“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Behnam Taebi is an associate professor of philosophy at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and a Project on Managing the Atom associate with the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
His research interests are in energy ethics, nuclear ethics, and responsible innovation. He studied Material Science and Engineering (2006) and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Technology (2010). Taebi is currently working on a project on the ethics and governance of multinational nuclear waste repositories (with a personal grant awarded by the Dutch Research Council). He is the coordinating editor of a volume on The Ethics of Nuclear Energy (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and a special issue of Journal of Risk Research (2015) on "Socio-Technical Challenges of Nuclear Power Production" and is currently writing a monograph on Ethics and Engineering (under contract with Cambridge University Press). Taebi is a member (2016–2021) of The Young Academy, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm