Prof. Dr. Jan C. Schmidt

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. phil. habil. Jan C. Schmidt

Office Hours

During the term: Wednesdays, 12.15am-1.00pm, A12, 311b.

During the term holidays: please contact me by email

General Information

Areas of interest

  • Sustainability Science and Social-Ecological Research
  • Environmental Ethics and Technology Assessment
  • Philosophy, Theory and Methodology of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity
  • Philosophy and History of Science and Technology
  • Science, Technoloy and Society Studies and Social Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Life Science, Biophilosophy
  • Philosophy of Nature and Natural Philosophy
  • Social and Cultural Philosophy; Societal Theory
  • Complex Systems Theory, Chaos Theory, Self Organization, Nonlinear Dynamics

Positions

  • Since 2008:  Professor of Philosophy, Unit of Social, Culture and Technology Studies, University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt.
  • 2018 - 2019: Research Fellow, European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment, Bad Neuenhar-Ahrweiler.
  • 2016: Rank first, Professor for Philosophy of the General Technological Sciences (W3), Department of Social Sciences, Technical University Cottbus / BTU (no offer).
  • 2016: Invited Guest Professor, Faculty of Risk- and Security Studies, University of Life Science, Vienna / Austria.
  • 2015: Invited Guest Professor, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Klagenfurt in Vienna / Austria.
  • 2011 - 2012: Stand-in Full Professor of Natural Philosophy, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena / Germany.
  • 2006 - 2008: Associate Professor of Philosophy, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta / U.S.A..
  • 1999 - 2006: Senior Scientist, Lecturer, Assistant to a Professor, Department of Philosophy and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Technology, Technical University, Darmstadt / Germany.
  • 1996 - 1999: Junior Scientist and Assistant to a Professor, Department of Physics, University of Mainz / Germany.
  • 1995 - 1996: Junior Scientist, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy, and Environment, Wuppertal.

Earned Degrees

  • 2006: Habilitation (phil. habil.), Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Technical University, Darmstadt.
  • 2004: B.A. (first state examination for grammar school teacher), Education Science, Department of Pedagogics, University of Mainz.
  • 2004: M.A., Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Technical University, Darmstadt.
  • 1999: Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), Physics, Department of Physics, University of Mainz.
  • 1995: M.Sc. (Dipl.-Phys.), Physics, Department of Physics, University of Mainz.

Selected Publications


Conference

Conference and workshop organisation

  • 26. Our digital colleague. Tracing the transformation of science and research by artificial intelligence and big data (Session at the 4th European Technology Assessment Conference), 2019, Bratislava
  • 25. A Challenge for Prospective Technology Assessment. The extensive Potential of Gene Drives based on the newly developed CRISPR-Method (Session at the 3rd European Technology Assessment Conference), 2017, Cork. 
  • 24. Potentials and Challenges of a Prospective Technology Assessment (Session at the 2nd European TA Conference / PACITA), 2015, Berlin
  • 23. Philosophy of Technology, Third German/Dutch Workshop, 2014, Darmstadt (in collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy, Technical University Darmstadt). 
  • 22. Philosophy and Interdisciplinarity: Reflecting on and Crossing Boundaries, 2013, Atlanta/USA (session & panel organized for the conference of the Public Philosophy Network, USA: Encouraging and Supporting Publicly Engaged Philosophical Research and Practices) (in collaboration with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta/USA, and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas, Denton/USA).
  • 21. Challinging Philosophy: Interdisciplinary Problems and Disciplinary Philosophy, 2012, Tübingen (co-organized with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta/USA, and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas, Denton/USA).
  • 20. New Practice of Philosophy. Taking Philosophy beyond Disciplinary Bounds, 2011, Denton/USA (co-organized with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta/USA, and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas, Denton/USA).
  • 19. Verantwortung für das Leben. Zur Aktualität von Hans Jonas (mit den Universitäten Kassel und Wuppertal), 2011, Hofgeismar (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Hofgeismar).
  • 18. Philosophy AS Interdisciplinarity, 2010, Hamburg (co-organized with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta/USA, and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas, Denton/USA).
  • 17. Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity, 2009, Atlanta (co-organized with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta/USA, and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, University of North Texas, Denton/USA).
  • 16. Technology Assessment in der Weltgesellschaft, 2006, Berlin (biannual conference of the Network of Technology Assessmet, NTA) (co-organized with the NTA-team).
  • 15. Interdisziplinäre Wissenssynthesen: Konzepte, Modellbildung, Handlungspraxis, 2005, Darmstadt (in collaboration with the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis/ITAS, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research, ISOE, Frankfurt).
  • 14. Science, Technology and Theology: Identifying Methods, Perspectives, Approaches, 2005, Bonn (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Bonn).
  • 13. Wohin führt unser Menschenbild? Zum Zusammenhang von menschlichem Selbstverständnis und verantwortlichem Handeln, 2002, Berlin (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Berlin).
  • 12. Ordnung aus dem Nichts. Selbstorganisation in Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Religion, 2004, Hofgeismar (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Hofgeismar).
  • 11. Auf dem Wege zu interdisziplinären Methodologien. Forschungsstand und offene Fragen, 2004, Karlsruhe (in collaboration with the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis/ITAS, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).
  • 10. Nachhaltige Technik- und Wissenschaftsgestaltung, 2003, Darmstadt (co-organized with the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Science, Technology and Security/IANUS, TU Darmstadt).
  • 9. Methodologien der Modellierung und Simulation: Dynamiken der Nachhaltigkeit, 2002, Darmstadt (co-organized with the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Science, Technology and Security/IANUS, TU Darmstadt).
  • 8. Zukunftsorientierte Wissenschaft. Prospektive Wissenschafts- und Technikbewertung, 2001, Darmstadt (co-organized with the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Science, Technology and Security/IANUS, TU Darmstadt).
  • 7. Königsweg zum Verstehen der Wirklichkeit? Möglichkeiten und Grenzen von Inter- und Transdisziplinarität, 2001, Mülheim (in collaboration with the Forum of Philosophy of Science (WiFoG), University of Giessen).
  • 6. Der entthronte Mensch? Anfragen der Neurowissenschaften an unsere Menschenbilder, 2001, Mülheim (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Mülheim).
  • 5. Immer aneinander vorbei? Dialogformen zwischen Naturwissenschaft und Theologie, 2001, Akademie Mülheim (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Mülheim).
  • 4. Welches Verständnis von Natur führt zu ethischem Handeln? Zugänge zu Wissenschaft, Umwelt und Gesellschaft, 2000, Leuenberg/Basel (co-organized with the Protestant Academy Leuenberg/Schweiz).
  • 3. Zugänge zur Wirklichkeit. Funktionen von Wahrheit im Erkenntnisprozess, 2000, Heppenheim (in collaboration with the Forum of Philosophy of Science (WiFoG), University of Giessen).
  • 2. Erkenntniswege. Kriterien für Rationalität in den Wissenschaften, 1999, Mainz (in collaboration with the Forum of Philosophy of Science (WiFoG), University of Giessen).
  • 1. Einheit der Wirklichkeit? Konzepte von Einheit und Vielheit in Natur und Wissenschaft, 1998, Arnoldshain (in collaboration with the Forum of Philosophy of Science (WiFoG), University of Giessen).

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