The Society for Philosophy and Technology
About SPT

About SPT

The Society for Philosophy and Technology is an independent international organization that encourages, supports and facilitates philosophically significant considerations of technology. Founded in 1976, the Society convenes its own international conference biennially. Read More
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SPT Darmstadt 2017 Program Released

SPT Darmstadt 2017 Program Released

We are happy to share with you the program for Darmstadt 2017. The program for the biennial meeting with the theme “The Grammar of Things” has been published and on it you will find information about panels, roundtables, and other breakout sessions.

Call for Papers: Techné’s Special Issue on Wittgenstein & Philosophy of Technology

+++ NEW DEADLINE: November 1, 2017 +++ Few philosophers of technology enlist Wittgenstein’s work when thinking about technology, and scholars of Wittgenstein pay scant attention to remarks about technology in his work. This double neglect of (aspects of) Wittgenstein’s work is symptomatic of a more general gap between philosophy of language and philosophy of technology....

SPT Election Results 2017

The results are in! We are proud to announce that we have elected six new Board members. Our Vice President and President-Elect beginning in May 2019 is Pieter Vermaas (Delft University of Technology). In addition, five members-at-large have been elected, with Jose Luis Garcia (Universidade de Lisboa) beginning his term in June 2017 and Sabine Ammon (Darmstadt University of...

Call for Papers: 13th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers: “This Changes Everything”

SPT would like to share a call for papers for the 13th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference: ”This Changes Everything” – in conjunction with the World Computer Congress, 17th-21st September 2018, Poznan, Poland. Conference Chairs: David Kreps, Kai Kimppa, Louise Leenen, Charles Ess <http://www.hcc13.net> Conference Theme: “This Changes Everything.” Track Chairs: David Kreps and...

Congratulations to SPT’s Early Career Award Recipient, Vlad Niculescu-Dincă

The Society for Philosophy and Technology, in coordination with the Springer journal Philosophy and Technology (Editor-in-Chief: Luciano Floridi), is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 SPT Early Career Award: Vlad Niculescu-Dincă, of Erasmus University Rotterdam, for the paper “Towards a sedimentology of information infrastructures: A geological approach for understanding the city.” The paper’s abstract is as follows:...

Registration Now Open for SPT 2017

Register now for SPT 2017, hosted June 14-17, 2017 at TU Darmstadt in Germany.

SPT 2017 Election

Active SPT members: An email was sent to you on April 3, inviting you to vote in the current election for SPT Vice President/President-Elect and five Members-at-Large positions on the SPT board. Though the Philosophy Documentation Center (to whom you pay your membership dues) administers the election, the email ballot email comes from the sender...

Winners of the SPT Graduate Student Paper Awards for 2017

  The Society for Philosophy and Technology is happy to announce the five winners of the 2017 SPT Graduate Student Paper Awards, recognizing outstanding submissions by graduate students to SPT 2017. Each winner will receive a $500 USD stipend to support their travel to our forthcoming 20th biennial conference June 14-17 at TU Darmstadt in...

Special Message from SPT President Shannon Vallor

The Executive Board of The Society for Philosophy and Technology (www.spt.org), an international society of scholars from 43 countries, wishes to underscore its unwavering commitment to an open and collaborative global environment for research and the exchange of ideas. Our Society’s mission demands that we express our strong objections to the executive order issued on...


On behalf of SPT Vice-President/President-Elect, Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh, the international Society for Philosophy and Technology would like to encourage submissions to the following Call for Papers. Call for Papers (Deadline February 1, 2017) WORKSHOP “WITTGENSTEIN AND PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY” DATE 13 March 2017 VENUE TBA, Vienna, Austria Few philosophers of technology enlist Wittgenstein’s work when thinking about technology, and scholars...
Voices from the Board: Neelke Doorn

Voices from the Board: Neelke Doorn

Having a background in engineering, philosophy and law, the SPT community feels like a natural home for me. As an engineer, I went through all the attitudes one could possibly have towards technology: from naïve techno-optimism to techno-fatalism. My current view on technology, which I hope never to lose, is one of curiosity. This also...

New Special Tracks Added for SPT 2017

  Complementing the overall conference theme, two more special tracks in addition to the five announced previously for SPT 2017 have been proposed. Reminder: The December 5 deadline is approaching for abstracts/proposal submissions. Each track provides its own Call for Papers: