Janna van Grunsven

Universitair Docent Ethiek en Filosofie van de Techniek

Universitair Docent
Technische Universiteit Delft
Technology Policy and Management
Ethics and Philosophy of Technology

Fundamentele waarden in tijden van een pandemie
Ethische en normatieve gevolgen


  • waarneming
  • phenomenologie
  • ethiek
  • embodied cognition

Expert Statement

My research identifies a specific type of loss produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which I call the loss of perceptual world-familiarity. To spell this out I use insights from the phenomenological tradition and embodied cognitive science. Descriptively, my project characterises this form of loss and shows its pervasiveness. Normatively, I explore 1) how perceptual world-familiarity is integral to well-being (in the broadly Eudaimonian sense) and 2) how a disruption in perceptual world-familiarity, though taxing and disorienting, may also open up new ethically significant perspectives. 

Voorbeeld van relevante publicatie

“Perceptual Alienation during a Global Pandemic: Introducing Phenomenological Insights for Digital Mental Health Purposes” (under review).

“Perceiving ‘Other’ Minds: Autism, 4E Cognition, and the Idea of Neurodiversity,” The Journal of Consciousness Studies (Forthcoming, 2020)

“A Semblance of Aliveness: How the Expressive Bodies of Sex Robots Will Matter,” Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 2019 Vol 23(3), pp. 290-317. Co-authored with Aimee van Wynsberghe.

“Enactivism, Second-Person Engagement, and Personal Responsibility,” in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

“Bringin Life in View: an Enactive Approach to Moral Perception,” The New School, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2015. 3726159





Nederlands, Engels