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"Philosophy of Responsible Innovation" (2019) - OZSW + 4TU course

Organizating University
Wageningen University - Vincent Blok
Delft University of Technology - Ibo van der Poel

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

Aim / objective
To become acquainted with the main philosophical issues in relation to
Responsible Innovation.

Target group
PhD students (alfa, gamma, beta) who start their research in the field of
Responsible Research and Innovation, and PhD students in philosophy who want
to learn more about philosophical and ethical reflection in the field of
science and technology development. Students from universities outside The
Netherlands are encouraged to subscribe for the course as well.

Week 1 (Delft)

Day 1 (9 January 2019): Introduction to Responsible Research and
Innovation (Swierstra & Boenink)

Day 2 (10 January 2019): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to
RRI (vd Poel & Blok)

Day 3 (11 January 2019): Value Sensitive Design (vd Hoven & vd Poel)

Week 2 (Wageningen)

Day 4 (14 January 2019): AIRR Framework and RRI in Health Care
(MacNaghten & vd Burg)

Day 5 (15 January 2019): Constructive Technology Assessment and RRI in
industry (Rip & Blok)

Day 6 (16 January 2019): Postphenomenological analysis of RRI &
Stakeholder Engagement (Verbeek & Cuppen)

Day 7 (18 January 2019): Final Presentatioins (Blok & vd Poel)


Prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra, Maastricht University (day 1)

Dr. Marianne Boenink, Twente University (day 1)

Dr. Vincent Blok, Wageningen University (day 2, 5 and 7)

Prof. dr. ir. Ibo van de Poel, Technical University Delft (day 2, 3
and 7)

Dr. Simone van der Burg, Wageningen University (day 4)

Prof. dr. Arie Rip, Emeritus Twente University (day 5)

Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, Technical University Delft (day 3)

Prof. dr. Phil MacNaghten, Wageningen University (day 4)

Dr. Eefje Cuppen, Technical University Delft (day 6)

* Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek, Twente University (day 6)

Required preparations
The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to do
assignments and to actively participate in the discussions. They also have to
give a final presentation (more information about the assignment will be
provided during the first lecture)

Certificate / credit points
Study load is the equivalent of 5 EC.

It is obligatory to attend all sessions of the course.

Dr. Vincent Blok MBA
Associate Professor in Business Ethics, Philosophy of Technology and
Responsible Innovation

Wageningen University
Business Management and Organisation Group and Philosophy Group
Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN, Wageningen (Building 201)
De Leeuwenborch, Room 5060
T: +31 (0) 6 146 156 40
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