4TU.Ethics Podcasts: Corona and science

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The Corona pandemic gave rise to global challenges which have been met with different measures. In this series, we ask philosophers of technology to help us reflect on how the pandemic challenges practices and institutions. Can ethical reflection provide better understanding of the responses to these new challenges?

The podcast is made possible by generous funding from 4TU Ethics

For more on ethics and Corona visit Delft Design for Values COVID-19 Working Group

How do scientists make sense of the Corona pandemic?
What is the relation of science, the public, and policy?
What can philosophy of science contribute to our understanding of what science can and cannot do?

In this episode, Mieke Boon talks about scientific practice, the problem of uncertainty in science, and the importance of models for a scientific understanding of the Corona pandemic. She also addresses scientific literacy, interdisciplinary research, and vaccination.

Mieke is a Full Professor at the Philosophy Department at University of Twente. Mieke’s research interests include philosophy of science and engineering sciences.

This episode is hosted by Bas de Boer from University of Twente. Bas works on philosophy of science, technology and health.
Period19 Jan 2021
Held at4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology , Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Philosophy of science
  • Scientific methods
  • Scientific models
  • Trust in science
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Science and the public