In this module, we ask ourselves how “science” is made. We do so with the help of cases regarding human, nature, and society. You will choose a theme from a technological research at the University of Twente. From different angles you will try to find out what questions are being asked, which methods and sources of knowledge can (and are) being used, how questions are asked and what the criteria for good answers are. You will be handed a method that allows you to check every scientific publication for its reliability, a method that may prove to be very fruitful for the next module.

General information

This course will take place in the first quartile of your second year. It will be given by Mieke Boon.


Mieke Boon

Mieke Boon

Mieke Boon studied chemical technology at the University of Twente and passed her studies cum laude in 1987. She then promoted cum laude, on the topic of Theoretical and experimental methods in the modelling of bio-oxidation of sulphide minerals (1996) at the Technical University of Delft. Her articles on this subject still belong to the most cited in this area of research.

Between 1996 and 2000, she worked as a postdoc in Delft, as coordinator for an interdisciplinary research project focussed on technologies in bacterial sulphur removal. From 1984, she started studying philosophy, first at the University of Twente, and later at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, with a special interest in the History of Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Technology. Between 1988 and 1992, she was head of a working group of the KIVI on the issue of Technics and Ethics. Between 1996 and 2003 she was chair of the animal experimentation committee (DEC) at the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam. In 1998, she won the essay award of the University of Delft for her book “Filosofie: Beelden in Wetenschap”.

Since 2001, she works as a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente, where she lectures on the Ethics of Technology, Philosophy of Science, and responsibility of the engineer. In 2002, she obtained a VIDI-subsidy for five years on the theme of Philosophy of the Technical Science, and works on a book on this topic named

Engineering Philosophy of Science. Her research has been embedded into MESA+ by the potential SEPA-NST. Since 2005, she, together with journalist Peter Henk Steenhuis, wrote a ‘course’ called ‘The Philosophy of Looking’, which is published in the daily newspaper Trouw. In 2007, this series appeared as a book by Lemniscaat.



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