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SPT Member YearTitleKeywordsPublication/PublisherNotesAdditional AuthorsAbstract
AslaksenErik W.2018The Social Bond: How the interaction between individuals drives the evolution of societyevolution of society; interaction between individuals; influence of technologySpringerThe book is a free download available at http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319687407However we think of our society – in geographical terms, as Planet Earth; in biological terms, as the species homo sapiens; or as a collection of individuals in the form of a complex, dynamic, and self-organizing system – its evolution depends on us. We made it what it is today, and we determine what it will be tomorrow. Based on this premise, the book focuses on what is the determining factor in this evolution: the interaction between individuals and the resulting relationship, which I call the Social Bond, in analogy with the basic relationship in chemistry – the chemical bond. The book aims to make a modest contribution to our understanding of the nature of this interaction, what determines its strength, its dynamics, and, in particular, its dependence on information technology. A dependence that makes it increasingly vulnerable to corruption through the concentration of media ownership and control; itself a feature of neoliberalism as the dominant politico-economic paradigm in the Western world. Two problems with this current state of our society that impinge on the Social Bond – one political and one economical - are described, and a possible way forward is suggested for each one.
CoeckelberghMark2016Care robots and the future of ICT-mediated elderly care: a response to doom scenariosAI & Society 31:4 (pp. 455-462)
CoeckelberghMark2016Alterity ex Machina: The Encounter with Technology as an Epistemological-Ethical DramaRowman & Littlefield International (pp. 181-196)An article within The Changing Face of Alterity: Communication, Technology, and Other Subjects
CoeckelberghMark2015Money Machines: Electronic Financial Technologies, Distancing, and Responsibility in Global FinanceAshgatehttps://www.routledge.com/products/isbn/9781472445087While we have become increasingly vulnerable to the ebb and flow of global finance, most of us know very little about it. This book focuses on the role of technology in global finance and reflects on the ethical and societal meaning and impact of financial information and communication technologies (ICTs). Exploring the history, metaphysics, and geography of money, algorithms, and electronic currencies, the author argues that financial ICTs contribute to impersonal, disengaged, placeless, and objectifying relations, and that in the context of globalization these ‘distancing’ effects render it increasingly difficult to exercise and ascribe responsibility. Caught in the currents of capital, it seems that both experts and lay people have lost control and lack sufficient knowledge of what they are doing. There is too much epistemic, social, and moral distance.

At the same time, the book also shows that these electronically mediated developments do not render global finance merely ‘virtual’, for its technological practices remain material and place-bound, and the ethical and social vulnerabilities they create are no less real. Moreover, understood in terms of technological practices, global finance remains human through and through, and there is no technological determinism. Therefore, Money Machines also examines the ways in which contemporary techno-financial developments can be resisted or re-oriented in a morally and socially responsible direction – not without, but with technology. As such, it will appeal to philosophers and scholars across the humanities and the social sciences with interests in science and technology, finance, ethics and questions of responsibility.
CoeckelberghMark2015Environmental Skill: Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental EthicsRoutledgehttps://www.routledge.com/products/9781138885578Today it is widely recognized that we face urgent and serious environmental problems and we know much about them, yet we do very little. What explains this lack of motivation and change? Why is it so hard to change our lives? This book addresses this question by means of a philosophical inquiry into the conditions of possibility for environmental change. It discusses how we can become more motivated to do environmental good and what kind of knowledge we need for this, and explores the relations between motivation, knowledge, and modernity. After reviewing a broad range of possible philosophical and psychological responses to environmental apathy and inertia, the author argues for moving away from a modern focus on either detached reason and control (Stoicism and Enlightenment reason) or the natural, the sentiments, and the authentic (Romanticism), both of which make possible disengaging and alienating modes of relating to our environment. Instead he develops the notion of environmental skill: a concept that bridges the gap between knowledge and action, re-interprets environmental virtue, and suggests an environmental ethics centered on experience, know-how and skillful engagement with our environment. The author then explores the implications of this ethics for our lives: it changes the way we think about , and deal with, health, food, animals, energy, climate change, politics, and technology.
CoeckelberghMark2013Human Being @ Risk: Enhancement, Technology, and the Evaluation of Vulnerability TransformationsSpringerhttp://www.springer.com/gb/book/9789400760240Whereas standard approaches to risk and vulnerability presuppose a strict separation between humans and their world, this book develops an existential-phenomenological approach according to which we are always already beings-at-risk. Moreover, it is argued that in our struggle against vulnerability, we create new vulnerabilities and thereby transform ourselves as much as we transform the world. Responding to the discussion about human enhancement and information technologies, the book then shows that this dynamic-relational approach has important implications for the evaluation of new technologies and their risks. It calls for a normative anthropology of vulnerability that does not ask which objective risks are acceptable, how we can become invulnerable, or which technologies threaten human nature, but which vulnerability transformations we want. To the extent that we can steer the growth of new technologies at all, this tragic and sometimes comic project should therefore be guided by what we want to become.
CrockerGeoff2012A Managerial Philosophy of Technology : Technology and Humanity in SymbiosisPalgrave MacmillanThis book is a free download available at http://www.philosophyoftechnology.comThis book is a free download: www.philosophyoftechnology.com.
CruzCristiano Cordeiro2015From the fundamentals to the Praxis: Constructing a different engineering education to make our world a less risky placerisk society; democratizing technology; sustainability.IEEEDOI:10.1109/ICL.2015.7318115available at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7318115/?reload=true
If we look to the human history we will see that, along with several marvelous achievements, technical development has given many bad fruits, either as intended outcomes (e.g., bombs and weapons) or as foreseeable or unpredictable side effects (e.g., environmental destruction and social disruption). This same history can also unveil a technology that is much less neutral, always embodying social values and, as a consequence of the chosen set of them, dealing very differently with the collateral effects, the possibility of their occurrence and their prevention. According to such understanding, many claims for resilience may be questioned when the calamity being experienced is caused by technology. Actually, in such case, the more sensible thing left to be done seem to be trying to change technique or the pattern of its development, instead of only adapting to or bearing the suffering it causes/d. Since the professional eventually in charge of technical design and implementation is the engineer, we must thus think about the formation we currently provide him/her. For, depending on the skills we are allowing or encouraging them to develop, the threat of a more risky world may be bigger or smaller. In this paper, besides undertaking and substantiating this reflection, we will also present a possible model for such an education to be achieved. It is important to highlight, however, that our approach will be a more philosophical one, based on some important authors of this area and focusing on the fundamentals of what will be discussed (e.g. technology and technical development). Moreover, our main intention is not to offer our readers a definitive and universal answer, but rather to leave them (you) with questions and the desire to search and try different solutions that could finally give the fruits we most need currently: engineers able to perform a social sensitive technical job.
de Melo-MartinInmaculada2016Rethinking Reprogenetics. Enhancing Ethical Analyses of Reprogenetic TechnologiesOxford University Press
HanssonSven Ove2015The Role of Technology in Science: Philosophical Perspectives.SpringerEditor
HanssonSven Ove2016Technology as a Practical ArtSpringer (pp. 63-81)In Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical TurnEds. Marten Franssen. et al.
HanssonSven Ove2014Making Road Traffic Safer: Reply to OriPhilosophical Papers 43 (pp. 365-375)
HanssonSven Ove2015Nuclear Energy and the Ethics of Radiation ProtectionCambridge University Press (pp. 17-34)In The Ethics of Nuclear Energy. Risk, Justice, and Democracy in the post-Fukushima EraEds. Behnam Taebi and Sabine Roeser
HanssonSven Ove2013What is technological knowledge?Sense Publishers (pp. 17-31)In Technology Teachers as ResearchersEds. Inga-Britt Skogh and Marc J. de Vries
HullGordon2016Cultural Branding, Geographic Source Indicators and CommodificationTheory, Culture & Society 33:2 (pp. 125-45)DOI:10.1177/0263276415583140
HullGordon2015Successful Failure: What Foucault Can Teach Us about Privacy Self-Management in a World of Facebook and Big DataEthics and Information Technology 17:2 (pp. 89-101)
HullGordon2013Know thy Cyborg Self: Thoughts on Socrates and Technological LiteracySense Publishers (pp. 15-34)In The Nature of Technology: Implications for Learning and Teaching
HullGordon2012Coding the Dictatorship of ‘the They:’ A Phenomenological Critique of Digital Rights ManagementLexington Books (pp. 197-219)In Ethics and Phenomenology
HullGordon2011Contextual Gaps: Privacy Problems on FacebookEthics and Information Technology 13 (pp. 289-302)Heather Lipford and Celine Latulipe
KermischCeline2016A contribution to the analysis of equity associated with high-level radioactive waste managementProgress in nuclear energy 92 (pp. 40-47)Depaus C. and Labeau P.E.
KermischCeline2016Can today's decisions really be future-proofed?Nature 530:7591 (pp. 383)
KermischCeline2015Specifying the concept of future generations for addressing issues related to high-level radioactive wasteScience and engineering ethicsDOI 10.1007/s11948-015-9741-2
KermischCeline2012Do new ethical issues arise at each stage of nanotechnological development?Nanoethics 6:1 (pp. 29-37)
MooreSteven A.2016Testing a Mature Hypothesis: Reflection on "Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities: Urban Planning and the Contradiction of Sustainable DevelopmentJournal of the American Planning Association (pp. 385-388)DOI:10.1080/01944363.2016.1213655.Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor of Architecture and Planning
Co-Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable Design
MooreSteven A.2016Pragmatic Sustainability: Dispositions for Critical AdaptationRoutledgeEditor, 2nd edition.
PoznicMichael2016Modeling Organs with Organs on Chips: Scientific Representation and Engineering Design as Modeling RelationsPhilosophy & Technology 29:4 (pp. 357-371)DOI: 10.1007/s13347-016-0225-3
PoznicMichael2017Models in Science and Engineering: Imagining, Designing and Evaluating Representations. Delft: Delft University of Technology, 2017.In Simon Stevin Series in the Philosophy of Technology, Vol. 13. http://doi.org/10.4233/uuid:a1bec569-8d24-45ea-9e7e-63c0b900504e
SchmidtJon A.2016Your Practice Is Your Ethics: Rethinking Engineering VirtueEngineering News-Record 277:7 (pp. 56)http://www.enr.com/articles/40151-your-practice-is-your-ethics?v=preview
SchmidtJon A.2016The Logic of Ingenuity, Part 1: Engineering DesignSTRUCTURE 23:9 (pp. 63)http://www.structuremag.org/?p=10373
SchmidtJon A.2016The Logic of Ingenuity, Part 2: Engineering AnalysisSTRUCTURE 23:10 (pp. 46)http://www.structuremag.org/?p=10490
SchmidtJon A.2016The Logic of Ingenuity, Part 3: Engineering ReasoningSTRUCTURE 23:11 (pp. 62-63)http://www.structuremag.org/?p=10592
CoeckelberghMark2018Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Technology: Tool Use, Forms of Life, Technique, and a Transcendental Argumentphilosophy of technologyHuman Studies [online] 1(27) / Springerhttp://rdcu.be/ECFz Funk, MichaelThe work of Ludwig Wittgenstein is seldom used by philosophers of technology, let alone in a systematic way, and in general there has been little discussion about the role of language in relation to technology. Conversely, Wittgenstein scholars have paid little attention to technology in the work of Wittgenstein. In this paper we read the Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty in order to explore the relation between language use and technology use, and take some significant steps towards constructing a framework for a Wittgensteinian philosophy of technology. This framework takes on board, and is in line with, insights from postphenomenological and hermeneutic approaches, but moves beyond those approaches by benefiting from Wittgenstein’s insights into the use of tools, technique, and performance, and by offering a transcendental interpretation of games, forms of life, and grammar. Focusing on Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language in the Investigations, we first discuss the relation between language use and technology use, understood as tool use, by drawing on his analogy between language and tools. This suggests a more general theory of technology use, understood as performance. Then we turn to his epistemology and argue that Wittgenstein’s understanding of language use can be embedded within a more general theory about technology use understood as tool use and technique, since language-in-use is always already a skilled and embodied technological practice. Finally, we propose a transcendental interpretation of games, forms of life, and grammar, which also gives us a transcendental way of looking at technique, technological practice, and performance. With this analysis and interpretation, further supported by comments on robotics and music, we contribute to using and integrating Wittgenstein in a more systematic way within philosophy of technology and engage with perennial questions from the philosophical tradition.

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