The research group Philosophy of Man and Technology (chair: Peter-Paul Verbeek) focuses on investigating the relations between humans and technologies. Beside this, the group aims to contribute to practices of technology design and to public discussions about the social and cultural role of technology.

Click here voor a further description of the chair Philosophy of Man and Technology (in Dutch).


Staff members of the group are:

  • Prof.dr. Ciano Aydin
  • Lucie Dalibert, M.A.
  • Ir. Steven Dorrestijn, M.A.
  • Yvonne Dröge Wendel, B.A.
  • Dr. Asle Kiran
  • Prof.dr. Petran Kockelkoren
  • René Munnik
  • Peter-Paul Verbeek

External PhD candidates and researchers:

  • Ir. Jantine Bouma, UT & Hanze Hogeschool Groningen
    (copromotor, with Wim Poelman): Designing Social Product Impacts
  • Drs. Wouter Mensink, RU Leiden 
    (copromotor, with prof.dr. B. Katzy): Subjects of Innovation, or: How to redevelop ‘the patient’?
  • Drs. Hanneke Miedema, Wageningen UR 
    (copromotor, with Peter Groot Koerkamp)
  • Ir. Nynke Tromp, TU Delft 
    (copromotor, with prof.dr. Paul Hekkert): Design for Society
  • Prof.dr. Theo Wobbes (prof. emeritus chirurgie, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen): Ze leefden nog lang en gelukkig: filosofie van geneeskunde en mensverbetering

Current research projects (externally funded):

  • Technology and the Limits of Humanity

An inquiry into the anthropological and ethical aspects of technologies that affect the human being, like brain implants, pre implantation diagnistics, prostheses, and psychofarmaca. Which new relations between humans and technologies arise here, which ethical questions are connected to them, and which role can the philosophy of technology play here? (NWO-VIDI project)
investigators: Lucie Dalibert (PhD candidate), Theo Wobbes (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher, supervisor/promotor)

  • Theory and Ethics of Behavior-Influencing Technology

An investigation of behavior-influencing technology and its ethical aspects. Funded by IOP-IPCR (Innovative Research Projects – Integral Product Creation and Realisation). Part of the 3TU project Design for Usability.
Steven Dorrestijn (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher).

  • Telecare at Home

A research project about telecare and its implications for the practices and experiences of patients and healthcare professionals. Part of the interdisciplinary research project Telecare at Home, directed by Nelly Oudshoorn, funded by NWO: Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren (Socially Responsible Innovation).
reseacrhers: Asle Kiran (postdoc), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher)

  • Relational and Performative Abilities of Things

An Artistic Research project about the role of objects in human existence. Funded by NWO: PhD in the Fine Arts. researcher: Yvonne Dröge Wendel, PhD candidate