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On Thursday 12th of October 2017 (6PM-8PM) Peter-Paul Verbeek will open the 2017/2018-edition with his inaugural lecture: “smart citizes and citizens, a question of technology?” Peter-Paul Verbeek (1970) is Professor of philosophy of technology and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. Verbeek’s research focuses on the anthropological and ethical aspects of human-technology relations. He recently published Moralizing Technology: Understanding and Designing the Morality of Things (University of Chicago Press, 2011), in which he analyzes the moral significance of technologies, and its implications for ethical theory and for design practices. He is also the author of What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design (Penn State University Press, 2005), which investigates the phenomenon of technological mediation, with applications to industrial design. Currently he is working on a book on human enhancement technologies, in which he aims to expand the theory of mediation into philosophical anthropology, and to integrate it further in the ethics of technology.