Dr. J.P. (Jan) Bergen


Jan Peter Bergen is currently a Lecturer in Ethics of Technology at TPM’s VTI department.

He received his doctorate from Delft University of Technology in 2017, after which he became a post-doctoral researcher into human-technology relations at the University of Twente until the end of 2019. Jan also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Product Development and an MSc in Industrial Ecology.


Although I am currently focused on teaching, my research is centered around ethics and technology. More specifically, I am concerned with the way in which our interactions with technology shape us as moral subjects. As such, I am looking into the link between human-technology interactions and the development of moral skills and virtues, the peculiarities of alterity relations with technological others, and understanding the dynamics of technological agency in morally charged interactions.

Bergen, J.P. (2020) Love(rs) in the making: Moral subjectivity in the face of sexbots. Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics. 11 (1) pp 284–300.

Bergen, J.P. & Verbeek, P. (2020) To-Do is To Be: Foucault, Levinas and Technologically Mediated Subjectivation. Philosophy & Technology. Doi: 10.1007/s13347-019-00390-7.

Bergen, J.P. & van den Hoven, J. (2018) Beoordelingskader Alternatieve Vormen van Lijkbezorging. (Assessment Framework for Alternative Methods of Corpse Disposal), report for the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations

Bergen, J.P. (2017) Responsible Innovation In Light of Levinas: Rethinking the Relation between Responsibility and Innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation. 4 (3) pp. 354-370

Bergen, J.P. (2016) Reversible experiments: Putting geological disposal to the test. Science and Engineering Ethics. 22 (3) pp. 707-733.

Bergen, J.P. (2016) Reversibility and Nuclear Energy Production Technologies: A Framework and Three cases. Ethics, Policy & Environment. 19 (1) pp. 37-59.

 Involved in the following courses:

  • wm1301TU
  • wm0320TU
  • wm0388TI
  • BK4 AC2
  • WM0318TNW

Jan Bergen


Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for values
Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations

Phenomenological Ethics

Additional information

J.P. (Jan) Bergen MA

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