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    Technological delegation: Responsibility for the unintended.Katinka Waelbers - 2009 - Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (1):51-68.
    This article defends three interconnected premises that together demand for a new way of dealing with moral responsibility in developing and using technological artifacts. The first premise is that humans increasingly make use of dissociated technological delegation. Second, because technologies do not simply fulfill our actions, but rather mediate them, the initial aims alter and outcomes are often different from those intended. Third, since the outcomes are often unforeseen and unintended, we can no longer simply apply the traditional (modernist) models (...)
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    Ethics in Actor Networks, or: What Latour Could Learn from Darwin and Dewey.Katinka Waelbers & Philipp Dorstewitz - 2014 - Science and Engineering Ethics 20 (1):23-40.
    In contemporary Science, Technology and Society studies, Bruno Latour’s Actor Network Theory is often used to study how social change arises from interaction between people and technologies. Though Latour’s approach is rich in the sense of enabling scholars to appreciate the complexity of many relevant technological, environmental, and social factors in their studies, the approach is poor from an ethical point of view: the doings of things and people are couched in one and the same behaviorist vocabulary without giving due (...)
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    From Assigning to Designing Technological Agency.Katinka Waelbers - 2009 - Human Studies 32 (2):241-250.
    In What Things Do , Verbeek (What things do: philosophical reflections on technology, agency and design. Penn State University Press, University Park, 2005a ) develops a vocabulary for understanding the social role of technological artifacts in our culture and in our daily lives. He understands this role in terms of the technological mediation of human behavior and perception. To explain mediation, he levels out the modernist separation of subjects and objects by decreasing the autonomy of humans and increasing the activity (...)
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    Technology and Ethics: Overview.Carl Mitcham & Katinka Waelbers - 2009 - In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Stig Andur Pedersen & Vincent F. Hendricks (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 365–383.
    This chapter contains sections titled: From Cultural Criticism to Cultural Lag Dramatic Tensions Dramatic Theory Theory and Description Description Plus References and Further Reading.
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    Not all animals are equal differences in moral foundations for the dutch veterinary policy on livestock and animals in nature reservations.Katinka Waelbers, Frans Stafleu & Frans W. A. Brom - 2004 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17 (6):497-515.
    The Netherlands is a small country with many people and much livestock. As a result, animals in nature reservations are often living near cattle farms. Therefore, people from the agricultural practices are afraid that wild animals will infect domestic livestock with diseases like Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth Disease. To protect agriculture (considered as an important economic practice), very strict regulations have been made for minimizing this risk. In this way, the practice of animal farming has been dominating the (...)
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    Peter-Paul Verbeek, what things do: Philosophical reflections on technology, agency and design.Katinka Waelbers - 2007 - Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (2):275-277.
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    Three Schools of Thought on Freedom in Liberal, Technological Societies.Katinka Waelbers & Adam Briggle - 2010 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 14 (3):176-193.
    Are citizens of contemporary technological society authors of their own lives? With Alasdair MacIntyre, Bruno Latour and Albert Borgmann, we discuss the shortcomings of traditional liberalism in terms of its ability to answer this question. MacIntyre argues that biological vulnerabilities and social interdependencies establish meaningful parameters within which reason and willing emerge. But MacIntyre ignores technologies as a third parameter. Latour defines humans as nodes in a socio-technical network, in which technologies are actors on par with humans. However, Latour adopts (...)
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  8. Designing a Good Life: A Matrix for the Technological Mediation of Morality. [REVIEW]Tsjalling Swierstra & Katinka Waelbers - 2012 - Science and Engineering Ethics 18 (1):157-172.
    Technologies fulfill a social role in the sense that they influence the moral actions of people, often in unintended and unforeseen ways. Scientists and engineers are already accepting much responsibility for the technological, economical and environmental aspects of their work. This article asks them to take an extra step, and now also consider the social role of their products. The aim is to enable engineers to take a prospective responsibility for the future social roles of their technologies by providing them (...)
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