Schuurman, Egbert

Egbert Schuurman


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Egbert Schuurman (born 1937) studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Delft and philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam. He obtained his doctorate in 1972 with a dissertation that was translated into English in 1980 under the title Technology and the Future: A Philosophical Challenge (Wedge Publishing Foundation, Toronto, Ontario). In 1972, he was appointed professor in Reformational Philosophy at the Technical University of Eindhoven. Since 1974 and 1984, respectively, he also fulfills that role at the Technical University of Delft and at the University of Agriculture at Wageningen. From 1981 to 1983, he was a member of the so-called Broad DNA Committee, which, under government auspices, studied the societal and ethical aspects of activities involving genetic materials. From 1983 to 1984, he was in the United States as part of an international research team on Responsible Technology (the title of the resulting study, which was edited by Stephen V. Monsma). Since 1983, Dr. Schuurman has been a member of the Upper Chamber of the States General for the Christian Union. From 1987 to 1997, he was president of the Prof. Dr. G. A. Lindeboom Institute for Medical Ethics. Since 1995, he has been president of the Institute for Cultural Ethics. In 1994, the University of Potchefstroom in South Africa awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 1995 in Berkeley, California, he was granted a Templeton Award for his work as an educator in religion, science, and technology. Dr. Schuurman is the author of several books, including Perspectives on Technology and Culture, Technology in Christian-Philosophical Perspective, Reflections on the Technological Society, and Faith and Hope in Technology. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, English, Korean, and Japanese.