prof.dr.ir. P.P.C.C. Verbeek (Peter-Paul)

Full Professor

About Me

Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is professor of Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary professor of techno-anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. His publications include Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005).

Verbeek is a member of UNESCO – COMEST (World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology); the Dutch Concil for the Humanities; the Supervisory Board of TNO (Dutch Organization for applied scientific research); the board of the Rathenau Institute; the program council for Responsible Innovation of NWO – Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research; and the Center for Ethics and Health (Ministry of Health).

Verbeek is a 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 chairperson of ‘The Young Academy’, an independent division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His work has received several awards, including a VENI award (2003), VIDI award (2007), VICI Award (2014), membership of The Young Academy (2009), the Borghgraef Prize in Biomedical Ethics 2012 (Leuven University), and the World Technology Award in Ethics 2016 (World Technology Network). Verbeek is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).


Philosophy Of Technology
Michel De Certeau
Systems Analysis
Book Review
Technical Artefact
Moral Status
Information Technology
Political Theory
Research Planning
Search Engine
Moral Philosophy


Hauser, S., Wakkary, R., Odom, W., Verbeek, P. P. C. C., Desjardins, A., Lin, H., ... de Boer, G. (2018). Deployments of the table-non-table:: A Reflection on the Relation Between Theory and Things in the Practice of Design Research. In CHI'18. Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [201] ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173775
Hauser, S., Oogjes, D., Wakkary, R., & Verbeek, P. P. C. C. (2018). An Annotated Portfolio on Doing Postphenomenology Through Research Products. In DIS'18. Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2018 (pp. 459-471). New York: ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/3196709.3196745
Verbeek, P-P. (2017). Designing the Morality of Things: The Ethics of Behavior-Guiding Technology. In J. Van den Hoven, S. Miller, & T. Pogge (Eds.), Designing in Ethics (pp. 78). Cambridge University Press.
Verbeek, P-P. (2016). Toward a Theory of Technological Mediation: A Program for Postphenomenological Research. In J. K. B. O. Friis, & R. P. Crease (Eds.), Technoscience and Postphenomenology: The Manhattan Papers (pp. 189). (Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology ). Lexington Books.
Aydin, C., & Verbeek, P. P. C. C. (2015). Transcendence in technology. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 19(3), 291-313. DOI: 10.5840/techne2015121441

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Current research projects (funded):

  • Toward a Theory of Technological Mediation.
    NWO-VICI funded project on the mediating role of technology in knowledge, ethics, and metaphysics. Researchers: Peter-Paul Verbeek (PI), Bas de Boer (PhD candidate), Jonne Hoek (PhD candidate), Olya Kudina (PhD candidate), Nicola Liberati (postdoc), 1 postdoc vacancy.
  • Responsible design of drones and drone services. 
    NWO-MVI (Responsible Innovation) funded project to develop an ethical and legal tool for the responsible design and use of drones and drone services. Researchers: Lesley Broos (UT), Michiel Heldeweg (UT), Irna van der Molen (UT), Peter-Paul Verbeek (UT), two postdoc researchers (vacant)
  • Thinking Space: an interdisciplinary approach to the spatial dimension of Ambient Intelligence.
    Austrian Academy of Science funded project. Researchers: Julia Grillmayr, Louise Horvath, Tanja Traxler (PhD candidates). http://www.thinkingspace.eu.


Past research projects (funded):

  • The Relational and Performative Abilities of Things (finished 2016)
    NWO-Artistic Research funded project about the role of objects in human existence. Funded by NWO: PhD in the Fine Arts. Researcher: Yvonne Dröge Wendel, PhD candidate.
  • Technology and the Limits of Humanity (finished 2013).
    An inquiry into the anthropological and ethical aspects of technologies that affect the human being, like brain implants, pre implantation diagnistics, prostheses, and psychofarmaca. Which new relations between humans and technologies arise here, which ethical questions are connected to them, and which role can the philosophy of technology play here? (NWO-VIDI project). Investigators: Lucie Dalibert (PhD candidate), Theo Wobbes (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher, supervisor/promotor)
  • Telecare at Home (finished 2013).
    Research project about telecare and its implications for the practices and experiences of patients and healthcare professionals. Part of the interdisciplinary research project Telecare at Home, directed by Nelly Oudshoorn, funded by NWO: Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren (Socially Responsible Innovation). Researchers: Asle Kiran (postdoc), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher)
  • Theory and Ethics of Behavior-Influencing Technology (finished 2012).
    An investigation of behavior-influencing technology and its ethical aspects. Funded by IOP-IPCR (Innovative Research Projects – Integral Product Creation and Realisation). Part of the 3TU project Design for Usability. Researchers: Steven Dorrestijn (PhD candidate), Peter-Paul Verbeek (researcher).
  • Technology and the Matter of Morality (finished 2008).
    NWO-VENI project on the moral significance of technology and its implications for ethical theory, practical ethics, and technology development. Researcher: Peter-Paul Verbeek


In the press

  • Radio and TV interviews (2008-2015):
    • Interview RTL Z, Nanotechnologie en het lichaam. 28 Oct 2015,
    • Interview in TV series De Volmaakte Mens, over technologie als menselijke conditie. VPRO, NPO2, 3 juni 2015.
    • Het Filosofisch Kwintet, over technologie en moraal. HUMAN, Nederland 1 (18 april 2014)
    • radio-interview OBA Live, door Theodor Holman (18 april 2014)
    • radio-interview Nooit Meer Slapen, door Peter van der Wielen (15 april 2014)
    • televisie-interview over ‘Op de vleugels van Icarus’, VPRO Boeken, door Wim Brands (6 april 2014)
    • nieuwsitem RTV Oost ‘Anderhalf miljoen subsidie voor professor Verbeek UT’ (29 januari 2014)
    • Verantwoordelijkheid en de zelfrijdende auto. Kettingvraag Hoe?Zo! radio. NTR, 22 Oct 2013.
    • Television lecture on Heidegger. HUMAN: Durf te denken (incl promo / mini lecture on YouTube), 2 Oct 2013
    • radio-interview about human-robot relations (with prof. Vanessa Evers), VPRO: Villa VPRO, 8 Aug 2013
    • radio-interview OBA Live (Theodor Holman), Radio 5, 20 Feb 2013
    • kettingvraag Hoe?Zo! radio, NTR, 22 Oct 2012 
    • rerun of radio-interview Casa Luna, NCRV, Radio 1, 22 Aug 2011
    • radio interview ‘Twee dingen’, omroep Max, Radio 1, 19 July 2011
    • television interview Boeken, VPRO, Nederland 1, 11.20 uur, 8 May 2011
    • radio interview Casa Luna, radio 1 (NCRV) because of the presentation of my book De Grens van de Mens, 15/16 April 2011
    • radio interview Hoe?Zo! radio, 25 April 2011
    • interview in De Andere Wereld (IKON, Radio 5, 7 – 8 uur), 3 April 2011
    • interview as ‘meedenker’ of website ‘Dus ik ben’, 7 March 2011
    • research portrait for KNAW by MediaRidders / FastFacts: Hoe denken we na over de maakbare mens? (at http://www.fastfacts.nl , http://www.dejongeakademie.nl, wetenschap24.nl, and com), 2010
    • Interview radio programme De Andere Wereld: Ethische aspecten van hersenimplantaten. IKON, Radio 5, 17 Oct 2010 (Dutch National radio)
    • Interview Labyrint radio: Kernenergie en de bedreigingen van technologie. Radio 1, VPRO, 10 Oct 2010 (Dutch National radio)
    • Monthly commentator in opinion programme Altijd Wat (NCRV, Nederland 2), Sept 2010 – Feb 2011
    • Radio interview (1 uur), Schepper&co, Radio 5 (Dutch national radio), 18 July 2010
    • radio interview Noorderlicht Radio (science magazine), Elektroden in het Brein. Radio 1, 11 Mar 2010
    • Radio interview Pieter van der Wielen, ‘Mens en techniek’. In: Noorderlicht, VPRO, 14 October 2009
    • Television interview Wim Brands, ‘De maakbare mens’. In: Boeken, VPRO, 11 October 2009
    • Radio discussion in Hoe?Zo! Radio: De toekomst van de evolutie. Radio 1, 10 Jan 2009
    • Radio discussion about Evolution theory and the future of humanity. Hoe?Zo! Radio, Radio 1, 10 Jan 2009 (Dutch national radio)
    • Radio discussion about ethics and technology, Desmet Live, 28 maart 2008 (Dutch national radio)
    • Radio interview science magazine ‘HoeZo’ (747 AM, 9 maart 2006) (Dutch national radio)
    • Radio interview about the 50th anniversary of the microchip. Tros Nieuwsshow, Radio 1, 13 September 2008 (Dutch national radio)


  • Newspaper and magazine interviews (2007-2015):
    • ‘We kijken hier over de rand van de toekomst’. Interview met Liesbeth Wytzes, Elsevier Juist, Dec 2015, pp 14-18.
    • ‘Robots zijn er en er komen er meer”. Interview Het Parool, 6 Sept 2016
    • Freedom does not come for free”. Publication of my talk at the opening of the academic year University of Amsterdam. Science Guide, 1 Sept 2015.
    • ‘Techniek blijkt altijd weer onbeheersbaar’. Interview door Jeroen Hopster, Delta Lloyd Magazine / NRC Handelsblad, 4 april 2015
    • interview in ‘Design For the Good Society, NAI Press, 3 april 2015
    • ‘Bedrijfsleven ook niet gebaat bij dit marktdenken’. Interview door Thieu Vaessen, Financieel Dagblad, 4 maart 2015
    • Interview ‘Meer vrouwen in de wetenschap vergt andere mannelijke rolmodellen’, NRC Handelsblad, 8 feb 2015
    • interview ‘ICT wordt een middel om gedrag te beïnvloeden’, door Mirjam Hulsebos, ICT magazine (vakblad), 1 okt 2014
    • interview ‘Kijkje in de zaadcel: wat doen we ermee?’, door Sebastien Valkenberg. Trouw, 30 april 2014
    • interview ‘Vertrouw je toe aan technologie’, door Rien van den Berg. Nederlands Dagblad, 25 april 2014
    • interview ‘De Google bril haalt onze moraal overhoop’, door Theo Krabbe. Wegener dagbladen, bijlage Spectrum (12 april 2014)
    • interview ‘Wij zijn techniek’, door Maarten Keulemans. De Volkskrant, bijlage Sir Edmund (4 april 2014)
    • ‘Wij zijn technische wezens’. Interview door Inge Schelstraete in De Standaard (3 april 2014)
    • interview over VICI subsidie. ‘Welk land geeft nou anderhalf miljoen aan een filosoof?’Filosofie Magazine (8 februari 2014)
    • ’Technitis’. Interview Ellen de Visser. De Volkskrant, wetenschapsbijlage, 7 september 2013
    • interview Jurgen Tiekstra: Steeds minder mens?. Volzin 9 Nov 2012
    • interview Technology and Morality, Figure / Ground, July 2012
    • interview Vrij Nederland: Het lab van de mensverbetering, 31 maart 2012
    • interview ‘De opwindende samenhang tussen wetenschap en samenleving’. Door René Leverink. LRPLN 2012/10, pp. 26-31
    • interview Maarten Keulemans: ‘Ik, de cyborg’. Volkskrant, pp. 14-15, 7 Aug 2011
    • interview Christiaan Jongeneel: ‘Technologie stuurt het filosofisch debat’. De Ingenieur, nr. 10/11, p. 52-55, July 2011
    • article about lecture ‘Management tussen beheersen en beheren’(Focus Seminars), Dagblad Trouw, 14 July 2011
    • interview Frank Meester: ‘Sleutelen aan de mens – tot hoever gaan we?’, Filosofie Magazine, 3 June 2011
    • book review by Hans Achterhuis of De Grens van de Mens: ‘Versmelting van Mens en Techniek’. De Volkskrant, 28 mei, Boeken, p. 9, 28 May 2011
    • Interview Maartje Somers, “Ik ben allergisch voor conservatisme”, NRC Handelsblad, 21 April 2011
    • Interview “Sleutelen aan mensen”, Anne Velthausz, TC Tubantia, 16 April 2011
    • Interview Anna Luyten: het mensbeeld van drie Nederlandse filosofen, Vrij Nederland, 2 April 2011
    • Jan Hoogland and Aart Deddens: interview ‘Ethiek is een flexibel fundament’. In: Beweging 74:1 (Nanospecial), pp. 14-15, April 2011
    • Nico Dullemans: interview ‘Ons geweten zit steeds meer ook in onze omgeving’. In: Nico Dullemans e.a. (red.), Katholieke scholen: onderwijs kan niet zonder filosofie. Woerden: Bond KBVO, 2010
    • Karen Geurtsen: interview ‘Wij zijn van nature kunstmatig’. In: HP | De Tijd, 17 September 2010, pp. 6 – 9 (20-year anniversary issue)
    • Floor van den Hout: interview ‘Homo Sapiens 2.0’. In: Quest, June 2010, pp. 32-37
    • Henk van der Laan: interview ‘Nieuwe techniek vraagt nieuwe ethiek’. In: Friesch Dagblad, 25 Feb 2010
    • Article Theo Krabbe, ‘De grens van de mens’. In: Twentsche Courant Tubantia, 17 Oct 2009
    • Article Willem Bouwman, ‘Ethici voeren de verkeerde discussie’. In: Nederlands Dagblad 16 Oct 2009
    • Nico Dullemans (2009), ‘Ons geweten zit steeds meer in onze omgeving’. Interview door Nico Dullemans, in: Schoolbestuur 2010 : 2, pp. 20-22. Herdrukt in: N. Dullemans e.a. (red.), Katholieke scholen: onderwijs kan niet zonder filosofie. Woerden: Bond KBVO, 2010
    • Fenny Brandsma (2009), ‘Ethiek moet ervoor zorgen dat de techniek ons “goed” doet’. Interview by Fenny Brandsma, in: Een verkenning van de grenzen: ethische overwegingen bij zorg op afstand. Utrecht: Provincie Utrecht (no ISBN), pp. 50-54
    • Interview Will Bax, ‘De moraal van een wasmachine’. In: Brabants Dagblad, 28 Feb 2009
    • Interview Maaike Platvoet, ‘De techniek bepaalt wie we zijn’. In: UT Nieuws, 29 Jan 2009
    • Peter Giesen, De chip is meer mens geworden. In: De Volkskrant, Kennis, 30 Aug 2008 (Dutch national newspaper)
    • Marco Krijnsen, Waarom de hazenlip zeldzaam wordt. In: Twentsche Courant Tubantia, 31 Aug 2008 (Dutch regional newspaper)
    • Interview Robin Kawakami, Genetic Arms Race: How Perfect Do We Really Want To Be? In: Amsterdam Weekly 5:19 (2008), pp. 4-5
    • Interview Irene de Pous, ‘Technologie verandert onze waarden’. In: Trouw, 17 maart 2008 (Dutch national newspaper)
    • Interview Erica Meijers, ‘De moraal van de tomaat. Interview met techniekfilosoof Peter-Paul Verbeek. In: De Helling 2007-3
    • Interview Laura van Baars, ‘Van de vader moet je het niet hebben’. In: Trouw, 11 oktober 2007 (Dutch national newspaper)
    • Interview Serge Mouthaan, ‘Mag de robot mijn oma verzorgen?. In: De Volkskrant, 30 maart 2007 (Dutch national newspaper)


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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C311
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Cubicus  C311
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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