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The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), Wageningen University, Delft University of Technology and the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology invite PhD students/ ReMa students in philosophy to register for the course “Philosophy of Responsible Innovation” to take place in November and December 2016.

Organizing university: Wageningen University; Delft University of Technology
Date(s): 23, 24, 25, 30 November and 1 & 2 December 2016
Location: Classes in week 1 (23, 24, 25 November 2016) take place in Delft. Classes in week 2 (30 November and 1 & 2 December 2016) will be held in Wageningen.
Type of activity: 5 ECTS
Primary target group: PhD students, 2nd year ReMa students
Application/registration deadline: 1 November 2016
+ info and registrations: http://www.ozsw.nl/activity/philosophy-of-responsible-innovation-2016-ozsw-course/

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
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