Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn

  • Maarten Franssen
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
  • Peter Kroes
  • Anthonie W.M. Meijers

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Maarten Franssen, Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Anthonie W. M. Meijers
    Pages 1-10
  3. Peter Kroes, Anthonie W. M. Meijers
    Pages 11-30
  4. Sven Ove Hansson
    Pages 63-81
  5. Joseph C. Pitt
    Pages 83-92
  6. Ilkka Niiniluoto
    Pages 93-106
  7. Sjoerd D. Zwart, Marc J. de Vries
    Pages 219-248
  8. Pieter E. Vermaas
    Pages 269-282

About this book


This volume features 16 essays on the philosophy of technology that discuss its identity, its position in philosophy in general, and the role of empirical studies in philosophical analyses of engineering ethics and engineering practices. 

This volume is published about fifteen years after Peter Kroes and Anthonie Meijers published a collection of papers under the title The empirical turn in the philosophy of technology, in which they called for a reorientation toward the practice of engineering, and sketched the likely benefits for philosophy of technology of pursuing its major questions in an empirically informed way.

The essays in this volume fall apart in two different kinds. One kind follows up on The empirical turn discussion about what the philosophy of technology is all about. It continues the search for the identity of the philosophy of technology by asking what comes after the empirical turn. The other kind of essays follows the call for an empirical turn in the philosophy of technology by showing how it may be realized with regard to particular topics. Together these essays offer the reader an overview of the state of the art of an empirically informed philosophy of technology and of various views on the empirical turn as a stepping stone into the future of the philosophy of technology.


Philosophy of Technology Empirical Turn Technical Artifacts Philosophy of Engineering Philosophy of Science Engineering Ethics Ethics of Technology Values in Technology Science and Technology Studies Philosophical Taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarten Franssen
    • 1
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
    • 2
  • Peter Kroes
    • 3
  • Anthonie W.M. Meijers
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept of PhilosophyDelft Univ of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Dept of PhilosophyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Philosophy and EthicsEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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