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Research group “Philosophy of Engineering, Technology Assessment, and Science” (PHILETAS)

In the research group we use philosophy to advance our understanding of how engineering and science shape our world.

Engineering and science advance at rapid pace. They do not only produce new knowledge or artifacts. In fact, also the ways in which this knowledge is generated are changing. Computer simulations, for example, have drastically affected scientific and engineering practices. As a consequence, traditional quality criteria that distinguish science from pseudoscience, that distinguish good from bad engineering practice may not apply anymore or, at least, may be regarded as too restrictive. Our research aims to foster the development of new epistemic criteria.

Our research resides right at the interface between epistemology and (applied) ethics. The research group’s goal is to reach an integrated understanding of epistemic and ethical aspects in engineering and science that incorporates different perspectives such as the ones of applied ethics, (virtue) epistemology, and philosophy of science.

The work of the research group is often interdisciplinary and carried out in collaborations with scientists and engineers.

Head of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Foto: Peter Winandy
Prof. Dr. Dr. +49 721 608-26450 rafaela hillerbrandSnx9∂kit edu

Members of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Armin Bangert
+49 721 608-28055 armin bangertEta1∂kit edu
Julie Schweer
M.A. +49 721 608-22380 julie schweerRer5∂kit edu
M.A. +49 721 608-23403 klaudija ivokOtw1∂kit edu
Marcel Krüger
Diplom-Soz. +49 721 608-26019 marcel kruegerHma8∂kit edu
Paul Grünke
M.A. +49 721 608-24278 paul gruenkeJoc8∂kit edu
Giovanni Frifo
Dr. +49 721 608-26058 giovanni frigoDqs1∂kit edu
Michael Poznic
Dr. +49 721 608-26813 michael poznicYve6∂kit edu

Current projects
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