Dr. M.P.M. (Maarten) Franssen

Profile

I have master degrees in Physics and History and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, for a thesis on the problem of methodological individualism in the social sciences. I joined the Philosophy Section in Delft in 1996, first as assistant professor, from 2004 as associate professor. From 1999 to 2011 I was co-leader of the research programme first titled Philosophical Reflection on Technology, then Philosophy of Technology, Design and Values.

Research

My research covers the following topics: (1) The ontology and epistemology of artefacts in technology. One thread here is conceptualizing of artefacts as organised jointly with human agents into systems, for which I have coined the notion of an instrumental system. (2) Aspects of normativity in relation to artefacts and functional entities more generally. (3) Problems occurring in multi-criteria decision making, as they abound in engineering design but also more generally.

I have designed and teach courses in argumentation, critical thinking, philosophy of science and engineering, decision theory for groups for groups of up to 150 students from various science and engineering programmes. Additionally I tutor smaller groups on critical reflection on technology and ethical issues related to technology and specific technologies. In the past I have taught courses on general philosophy of technology, environmental philosophy, and  the analysis of social phenomena.

  • 'Philosophy of technology as a serious branch of philosophy: the empirical turn as a starting point’ (jointly with Stefan Koller), in: Philosophy of technology after the empirical turn (Philosophy of Engineering and Technology, vol. 23), eds. M. Franssen, P.E. Vermaas, P. Kroes & A.W.M. Meijers, s.l.: Springer, 2016, pp. 31-61.
  • Design for values and operator roles in sociotechnical systems’, in: Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains, eds. J. van den Hoven, P.E. Vermaas & I. van de Poel, Dordrecht etc.: Springer, 2014.
  • Artefact kinds: ontology and the human-made world, eds. M. Franssen, P. Kroes, T.A.C. Reydon & P.E. Vermaas, Synthese library, vol. 365, Dordrecht etc.: Springer, 2014.
  • Modelling systems in technology as instrumental systems’, in Model-based reasoning in science and technology: theoretical and cognitive issues, ed. L. Magnani, Heidelberg etc.: Springer, 2014, pp. 543-562.
  • Technology, Philosophy of’ (jointly with Gert-Jan Lokhorst & Ibo van de Poel), in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, E. Zalta ed., first published February 20, 2009; major revision December 13, 2013.
  • ‘An impossibility theorem for verisimilitude’ (jointly with Sjoerd Zwart), Synthese 158, 2007, 75-92.
  • The normativity of artefacts’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 37 (2006), 42-57
  • ‘Arrow’s theorem, multi-criteria decision problems and multi-attribute preferences in engineering design’, Research in Engineering Design 16, 2005, 42-56.

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Maarten Franssen

Associate Professor


Additional information

Dr. M.P.M. Franssen

subjects
2005 - Argumentation and Philosophy of Science
2005 - Philosophy of Science
2005 - Methodology and Ethics of Science and Technology
2005 - The Other Site of Technology: Human Acting
2006 - Methodology and Ethics of Science and Technology
2005 - Integration Moment II
2006 - Argumentation and Philosophy of Science
2006 - General Methods and Techniques in Research
2006 - Philosophy of Science
2006 - The Other Site of Technology: Human Acting
2006 - Integration Moment II
2007 - The Other Site of Technology: Human Acting
2007 - Philosophy of Science
2007 - Integration Moment II
2007 - General Methods and Techniques in Research
2009 - Argumentation and Philosophy of Science
2008 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2008 - The Other Site of Technology: Human Acting
2008 - Philosophy of Science
2011 - Philosophy of science for research specialization
2009 - Integration Moment II
2009 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2009 - Philosophy of Science
2010 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2010 - Philosophy of Science
2011 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2011 - Philosophy of Science
2011 - Critical Reflection on Technology
2014 - Social and Scientific Values
2013 - Integration Moment II
2014 - Social and Scientific Values
2014 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2012 - Integration Moment II
2012 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2014 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2014 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2013 - Social and scientific values in MoT
2015 - Social and Scientific Values
2015 - Social and Scientific Values
2015 - Academic development 1
2015 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2015 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2014 - Academic development 1
2012 - Critical Reflection on Technology
2013 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2012 - Social and scientific values in MoT
2013 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2013 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2016 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2016 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2016 - Social and Scientific Values
2016 - Social and Scientific Values
2016 - Social and Scientific Values
2016 - Social and Scientific Values
2016 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2016 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2017 - Philosophy of Science and Ethics
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2015 - Academic development 1
2017 - Argumentation and Philosophy of Science
2017 - Introduction to Geophysics & Remote Sensing
2015 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2016 - Philosophy of Science and Ethics
2016 - Introduction to Geophysics & Remote Sensing
2017 - Argumentation and Philosophy of Science
2017 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2017 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2017 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2015 - Introduction to Geophysics & Remote Sensing
2016 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
ancillary activities
-Geen nevenwerkzaamheden -

2016-01-01 - 2018-01-01

publications
Editorial Introduction: Putting the Empirical Turn into Perspective

peer reviewed : Y

Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn (2016)

authors

  • Maarten Franssen
  • Pieter Vermaas
  • Peter Kroes
  • A.W.M. Meijers
Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn

peer reviewed : Y

(2016)

authors

  • Maarten Franssen
  • PE Vermaas
  • Peter Kroes
  • A.W.M. Meijers
Design for values and operator roles in sociotechnical systems

peer reviewed : Y

Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains (2015) 871 pages , p. 117-150

authors

editors

  • J van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • I van de Poel
Philosophy of science and philosophy of technology: one or two philosophies of one or two objects?

peer reviewed : Y

The role of technology in science: philosophical perspectives (2015) 258 pages , p. 235-258

authors

editors

Analytic philosophy of technology

peer reviewed : N

Philosophy of technology: the technological condition; an anthology, 2nd edition (2014) 736 pages , p. 201-205

authors

editors

  • RC Scharff
  • V Dusek
Artefact kinds, ontological criteria and forms of mind-dependence

peer reviewed : Y

Artefact kinds: ontology and the human-made world (2014) 225 pages , p. 63-83

authors

  • MPM Franssen
  • PA Kroes

editors

  • M Franssen
  • P Kroes
  • TAC Reydon
  • PE Vermaas
Design for values and operator roles in sociotechnical systems

peer reviewed : Y

Handbook of ethics, values, and technological design: sources, theory, values and application domains (2014)

authors

editors

  • J van den Hoven
  • PE Vermaas
  • I van de Poel
Introduction: the ontology of technical artefacts

peer reviewed : Y

Artefact kinds: ontology and the human-made world (2014) 225 pages , p. 1-14

authors

  • MPM Franssen
  • PA Kroes
  • TAC Reydon
  • PE Vermaas

editors

  • M Franssen
  • P Kroes
  • TAC Reydon
  • PE Vermaas
Modelling systems in technology as instrumental systems

peer reviewed : Y

Model-based reasoning in science and technology: theoretical and cognitive issues (2014) 639 pages , p. 543-562

authors

editors

Technical artifacts: An integrated perspective

peer reviewed : N

Applied Ontology (2014) 19 pages , p. 217-235

authors

  • S Borgo
  • MPM Franssen
  • P Garbacz
  • Y. Kitamura
  • R Mizoguchi
  • PE Vermaas