Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design

Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains

  • Jeroen van den Hoven
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
  • Ibo van de Poel
Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Caroline Nevejan, Frances Brazier
  2. Martijn Warnier, Francien Dechesne, Frances Brazier
  3. Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist, Neelke Doorn, Ibo van de Poel
  4. Neelke Doorn, Sven Ove Hansson
  5. Renee Wever, Joost Vogtländer
  6. Joris Hulstijn, Brigitte Burgemeestre
  7. Wim Ravesteijn, Otto Kroesen
  8. Aad Correljé, John Groenewegen, Rolf Künneke, Daniel Scholten
  9. Alina Huldtgren

About this book


This handbook enumerates every aspect of incorporating moral and societal values into technology design, reflects the fact that the latter has moved on from strict functionality to become sensitive to moral and social values such as sustainability and accountability. Aimed at a broad readership that includes ethicists, policy makers and designers themselves, it proffers a detailed survey of how technological, and institutional, design must now reflect awareness of ethical factors such as sustainability, human well-being, privacy, democracy and justice, inclusivity, trust, accountability, and responsibility (both social and environmental). Edited by a trio of highly experienced academic philosophers with a specialized interest in the ethical dimensions of technology and human creativity, this syncretic handbook collates an array of published material and offers a studied, practical introduction to the field. The volume addresses myriad aspects at the intersection of technology design and ethics, enabling designers to adopt a constructive approach in anticipating, preventing, and resolving societal and ethical issues affecting their work. It covers underlying theory; discrete values such as democracy, human well-being, sustainability and justice; and application domains themselves, which include architecture, bio- and nanotechnology, and military hardware. As the first exhaustive survey of a field whose importance is characterized by almost exponential growth, it represents a compelling addition to a formerly atomized literature. ​

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeroen van den Hoven
    • 1
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
    • 2
  • Ibo van de Poel
    • 3
  1. 1.Philosophy SectionDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Delft University of Technology Dept. PhilosophyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy Sch. of Techn. Policy & ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

About the editors

Jeroen van den Hoven is Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at Delft University of Technology, Scientific Director of the 3Technical University Centre of Ethics and Technology (3TU Centre) ( and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Technology of Policy and Management. He is Editor in Chief of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer) and Founding Chair of the CEPE conference (Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry). He has published numerous articles on Ethics and Information Technology. An edited volume Information Technology and Moral Philosophy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 (hardcover) and 2009 (paperback). He co-authored a book (with Dean Cocking) entitled Evil On Line that will be published by Wiley Blackwell in 2013. An edited collection (with Thomas Pogge, Seumas Miller) entitled The Design Turn in Applied Ethics will appear with Cambridge University Press in 2012. Van den Hoven was the winner of the 2009 World Technology Award in the category Ethics and received the IFIP Namur Award for Society and Information Technology.

Ibo van de Poel is AvL Professor in Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on engineering ethics, the moral acceptability of technological risks, values and engineering design, moral responsibility in research networks and ethics of new emerging technologies like nanotechnology. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Philosophy of Technology and the Engineering Sciences (Elsevier, 2009), Philosophy and Engineering (Springer, 2010), Moral Responsibility. Beyond Free Will And Determinism (Springer, 2011) and co-author of Ethics, Engineering and Technology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He has a VICI grant for his research proposal New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Pieter E. Vermaas is senior researcher at the Philosophy Department of Delft University of Technology. He does research on engineering and design, and published extensively on the notion of technical functions in philosophy and engineering, the metaphysics of technical artefacts and on engineering design methods. He published monographs on design, use and functions (Houkes and Vermaas (2010) Technical Functions, Springer) and on general philosophy of technology (Vermaas, Kroes, van de Poel, Franssen and Houkes (2011) A Philosophy of Technology, Morgan & Claypool). He is currently editor of the journal Philosophy of Technology and editor-in-chief of the book series Philosophy of Engineering and Technology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design
  • Book Subtitle Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains
  • Editors Jeroen van den Hoven
    Pieter E. Vermaas
    Ibo van de Poel
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6994-6
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages XX, 1980
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information in 3 volumes, not available separately
  • Topics Philosophy of Technology
    Design, general
    R & D/Technology Policy