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Dr. Copeland, S. (Samantha)

At TU Delft I am working on the ethics of resilience, bringing what we know about how positive results can come out of unexpected events—like in cases of serendipity—together with how we ought to prepare a response to unexpected but potentially disastrous events and disruptions. In both of these contexts, issues of distributive and...

Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls

Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls is an NWO-funded research project at Eindhoven University of Technology, in collaboration with and co-funded by Mobihealth B.V. and Sananet Care B.V. The purpose of this project is to investigate how patients with chronic diseases establish trust in forms of treatment and monitoring that involve telecare, the use of...

Enhancing Responsibility

We normally think that peoples responsibility diminishes when mental capacities are lost and that responsibility is restored when those capacities are regained. But how is responsibility affected when mental capacities are extended beyond their normal range through cognitive enhancement? For instance, might some people ‘ e.g. surgeons working long shifts in hospital ‘ have...

Voerman S., (Sander)

I am a phi­los­o­pher working at Eind­hoven Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy and Til­burg Uni­ver­si­ty. In Eind­hoven I work as a post­doc re­search­er on the proj­ect Med­i­cal Trust Be­yond Clin­i­cal Walls with­in the De­part­ment for Phi­los­o­phy & Eth­ics. In Til­burg I am a lec­turer with­in the De­part­ment of Phi­los­oph­y. My ac­a­dem­ic in­ter­ests cov­er a wide range...

Remaking the body and embodiment in tissue engineering:
On the professional and public responsibility of engineers in body politics

Biomedical engineering practices articulate a specific normative perspective on the body. While in daily life people live their body as themselves, biomedical engineers study bodies as machine-like objects. This perspective puts a stamp on engineering decisions and on the specific technologies that are developed. This book deals with the questions how normative work of...

Normative implications of non-invasive instruments to analyze blood and tissue

This project is an example of embedded ethical research. It is embedded in the context of the daily research practices of a group of biophysical engineers under supervision of dr. Rob Kooyman in the faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente. This group is developing a non-invasive acousto-optic technique for the...

Developing scenarios of moral controversies concerning new biomedical technologies

New technologies often go accompanied by moral uneasiness. It is important to policy makers to spot such controversies at an early stage. That can help them prevent the development of technologies that are morally unacceptable to society. Ideally they might even be able to steer technology development in more desirable directions. Several instruments exist...

Neuroethics: ethical, legal and conceptual aspects of neuroscience and neurotechnology

Nederlands Introduction on the subject It is nowadays possible to study the living brain at a level of detail which was unthinkable as recently as 25 years ago. On top of this, technologies aimed at modifying (influencing, treating or enhancing) the brain – ranging from neuropharmacology to neuroengineering – are becoming more and more...

Technology and the limits of humanity: the ethics and anthropology of posthumanism

Technological development has started to interfere explicitly with human nature. Technologies like biotechnology, brain implants, and enhancement technologies make it possible to reshape humanity in various ways. These ‘posthumanist’ developments are highly contested, though. The current discussion about posthumanism is dominated by two positions. The utopian transhumanist movement explicitly welcomes the enhancement of homo...

Molecular diagnostics: towards a realistic form of ethical Technology Assessment

Molecular diagnostics promises to make diseases visible long before they manifest themselves with clear symptoms level. Furthermore, this new technology promises to deliver its results anywhere, whenever wanted, fast and cheap. If these promises come true, a rapid proliferation of self-tests is to be expected. This PhD project aims to investigate the ethical implications...

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