Reformational Philosophy

Marc J. de Vries

Marc J. de Vries

Marc J. de Vries

Marc’s particular interest is to connect two disciplines: philosophy of science and technology and the teaching of science subjects in primary and secondary education.


If you want to educate somewhere, you have to know exactly what you’re talking about, and then you’re in the middle of the philosophy. The philosophy of science and technology presented many topics that are important to pass on to young people: what is the nature of science and what are the limitations of scientific knowledge, how come the rhetoric with which technological developments are accompanied often refer to ideal worlds (without sickness, death, etc.) and what does that mean for the normative assessment of such developments?



One area in which those questions very exciting is that of nanoscience and technology.



Philosophy of science and technology, Science and technology in primary and secondary education

Other activities

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  • University: Technical University of Delft


  • Teaching About Technology. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Technology for Non-Philosophers. Vries, M.J. de (2005), Dordrecht: Springer.
  • “Ethics and the Complexity of Technology: A Design Approach”, Vries, M.J. de (2006), Philosophia Reformata, Vol. 71, No. 2, 118-131.
  • ‘Analyzing the Complexity of Nanotechnology’, in: Schummer, J. and Baird, D. (Eds.), Nanotechnology Challenges. Implications for Philosophy, Ethics and Society. Vries, M.J. de (2006),  Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 165-178.
  • De Matrix Code. Sciencefictionfilms als spiegel van de technologische cultuur. Cusveller, B., Verkerk, M.J. and Vries, M.J. de (2007), Amsterdam: Buijten & Schipperheijn.
  • Denken, ontwerpen, maken. Basisboek Techniekfilosofie. Verkerk, M.J., Hoogland, J., Stoep, J. van der, and Vries, M.J. de (2007), Amsterdam: Boom. Vries, M.J. de (2008), ‘A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Technoethics’, in: Luppicini, R. and Adell, R. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Technoethics. Hersey, NY: Information Science Reference (IGI Global), 20-31.
  • ‘Introducing Van Riessen’s work in the philosophy of technology’, Vries, M.J. de (2010), Philosophia Reformata Vol. 75(1), 2-9.
  •  ‘Structures for imperfect life: The development of ‘evil-proof’ Technologies. In: Jochemsen, H. and Stoep, J. van der (Eds.), Different Cultures, One World. Dialogue between Christians and Muslims about globalizing technology. Vries, M.J. de (2010),Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers, 53-62.
  • God vinden. In gesprek met zoekers. Vries, M.J. de (2011), Heerenveen: Groen.
  • ‘Utopian thinking in contemporary technology versus responsible technology for an imperfect world’, Vries, M.J. de (2012), Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Vol. 64(1), 11-19.