Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, vice dean of the School of Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences, and co-director of the DesignLab at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is an editor of Tijdschrift voor Filosofie and a member of the editorial board of SATS. Journal for Northern Philosophy and of the scientific advisory board of Philosophy & Technology. From 2010 until 2012 he held the Socrates chair at Delft University of Technology. Between 2013 and 2015 he was President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology; between 2011 and 2013 he was chairman of the ‘Young Academy’, which is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006 he was guest professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.
Verbeek’s research focuses on the social and cultural roles of technology and the ethical and anthropological aspects of human-technology relations. In 2014, he received a VICI-award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research to develop a theory of technological mediation, after having received a VIDI-award (2008), for studying the blurring boundaries between humans and technologies and a VENI-award (2004), for studying the moral significance of technology, and its implications for design.
He recently published the book Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011), in which he analyzes the moral significance of technologies, and its implications for ethical theory and for design practices. He is also the author of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005), which investigates how technologies mediate human actions and experiences, with applications to industrial design. He is co-editor of the volume The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts (Springer 2014, with Peter Kroes) and User Behavior and Technology Design – Shaping Sustainable Relations between Consumers and Technologies (Springer 2006, with Adriaan Slob).