July 4-5, Shanghai: Conference on Philosophy of Technology and Design


Conference on Technology and Design:
From the perspective of phenomenology

– including a round table on the Chinese translation of
Peter-Paul Verbeek’s book ‘Moralizing Technology’ –

July 4-5, Shanghai University / Jiao Tong University


Monday July 4, 2016 / 201674  星期一

LocationJuly 4: DAXUE Room,Shanghai University


8:30- 8:45:       opening  (Peter-Paul Verbeek and Yangqingfeng)

8:45 – 9:30:     Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente): The ethics of drones and self-driving cars: unmanned systems and human-technology relations
维贝克(特温特大学)  无人机伦理学

9:30 – 10:00:   Duanweiwen (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) Crystal Ball and Mirror: Big Data as an Accompanying Technology

段伟文(中国社会科学院) 水晶球与镜子:作为技伴的大数据

10:00-10:30:    Lanjiang (Nanjing University)思辨唯物主义与当代设计的可能性

蓝江(南京大学)  思辨唯物主义与当代设计的可能性

10:30-11:00:    Liuzheng (Beijing University) Can Technological Artifacts Be Moral Agents?

11:00-12:00:    Discussion

12:00-13:30:    lunch


13:30 – 14.00: Ching Hung (University of Twente): How Mediating Technologies Work? A Very Preliminary Categorization and Some Misunderstandings

洪靖(特温特大学)  调节技术如何起作用?

14:00– 14.30: Panenrong (Zhejiang University) Philosophy of Engineering Design II (PED 2.0):Philosophical and Ethical Explorations on Social Artifacts (2016-2020)

潘恩荣(浙江大学)  工程设计哲学II:社会人工物的哲学与伦理探索

14:30 -15:00:   Yangwenmo (Nanjing University) Between Techne and Gestell: Reconsiderations on Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology

杨文默(南京大学)  在技艺和集置之间——重思海德格尔关于技术的追问

15:00 – 15:30: Liubaojie (Qufu Normal University) Analysis of Confucian Ethical Culture in Context of Architectural Design


15:30-16:00:    Zhangqiucheng(Dongbei University)

张秋成(东北大学) 奥卡姆剃刀与技术意向性

16:30-17:30:    Discussion

18:00:             Dinner Yixin Building


Tuesday July 5, 2016/201675 星期二

LocationOffice 401, University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


 8:30:    Departure Lehu building,Shanghai Unviersity

10:00: conference

主持:   Guanzengjian (Secretary of CPC General Branch and Executive Assistant Dean of School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University)

10:00 – 10:30: Yanhongxiu (Shanghai Jiaotong University)  Data Mining and Ethics:

From the Perspective of Mediation

闫宏秀(上海交通大学) 数据挖掘与伦理学:从调节的角度看

10:30 – 11:00: Yangqingfeng (Shanghai University)  Designing Memory: The trend of Phenomenology of Technology


11:00 – 12:00: Discussion

12.30 – 13.30: lunch

Round Table on P.P. Verbeek’s  book  Moralizing Technology

主持: lixia (Shanghai Jiaotong University)

13:30 – 14:00: Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente)


14:00 – 14.30: Zhangwei (Huazhong Normal University) Book Review: Moralzing Technology

张 卫(华中师范大学) 《将技术道德化》书评

14:30-15:00: Discussion and closing


Ethics by design? On Value Sensitive Design and Moral Mediation

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 | 17:00 | Trinity Long Room Hub
A public lecture by Professor Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente) organised by the Ethics & Privacy Working Group of the ADAPT Centre, in conjunction with the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD School of Law, TCD School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, TCD Library and DCU Institute of Ethics. More information can be found here.

New article: Transcendence in Technology

According to Max Weber, the “fate of our times” is characterized by a “disenchantment of the world.” The scientific ambition of rationalization and intellectualization, as well as the attempt to master nature through technology, will greatly limit experiences of and openness for the transcendent, i.e. that which is beyond our control. Insofar as transcendence is a central aspect of virtually every religion and all religious experiences, the development of science and technology will, according to the Weberian assertion, also limit the scope of religion. In this paper, we will reflect on the relations between technology and transcendence from the perspective of technological mediation theory. We will show that the fact that we are able to technologically intervene in the world and ourselves does not imply that we can completely control the rules of life. Technological interference in nature is only possible if the structures and laws that enable us to do that are recognized and to a certain extent obeyed, which indicates that technological power cannot exist without accepting a transcendent order in which one operates. Rather than excluding transcendence, technology mediates our relation to it.