Workshop: The Good Life in a Technological Age

Confirmed speakers

  • Philip Brey, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Luigino Bruni, Department of Economics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
  • Charles Ess, Interdisciplinary studies, Drury University, USA
  • Jeroen van den Hoven, Department of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Neil Levy, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Anton Tupa, Department of Philosophy, University of Florida, USA
  • Ruut Veenhoven, Department of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Peter-Paul Verbeek, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands

More invited speakers will be announced on


Topics include:

  • Philosophical and empirical methods for studying the good life and quality of life in a technological culture
  • Implications of modern technology for the quality of life
  • Hedonist, desire-satisfactionist and objective list accounts of contemporary life
  • Quality of life, consumer culture and consumer technologies
  • Quality of life, political philosophies and technology policy
  • Quality of life, sustainability and the environment
  • Quality of life and information technology
  • Quality of life and biomedical technology
  • New technologies and changing ideals of the good life
  • Welfare economics and technology
  • Happiness studies and technology

We are looking for contributions that employ conceptions of the quality of life or well-being that go beyond traditional social-economical quality-of-life indices, and that consider either the subjective preferences and psychological states of persons (as in psychology and welfare economics) or particular normative ideals of the good life (as developed in philosophy).


Department of Philosophy, University of Twente / 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, the Netherlands. Organized by Philip Brey (chair), Adam Briggle, Ed Spence, Johnny Soraker.

Submission of extended abstracts

Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (1000-1500 words). The abstract should be in doc, rtf or pdf format and be submitted by email to before March 10, 2008.

Workshop format

Each participant will give a short presentation followed by discussion. For invited papers a commentator will be assigned. There will be a plenary discussion at the end of the workshop. Maximum number of participants: 32.


We are currently considering reputable publishers for a book consisting of the best papers from the workshop. Full papers for inclusion in the book should be submitted before November 1, and will be peer-reviewed.

Important dates

March 10 – Extended abstract submission deadline
March 21 – Notification of acceptance
June 12-14 – Workshop
November 1 – Submission of full paper (optional)

Practical information

There is no registration fee for the workshop, but participants cover their own expenses for travel and accommodation (inexpensive accommodation will be available). More information about transportation and local accommodation can be found on our Website: If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please direct them to {encode=”” title=””}.