiley-Blackwell. available online


  • Koepsell, David Richard. 2008. On Genies and Bottles: Scientists' Moral Responsibility and Dangerous Technology R&D. Paper read at Titlting Perspectives on Regulating Technologies, December 10-11, at Tilburg.


  • Koepsell, David. Science and Ethics: Can Science Help Us Make Wise and Moral Judgments? Co-edited with Paul Kurtz, Amherst, NY: Prometheus Press, 2007. available online


  • Koepsell, David. John Searle’s Ideas about Social Reality: Extensions, Criticisms, and Reconstructions, co-edited with Laurence Moss, Oxford UK: Blackwell, 2003. available online


  • Koepsell, David. The Ontology of Cyberspace: Law, Philosophy, and the Future of Intellectual Property. Chicago, IL: Open Court Press, 2000 available online


David Koepsell BBC News article

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David Koepsell on BBC4 radio

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Interview Dr. David Koepsell on gene patenting

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