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    An important development within cognitive neuroscience is the use of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, a technique which holds the promise of establishing causal relationships between brain processes and cognitive processes. However, NIBS does not allow researchers to observe neurophysiological processes, and must be coupled with imaging technologies such as Electroencephalography for the visualization of neurophysiological change. Technologies such as NIBS and EEG are not neutral intermediaries b…Read more
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    Editorial: Ethics and Engineering Design
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 31 (3): 223-236. 2006.
    Engineering ethics and science and technology studies have until now developed as separate enterprises. The authors argue that they can learn a lot from each other. STS insights can help make engineering ethics open the black box of technology and help discern ethical issues in engineering design. Engineering ethics, on the other hand, might help STS to overcome its normative sterility. The contributions in this special issue show in various ways how the gap between STS and engineering ethics mi…Read more
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    Materializing Morality: Design Ethics and Technological Mediation
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 31 (3): 361-380. 2006.
    During the past decade, the “script” concept, indicating how technologies prescribe human actions, has acquired a central place in STS. Until now, the concept has mainly functioned in descriptive settings. This article will deploy it in a normative setting. When technologies coshape human actions, they give material answers to the ethical question of how to act. This implies that engineers are doing “ethics by other means”: they materialize morality. The article will explore the implications of …Read more
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    Ethics from Within: Google Glass, the Collingridge Dilemma, and the Mediated Value of Privacy
    with Olya Kudina
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 44 (2): 291-314. 2019.
    Following the “control dilemma” of Collingridge, influencing technological developments is easy when their implications are not yet manifest, yet once we know these implications, they are difficult to change. This article revisits the Collingridge dilemma in the context of contemporary ethics of technology, when technologies affect both society and the value frameworks we use to evaluate them. Early in its development, we do not know how a technology will affect the value frameworks from which i…Read more
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    This paper praises and criticizes Peter-Paul Verbeek's What Things Do. The four things that Verbeek does well are: remind us of the importance of technological things; bring Karl Jaspers into the conversation on technology; explain how technology "co-shapes" experience by reading Bruno Latour's actor-network theory in light of Don Ihde's post-phenomenology; develop a material aesthetics of design. The three things that Verbeek does not do well are: analyze the material conditions in which things…Read more
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    Resistance Is Futile: Toward a Non-Modern Democratization of Technology
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 17 (1): 72-92. 2013.
    Andrew Feenberg’s political philosophy of technology uniquely connects the neo-Marxist tradition with phenomenological approaches to technology. This paper investigates how this connection shapes Feenberg’s analysis of power. Influenced by De Certeau and by classical positions in philosophy of technology, Feenberg focuses on a dialectical model of oppression versus liberation. A hermeneutic reading of power, though, inspired by the late Foucault, does not conceptualize power relations as externa…Read more
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    Verlichting
    Krisis 6 (4): 105-108. 2005.
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    The Perspective of the Instruments: Mediating Collectivity
    with Hedwig Molder and Bas Boer
    Foundations of Science 23 (4): 739-755. 2018.
    Numerous studies in the fields of Science and Technology Studies and philosophy of technology have repeatedly stressed that scientific practices are collective practices that crucially depend on the presence of scientific technologies. Postphenomenology is one of the movements that aims to draw philosophical conclusions from these observations through an analysis of human–technology interactions in scientific practice. Two other attempts that try to integrate these insights into philosophy of sc…Read more
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    This paper praises and criticizes Peter-Paul Verbeek's What Things Do . The four things that Verbeek does well are: remind us of the importance of technological things; bring Karl Jaspers into the conversation on technology; explain how technology "co-shapes" experience by reading Bruno Latour's actor-network theory in light of Don Ihde's post-phenomenology; develop a material aesthetics of design. The three things that Verbeek does not do well are: analyze the material conditions in which thing…Read more
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    Pieter Lemmens’ neo-Marxist approach to technology urges us to rethink how to do political philosophy of technology. First, Lemmens’ high level of abstraction raises the question of how empirically informed a political theory of technology needs to be. Second, his dialectical focus on a “struggle” between humans and technologies reveals the limits of neo-Marxism. Political philosophy of technology needs to return “to the things themselves”. The political significance of technologies cannot be re…Read more
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    Technologie voorbij de mens. Naar een antropologie en ethiek van het posthumanisme
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 101 (1): 56. 2009.
  • Technological Artifacts
    with Pieter E. Vermaas
    In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology, Wiley-blackwell. 2012.
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    Resistance Is Futile
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 17 (1): 72-92. 2013.
    Andrew Feenberg’s political philosophy of technology uniquely connects the neo-Marxist tradition with phenomenological approaches to technology. This paper investigates how this connection shapes Feenberg’s analysis of power. Influenced by De Certeau and by classical positions in philosophy of technology, Feenberg focuses on a dialectical model of oppression versus liberation. A hermeneutic reading of power, though, inspired by the late Foucault, does not conceptualize power relations as externa…Read more
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    Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Cars enable us to travel long distances, mobile phones help us to communicate, and medical devices make it possible to detect and cure diseases. But these aids to existence are not simply neutral instruments: they give shape to what we do and how we experience the world. And because technology plays such an active role in shaping our daily actions and decisions, it is crucial, Peter-Paul Verbeek argues, that we consider the moral dimen…Read more
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    Moraliteit voorbij de mens
    Krisis 7 (1): 42-57. 2006.
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    This article analyzes the moral relevance of technological artifacts and its possible role in ethical theory, by taking the postphenomenological approach that has developed around the work of Don Ihde into the domain of ethics. By elaborating a postphenomenological analysis of the mediating role of ultrasound in moral decisions about abortion, the article argues that technologies embody morality and help to constitute moral subjectivity. This technological mediation of the moral subject is subse…Read more
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    Material Hermeneutics
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 6 (3): 181-184. 2003.
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    Let’s Make Things Better: A Reply to My Readers
    Human Studies 32 (2): 251-261. 2009.
    This article is a reply to the three reviews of my book What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design in this symposium. It discusses the remarks made by the reviewers along five lines. The first is methodological and concerns the question of how to develop a philosophical approach to technology. The second line discusses the philosophical orientation of the book, and the relations between analytic and continental approaches. Third, I will discuss the metaphysical a…Read more
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    Material Hermeneutics
    Techne 6 (3): 181-184. 2003.
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    Let’s Make Things Better: A Reply to My Readers (review)
    Human Studies 32 (2). 2009.
    This article is a reply to the three reviews of my book What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Verbeek 2005 ) in this symposium. It discusses the remarks made by the reviewers along five lines. The first is methodological and concerns the question of how to develop a philosophical approach to technology. The second line discusses the philosophical orientation of the book, and the relations between analytic and continental approaches. Third, I will discuss th…Read more
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    Disclosing Visions of Technology
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 12 (1): 85-89. 2008.
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    Expanding Mediation Theory
    Foundations of Science 17 (4): 391-395. 2012.
    In his article In Between Us, Yoni van den Eede expands existing theories of mediation into the realm of the social and the political, focusing on the notions of opacity and transparency. His approach is rich and promising, but two pitfalls should be avoided. First, his concept of ‘in-between’ runs the risk to conceptualize mediation as a process ‘between’ pre-given entities. On the basis of current work in postphenomenology and actor-network theory, though, mediation should rather be seen as th…Read more
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    Devices of Engagement: On Borgmann's Philosophy of Information and Technology (review)
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 6 (1): 48-63. 2002.
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    De estafette
    Wijsgerig Perspectief 49 46-47. 2009.
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    Erratum to: Book Symposium on Peter Paul Verbeek’s Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011
    with Evan Selinger, Don Ihde, Ibo van de Poel, and Martin Peterson
    Philosophy and Technology 25 (4): 605-631. 2012.
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