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Research Topics in
Philosophy of Technology

My research in philosophy of technology includes

  • the opposition natural/artificial
  • the relationship between science and technology
  • engineering ethics and technology assessment
  • technological visions

See also my projects on nanotechnology, history & philosophy of science, and ethics.


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Books and Editions

Discovering the Nanoscale, IOS Press, Amsterdam 2004 (co-editor with Davis Baird & Alfred Nordmann)

Nanotech Challenges, joint special double issue of Techne–Research in Philosophy and Technology and Hyle–International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry 2004-5 (co-editor with Davis Baird).

Ethics of Chemistry, Special Issue of Hyle–International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry, Karlsruhe 2001/2 [editor].


“Aesthetic Values in Technology and Engineering Design” (with Bruce MacLennan & Nigel Taylor), in: Anthonie Meijers (ed.): Handbook of the Philosophy of the Technological Sciences, (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 9) Elsevier (forthcoming).

"Teaching Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology to Engineering Students through Science Fiction" (with Rosalyn Berne) (ms submitted for publication).

"Interdisciplinary Issues of Nanoscale Research", in: D. Baird, A. Nordmann & J. Schummer (eds.), Discovering the Nanoscale, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2004, pp. 9-20.

"Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology: Meanings, Interest Groups, and Social Dynamics", Techne - Research in Philosophy and Technology, 8 no. 2 (2004), 56-87.

“Naturverhältnisse in der modernen Wirkstoff-Forschung”, in: K. Kornwachs (ed.), Technik – System – Verantwortung, Münster (LIT) 2004, pp. 629-638.

“The Notion of Nature in Chemistry”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 34 (2003), 705-736.

“Aristotle on Technology and Nature”, Philosophia naturalis, 38 (2001), 105-120.

“Challenging Standard Distinctions between Science and Technology: The Case of Preparative Chemistry”, Hyle, 3 (1997), 81-94.

“Die stoffliche Weltveränderung der Chemie: Philosophische Herausforderungen”, in: C. Hubig, H. Poser (eds.): Cognition humana - Dynamik des Wissens und der Werte. XVII. Deutscher Kongreß für Philosophie, Leipzig 1996, Workshop-Beiträge, Bd. 1, Leipzig 1996, pp. 429-436.

Last update: 5/14/2007