Wessel Reijers


Wessel’s research revolves around the central question ‘how to live well with technology?’ It tries to answer this question in three ways.

First, it develops a theory of technology and technical practice, relying strongly on the philosophical hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur.

Second, it investigates a great range of different technologies, from digital money, via blockchain, personalisation technology, and military drones, to social credit systems.

Third, it aims to translate the theoretical work into methods for practising ethics in research and innovation settings.

Books and Edited Volumes

  1. (forthcoming) Reijers, W., Young, M., Coeckelbergh, M. (2024). Introduction to Ethics of Emerging Technologies. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. (forthcoming) De Filippi, P., Reijers, W., Mannan, M. (2024). Blockchain Governance. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  3. Reijers, W., Coeckelbergh, M. (2020). Narrative and Technology Ethics. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. Reijers, W., Romele, A., Coeckelbergh, M. (Eds.). (2021). Interpreting Technology. Lanhan: Rowman and Littlefield.

Journal Articles

  1. Reijers, W. (2023). Technology and Civic Virtue. Philosophy and Technology, 36(4), 1-22.
  2. Von Blomberg, M., Reijers, W. (2023). Who Deserves Credit? Banks for the Virtuous in Rural China. Journal of Contemporary China. https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2023.2248034
  3. Reijers, W., Orgad, L., & Filippi, P. de. (2022). The Rise of Cybernetic Citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2022.2077567
  4. de Filippi, P., Mannan, M., & Reijers, W. (2022). The alegality of blockchain technology. Policy and Society, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1093/polsoc/puac006
  5. Orgad, L., & Reijers, W. (2022). How to Make the Perfect Citizen? Lessons from China’s Model of Social Credit System. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 54(5), 1087–1121. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3586503
  6. Reijers, W. (2020). Responsible Innovation Between Virtue and Governance: Revisiting Arendt’s Notion of Work as Action. Journal of Responsible Innovation.    
  7. Filippi, P., Manan, M., Reijers, W. (2020). Blockchain as a Confidence Machine: The Problem of Trust & Challenges of Governance. Technology in Society.
  8. Reijers, W. (2019). Beyond Postphenomenolgy: Ihde’s Heidegger and the Problem of Authenticity. Human Studies (Published Online).
  9. Reijers, W., Gordijn, B. (2019). Moving From Value Sensitive Design to Virtuous Practice Design. Journal of Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society, 17(2), 196-209.
  10. Reijers, W., Wuisman, I., Manan, M., De Filippi, P., Wray, C., Rae-Looi, V., Vélez, A., & Orgad, L. (2018). Now the Code Runs Itself: On-chain and Off-chain Governance of Blockchain Technologies. Topoi (Published Online).
  11. Reijers, W., Ossewaarde, M. (2018). Digital Commoning and its Challenges. Organization, 25(6), 819-824.
  12. Coeckelbergh, M., Dupont, Q., & Reijers, W. (2018). Towards a Philosophy of Financial Technologies (Editorial). Philosophy & Technology,31(1), 9-14.
  13. Reijers, W., Wright, D., Brey, P., Weber, K., Rodrigues, R., O’Sullivan, D., & Gordijn, B. (2017). Methods for Practising Ethics in Research and Innovation: A Literature Review, Critical Analysis and Recommendations. Science and Engineering Ethics, 24(5), 1437-1481.
  14. Ossewaarde, M., Reijers, W. (2017). The Illusion of the Digital Commons: ‘False Consciousness’ in Online Alternative Economies. Organization, 24(5), 609-628.
  15. Reijers, W., Brolcháin, F. O., & Haynes, P. (2016). Governance in Blockchain Technologies & Social Contract Theories. Ledger Journal, 1(1), 134–151.
  16. Reijers, W., & Coeckelbergh, M. (2016). The Blockchain as a Narrative Technology: Investigating the Social Ontology and Normative Configurations of Cryptocurrencies. Philosophy & Technology, 31(1), 103-130. 
  17. Coeckelbergh, M., & Reijers, W. (2016). Narrative Technologies: A Philosophical Investigation of the Narrative Capacities of Technologies. Human Studies, 39(3), 325–346.
  18. Reijers, W. (2015). Technical Universities Beyond Marketization: Educating the Virtuous Engineer. Krisis, (2), 99–106.

Journal Special Issues

  1. Philosophy and Technology special issue on “Financial Technologies” guest co-editor (with Mark Coeckelbergh and Quinn Dupont), 2017.

Book Reviews

  1. Reijers, W. (2020). Blok, Vincent: Heidegger’s concept of philosophical method: innovating philosophy in the age of global warming. Continental Philosophy Review.
  2. Reijers, W. (2020). Romele, Alberto (2020): Digital Hermeneutics: Philosophical Investigations in New Media and Technologies. AI & Society.
  3. Reijers, W. (2019). Shannon Vallor, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting, Oxford University Press, 2016. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 19(1), 17-27.
  4. Reijers, W. (2015). Mark Coeckelbergh: Money machines: Electronic Financial Technologies, Distancing, and Responsibility in Global Finance. Ethics and Information Technology, 17(3), 231–235.

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