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ESDiT Research Track

Intercultural Track

This track focuses on intercultural ethics as truly global challenges need a (cultural) diversity of ethical frameworks to tackle them.

The overall aim of the ESDiT research programme is to develop a comprehensive philosophical understanding of the socially disruptive technologies (SDTs) of the 21st century, and in particular their challenge to the very concepts and values that we normally appeal to in our moral thinking about technologies.

Cutting across the four research lines we started three research tracks, each of which emphasizes an aspect that we especially value in this consortium:

Description of This Research Track

The intercultural philosophy track tries to answer the following overarching question:

how can non-western philosophy help us to provide (different and better) answers, to the research questions of ESDiT?

The track on intercultural philosophy is coordinated by prof. Ingrid Robeyns. This track focuses on intercultural ethics. It starts from the insight that truly global challenges need a (cultural) diversity of ethical frameworks to tackle them.

Our activities have been steered by a number of concrete goals:

  • Goal 1: Building capacity: most of us are on a steep learning curve, and most of all need to learn about non-western philosophies and intercultural philosophy.
  • Goal 2: Building community: within ESDiT and our affiliates, we want to collaborate and co-learn in the area of intercultural philosophy.
  • Goal 3: Building/strengthening our international network: we want to gain a better understanding, and get to know, the people working in these fields, in particular those who have also done work on SDTs.
  • Goal 4: producing knowledge (and publishing it) that advances the intercultural philosophy perspective within ESDiT.

Related Publications

The role of the African value of Ubuntu in global AI inclusion discourse: A normative ethics perspective

Gwagwa, Arthur; Kazim, Emre; Hilliard, Airlie

The role of the African value of Ubuntu in global AI inclusion discourse: A normative ethics perspective Journal Article

In: Patterns, vol. 3, iss. 4, no. 100462, 2022.

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African Distributive Justice

Wareham, Christopher

African Distributive Justice Book Chapter

In: no. 337, 2022, ISBN: 9781350191785.

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Exploring Marginalization and Exclusion in Renewable Energy Development in Africa: A Perspective from Western Individualism and African Ubuntu Philosophy

Sanusi, Yekeen A.; Spahn, Andreas

Exploring Marginalization and Exclusion in Renewable Energy Development in Africa: A Perspective from Western Individualism and African Ubuntu Philosophy Book Chapter

In: pp. 273-296, Springer Cham, 1, 2020.

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Related News & Media

ESDIT on the Dissenter Podcast

ESDIT on the Dissenter Podcast

“The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies; An Introduction” – New Open Access Book

“The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies; An Introduction” – New Open Access Book

Zen and the Art of Dealing with the Attention Economy – seminar recording now available

Related Events

Diversity workshop: “Embracing diversity in ethics of technology”

Date: March 21, 2024
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Utrecht University
Academic event | ESDIT event by invitation only | Free & fair society | Human condition | Intercultural track | Internal ESDIT event
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Grounding Ethics through Attention: Murdoch, Weil, and Zen Buddhism – Online Seminar

Date: November 23, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online Seminar
Academic event | Human condition | Intercultural track | Public ESDIT event
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Within the ESDiT (Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies) project, the working group on “Attention Economy” organizes an online seminar on ‘Grounding ethics through attention: Murdoch, Weil, and Zen Buddhism’ as part of the series  “Attending as practice in the attention economy”.

People Involved

Coordination team

Prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns

Prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns

Professor in Ethics of Institutions
Utrecht University
ESDIT role(s): Research fellowResearch line leader
Research line(s): Future of a Free & Fair Society
Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser

Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser

Professor of Ethics
Delft University of Technology
ESDIT role(s): Management boardResearch fellowResearch line leader
Research line(s): Future of a Free & Fair Society
Dr. Elena Ziliotti

Dr. Elena Ziliotti

Assistant Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy
Delft University of Technology
ESDIT role(s): CoordinatorResearch fellow
Research line(s): Future of a Free & Fair Society

Participants

Prof. dr. Joel Anderson
Dr. Dina Babushkina
Dr. Gunter Bombaerts
Kristy Claassen
Dr. Matthew Dennis
Dr. Lily Frank
Cindy Friedman
Dr. Dorothea Gädeke
Alessio Gerola
Arthur Gwagwa
Dr. Julia Hermann
Benjamin Hofbauer
Dr. Olya Kudina
Ing. Patricia Reyes Benavides
Prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns
Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser
Joseph  Sta. Maria
Prof. dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek
Dr. Elena Ziliotti

 

All ESDiT Research Tracks

Intercultural Track

Intercultural Track

This track focuses on intercultural ethics as truly global challenges need a (cultural) diversity of ethical frameworks to tackle them.
STEM Track

STEM Track

The ESDiT approach is based on close cooperation with the engineering sciences (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Art Track

Art Track

This track stimulates research on art as well as research in collaboration with artists.