Conceptual Engineering: A Road Map to Practice

Philosophy Compass 17 (10):1-15 (2022)
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This paper discusses the logical space of alternative conceptual engineering projects, with a specific focus on (1) the processes, (2) the targets and goals, and (3) the methods of such projects. We present an overview of how these three aspects interact in the contemporary literature and discuss those alternative projects that have yet to be explored based on our suggested typology. We show how choices about each element in a conceptual engineering project constrain the possibilities for the others, thereby giving rise to distinct groupings of possible projects under the banner of conceptual engineering. We conclude with a critical reflection on the potential ethical issues that arise as a result of effectively putting conceptual engineering into practice.

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Author Profiles

Manuel Gustavo Isaac
EPFL - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Ryan Mark Nefdt
University of Cape Town
Steffen Koch
Bielefeld University