Brandt van der Gaast

Hi, welcome to my webpage. I teach philosophy and ethics of technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. I'm originally from the beautiful province of Fryslân.

Research

Areas of philosophy I'm interested in include ethics but also the philosophy of mind and language.

In ethics, I'm intruiged by puzzles in population ethics. What makes one possible future state of the world better than another? And how does that question relate to the wellbeing of the people that exist? For those curious, here is a link to a work in progress called 'No Harm, No Foul: A Person-Affecting Population Principle'.

Other topics in philosophy I'm interested in are representation and meaning. My dissertation was on the notion of content--both mental and linguistic. I'm currently trying to familiarize myself with the literature on computing and representation. What is distinctive about digital representation? What type of intentionality can computers be said to have?

Teaching

For over ten years, I've designed and taught courses in philosophy. Five of those years were in the South of the US, where I had a grand ol' time teaching ethics at Auburn University in Alabama. I started out as a teaching assistant at UMass Amherst and Smith College in Massachusetts, where I learned a ton about top-notch education.

I like to think and talk about teaching techniques and about how to create appealing courses on a variety of subjects.

Here's an abbreviated version of my CV for those interested.

Publications

Here is a link to my dissertation 'A Defense of Russellian Descriptivism', that I completed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014.

Contact

Don't hesitate to drop me an email at b.h.[LAST_NAME]@utwente.nl.

Links

University of Twente's Master Program in Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Society
4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology