Dr. T.W. (Taylor) Stone


Taylor is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in ethics of technology. He received a PhD in Ethics of Technology from TU Delft in 2019, and was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Industrial Design. Prior to joining TU Delft, Taylor received a BA from the University of Toronto in architectural design, a Master in Environmental Studies from York University, and was a project manager in the environmental non-profit sector.


My research explores the convergence of ethics and design, drawing from philosophy of technology, environmental philosophy, history of technology, and (urban) design theory. This includes conceptual investigations into human-technology-environment relations, as well as practical, forward-looking work on the responsible design of new and emerging technologies. I have an ongoing focus on the ethics and aesthetics of nighttime lighting, and more generally on values and the built environment. Current research is also focused on the role of ethics in design and engineering education, as well as innovative ethics teaching approaches, as a researcher within the 4TU.CEE project ‘Innovating Engineering Education for Tomorrow’s Engineer’ (2019-2021).

  • Introduction to Responsible Innovation
  • Technology, Innovation, and Ethics for Companies
  • Ethics for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Engineering Ethics (tutor)
  • Nagenborg, M., Stone, T., Gonzalez Woge, M., & Vermaas, P.E. (Forthcoming). Technology and the City: Towards a Philosophy of Urban Technologies.
  • Stone, T., Santoni de Sio, F., & Vermaas, P.E. (2019). Driving in the Dark: Designing Autonomous Vehicles for Reducing Light Pollution. Science and Engineering Ethics.
  • Stone, T. (2018). Re-envisioning the Nocturnal Sublime: On the Ethics and Aesthetics of Nighttime Lighting. Topoi.
  • Stone, T. (2018). The Value of Darkness: A Moral Framework for Urban Nighttime Lighting. Science and Engineering Ethics, 24(2): 607-628.
  • Stone, T. (2017). Light Pollution: A Case Study in Framing an Environmental Problem. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 20(3): 279-293.

Taylor Stone


Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for Values
Management of responsible innovation
Design ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the city
Nighttime lighting

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