prof. dr. ir.Verbeek, P.P.C.C. (Peter Paul)

Twente University
Section: Philosophy
Faculty: Behavioral Sciences

Human-Technology Relations
Moral Mediation
Peter-Paul Verbeek
Visiting address

Cubicus, room C311

Mail address

P.O. box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands


+31 (0)53 489 44 60



Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is professor of philosophy of technology and chair of the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He is also president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology and a member of the Dutch Council for the Humanities. He is an editor ofTijdschrift voor Filosofie and a member of the editorial board of SATS. Journal for Northern Philosophy and of the scientific advisory board of Philosophy & Technology. From 2011 until 2013 he was chairman of the ‘Young Academy’, which is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2010 until 2012 he held the Socrates chair at Delft University of Technology. Fall 2006 he was guest professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Verbeeks research focuses on the social and cultural roles of technology and the ethical and anthropological aspects of human-technology relations. He recently published the book Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011), in which he analyzes the moral significance of technologies, and its implications for ethical theory and for design practices. He is also the author of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005), which investigates how technologies mediate human actions and experiences, with applications to industrial design. He is co-editor of the volume The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts (Springer 2014, with Peter Kroes) and User Behavior and Technology Design – Shaping Sustainable Relations between Consumers and Technologies (Springer 2006, with Adriaan Slob).

In 2014 he received a VICI award for the project ‘Theorizing Technological Mediation: toward an empirical-philosophical theory of technology’, which investigates the mediating role of technology in knowledge, morality, and metaphysics. In 2008, he received a VIDI award for the project ‘Technology and the limits of humanity: the ethics and anthropology of posthumanism’, about human enhancement technology and its ethical and anthropological implications; in 2004 a VENI award for the project Technology and the Matter of Morality, about the moral significance of technologies, and its implications for ethical theory and the ethics of technology design.

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