Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Michael Poznic

Dr. Michael Poznic

  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe


Studies in Philosophy (major) and Sociology and Psychology (minors) at RWTH Aachen University, PhD study in Philosophy at RWTH Aachen University, thereafter PhD Candidate at Delft University of Technology (NL).

PhD thesis on “Models in Science and Engineering: Imagining, Designing and Evaluating Representations”.

Professional background

2009 - 2012 RWTH Aachen University, Project House HumTec, Research assistant in the project, Ethics for Energy Technology
2010 - 2011 RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Philosophy, Research assistant for the electronic teaching space of the RWTH, L2P
2013 - 2015 Delft University of Technology (NL), Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, PhD researcher
since 2016 Member of scientific staff at ITAS

Current positions

Fields of work

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Epistemology

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Selected publications

Poznic, M.
Representation and Similarity: Suárez on Necessary and Sufficient Conditions of Scientific Representation, Journal for General Philosophy of Science. DOI: 10.1007/s10838-015-9307-7, 2015

Poznic, M.
Technological Models: Epistemic and Responsible Perspectives, Journal of Responsible Innovation 1 (2): 244-246, 2014

Poznic, M.
Fiktionen in den Wissenschaften. Roman Friggs Modellsysteme und ihr ontologischer Status, in: A. Dunshirn, E. Nemeth, G. Unterthurner (Hrsg.), Crossing Borders. Grenzen (über)denken. Thinking (across) Boundaries. Beiträge zum 9. Kongress der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Philosophie, Phaidra, Universität Wien, 696-703, 2012

Hillerbrand, R.; Reitinger, C.; Frenzel, P.; Poznic, M.; Pfennig, A.
Nachhaltige Energieversorgung – mit oder ohne Kernenergie?, RWTH Themen, 2011 (2): 16-20, 2011


Journal Articles
Poznic, M.; Stacey, M.; Hillerbrand, R.; Eckert, C.
Designing as playing games of make-believe.
2020. Design science, 6 (e10), 1–27. doi:10.1017/dsj.2020.8Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Poznic, M.
Scientific Representation, Make-Believe and the Factivity of Model-Based Understanding.
2020. 10th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP 10 2020), online, August 24–28, 2020 
Hillerbrand, R.; Poznic, M.; Eckert, C.; Stacey, M.
Uncertainties and Games of Make-Believe.
2019. 12th SIG Design Theory Paris Workshop (2019), Paris, France, January 28–29, 2019 
Poznic, M.
Representational success. Waltonian fictionalism and the factivity of model-based understanding.
2019. Workshop “Epistemology of Science” (2019), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, September 20–21, 2019 
Poznic, M.; Fisher, E.
The responsible engineer: The role of moral, epistemic, and poietic virtues.
2019. SPT: Technology and Power (2019), College Station, TX, USA, May 20–22, 2019 
Journal Articles
Poznic, M.
Architectural modeling: Interplay of designing and representing.
2018. Models and Simulations 8, University of Sourth Carolina, Columbia, SC, March 15-17, 2018 
Poznic, M.; Eckert, C.; Hillerbrand, R.; Stacey, M.
Jet engines, design teams and the imagination: Designing as playing games of make-believe.
2018. Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET), College Park, MD, May 30 - June 1, 2018 
Poznic, M.; Eckert, C.; Hillerbrand, R.; Stacey, M.
Designing as playing games of make-believe.
2018. 11th SIG Design Theory Paris Workshop (2018), Paris, France, January 29–30, 2018 
PhD Theses
Bakdur, E.; Poznic, M.
The alleged distinction between cognitive and epistemic values: The case of simplicity.
2017. Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy, Salzburg, A, September 13-15, 2017 
Poznic, M.
Architectural modeling: Interplay of designing and representing.
2017. The Grammar of Things : 20th conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Darmstadt, June 14-17, 2017