Workshop ‘Corpus Analysis, conceptual change, and socially disruptive technologies’

Date: February 16, 2023
All-day event
Location: TU Delft
Project workshop | Value Change
New technologies like AI (deepfakes, large language models etc.) or bio technologies (e.g., CRISPR) are not only changing our way of life and social practices. They also have the potential of disrupting or even changing our concepts and values. How can we study such conceptual disruptions empirically? Do such disruptions give rise to conceptual change? 
This workshop aims to establish a community of philosophers and cognitive scientists who are interested in using corpus linguistics to investigate concept and value change in light of conceptually disruptive technologies. 
Questions discussed in the workshop include: 
·       How can we study conceptual change empirically?
·       Can we investigate conceptual disruptions via corpus linguistics?
·       What are the limits of corpus analysis?
·       How do conceptual change and value change\moral change relate?
·       How can we study moral change with corpus linguistics?
This event is funded by the STEM track of the research consortium Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies ( and the "Design for Value Change" project.
·       Mark Alfano (Macquarie) 9:30-10:30 (online)
·       Fritz Günther (Berlin) 11-11:45 (online)
·       Lucien Baumgartner (Zürich) 13-13:45 (in person)
·       Ibo van de Poel (Delft) 14-14:45 (in person)
·       Arianna Betti 15-15:45 (to be confirmed)
The workshop will take place on February 16, 2022, TU Delft, The Netherlands. Room TBA
There is a limited number of open slots for contributions from empirically working early career researchers and graduate students who engage in corpus studies themselves. 
Please submit a 500-word abstract to
The deadline for submissions is December 31. 
If you would like to participate online or in person, please send an email to the same address.

Workshop ‘ValueMonitor, a tool for empirical investigations of values and value change in text corpora’

Date: March 10, 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: TU Delft
Project workshop | Value Change

ValueMonitor is an easy-to-use tool for empirical investigations of values and value change in text corpora (e.g., scientific articles, newspaper articles). Investigations performed with ValueMonitor can be used to discover neglected moral issues voiced by societal actors or to map the current state of scientific research on specific values and technologies. Although ValueMonitor relies on text mining, it has been designed in such a way that it does not require any programming skills. Moreover, the tool is applicable to all values and technologies. ValueMonitor is different from most existing empirical methods for research on values, which tend to be more resource-intensive (time, people) and less comprehensive in terms of scope of analysis.

We invite you to a one-day workshop to get familiarized with ValueMonitor. In the first part of the workshop, you will get acquainted with the tool’s workings and get an understanding of the types of questions that can be answered with it. In the second part, you will perform a hands-on guided exercise to discover the tool’s potential for your research.

The workshop is part of the ERC project ‘Design for Changing Values’ funded by the EU. It will take place on March 10th, 2023, from 9.30 to 16.30, in Delft. The number of places for the workshop is limited to ensure that we can help you effectively with the usage of the tool. Registration closes on January 20th and can be done by sending an email to


  • Ibo van de Poel (Professor, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)
  • Tristan de Wildt (Postdoc researcher, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)
  • Freek van der Weij (Researcher, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)


9.30 – 9.45Walk-in + Coffee
9.45 – 10.00Opening + introduction round
10.00 – 10.45Introduction to topic modelling
11.00 - 12.00Possible applications of ValueMonitor
13.00 – 15.30Hands-on exercise ‘empirical investigation of values using ValueMonitor’
16.00-16.30Evaluation and closing remarks


Practical information

  • Intended audience: researchers who are interested in ways to enrich their research with new empirical methods for empirically studying values and value change in technology
  • Participation is free of charge (deadline: January 20, 2023).
  • Location: Delft University of Technology (exact room to be announced).
  • For more information on ValueMonitor, please visit
  • For questions, please feel free to contact us at

Second edition of the Changing Values, Changing Technologies conference from 19-21 April 2023 in Delft (Netherlands) as part of fPET 2023 

Start date: April 19, 2023
End date: April 21, 2023
All-day event
Location: TU Delft
Project workshop | Value Change

In October 2020 we organised the first international conference on Changing Values, Changing Technologies. We are happy to announce the second edition, which will be an integral part of the 2023 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology (fPET 2023) and will be held at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands from 19-21 April 2023.

fPET 2023 will bring together engineers and philosophers to address the challenges of engineering in a changing world. We are currently witnessing disruptive changes due to climate change, pandemics and war. Technological developments in, for example, geo-engineering, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and neuro-technology may contribute to such disruptions but also help to better deal with them.

The conference will provide the opportunity to meet like-minded researchers and present and discuss research on the intersection of engineering and philosophy, addressing the theme of technology and engineering in a changing world, broadly understood. You can now submit abstracts and panel proposals.


Special track: value change

fPET 2023 will feature a special track on Changing Values, Changing Technologies. This track will introduce a novel perspective on value change. We will discuss the nature of value change and illuminate the implications for the practice of, research on and teaching in engineering. For this track, we are cooperating with the research project Designing for Changing Values, that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 788321. For this track we invite papers that present recent research on the theme of value change and technology. If you want to submit to this special track, you can indicate during submission.


  • January 15, 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
  • February 15: Decision about acceptance
  • March 15: Confirmation of participation for chosen presenters
  • April 19-21: Conference



We are currently planning to have the conference in Delft. If the situation will change due to Corona measures, we will update our plans accordingly. Currently there are no Covid-19 related restrictions for traveling to the Netherlands. The most recent information can be found here:


Submission detail

Please submit your abstract via the website. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, incl. notes and references.

We particularly welcome submissions addressing new or underexplored topics, the reflective submissions of engineers or other technology practitioners, and submissions of an interdisciplinary nature.



Please direct any queries related to the conference to


Conference ‘Changing Values, Changing Technologies’

Start date: October 12, 2021
End date: October 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Delft, the Netherlands
Project workshop | Value Change

Conference Description

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss research on the interrelations of values and technology. Specifically, we aim to explore how novel technological developments lead to changes in moral values and, conversely, how changing moral values affect the developments of new technologies.



We envision the following more specific themes for the conference:

1. (Historical) case studies of value change and technology
2. The interrelation between value change and technological change
3. Value change, technical progress and moral progress
4. Origins of value change: individual and collective
5. Implications of value change for value sensitive design
6. Methods for studying and anticipating value change

Keynote Speakers


Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)
Webb Keane (University of Michigan)
Tsjalling Swierstra (Maastricht University)

Call for abstracts and Practical details

We invite abstracts (max 500 words) for research presentations. Presentations will be held in parallel sessions. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available to eligible participants who will present a paper at the conference.

This is the first major conference of the research programme Design for Changing Values, funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

We are currently planning to have the conference in Delft. If the situation will change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will update our plans accordingly.

Note that the conference will be held in conjunction with the bi-annual conference of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, which will take place on 14-15 October in the Netherlands. Participants travelling from abroad may take this opportunity to participate in both conferences.


  • May 15 2021: Deadline for abstract submission
  • May 31: Decision about acceptance
  • June 7: Confirmation of participation for chosen presenters
  • October 12 & 13: Conference

Submission details

Please submit your abstract via this link. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, incl. notes and references.

Please direct any queries related to this call to Michael Klenk at

We particularly welcome submissions addressing new or underexplored topics, submissions from a variety of philosophical traditions, and submissions of an interdisciplinary nature. We especially encourage submissions from women and members of underrepresented groups.


Ibo van de Poel, Anna Melnyk, Steffen Steinert, and Michael Klenk (Delft University of Technology)

Workshop ‘Explaining Value Change’

Start date: April 15, 2021
End date: May 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
Project workshop | Value Change

Workshop Description


Do values change? The answer seems to be a resounding “yes”. Both social science and history have traced broad societal value changes across time. Examples include the abolition of slavery, changes in morality towards more inclusivity, and increased concerns for the environment. Given these phenomena, it is a sensible assumption that there is something that needs to be explained.


Many of these phenomena might be explained in terms of changes in what people value. And all philosophical accounts of value change are - at least primarily - explanations of changing evaluations that may or may not correspond to the evaluative facts. It matters whether there would be a change in the evaluative facts. Moral change would seem to be a much more complicated phenomenon than previously thought: not only would we have to explain the change in evaluations, but also how those evaluations track changes in values. Moreover, the increased sophistication of empirical accounts of change in evaluations (e.g. in terms of moral revolutions, evolutionary pressures, or game-theoretic considerations) would have to be complemented by an account of how those changes correspond to a change in values.


However, it is an open question whether there can be a change in the values themselves, too. So far, philosophers have primarily focused on adjacent but distinct phenomena like moral disagreement, moral revolutions, and moral progress. The traditional questions within these fields of research (e.g. is there (deep) disagreement, how do moral revolutions happen, what is moral progress) do not invite an investigation of the possibility of changing values so far. In particular, value theory, the discipline concerned with questions regarding the nature of values, has thus far assumed a static view of values and no account of what it would mean for values to change has been provided thus far.


This workshop series aims to shed light on this under-investigated topic of value change. Despite its seemingly common enough occurrence, it is not clear what value change amounts to. Is value change simply a change in what people value, or is it a change in what is (objectively) valuable? The first step towards a clearer understanding of value change is to make headway on what exactly we need to explain when we want to explain value change.
This international workshop series will bring together internationally leading scholars on philosophical value theory to explore the topic of value change. The primary aim of the workshop series is to deepen our understanding of the phenomenon of value change from a value theoretic perspective. Furthermore, a secondary aim is to use that deepened understanding to explore the role of technology in value change. The series will provide an occasion to explore fundamental questions about value and value change.
Given the exploratory nature of the topic, we invite work in progress and early thoughts on the topic and we aim to facilitate a discussion with a diverse and international set of interested researchers on the topic.


Confirmed Speakers and Dates


  • Thursday 15 April 2021, 17.00 pm (CEDT): Graham Oddie (University of Colorado, USA) 
  • Thursday 22 April 2021, 17.00 pm (CEDT): Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Thursday 29 April 2021, 17.00 pm (CEDT): Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Thursday 6 May 2021, 17.00 pm (CEDT): Krister Bykvist (Stockholm University, Sweden) 



Graham Oddie

The possibility of value in flux: a realist’s perspective


What we value obviously changes, but can value itself change? Metaphysical realism about value would appear to sit uneasily with value in flux, at least in part because it denies the reducibility of value to our changing attitudes to value. Certainly Platonic realism about value would seem to sit most happily not only with the timelessness of the fundamental structure of value, but also with its metaphysical necessity. The Forms are the ultimate value bearers, according to the Platonist, and their participation in the overarching Form of the Good is beholden neither to time nor to chance. While unchanging value might be the most obvious resting place for the value realist, there is at least one version of a robust value realism which does make logical space for genuine and interesting cases of change in value. In this presentation I will outline a realist framework which accommodates both aspects of value: the necessary and the timeless as well as the contingent and the fleeting.



Wlodek Rabinowicz

Forming Value Judgments by Aggregation, and How It Differs from Aggregation of Preferences


This talk focuses on the contrast between two ways of changing attitudes by aggregating the individual attitudes in a collective. One takes its departure from individual preferences r and the other has as its input individual value judgments. The former results in a new preferential state, the latter in a new evaluation. The targeted case is one in which the two aggregation scenarios exhibit a far-reaching structural similarity: the individual preferences to be aggregated are purely ordinal – they are preference rankings – and the individual judgments exhibit the same structure: they are value rankings. I will argue that, despite of their formal similarity, the difference in the nature of inputs in those two aggregation scenarios has important implications: the kind of procedure that seems fine for aggregation of value rankings is arguably inappropriate for aggregation of preferences. The relevant procedure consists in similarity maximization, or – more precisely – in minimization of weighted average distance from individual inputs. It is shown that, whatever distance measure is chosen, distance-based procedures violate the (strong) Pareto condition. This seems alright as the aggregation of value rankings goes, but would not be acceptable for preference aggregation. 



Valerie Tiberius

Well-Being, Value Change, and Subconscious Goals


According to one familiar and compelling way to think about well-being, goal fulfillment or its ilk (desire satisfaction or value realization) is central to a prudentially good life. Typically, theories in this family take the relevant goals to be conscious goals. However, we know from the psychology of goal seeking agency that many goals occur below the level of consciousness. Might subconscious goals also be important to well-being? I argue that an affirmative answer to this question leads us to some insights about the process of value change, which in turn helps us to solve some long-standing problems for these subjective theories of well-being.



Krister Bykvist

Well-being in a flux?


The fact that our attitudes change, both across time and across worlds, poses well-known challenges for attitude-sensitive well-being theories. Take Kierkegaard’s famous conundrum, for example: If I were to get married, I would prefer being unmarried; if I were to remain being unmarried, I would prefer being married. Which life is better for me? Or take a temporal analogue: in the past I favoured my adventurous youthful life more than the quiet and unassuming life I expected to live as an old man; now when I look back I favour my current life more than my youthful past life. Which period of my life is better for me? More generally, is there a stable standard of well-being we can appeal to in these cases, or do we have to accept that the wellbeing value of a life (or part of a life) can change across worlds or times?

In my talk, I will present an ‘attitudinal matrix’ framework that will help us clear up the problems posed by changing attitudes, with a special focus on change across time. In particular, the framework will help us see what is at stake, which principles that can or cannot be combined, and what might be the best solution. More specifically, I shall argue that a plausible attitude-sensitive well-being theory does not have to accept that values can change.



Practical Information


  • To participate, please send an email to 
  • Kindly notify us whether you would like to participate in all or only some of the sessions, and please specify which.
  • We will send the meeting link and finalized programm to all registered participants in due time.

For inquiries about the workshop series, please contact the organisers Dr Steffen Steinert at  and Dr Michael Klenk at