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    Cyborg intentionality: Rethinking the phenomenology of human–technology relations (review)
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 7 (3): 387-395. 2008.
    This article investigates the types of intentionality involved in human–technology relations. It aims to augment Don Ihde’s analysis of the relations between human beings and technological artifacts, by analyzing a number of concrete examples at the limits of Ihde’s analysis. The article distinguishes and analyzes three types of “cyborg intentionality,” which all involve specific blends of the human and the technological. Technologically mediated intentionality occurs when human intentionality t…Read more
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    The currently developing fields of Ambient Intelligence and Persuasive Technology bring about a convergence of information technology and cognitive science. Smart environments that are able to respond intelligently to what we do and that even aim to influence our behaviour challenge the basic frameworks we commonly use for understanding the relations and role divisions between human beings and technological artifacts. After discussing the promises and threats of these technologies, this article …Read more
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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
  •  87
    Trusting Our Selves to Technology
    Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3): 409-427. 2010.
    Trust is a central dimension in the relation between human beings and technologies. In many discourses about technology, the relation between human beings and technologies is conceptualized as an external relation: a relation between pre-given entities that can have an impact on each other but that do not mutually constitute each other. From this perspective, relations of trust can vary between reliance, as is present for instance in technological extensionism, and suspicion, as in various preca…Read more
  •  72
    Erratum to: Book Symposium on Peter Paul Verbeek's Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011 (review)
    with Evan Selinger, Don Ihde, Ibo Poel, and Martin Peterson
    Philosophy and Technology 25 (4): 605-631. 2012.
    Erratum to: Book Symposium on Peter Paul Verbeek’s Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011 Content Type Journal Article Category Erratum Pages 1-27 DOI 10.1007/s13347-011-0058-z Authors Evan Selinger, Dept. Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA Don Ihde, Dept. Philosophy, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA Ibo van de Poel, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands Mar…Read more
  •  72
    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
  •  59
    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
  •  52
    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
  •  47
    Transcendence in Technology
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 19 (3): 291-313. 2015.
    According to Max Weber, the “fate of our times” is characterized by a “disenchantment of the world.” The scientific ambition of rationalization and intellectualization, as well as the attempt to master nature through technology, will greatly limit experiences of and openness for the transcendent, i.e. that which is beyond our control. Insofar as transcendence is a central aspect of virtually every religion and all religious experiences, the development of science and technology will, according t…Read more
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    Material Hermeneutics
    Techne 6 (3): 181-184. 2003.
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    Verlichting
    Krisis 6 (4): 105-108. 2005.
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    Accompanying Technology: Philosophy of Technology after the Ethical Turn
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 14 (1): 49-54. 2010.
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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.
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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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    Material Hermeneutics
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 6 (3): 181-184. 2003.
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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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    Technological Environmentality: Conceptualizing Technology as a Mediating Milieu
    with Ciano Aydin and Margoth González Woge
    Philosophy and Technology 32 (2): 321-338. 2019.
    After several technological revolutions in which technologies became ever more present in our daily lives, the digital technologies that are currently being developed are actually fading away from sight. Information and Communication Technologies are not only embedded in devices that we explicitly “use” but increasingly become an intrinsic part of the material environment in which we live. How to conceptualize the role of these new technological environments in human existence? And how to antici…Read more
  •  18
    Moraliteit voorbij de mens
    Krisis 7 (1): 42-57. 2006.
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    The Perspective of the Instruments: Mediating Collectivity
    with Bas de Boer and Hedwig Te Molder
    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
  •  15
    Posthumanisme
    with Hans Harbers
    Krisis 7 (1): 5-9. 2006.
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    The theory of technological mediation aims to take technological artifacts seriously, recognizing the constitutive role they play in how we experience the world, act in it, and how we are constituted as subjects. Its quest for a compatible ethics has led it to Foucault’s “care of the self,” i.e., a transformation of the self by oneself through self-discipline. In this regard, technologies have been interpreted as power structures to which one can relate through Foucaultian “technologies of the s…Read more
  •  11
    Disclosing Visions of Technology
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 12 (1): 85-89. 2008.
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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
  •  9
    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
  •  9
    De estafette
    Wijsgerig Perspectief 49 46-47. 2009.
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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