Dr.Zwart, S.D. (Sjoerd)

Delft University of Technology

Section: Philosophy
Faculty: Technology, Policy and Management

Visiting address

Jaffalaan 5

Mail address

P.O. Box 5015 2600 GA Delft The Netherlands


+31 (0)15 27 85 906

Sjoerd Zwart is an assistant professor at the philosophy departments of both Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Van de Poel, Ibo, Lamber Royakkers, and Sjoerd D. Zwart. forthcoming. Moral Responsibility and the Problem of Many Hands. Routledge.


  • Zwart, Sjoerd D., Johannes Jacobs, and Ibo van de Poel. 2013. Values in engineering models: social ramifications of modeling in engineering design. Engineering Studies 5: 93-116.


  • van de Poel, Ibo, Jessica Nihlen Fahlquist, Neelke Doorn, Sjoerd Zwart, and Lamber Royakkers. 2012. The Problem of Many Hands: Climate Change as an Example. Science and Engineering Ethics 18: 49-67. available online


  • van de Poel, Ibo, and Sjoerd D. Zwart. 2010. Reflective Equilibrium in R&D Networks. Science, Technology & Human Values 35 (2):174-199. available online


  • Hughes, J.L., P.A. Kroes, and S.D. Zwart. 2007. A Semantics for Means-End Relations. Synthese 158 (2):207-231. click to open pdf
  • van Renssen, A.S.H.P., P.E. Vermaas, and S.D. Zwart. 2007. A Taxonomy of Functions in Gellish English. Paper read at Design for Society: Knowledge, Innovation and Sustainability, at Paris.
  • Zwart, S.D., and M.P.M. Franssen. 2007. An Impossibility Theorem for Verisimilitude. Synthese 158 (1):75-92. available online
  • Zwart, S.D., and M.P.M. Franssen. 2007. Qualitative and Quantitative Verisimilitude. Paper read at 13th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 11-08-2007, at Beijing.


  • Zwart, Sjoerd D., Ibo van de Poel, Harald van Mil, and Michiel Brumsen. 2006. A Network Approach for Distinguishing Ethical Issues in Research and Development. Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (4):663-684. available online


  • van de Poel, I.R., S.D. Zwart, M. Brumsen, and H.G.J. van Mil. 2005. Risks of Aerobic Granular Sludge Technology. Ethical and Methodological Aspects. In Aerobic Granular Sludge, edited by S. Bathe, M. K. de Kreuk, B. S. Mc Swain and N. Schwarzenbeck. London: IWA Publishing. available online
  • Zwart, S.D. 2005. Arrow on Verisimilitude. Paper read at 31st Annual Philosophy of Science Conference, 11-04-2005, at Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Professional/Popular publications (selection)


  • van Mil, Harald, Ibo van de Poel, and Sjoerd Zwart. 2006. Ethiek in de Afvalwaterzuivering. H2O: Tijdschrift voor Watervoorziening en Waterbeheer, 39 (4):22-24. available online


  • Zwart, S.D. 2005. Updating Theories. In Confirmation, Empirical Progress and Truth Approximation: Essays in Debate with Theo Kuipers, edited by R. Festa, A. Aliseda and J. Peijnenburg. Amsterdam: Rodopi. available online


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