Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS)
Can we anticipate the future implications of nanotechnology for society? Are there ethical limits to genetic modifications of animals and human beings? How do new technologies change our behaviour and our perceptions of the world? How are information and communication technologies affecting our privacy? These are just some of the questions explored in the Master of Science programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society.
PSTS is a twoyear Englishlanguage Master's programme with a strong international orientation. It teaches students to critically analyse and assess the influence of technology on society. PSTS is characterized by its ‘empirical’ orientation. Rather than only studying the philosophical tradition, or aiming to understand technology in general, research begins with analysing specific technologies and technological practices and discourses.
PSTS has both an interpretive and a normative aim. Its interpretive aim is to understand the way in which technological artefacts and practices give shape to, and are themselves shaped by, our society and culture. Its normative aim is to provide evaluations and assessments of technologies and their correlated social and cultural impacts. Both philosophical and multidisciplinary methods are used for realizing these aims.