The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology, Wageningen University and TU Delft invite PhD students in philosophy to register for the course Philosophy of Responsible Innovation to take place on January 24 – February 2, 2024.
Type of activity
Primary target group
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December 10, 2023
About the topic
This course discusses the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible Innovation, an emerging concept in the EU context which highlights the relevance of social-ethical issues in research and innovation practices. This emerging concept calls for philosophical reflection on the nature, scope and applicability of responsibility and innovation in innovation practices in general, and the way social-ethical issues can be applied and addressed in specific fields like business, healthcare and energy in particular. Topics that will be covered include the nature of responsibility in responsible innovation, the role of societal values in innovation and value sensitive design, philosophical reflections on the role of knowledge and risk in innovation, constructive technology assessment and governance of responsible innovation, Responsible Innovation in the public sector (healthcare), responsible innovation in the private sector.
Students get to know some of the main positions in relation to philosophical issues in responsible innovation, the main arguments in the relevant debates and insight in the dilemma’s which appear in the practical application of responsible innovation in the public and private sector. Although the focus is on the philosophical and ethical issues raised by responsible innovation, we will also touch upon some more fundamental philosophical issues raised by responsible innovation. This includes issues like:
- The nature of responsibility in light of the unpredictability of the future impact of innovations
- The philosophical assumptions of the innovation paradigm
- The way (responsible) innovations affect experience and praxis
- Value incommensurability, value pluralism and the trade-offs between values in responsible innovation
Aim / objective
To become acquainted with the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible Innovation.
- Day 1 (24 January 2024): Introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation (Blok, Swierstra & Boenink)
- Day 2 (25 January 2024): Value Sensitive Design (vd Hoven & vd Poel)
- Day 3 (26 January 2024): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to RRI I (Zwart) & Philosophy of Innovation (Blok)
Week 2 (Wageningen)
- Day 4 (29 January 2024): ELSA and AIRR Framework (Plantinga & MacNaghten)
- Day 5 (30 January 2024): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to RRI II (vd Poel/Blok)
- Day 6 (31 January 2024): Postphenomenological analysis of RRI & Stakeholder participation (Ayden & Krabbenburg)
- Day 7 (2 February 2024): Final Presentatioins (Blok & vd Poel)
- dr. Tsjalling Swierstra, Maastricht University (day 1)
- dr. Marianne Boenink, Radboud University Medical Center (day 1)
- Vincent Blok, Wageningen University (day 1, 3, 5 and 7)
- dr. ir. Ibo van de Poel, Technical University Delft (day 2, 5 and 7)
- Mirjam Plantinga, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (day 4)
- dr. Hub Zwart, Erasmus University Rotterdam (day 3)
- dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, Technical University Delft (day 2)
- dr. Phil Macnaghten, Wageningen University (day 4)
- Lotte Krabbenborg, Radboud University Nijmegen (day 6)
- Cyano Ayen, Twente University (day 6)
The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to do assignments and to actively participate in the discussions. They also have to give a final presentation (more information about the assignment will be provided during the first lecture)
It is obligatory to attend all sessions of the course.
Last updated on August 22, 2023
Certificate / credit points
Study load is the equivalent of 5 EC.
The course is free for:
- PhD candidates who are a member of the OZSW or another Research School in the Humanities;
- PhD candidates who are a member of the 4TU.Ethics graduate school;
- Research Master students who are a member of the OZSW oranother Research School in the Humanities.
- MSc students enrolled in the PSTS master of the University of Twente;
Other participants pay a tuition fee of 300 euro for the course. Foreign participants are welcome, but are themselves responsible for arranging their travel and accommodation in Delft or Wageningen.
Please note that there might be the option to register as a member of the OZSW which would give you free entrance to this and all other OZSW activities. Please check if you are eligible here: https://www.ozsw.nl/membership-2020/”
How to apply / register
PhD candidates can register through this link.
ReMa students can e-mail Fenanda Jacobs firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waiting list. After December 10th, we will e-mail if there are still spots available.
If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to email@example.com. Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.
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