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LC7 Empirical methods for Philosophy of Technology

The Empirical Methods for Philosophy of Technology course will give the students an introduction to the subject, why the students may want to consider it in their research and discuss a range of pitfalls that may lie in pursuing this line of work. Additionally, the course will introduce the students to a range of approaches that can be broadly affiliated with doing empirical philosophy, such as Interviewing, Focus Groups, Philosophy through Artistic Intervention, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Foresight Studies and others.

The course will run over four days, with the first three days dedicated to the lectures and the last one to students’ presentations. The guest lecturers, researchers in philosophy and other academic fields, will give the students an introduction to the methods and their experience-based reflection on implementing them in research. They will also provide practical exercises for the students to try the methods out in different forms. As the final assignment for the course, the students will be expected to give an extensive and critical presentation reflecting on the use or non-use of empirical philosophy in their PhD projects.

The course requires around 20 pre-read papes to participate in an engaged and meaningful manner. The reading list will become available in March.

Study load is the equivalent of 5 ECTS. The students are expected to engage in all individual and group-based exercises throughout the course. Attendance in all days is mandatory to obtain the credits. There will be no lunches included during the course.

For more information and inquiries, contact the course coordinator Olya Kudina


Expected in April 2026. 


TU Delft campus.


Registration for the course in 2025 will open in due time.