Peter-Paul Verbeek

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Peter-Paul Verbeek was one of the co-authors of the The Onlife Manifesto, which was drafted on behalf of the Digital Futures Task Force of DG Connect of the European Commission in 2012. She was one of the members of the The Onlife Initiative, in which Yiannis Laouris of Future Worlds Center was also a member.

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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, The Netherlands. He is also president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. Verbeek’s research focuses on the anthropological and ethical aspects of human-technology relations. He recently published 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 is also the author of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005), which inves- tigates the phenomenon of technological mediation, with applications to industrial design. Currently he is working on a book on human enhancement technologies, in which he aims to expand the theory of mediation into philosophical anthropology, and to integrate it further in the ethics of technology.