Dr. S. (Steffen) Steinert


I studied Philosophy at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany), and the New School for Social Research, New York (USA). I obtained my Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, University of Munich. Before joining the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section at TU Delft, I was a researcher in a project that explores the ethical, social and legal implications of brain-computer interfaces. 


My research interests include philosophy of technology, ethics of technology, emotions, and aesthetics. I have published papers on roboethics, art and technology, and philosophy of science. In my previous research I have also explored philosophical issues related to humor and amusement. 

  • Steinert, S., Friedrich, O. (2019). Wired Emotions: Ethical Issues of Affective Brain–Computer Interfaces. Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-019-00087-2
  • Steinert, S., Bublitz, C., Jox, R., & Friedrich, O. (2019). Doing Things with Thoughts: Brain-Computer Interfaces and Disembodied Agency. Philosophy & Technology32(3), 457–482. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-018-0308-4

  • Friedrich, O., Racine, E., Steinert, S., Pömsl, J., & Jox, R. J. (2018, online first). An Analysis of the Impact of Brain-Computer Interfaces on Autonomy. Neuroethics. DOI: 10.1007/s12152-018-9364-9
  • Steinert, S. (2018). Cultivate Your Funny Bone? The Case against Training Amusement. The Journal of Aesthetic Education52(1), 84-105. DOI: 10.5406/jaesteduc.52.1.0084
  • Steinert, S., & Lipski, J. (2018). Who is Afraid of Commitment? On the Relation of Scientific Evidence and Conceptual Theory. Erkenntnis83(3), 477–500. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-017-9899-x

I am involved in the teaching of courses including Ethics and Engineering, IT and Values, and Ethics of Transportation.

Steffen Steinert


Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics and Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for values
Philosophy of technology

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