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Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things Paperback – November 1, 2011

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“Verbeek’s commendable book charts a middle ground between technophobia and techno-utopianism, and he makes a strong case for the need to view our technologies as active agents rather than neutral tools in our lives.”
(Christine Rosen New Republic)

“This book is one of the leading works in ethics of technology that combines the empirical turn and the ethical turn in philosophy of technology, and so, it has the potential to generate interesting discussions in the field. . . . I highly recommend this book as a useful addition to the literature on the ethics and philosophy of technology and especially on understanding the intricate relations between morality and technology.”
(Sadjad Soltanzadeh NanoEthics)

“Peter-Paul Verbeek has developed a novel approach to the ethics of technology in Moralizing Technology.”
(Adam Briggle, University of North Texas Techn�)

“We can no longer extricate our moralities from our technologies. Even to try to do so—as when we refuse to allow genetically modified foods into our diet or to become mobile phone users—is to become morally engaged with moralizing artifacts. Technologies come on the scene not as neutral tools but as elements in a self- and co-constructing network that always emerges from and has implications for our understandings of the good. Peter-Paul Verbeek’s insightful analysis invites us to attend more carefully to the ways we practice our moralities, not only with other people and nature but also among and through the artifacts that have become our children, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, with all the love-hate relationships typical of family life.”
(Carl Mitcham, Colorado School of Mines)

“At the turn of the twenty-first century, readers in the philosophy of technology noted an ‘empirical turn’ on the part of the leading philosophers of technology. Peter-Paul Verbeek goes further and, while examining the active role of technologies in human-world shaping, adds an ethical turn—do artifacts have moralities? His surprising affirmative answer makes this book an intellectually challenging read.”—Don Ihde, Stony Brook University


(Don Ihde)

About the Author

Peter-Paul Verbeek is professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, extraordinary professor (Socrates chair) of philosophy of human enhancement at Delft University of Technology, and chairman of the Young Academy, a division of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design.

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Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is professor of philosophy of technology and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente. From July 2013 - July 2015 he is president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He is a member of the Dutch Council for the Humanities. Verbeek is an editor of Tijdschrift voor Filosofie and De Academische Boekengids, and a member of the editorial board of SATS. Journal for Northern Philosophy and of the scientific advisory board of Philosophy & Technology. Between April 2011 and April 2013 he was chairman of the 'Young Academy', which is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also held the Socrates chair in the philosophy of human enhancement at Delft University of Technology (2009-2012), and was guest professor at Aarhus University, Denmark (2006).

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