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Peter-Paul Verbeek

Professor, University of Twente

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Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is distinguished professor of Philosophy of Technology and scientific… (more)

Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is distinguished professor of Philosophy of Technology and scientific co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary professor of techno-anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, with a specific focus on ethics of technology and responsible design. His book publications include Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (2011) and What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (2005).

Verbeek is a member of the UNESCO World Commission for the Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST); the Dutch Council for the Humanities; the Netherlands Committee for the Freedom of Scientific Pursuit; the Supervisory Board of TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research); the board of the Rathenau Institute for Technology Assessment and Science Policy; the program council for Responsible Innovation of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO, and the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO.

Verbeek is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW). He is past president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (2013-2015); and past chairperson of ‘The Young Academy’, an independent division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011-2013).

He has received several personal grants for innovative research: a VENI award to investigate the moral significance of technologies (2003), a VIDI award to investigate the blurring boundaries between humans and technologies (2008), and a VICI award to develop a theory of technological mediation (2013). In 2012 he was awarded the Borghgraef Prize in Biomedical Ethics 2012 (KU Leuven), and in 2016 the World Technology Award in Ethics (World Technology Network).

Picture by Olivier Middendorp