Mieke Boon


  • 487 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Research interests

My research project entitled “Using science in technology: towards a philosophy of the engineering sciences” aims at a philosophy of engineering sciences that provides a more adequate understanding of the role of science in technology. Its purpose is to contribute to the development of a not yet elaborated field within the philosophy of science and technology.

The focus concerns scientific research of complex systems in which interrelated physical, chemical and biological processes occur, such as biochemical and biomedical technologies. The proper technological design of these advanced technologies calls for scientifically informed approaches. This requires a better understanding of how scientific knowledge is produced that is applicable to these systems. In philosophy of technology, this type of knowledge production has been neglected, probably because up till now focus has been on the design of artefacts and not on industrial processes. A central focus of this work is how scientists in the ‘laboratory sciences’ develop scientific theories, laws and models, instruments and experiments, in particular, on how their reasoning in these practices can be better understood. Several of the themes are: empiricism, phenomena, scientific laws, models, scientific instruments, scientific explanations and understanding, and the construction of models.

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Pyrites Engineering & Materials Science
Kinetics Chemical Compounds
Sulfide minerals Engineering & Materials Science
Oxidation Engineering & Materials Science
Bioleaching Engineering & Materials Science
Thiobacillus Medicine & Life Sciences
Iron Chemical Compounds
Oxygen Medicine & Life Sciences

Research Output 1992 2019

Knowing in medical practice: expertise, imaging technologies and interdisciplinarity

van Baalen, S. J., 31 Jan 2019, Enschede: University of Twente. 263 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UTAcademic

Open Access
Evidence-Based Medicine
Diagnostic Imaging
Research Personnel

Scientific methodology in the engineering sciences

Boon, M., 14 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Engineering. Michelfelder, D. & Doorn, N. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citations

An engineering paradigm in the biomedical sciences: Knowledge as epistemic tool

Boon, M., Oct 2017, In : Progress in biophysics & molecular biology. 129, p. 25-39

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology
Molecular Biology

Evidence-based medicine versus expertise: knowledge, skills and epistemic actions

van Baalen, S. J. & Boon, M., 2017, Knowing and Acting in Medicine. Bluhm, R. (ed.). Rowman & Littlefield International, p. 21-38

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional


Measurements in the engineering sciences: an epistemology of producing knowledge of physical phenomena

Boon, M., 2017, Reasoning in Measurement. Mößner, N. & Nordmann, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. - 256 p. (History and philosophy of technoscience).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2014 2018

  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

Scientific Models in the Engineering Sciences

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
15 Mar 201817 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Models as Epistemic Tools: An example from Chemical Engineering

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
30 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

How to bring Philosophy back into Science – Epistemological Constructivism as a viable Picture of Science?

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
6 Aug 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Similarity of Functional Behavior – Inferential strategies in the engineering sciences

Mieke Boon (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Teaching Interdisciplinarity - An Epistemology for Interdisciplinary Research and Problem-solving

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
23 Jun 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Mieke Boon


1 media contribution

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