Start Date: 14/03/2016

End Date: 18/03/2016

Cost: 487

Venue: Nijmegen, the Netherlands


section Health care Ethics, Radboud university medical centre

Contact Details:

Simone Naber

0031 - (0)24 -36 13359


In this course we will explore the nature of human-technology relations, as well as their value. The focus will be on ethical dimensions of developments in medical technology and genomics. Debates about new technologies reveal a need to consider their pro’s and con’s, preferably at an early stage of their development. At that point it is still possible to alter the technology, or choose an intelligent implementation strategy that helps to realize its most attractive aspects and diminish the influence of the less attractive aspects. Such early ethical engagement contributes to responsible innovation. Keynote speaker: prof. dr. Peter Paul Verbeek is professor of Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente. Verbeek’s research focuses on the social and cultural roles of technology and the ethical and anthropological aspects of human-technology relations. Course design: In the first two days of this course the primary focus will be on developments in genomics and genetic modification and its consequences for public health interventions, curative medicine, patients and citizens. Ethical questions will be addressed by different stakeholders, such as scientists, engineers, health care providers, and a patient. The debates will be analyzed according to moral frameworks provided during the course. Socratic reasoning and discourse analysis will especially be part of the these day. During the third and fourth day of this course we aim to provide an insight into the philosophy and ethics of responsible innovation. We will study the meaning of 'responsibility' in responsible research and innovation, explore the role of imagination in moral reflection about technologies that still have to come about, and become acquainted with concrete tools to conduct responsible innovation.