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Research group WTP - Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology

In the working group “WTP – Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology” 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 generate knew knowledge or artifacts, but also the ways in which this knowledge is generated are changing. Computer simulations, for example, may be a case at hand as they have drastically changed scientific and engineering practice. 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. Today we are in the need of new epistemic criteria. It is these criteria that the research at WTP aims to promote.

Overall mission

Research at WTP resides right at the interface between epistemology and (applied) ethics. WTP’s goal is to reach an integrated understanding of epistemic aspects and normativity in engineering and science that incorporates different perspectives such as perspectives from applied ethics, virtue epistemology and philosophy of science.

Interdisciplinary commitment

Thereby the work at WTP is often genuinely interdisciplinary and it is done with collaborations from science, or engineering.

Research fields (in alphabetic order)

  • Energy systems and ethics
  • Engineering ethics
  • Epistemic virtues in science and engineering
  • Models in science and engineering design
  • Philosophy of climate science
  • Philosophy of computer simulations
  • Sustainability research
  • Values in science
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