prof.dr. P.A.E. Brey (Philip)

Full Professor

About Me

Philip Brey (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995) is professor of philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is also scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology of the Universities of Twente, Delft, Eindhoven and Wageningen, a research center comprising over 70 researchers. He is also president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT), and former president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT).  He is on the editorial board of eleven leading journals and book series in his field, including Ethics and Information Technology, Nanoethics, Philosophy and Technology, Techné, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology and Theoria. He has led a NWO Vici project for outstanding researchers (2006-2012, budget € 1.25 million) on new media and the quality of life, which has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and a European Union FP7 project, SATORI (2014-2017, budget € 3.7 million), involving 17 international partners, which aimed to develop international standards and best practices for the ethical assessment of research and innovation. He currently leads a European Union Horizon 2020 project, SIENNA (2017-2021, budget € 4.0 million), involving 13 international partners, on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including human genomics, human enhancement, robotics and artificial intelligence.


Moral Philosophy
New Media
Computer Security
Quality Of Life
Face Recognition
Public Places
Closed Circuit Television Systems
Information Privacy
Face Recognition
Computer Technology
Ambient Intelligence
Moral Agents
Literature Review
Information Security
Research Ethics


In his research, Philip Brey investigates ethical aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and environmental technologies. He has developed major new approaches in ethics of information technology, including the anticipatory technology ethics (ATE) approach for assessing ethical implications of new and emerging technologies, the disclosive computer ethics approach for studying values in design, and new approaches for studying the implications of technology for well-being. He has been the first, or amongst the first, to do thorough academic studies of the ethical implications of emerging technologies like the World Wide Web, virtual reality technology, ambient intelligence, facial recognition systems, and 3D printing. Particular research interests of his include the ethical assessment of emerging technology, ethical aspects of design, innovative approaches to research ethics, the relation between technology, culture and globalization, the relation between technology and well-being. 


All publications, incl. downloadable preprints, can be found on Prof. Brey's 4TU.Ethics website:  http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/member/brey_philip/


Brey, P. A. E., Lucovics, M., & Gyurkovics, J. (2017). Science Parks as Seedbeds of Responsible Research and Innovation. In V. Kleschné Csapi, & Z. Bedo (Eds.), ICUBERD 2016 Book of Papers (pp. 93-103)
Brey, P. A. E., Jansen, P. H., Rodrigues, R., & Shelley Egan, C. (2017). The Ethical Assessment of Research and Innovation: A reflection on the state of the art. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences (pp. 185-198). (Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity). Emerald Publishing Group.
Brey, P. A. E. (2017). Ethics of Emerging Technologies. In S. O. Hansson (Ed.), The Ethics of Technology: Methods and Approaches (pp. 175-192). (Philosophy, Technology and Society). Rowman & Littlefield Intenational.
Brey, P. A. E. (2017). Sustainable Technologies for Sustainable Lifestyles. In D. Kaplan (Ed.), Philosophy, Technology and the Environment (pp. 191-212). MIT Press.
Brey, P. (2017). Theorizing technology and its role in crime and law enforcement. In M. R. McGuire, & T. J. Holt (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice (pp. 17-34). (Routledge International Handbooks). Taylor and Francis.
Reijers, W., Wright, D., Brey, P., Weber, K., Rodrigues, R., O’Sullivan, D., & Gordijn, B. (2017). Methods for Practising Ethics in Research and Innovation: A Literature Review, Critical Analysis and Recommendations. Science and engineering ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-017-9961-8
Jansen, P., Reijers, W., Douglas, D., Sattarov, F., Gurzawska, A., Kapeller, A., ... Braun, R. (2016). A reasoned proposal for shared approaches to ethics assessment in the European context. (Revised version ed.) (SATORI; Vol. Deliverable D4.1). European Commission.
Brey, P., Reijers, W., Jansen, P., Rodriques, R., Wright, D., Koivisto, R., ... Bitsch, L. (2016). A reasoned proposal for ethical impact assessment. (SATORI; Vol. Deliverable D4.1). European Commission.
Brey, P. A. E. (2016). Self-identity and the evaluation of medical technology. In M. Bottis, & F. Panagopoulou-Koutnatzi (Eds.), Bioethical concerns: the human face (pp. 53-66). Athens: Papazissi Publications.
Brey, P. A. E. (2016). Constructive philosophy of technology and responsible innovation. In M. Franssen, P. E. Vermaas, P. Kroes, & A. W. M. Meijers (Eds.), Philosophy of technology after the empirical turn (pp. 127-143). (Philosophy of engineering and technology; No. 23). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33717-3_8
de Boer, J., van der Rijt, J-W., Soraker, J., Wong, P-H., & Brey, P. A. E. (2015). Introduction "Four types of questions about well-being". In J. H. Soraker, J-W. van der Rijt, J. de Boer, P-H. Wong, & P. Brey (Eds.), Well-Being in contemporary society (pp. IX-XIV). (Happiness Studies Book Series). Switzerland: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06459-8
Brey, P. A. E., Nagel, S. K., & Nagel, S. (2015). Bioengineering. In H. ten Have (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (pp. -). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_43-1
Brey, P. A. E. (2015). Design for the Value of Human Well-Being. In J. van den Hoven, P. E. Vermaas, & I. van der Poel (Eds.), Handbook of Ethics, Values, and Technological Design: Sources, Theory, Values and Application Domains (pp. 365-382). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6970-0_14
Soraker, J. (Ed.), van der Rijt, J-W. (Ed.), de Boer, J., Wong, P-H., Wong, P-H., & Brey, P. A. E. (Ed.) (2015). Well-Being in contemporary society. (Happiness Studies Book Series). Switzerland: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06459-8
Brey, P. A. E., Nan, W., & Yating, Z. (2014). From reflective to constructive philosophy of technology. Journal of engineering studies, 6(2), 129-136.
Brey, P. A. E. (2014). From moral agents to moral factors: the structural ethics approach. In P. Kroes, & P. P. C. C. Verbeek (Eds.), The moral status of technical artifacts (pp. 124-142). (Philosophy of engineering and technology; Vol. 17, No. 17). Dordrecht: Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7914-3_8
Brey, P. A. E. (2014). The physical and social reality of virtual worlds. In M. Grimshaw (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of virtual reality (pp. 42-54). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199826162.013.029
de Boer, J., van der Rijt, J-W., Soraker, J., Wong, P-H., & Brey, P. A. E. (2014). Introduction. In J. H. Soraker, J-W. van der Rijt, J. Boer, de, P. H. Wong, & P. A. E. Brey (Eds.), Well-being in contemporary society (pp. ix-xiv). (Happiness Studies Book Series). Dordrecht: Springer.
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