dr.Nickel, P. (Philip)

Eindhoven University of Technology

Section: Philosophy and Ethics
Faculty: Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Moral Philosophy
Visiting address

IPO 1.03

Mail address

P.O. Box 513 5600 MB EINDHOVEN The Netherlands


+31 (0)40 247 3726



My research focuses on trust, agency, and human reliance, particularly in the context of technology.   We rely on and through technology in most of our pursuits — but when do we have reason to trust it?

I currently lead a two-year interdisciplinary research project on medical trust and network-based telecare systems (technologies and services that deliver health care to patients via software in the form of knowledge, coaching and self-monitoring), funded by NWO.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Nickel, Philip J. Artificial speech and its authors. Minds and Machines 23, 4 (2013): 489–502
  • Nickel, Philip J. Testimonial entitlement, norms of assertion, and privacy. Episteme 10, 2 (2013): 207–217
  • Nickel, Philip J. Trust in technological systems. In M.J. de Vries, S.O. Hansson, and A.W.M. Meijers, eds., Norms in technology: Philosophy of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 9 (Springer): 223-237


  • Nickel, Philip J. and Vaesen, K. Risk and trust. In S. Roeser et al., Handbook of risk theory (Springer, 2012): 857–876
  • Nickel, Philip J. Trust and testimony. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93, 3 (2012): 301–316


  • Nickel, Philip J. Ethics in e-trust and e-trustworthiness: the case of direct computer-patient interfaces. Ethics and Information Technology 13 (2011): 355–363


  • Nickel, Philip J. 2010. "Voluntary Belief on a Reasonable Basis." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81, 2: 312-334. available online
  • Nickel, Philip J., Franssen, Maarten, and Kroes, Peter. 2010. "Can We Make Sense of the Notion of Trustworthy Technology?" Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23: 429-444. available online


  • Nickel, Philip J. 2009. "Trust, Staking, and Expectations." Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 39, 2. available online


  • Nickel, Philip J. 2008. "Ethical Issues in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research." In Monroe et al., eds., Fundamentals of the Stem Cell Debate: The Scientific, Religious, Ethical, and Political Issues. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. pp. 62-78.


  • Nickel, Philip J. 2007. "Trust and Obligation-Ascription." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10: 309-319.


  • Nickel, Philip J. 2006. "Vulnerable Populations in Research: The Case of the Seriously Ill." Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27: 245-264.


  • Nickel, Philip J. 2001. "Moral Testimony and Its Authority." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4: 253-266.


4TU.Ethics’ new Life Science and Health Taskforce (LiSHT) workshop on The Limits of Consent

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