Professor of Philosophy
20th Century European philosophy, philosophy of technology and engineering, animal ethics.

Old Main, 112
651-696-6197

Website: http://www.macalester.edu/~michelfelder

Much of Professor Michelfelder’s teaching and research has developed at the intersection of  movements in 20th century European philosophy, particularly phenomenology, with the philosophy of technology.  A special focus of her work is on ethical issues related to Internet-embedded design, ranging from individual technologies such as the Echo/Alexa to the “smart” city. Professor Michelfelder is a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and serves (since 2013) as the co-editor-in-chief of its journal, Techné: Research in Philosophy of Technology. In 2017-2018 she taught Philosophy of Technology, Critical Thinking, Animal Ethics, and the Philosophy Senior Seminar, along with supervising the Honors project of Logan Stapleton ’18 on “Persons in a Built Environment: Animals, Machines, and Moral Responsibility”.  While she has a home office, she almost always works in her living room so she can be surrounded by her cats and dogs and be closer to the coffee maker.

Office Hours:
Spring 2018 — Monday 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment

Sample Publications and Presentations:

“Risk, Disequilibrium, and Virtue”. 2018. Technology in Society 52 (February): 32-38.

Michelfelder, Diane, Byron Newberry, and Qin Zhu, Eds. Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections. 2017. Dordrecht: Springer Press. viii+270 pp.

Diane Michelfelder, Galit Wellner, and Heather Wiltse. 2017. “Designing Differently: Toward a Methodology for an Ethics of Feminist Technology Design.” In The Ethics of Technology: Methods and Approaches, Ed. Sven-Ove Hansson, Roman and Littlefield International, pp. 193-218.

Diane Michelfelder and Sharon Jones. “From Caring About Sustainability to Developing Care-Ful Engineers.” 2016. In New Developments in Engineering Education for Sustainable Development. Eds. Walter Leal Filho and Susan Nesbit. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 173-184.

“Postphenomenology with an Eye to the Future.” 2015. In Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations. Edited by Robert Rosenberger and Peter-Paul Verbeek. New York: Lexington Books (Roman Littlefield): pp.237-346.

“Driving while Beagleated.” 2014. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18(1-2): 117-132.

PhD: The University of Texas at Austin, 1982.

  • AB: Bryn Mawr College, 1975