Hans Radder, born in Numansdorp, the Netherlands, in 1949. Ph.D. from VU University Amsterdam. Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology at VU University Amsterdam.
Fellow (1 September 2010 – 30 June 2011)
Towards a Mature Philosophy of Science and Technology
The motivation for this philosophical research project is the virtual absence of sustained reflection on the role of technology within mainstream philosophy of science. Hence, the objectives of the project are: (1) to scrutinise the science-technology relationship; (2) to demonstrate the significance of technology for science; and (3) to investigate the implications of this significance for the philosophy of science. The latter will be realised by focusing on two specific sub-projects. The first involves a critical assessment of the so-called ‘epochal break thesis’, which includes the claim that, during the second half of the 20th century, science has been transformed into ‘technoscience’. The second sub-project aims to reframe the fundamental problem of scientific realism by taking full account of the role of technological intervention in realising observational and experimental processes.
Hans Radder, The World Observed/The World Conceived (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006).
Hans Radder, ‘Science, Technology and the Science-Technology Relationship’ and ‘Why Technologies Are Inherently Normative’, in A.W.M. Meijers, (ed.), Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2009), pp. 65-91 and 887-921.
Hans Radder, (ed.) The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010).