The Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering


Interview with Kyle Whyte

“Colonization has always inflicted anthropogenic climate change on indigenous peoples. Whether it’s forced removal, deforestation, or pollution, we can see countless examples of this. Most of these were cases of industrialization coupled tightly with colonization,” says Kyle Whyte, assistant professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.     Climate change […]



Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and/or Engineering


Don Howard on Robot Ethics

Don Howard is not interested in setting out a parade of the horribles and scary what-ifs. We don’t have to ponder, as the classic sci-fi film “RoboCop” did in 1987, whether a fully automated law enforcement machine might fail and kill an innocent person. In a world where unmanned aircraft […]


Interview with Katie Plaisance

Actionable scholarship, she explains, looks at the implications of real-world knowledge creation, and what can been done with the accumulated knowledge.  Dr. Katie Plaisance learned about structural resistance to “actionable philosophy” early in her academic career. She wrote an article about concepts of behavioral genetics, and how the topic was […]

Science Policy Interface

Science-Policy Interface: International Comparison Workshop

May 21st to May 23rd Organized by Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo Nicolae Morar (The Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University) & Kevin Elliott (Michigan State University) From May 21st to May 23rd, the University of Waterloo’s Heather Douglas organized an impressive international workshop concerning the relationship between science and […]


Our Misson

This consortium supports, advances, and conducts philosophical work that is related to science and engineering and that contributes to public welfare and collective wellbeing. We aim to improve the capacity of philosophers of all specializations to collaborate and engage with scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and a wide range of publics to foster epistemically and ethically responsible scientific and technological research.

We are particularly interested in addressing complex social and environmental problems and in fostering the ability of researchers in science and engineering to do so as well. We seek to understand and ameliorate conceptual and institutional barriers to collaborative research across these groups. We work to cultivate strategies for training graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty on how to effectively collaborate across a variety of domains. We promote joint efforts among institutions and individual researchers to conduct socially relevant research. We seek to partner with other groups from philosophy and allied science studies disciplines to fulfil our mission. We are a welcoming and diverse organization committed to respectful and fair treatment of all of our members.