Pieter Vermaas Research and Publications



Design for values

Design research

Functions and philosophy

Functions and engineering

Functions and applied ontology

Quantum mechanics

General publications

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Research in the philosophy of technology at Delft University of Technology has been brought together in a textbook for Master and last-year Bachelor courses. Starting points are analyses of technical artefacts and their use and design; end points are socio-technical and moral perspectives on technology. The textbook is available in English and Dutch. Research in ethics and technology has in turn led to the creation of a handbook on design for values, the vision that in designing moral and societal values can explicitly be included as requirements making that the products designed realise these values. The empirical turn in the philosophy of technology has been revisited in an edited volume.

Other publications include a keynote at the Danish Design School and a bibliography of philosophy and ethics of engineering with Oxford University Press.

Franssen, M., P.E. Vermaas, P. Kroes and A. Meijers (eds.) (2016) Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn (Dordrecht: Springer), 325 pp.[link]

Van den Hoven, J., P.E. Vermaas and I. van de Poel (eds.) (2015) Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design.[link]

Vermaas, P., P. Kroes, I. van de Poel, M. Franssen and W. Houkes (2011) A Philosophy of Technology: From Technical Artefacts to Sociotechnical Systems, vol. 6 of Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology and Society (Morgan & Claypool).[link]

Vermaas, P., P. Kroes, I. van de Poel, M. Franssen and W. Houkes (2009) Kernthema's in de Technische Wetenschap, in Wetenschapsfilosofie in Context (Amsterdam: Boom).[link]

Vermaas, P.E., I. van de Poel and R. Hillerbrand (2014) Philosophy and Ethics of Engineering, in D. Pritchard (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press).[link]

Vermaas, P.E. (2010) A Conceptually Ambiguous Future for Engineering Design, in P. Galle (ed.) CEPHAD 2010: The Borderland between Philosophy and Design Research, vol. 2 of Copenhagen Working Papers on Design (Danish Design School Press), pp. 59-64.[pdf]

Scheele, M., and P.E. Vermaas (eds.) (2003) Handelingsontwerpers: Een Wijsgerige Visie op Ingenieurswerk (Best: Damon).[pdf]