Philip Brey

Prof Philip Brey

PROF. DR. PHILIP BREY

Department of Philosophy

University of Twente

Postbox 217

7500 AE Enschede

telephone: +31-53-4894426

p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl 










Background

Philip Brey (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology of the Universities of Twente, Delft and Eindhoven. He is a member of the executive board of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, and director of the European division of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, Ethics and Information Technology, the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, and Nanoethics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale, and is vice editor of the Society for Philosophy and Technology Newsletter. He is also a member of the Netherlands Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture, the Dutch-Flemish Network for Philosophy of Science and Technology and the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) of the University of Twente, for which he also coordinates the research of the department of philosophy that is embedded in it. He recently (co)directed the conferences E-CAP 2007, CEPE 2007 and (co)directed CEPE2005, SPT 1999 and international workshops on Modernity and Technology, Ethics of Technology and Nanoethics. He was formerly also programme director of the international master programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (2003-2006). He previously taught at Delft University of Technology and the University of California, San Diego.

Research

Brey’s Ph.D. thesis focused on the cognitive turn in epistemology and the philosophy of science. Since then, his attention has shifted to the philosophy of technology.  He has published in the areas of general philosophy of technology, philosophy of science, philosophy of biomedical technology, philosophy of sustainable technology and philosophy of information and communication technology (ICT). In general philosophy of technology, he has published on the relation between technology, society, culture and the body; the relation between technology and science; the nature of engineering design; and the status of philosophy of technology as a field.  In the philosophy and ethics of biomedical technology, his research has focused on ethics of bioengineering, prosthetics, neuromodulation and human enhancement.  Much of his current research is directed to the philosophy and ethics of ICT, where he has published on the ethical and political aspects of computer systems design, the limits of artificial intelligence, the ethics and ontology of virtuality, the role of ICT in mobility and surveillance, the implications of ICT for globalization, geographical organization and the quality of life. He is co-editor, with Thomas Misa and Andrew Feenberg, of Modernity and Technology (MIT Press, 2003) and (co)editor of two special issues of the journal Ethics and Information Technology.  He currently manages a five-year Vici project in the philosophy of technology that involves six researchers and focuses on the social and cultural quality of new media.

Courses

Filosofie van de Psychologie en Kennisleer

Within the Master Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (Master PSTS): Introduction to Philosophical Methods and Philosophy of ICT

Other recent courses:  Medical ethics; Humans and Information Technology; The Makeable Human; Environmental Philosophy; Biological and Cultural Evolution; Analytic Philosophy, Logic and Epistemology; Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society; Knowledge, Information and Technology; The Information Society

PublicationS

Books and edited volumes


Søraker, J., Wong, P., Boer, J., De Rijt, J. & Brey, P. (Eds.) (2015). Well-Being in Contemporary Society. (Happiness Studies Book Series). Berlin: Springer.



Brey, P., Briggle, A. & Spence, E. (Eds.) (2012). The Good Life in a Technological Age. New York: Routledge.



Brey, P.  (2008). Techniek en alles wat van waarde is / Technology and everyting of value (Inaugural Speech). University of Twente Inaugural Speech Series. (PDF)



Briggle, A., Waelbers, K. & Brey, P. (Eds.) (2008). Current Issues in Computing and Philosophy. IOS Press.




Misa, T., Brey, P. & Feenberg, A. (2003). Modernity and Technology. MIT Press. (Paperback ed. 2004)


Full publication list

Brey, P. (forthcoming). Foreword: The Intimate Connection between Technology and Environmental Issues. In Kaplan, D. (Ed.), Philosophy, Technology and the Environment, MIT Press.  

Brey, P. (forthcoming). Sustainable Technology and the Reform of Production and Consumption. In Kaplan, D. (Ed.), Philosophy, Technology and the Environment, MIT Press.  

Brey, P. (forthcoming). Constructive Philosophy of Technology and Responsible Innovation. In M. Franssen, P. Vermaas, P. Kroes & A. Meijers (Eds.), Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn, Springer.  

Brey, P. (forthcoming). Theorizing Technology and Its Role in Crime and Law Enforcement. In M. McGuire & T. Holt (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice, Routledge.  

Brey, P. (forthcoming). Ethics of Emerging Technologies. In S. O. Hansson (Ed.), Methods for the Ethics of Technology, Rowman and Littlefield International.  

Brey, P., Clare-Egan, S., Rodrigues, R. & Jansen, P. (forthcoming). The Ethical Assessment of Research and Innovation – A reflection on the state of the art.  In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Finding Common Ground – Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences (Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity series), Emerald Publishing.  

Brey, P. (2015). Design for the Value of Human Well-Being. In J. van den Hoven, P. Vermaas & I. van de Poel (Eds), Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design. Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains (pp. 365-382). Springer. (PDF

Boer, J. de, Rijt, J., Søraker, J., Wong, P. & Brey, P. (2015). Introduction. Four Types of Questions about Well-Being. In Søraker, J., Wong, P., Boer, J., De Rijt, J. & Brey, P. (Eds.), Well-Being in Contemporary Society (ix-xiv). Springer.  

Søraker, J., Wong, P., Boer, J., De Rijt, J. & Brey, P. (Eds.) (2015). Well-Being in Contemporary Society. (Happiness Studies Book Series). Berlin: Springer.  

Brey, P. & Nagel, S. (2015). Bioengineering. In H. ten Have (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Springer. (PDF

Brey, P. (2014) ‘Prosthetics’. In J. Holbrook (Ed.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource (second edition of the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics). MacMillan.  

Søraker, J. & Brey, P. (2014). Virtual Environments. In J. Holbrook (Ed.), Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource (second edition of the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics). MacMillan.  

Brey, P. (2014). Virtual Reality and Computer Simulation. In Sandler, R. (Ed.), Ethics and Emerging Technologies (pp. 315-332). Palgrave-Macmillan.   

Brey, P. (2014). The Physical and Social Reality of Virtual Worlds. In M. Grimshaw (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality (pp. 42-54). Oxford University Press. (PDF

Brey, P. (2014). From Moral Agents to Moral Factors: The Structural Ethics Approach. In P. Kroes & P. P. Verbeek (Eds.), The Moral Status of Technical Artifacts (pp. 125-142). Springer. (PDF

Brey, P. (2014). From Reflective to Constructive Philosophy of Technology. Journal of Engineering Studies 6(2), 129-136 (in Chinese). English version available here: (PDF)  

Brey, P., Briggle, A. & Spence, E. (Eds.) (2012). The Good Life in a Technological Age. New York: Routledge.  

Brey, P. (2012). Anticipatory Ethics for Emerging Technologies. Nanoethics 6(1), 1-13. (PDF

Brey, P. (2012). Anticipating Ethical Issues in Emerging IT. Ethics and Information Technology 14, 305-317. (PDF

Brey, P. (2012). Well-Being in Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics. In Brey, P., Briggle, A. & Spence, E. (Eds.), The Good Life in a Technological Age (pp. 15-34). Routledge. (PDF

Briggle, A., Brey, P. & Spence, E. (2012). Introduction. In Brey, P., Briggle, A. & Spence, E. (Eds.), The Good Life in a Technological Age (pp. 1-11). Routledge.  

Brey, P. (2012). Preface. In J. Strother, J. Ulijn & Z. Fazal (Eds.), Information Overload: An International Challenge to Professor Engineers and Technical Communicators. Wiley-IEEE Press. (PDF

Brey, P. (2010).  Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 14(1), 36-48. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2010). Values in Technology and Disclosive Computer Ethics. In L. Floridi (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (pp. 41-58). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (PDF)    

Brey, P. (2009). Is Information Ethics Culture-Relative? In P. Zaphiris & C. Ang (Eds.), Cross-Disciplinary Advances in Human Computer Interaction. User Modeling, Social Computing, and Adaptive Interfaces (pp. 259-272), Hershey/New York: Information Science Reference.  

Brey, P. (2009). Philosophy of Technology Meets Social Constructivism: A Shopper’s Guide. In D. Kaplan (Ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Technology (pp. 98-111). New York and London: Rowman and Littlefield.  

Brey, P. & Søraker, J. (2009). Philosophy of Computing and Information Technology. In A. Meijers (Ed.), Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences. Vol. 14 of the Handbook for Philosophy of Science series (pp.1341-1408). Elsevier. (PDF)  

Brey, P. & Søraker, J. (2009). A Précis of “Philosophy of Computing and Information Technology”, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 8(2), 15-16. (PDF)

Brey, P. & Liebregt, M. (2009). De politiek van het Internet: zoekmachines en net-neutraliteit. In F. Bolkestein et al (Eds.), De Politiek der Dingen. Damon. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2009). Biomedical Engineering Ethics.  In J. Berg-Olsen, S. Pedersen, V. Hendricks (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Technology. Blackwell. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2009). Computer Ethics. In J. Berg-Olsen, S. Pedersen, V. Hendricks (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Technology. Blackwell. (PDF)  

Brey, P.  (2008). Techniek en alles wat van waarde is / Technology and everything of value (Inaugural Speech). University of Twente Inaugural Speech Series.  

Briggle, A., Brey, P. & Waelbers, K. (Eds.) (2008). Current Issues in Computing and Philosophy.  IOS Press.  

Brey, P. (2008). Do We Have Moral Duties Towards Information Objects? Ethics and Information Technology 10(2-3), 109-114. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2008) Technological Design as an Evolutionary Process. In P. Vermaas,, P. Kroes, , A. Light & S. Moore (Eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture (pp. 61-76). Springer. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2008). Extending Minds and Simulating Worlds: Functional and Phenomenal Roles of the Computer. In A. Briggle, P. Brey & K. Waelbers (Eds.), Current Issues in Computing and Philosophy. IOS Press. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2008). Human Enhancement and Personal Identity. In J. Berg Olsen, E. Selinger & S. Riis (Eds.), New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. New Waves in Philosophy Series (pp. 169-185). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2008). Virtual Reality and Computer Simulation. In K. Himma. & H. Tavani (Eds.), Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics. John Wiley & Sons. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2008). Is Information Ethics Culturally Relative? In E. Eyob (Ed.), Social Implications of Data Mining and Information Privacy: Interdisciplinary Frameworks and Solutions. IGI-Global.

Hinman, L., Brey, P., Floridi, L., Grodzinsky, F. & Introna, L. (Eds.) (2007). Proceedings of CEPE 2007. The 7th International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry. Enschede: Center for Telematics and Information Technology. ISSN 0929-0672.  

Brey, P. (2007). Theorizing the Cultural Quality of New Media. Techné. Research in Philosophy and Technology 11(1), 1-18. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2007). Is Information Ethics Culture-Relative? International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction. Special Issue Information Ethics: Global Issues, Local Perspectives. Guest ed. C. Ess.  3(3), 12-24. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2007). Nieuwe Media en het Goede Leven. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 99(2), 132-39.   Brey, P. (2007). The Technological Construction of Social Power. Social Epistemology 22(1), 71-95. (PDF)  

Søraker, J. & Brey, P. (2007). Ambient Intelligence and Problems with Inferring Desires from Behaviour. International Review of Information Ethics 8, 7-12. (PDF)  

Brey, P.  (2007) Ethical Aspects of Security, Privacy and Trust. In M. Petcovic & W. Jonker (Eds.), Security, Privacy and Trust in Modern Data Management (pp. 21-36). Berlin Heidelberg New York: Springer. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2007). Method in Computer Ethics: Towards a Multi-Level Interdisciplinary Approach. In J. Weckert (Ed.), Computer Ethics. International Library of Essays in Public and Professional Ethics Series (pp. 233-240). Brookfield, USA: Ashgate.  

Brey, P. (2007). Computer Ethics in (Higher) Education. In G. Dodig-Crnkovic & S. Stuart (Eds.), Computation, Information, Cognition: The Nexus and the Liminal. Cambridge Scholars Press. (PDF)  

Brey, P., Grodzinsky, F. & Introna, L. (Eds.) (2006). Ethics of New Information Technology. Selected Papers of CEPE2005. Special issue of the journal Ethics and Information Technology, 7(2) (Guest editors)  

Brey, P. (Ed.) (2006). Privacy and Surveillance. Special issue of the journal Ethics and Information Technology, 7(3) (Guest editor)  

Brey, P. (2006). Freedom and Privacy in Ambient Intelligence. Ethics and Information Technology 7(3), 157-166. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2006). Social and Ethical Dimensions of Computer-Mediated Education. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society 2, 91-102. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2006). Evaluating the Social and Cultural Implications of the Internet. Computers and Society 36(3), 41-48. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2006). The Social Agency of Technological Artifacts: A Typology. In P.P. Verbeek & A. Slob (Eds.), User Behavior and Technology Development (pp. 71-81). Kluwer.   

Brey, P. (2006). Ethical Aspects of Behavior Steering Technology. In P.P. Verbeek & A. Slob (Eds.), User Behavior and Technology Development (pp. 357-364), Kluwer. (PDF)  

Brey, P., Grodzinsky, F. & Introna, L. (2006). Editorial Introduction - Ethics of New Information Technology. Ethics and Information Technology 7(3), 109.   

Brey, P. (2006). Editorial Introduction - Privacy and Surveillance. Ethics and Information Technology 7(4), 183-184.   

Brey, P., Grodzinsky, F. & Introna, L. (Eds.) (2005). Ethics of New Information Technology.  Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry. Enschede: Center for Telematics and Information Technology and CEPTES. ISSN 1574-0846.

Brey, P. (2005). Prosthetics. MacMillan Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics (ed. C. Mitcham), MacMillan Press, 1527-1532. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2005). Virtual Reality. MacMillan Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics (ed. C. Mitcham), MacMillan Press, 2034-2036. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2005). The Epistemology and Ontology of Human-Computer Interaction. Minds and Machines 15(3-4), 383-398. ISSN: 0924-6495. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2005). Artifacts as Social Agents. In H. Harbers (Ed.), Inside the Politics of Technology.  Agency and Normativity in the Co-Production of Technology and Society (pp. 61-84), Amsterdam University Press. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2005). The Importance of Privacy in the Workplace. In S.O. Hansson & E. Palm (Eds.), Privacy in the Workplace (pp. 97-118), Fritz Lang. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2004). Ethical Aspects of Face Recognition Systems in Public Places.' In R. Spinello & H. Tavani (Eds.), Readings in Cyberethics (pp. 585-600). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.  

Brey, P. (2004). Ethical Aspects of Face Recognition Systems in Public Places. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society 2(2), 97-109. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2004). Disclosive Computer Ethics. In R. Spinello & H. Tavani (Eds.), Readings in Cyberethics (pp. 55-66), Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett [Reprint from Brey 2001a].  

Brey, P. (2004). Ethical Aspects of the Virtual European University.  EuroPACE report WG9 for the cEVU-project (Collaborative Virtual European University) for the European Commission.  25 pp. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2004). The Role of Social and Ethical Studies of Information Technology in the University Curriculum.  In D. Johnson (Ed.), Ethical, Psychological and Societal Problems of the Application of ICTs in Education (p. 42-48).), Moscow: Unesco Institute for Information Technologies in Education.  

Misa, T., Brey, P. & Feenberg, A. (2003). Modernity and Technology. MIT Press. (Paperback ed. 2004)  

Brey, P. (2003). Wetenschaps- en techniekfilosofie.  Does it take two to tango?’ Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 95(3), 215-20. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2003). The Social Ontology of Virtual Environments. American Journal of Economics and Sociology 62(1), 269-282. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2003). Theorizing Technology and Modernity. In T. Misa, P. Brey & A. Feenberg (Eds.), Modernity and Technology (pp. 33-71). MIT Press. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2003). The Social Ontology of Virtual Environments. In D. Koepsell & L. Moss (Eds.), John Searle's Ideas About Social Reality: Extensions, Criticisms and Reconstructions (pp. 269-282).  Blackwell Publishing. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2001). Disclosive Computer Ethics In R. Spinello & H. Tavani (Eds.), Readings in Cyberethics (pp. 51-62) MA: Jones and Bartlett.  Also included in 2nd edition of Readings in Cyberethics, 2004, p. 55-66.  

Brey, P. (2001). Hubert Dreyfus - Human versus Machine.  In Achterhuis, H. (Ed.), American Philosophy of Technology: The Empirical Turn (pp. 37-63). Indiana University Press. (PDF)  

Dym, C. & Brey, P. (2001). Languages for Engineering Design: Empirical Constructs for Representing Objects and Articulating Processes.  In P. Kroes & A. Meijers (Eds.), The Empirical Turn in the Philosophy of Technology. Research in Philosophy and Technology 20 (pp. 119-148). London: Elsevier/JAI Press. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2000). Technology as Extension of Human Faculties. In C. Mitcham (Ed.), Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Technology. Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol 19.  London: Elsevier/JAI Press. (PDF)   

Brey, P. (2000). Technology and Embodiment in Ihde and Merleau-Ponty. In C. Mitcham (Ed.), Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Technology. Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol 19.  London: Elsevier/JAI Press. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (2000). Ethische aspecten van virtual reality. Filosofie en Praktijk 20(1), 31-44. (PDF)

Brey, P. (2000). Disclosive Computer Ethics: The Exposure and Evaluation of Embedded Normativity in Computer Technology. Computers and Society 30(4), 10-16. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1999). Worker Autonomy and the Drama of Digital Networks in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics 22, 15-25. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1999). The Ethics of Representation and Action in Virtual Reality. Ethics and Information Technology 1(1), 5-14. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1999). Method in Computer Ethics: Towards a Multi-Level Interdisciplinary Approach. Ethics and Information Technology 2(3), 1-5. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1998). New Media and the Quality of Life. Techné: Journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology 3(1), 1-23. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1998). Space-Shaping Technologies and the Geographical Disembedding of Place. Philosophy & Geography vol. III: Philosophies of Place. (Annual journal.) Eds. Andrew Light & Jonathan B. Smith. New York and London: Rowman & Littlefield, 239-263. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1998). The Politics of Computer Systems and the Ethics of Design. In M.J. van den Hoven (Ed.), Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry (pp. 64-75)., Rotterdam University Press. (PDF)

Brey, P. (1997). Social Constructivism for Philosophers of Technology: A Shopper's Guide. Techné:  Journal of the Society for Philosophy and Technology 2(3-4), 56-78. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1997). Sustainable Technology and the Limits of Ecological Modernization. Ludus Vitalis. Revista De Filosofia de Las Ciencias de la Vida / Journal of Philosophy of Life Sciences 7(12), 17-30. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1997). Artifacts as Social Agents. Design and the Social, Cultural and Political Consequences of Technology Use. 48 pp. Internal research report, University of Twente, distributed internationally.  

Brey, P. (1996). Philosophy of Technology: A Time for Maturation. Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science9, 91-104. (PDF)  

Brey, P. (1995). The Role of Cognitive Science in Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, San Diego. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Paul M. Churchland.