Mieke Boon


  • 506 Citations
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1992 …2019
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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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Research Output 1992 2019

17 Downloads (Pure)

Epistemology for interdisciplinary research: Shifting philosophical paradigms of science

Boon, M. & van Baalen, S. J., Jan 2019, In : European journal for philosophy of science. 9, 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Interdisciplinary Research
1 Citation (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

Interdisciplinary expertise in medical practice: Challenges of using and producing knowledge in complex problem-solving

Boon, M., van Baalen, S. J. & Groenier, M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Medical teacher. 41, 6, p. 668-677 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

medical practice
medical technology
model theory
philosophy of science
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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 Citation (Scopus)
80 Downloads (Pure)

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

Activities 2014 2019

  • 9 Oral presentation
  • 6 Invited talk
  • 1 Membership of committee

Tentative: Do interdisciplinary explanations require a new paradigm of science?

Mieke Boon (Keynote speaker)
24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

How scientists are brought back into science – The error of empiricism has been accepted for presentation.

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
5 Aug 201910 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Models as Epistemic Tools in the Engineering Sciences.

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
7 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Future aspects of scientific methodology in the engineering sciences

Mieke Boon (Keynote speaker)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Big data in need of big scientists: Revisiting Polanyi’s notion of personal knowledge

Mieke Boon (Speaker)
1 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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