Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy and co-director of the DesignLab at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary adjunct professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Science of Aalborg University, Denmark. Verbeek is a member of UNESCO – COMEST (Committee on the Ethics of Science and Technology), of the Dutch Concil for the Humanities, of the Supervisory Board of TNO (Dutch Organization for applied scientific research), of the board of the Rathenau Institute, of the steering committee Responsible Innovation (NWO – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), and of the Center for Ethics and Health (Ministry of Health). He is a member of the editorial board of SATS. Journal for Northern Philosophy and of the scientific advisory board of Philosophy & Technology. From 2010 until 2012 he held the Socrates chair at Delft University of Technology. Verbeek is member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences. Between 2013 and 2015 he was President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology; between 2011 and 2013 he was chairman of ‘The Young Academy’, an independent division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he received the Borghgraef Prize (KU Leuven) in biomedical ethics. In 2016, he was awarded the World Technology Award in Ethics.
Verbeek’s research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. In 2014, he received a VICI award from the Netherlands Orgnization for Scientific Research (a personal grant for innovative research) to develop a theory of technological mediation, aiming to theorize how technologies play a mediating role in scientific practices, ethical frameworks, and religion, and how this mediating role of technologies can be included in design practices. Earlier he received a VIDI-award (2008), for studying human enhancement technologies and the blurring boundaries between humans and technologies, and a VENI-award (2004), for studying the moral significance of technology, and its implications for design.
Peter-Paul Verbeek is author of Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011), in which he analyzes the moral significance of technologies, and its implications for ethical theory and for design practices. He also published What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005), which investigates how technologies mediate human actions and experiences, with applications to industrial design. He is co-editor of the volumes Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations (Lexington 2015, with Robert Rosenberger), The Moral Status of Technical Artefacts (Springer 2014, with Peter Kroes), and User Behavior and Technology Design – Shaping Sustainable Relations between Consumers and Technologies (Springer 2006, with Adriaan Slob).