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


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Dr. M.P.M. Franssen

publicaties
Editorial Introduction: Putting the Empirical Turn into Perspective

peer reviewed : Y

Philosophy of Technology after the Empirical Turn (2016)

auteurs

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

peer reviewed : Y

(2016)

auteurs

  • 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 pagina's , p. 117-150

auteurs

redacteuren

  • 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 pagina's , p. 235-258

auteurs

redacteuren

Analytic philosophy of technology

peer reviewed : N

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

auteurs

redacteuren

  • 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 pagina's , p. 63-83

auteurs

  • MPM Franssen
  • PA Kroes

redacteuren

  • 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)

auteurs

redacteuren

  • 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 pagina's , p. 1-14

auteurs

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

redacteuren

  • 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 pagina's , p. 543-562

auteurs

redacteuren

Technical artifacts: An integrated perspective

peer reviewed : N

Applied Ontology (2014) 19 pagina's , p. 217-235

auteurs

  • S Borgo
  • MPM Franssen
  • P Garbacz
  • Y. Kitamura
  • R Mizoguchi
  • PE Vermaas
vakken
2005 - Wetenschaps- en argumentatieleer
2005 - Philosophy of Science
2005 - Methodologie en ethiek van de techniek
2005 - De andere kant van techniek: menselijk handelen
2006 - Methodologie en ethiek van de techniek
2005 - Integration Moment II
2006 - Wetenschaps- en argumentatieleer
2006 - General Methods and Techniques in Research
2006 - Philosophy of Science
2006 - De andere kant van techniek: menselijk handelen
2006 - Integration Moment II
2007 - De andere kant van techniek: menselijk handelen
2007 - Philosophy of Science
2007 - Integration Moment II
2007 - General Methods and Techniques in Research
2009 - Wetenschaps- en argumentatieleer
2008 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2008 - De andere kant van techniek: menselijk handelen
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 - Academische vorming 1
2015 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2015 - Philosophy of engineering science and design
2014 - Academische vorming 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 - Introduction to Geophysics & Remote Sensing
2017 - Wetenschapsfilosofie en Ethiek
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2017 - Social and Scientific Values
2015 - Academische vorming 1
2017 - Wetenschaps- en argumentatieleer
2015 - Methodology of Science and Engineering
2016 - Wetenschapsfilosofie en Ethiek
2016 - Introduction to Geophysics & Remote Sensing
2017 - Wetenschaps- en argumentatieleer
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
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