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  • PhD Candidate at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands.
  • Columnist on design, technology, and society for magazines and websites in Taiwan and China.


With broad interests, I have been moving from one discipline to another. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Atomic Science (2006), I turned to history and philosophy of science and technology and, with the concern for environmental sustainability, completed a master's thesis on design for green building and appropriate technology, arguing that the unsuccessful promotion of green architecture (as well as appropriate technology) results mainly from focusing exclusively on making buildings environment-friendly and overlooking humans as the root of the problems. The thesis has earned me a master's degree in STS (science and technology studies)(2009). Then I again shifted to Sociology for one-year doctoral training (2012-13). Equipped with college-level knowledge in natural sciences (e.g. biology and chemistry) and social sciences (e.g. psychology and history), in addition to the specialities above, I enjoy very much going beyond the boundary of each discipline and keep looking for an integration of their approaches to the same research problem.


With my master's thesis defending buildings could and should be designed to encourage people's pro-environmental behavior, I have been asked often about the role of human beings in such a relation to technology and what kind of politics implied by those "powerful" artifacts. To answer these questions, I turned to the field of philosophy of technology and moved from Taiwan to the Netherlands in September 2013, joining the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente as a PhD student. In the light of the theory of technological mediation, I am now doing research on how technology's mediating power can be justified and practised as a political force in improving sustainability without overthrowing democracy. Besides the philosophy of technological mediation, I also mobilize several ideas from various fields, including the behavioristic understanding of human beings by B. F. Skinner from psychology, the nudge theory concerning the freedom of choice by Cass Sunstein from behavioral economics, the suggestion of piecemeal engineering by Karl Popper from philosophy of science, and the agonistic interpretation of democracy by Chantal Mouffe from political philosophy. Taking the advantages of and eliminating the inconsistencies between them, my aim in writing a dissertation is to re-configure humans as relational beings preconditioned by built environments (without losing autonomy) and to propose a better democratic framework in accommodating such human beings on the one hand and making room for technologies as active members for our green collective on the other. In addition to the theoretical concern, I also work on constructing design strategies that could ease ethical worries on modifying people's behaviors through technical artifacts, which hopefully would be helpful for defending such design practices.


Prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek and Dr. Michael Nagenborg


Master's Thesis

  • Hung, C. (2009). Sustainable Building and Appropriate Technology: How to Reshape Modern Users and Society. Hsinchu, Taiwan: National Tsing Hua University. [In Chinese]

Book Chapters

  • Hung, C. (2014). A Report on Anti-Nuclear Activities in Taiwan and an STS Analysis. In W.-J. Wang, D. Fu, & M.-F. Fang (Eds.), Taiwan: An Island Swamped in Technological Controversies (pp.95-123). Hsinchu, Taiwan: National Chiao Tung University Press. [In Chinese]
  • Hung, C. (2014). Architecture and Society: How a Green Design Improves a Sustainable Life. In J.-T. Chen, K.-Y. Yang, K.-H. Lo, W.-Y. Lin, & Y.-P. Chen (Eds.), Technology, Society and Human Beings II (pp.248-260). Taipei, Taiwan: National Chiao Tung University Press. [In Chinese]
  • Hung, C. (2010). The Birth of the First Robot Image in Taiwanese Sci-fi Comic Books, 1950-1970. In C.-Y. Fang, K.-Y. Yang, W.-Y. Lin, & Y.-P. Chen (Eds.), Technology, Society and Human Beings I (pp.140-155). Hsinchu, Taiwan: National Chiao Tung University Press. [In Chinese]

Conference Papers

  • Hung, C. (2018). The Soft is Hard, the Hard is Soft: A Classification and ethical Concerns for Behavior-Steering Technology. Presented at the 2018 Taiwan STS Annual Conference, Tainan, Taiwan. [In Chinese]
  • Hung, C. (2018).  Revisit the Story of "Do Artifacts Have Politics?". Poster at the 2018 Taiwan STS Annual Conference, Tainan, Taiwan. [In Chinese]
  • Hung, C. (2015). B.F. Skinner's Philosophy of Technology and Technological Mediation. Presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of Society for Philosophy and Technology, Shenyang, China.
  • Hung, C. (2014). Beyond Heideggerian Criticism toward Technology: The Implications of Dutch Society-Oriented Philosophy of Technology for STS in Taiwan. Presented at the 2014 Taiwan STS Annual Conference, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
  • Hung, C. (2013). Completing Environmental Education with Artifact Design: An Integrated Perspective of STS and Philosophy of Technology. Presented at the International Conference on Social Environmental Education for an Emerging Eco-Civilization, Taipei, Taiwan. [In Chinese]

Book Reviews

  • Hung, C. (2015). Moralized Technology and Technologized Morality: A Book Review on Verbeek's Moralizing Technology. Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine. No.20, pp.223-234. [In Chinese]


  • Jobin, P. (2014). Radiation Protection after 3.11: Conflicts of Interpretation and Challenges to Current Standards Based on the Experience of Nuclear Plant Workers. In M.-F. Fang, T.-T. Lin, H.-C. Li, Y.-P. Chen, &J.-T. Chen (Eds.), Citizen Power: Energy Technology, Policy and Democracy (pp. 160-199). Hsinchu, Taiwan: National Chiao Tung University Press. [In Chinese]


  • Hung, C. (2017). Technological Mediation on Memory: An Exploration. Workshop on The Digital Age & Memory Studies in Shanghai, China.
  • Hung, C. (2017). Technologizing Democracy toward/and/or Democratizing Technology. The 2017 Biennial Meeting of Society for Philosophy and Technology, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Hung, C. (2017). Architecture as Persuasive Technology. Persuasive Technology XII in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Hung, C. (2016). How Mediating Technologies Work? A Preliminary Categorization and Some Misunderstandings. Conference on Technology and Design in Shanghai, China.
  • Hung, C. (2016). Psychologist B.F. Skinner's Philosophy of Technology and Its Implication for Technological Mediation Theory. 2nd Japanese-Dutch Workshop in Philosophy of Technology in Kanazawa, Japan.
  • Hung, C. (2015). Psychologist B.F. Skinner as a Philosopher of Technology for STS. 40th 4S Anniversary Meeting in Denver, USA. 
  • Hung, C. (2014). To Techno-Nudge in East Asian Context: A Cultural Possibility. Japanese-Dutch Workshop in Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente, Netherlands.
  • Hung, C. (2014). Environmental Protection with Technological Mediation: A Research Proposal. 2014 Harvest Meeting at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands. 


  • "Do Artifacts Have Morality? Things' Design and Humans' Behavior". 6 November, 2017. Taichung Municipal Taichung First Senior High School, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • "Designing Behavior: How I Stopped Worrying and Love Behavior-Steering Technology". 27 October, 2017. Institute of Science, Technology, and Society, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • "Technologized Morality: Ethical and Political Concerns on Behavior Design". 20 October, 2017. Faculty of Social Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China.


  • Taiwan Science, Technology and Society Association, 2009-
  • 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, 2013-
  • Society for Philosophy and Technology, 2013-
  • Society for Social Studies of Science, 2015-


Updated: 2018-04-20