I am Assistant Professor in Ethics at Utrecht University and researcher in the NWO Gravitation programme “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”. I obtained my PhD in Philosophy in the NWO programmme “Evolutionary Ethics” at Utrecht University (2019), with a visiting fellowship at Harvard University. Subsequently I have been a Rubicon-fellow at the University of Graz, doing research on climate uncertainty, risk and precaution.
As an academic writer and teacher my work centres on topics in the philosophy of technology and climate ethics, with subsidiary interests in animal ethics, metaethics and the philosophy of biology. I have (co-)authored one academic volume and four philosophical books aimed at a broader readership, published in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, on the topics of counterfactual history, informal fallacies, comparative philosophy and Buddhist philosophy. I am an editor of the philosophical periodical Wijsgerig Perspectief and have a monthly discussion of contemporary moral dilemmas in Filosofie Magazine.
My current research centers on the following topics: social, conceptual and moral disruption; technomoral change; value change; moral niche construction; climate disruption; moral uncertainty; ethics of climate risk; anticipatory ethics; real possibilities; the precautionary principle; climate change and the legitimacy of moral doubt; ethics of the anthropocene.
Some recent academic papers:
Hopster J.K.G., Arora C., Blunden C.E., Eriksen C., Frank L.E., Hermann J.S., Klenk M.B.O.T., O’Neill E.R.H., Steinert S. (2022). Pistols, Pills, Pork and Ploughs: The Structure of Technomoral Revolutions.
Hopster J.K.G. (2022). Future Value Change: Identifying Realistic Possibilities and Risks. ‘Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation’, special issue “Designing for Value Change.”
Hopster, J.K.G. (2022). Climate Change, Uncertainty and Policy. In: Pellegrino G, Di Paolo M eds. Handbook of the Philosophy of Climate Change. Springer. doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0284.v1
Hopster, J.K.G. (2021). ‘Climate Uncertainty, Real Possibilities, and the Precautionary Principle.’ Erkenntnis 00: 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-021-00461-2
Hopster, J.K.G. (2021). ‘What are Socially Disruptive Technologies?’ Technology in Society 67, 101750: 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2021.101750
Hopster, J.K.G. (2021). The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies: Towards a General Framework. In: J.F. de Paz Santana and D.H. de la Iglesia eds., New Trends in Disruptive Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Tech Ethics. Cham: Springer. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3903839
Hopster, J.K.G. (2021). ‘Mutual Affordances: The Dynamics between Social Media and Populism.’ Media, Culture & Society 43(3): 551–560. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443720957889
A more comprehensive overview can be found on my Academia / ResearchGate / Philpapers profile.