Constructive Philosophy of Technology and Responsible Innovation

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


This essay argues for a new turn after the empirical turn in the philosophy of technology: the societal turn, which is the turn from reflective philosophy of technology (academic philosophy concerned with analysis and understanding) to constructive philosophy of technology (philosophy that is directly involved in solving practical problems in society). The essay aims to describe in detail what a constructive approach would look like and how it could be achieved. It claims that at least in the European Union, the conditions for a constructive philosophy of technology are favorable, due to the emergence in both policy and academics of the notion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). It then goes on to describe how a constructive philosophy of technology can contribute to better technology development, better technology policy and better implementation and use of technology, through engineering-oriented, policy-oriented and use-oriented approaches to research.


Constructive philosophy of technology Empirical turn Societal turn Responsible research and innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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