Techno-ethics: on technology and values (completed)

Technology has become an ever more dominating part of medicine and health care. Although technology has traditionally been conceived of as value neutral tool for an (external) moral end, it has become clear that technology engages in the play of values in health care.


To analyze the relationship between technology and values in medicine and health care.


The project stems from Bjørn Hofmann’s PhD dissertation.


The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council 1998-2002 and thereafter by the University College of Gjøvik with minor contributions from UiO


  • University College of Gjøvik

Start - Finish

March 1998 – December 2012


Hofmann B. The technological invention of disease - on disease, technology and values. Thesis. Oslo: University of Oslo. Feb 28 2002.

Hofmann B. Fallacies in the arguments for new technology: the case of proton therapy. Journal of Medical Ethics 2009; 35: 684-687.

Hofmann B. When means become ends: technology producing values. - Media, technology and lifelong learning 2006;2(2)

Hofmann B. On value-judgements and ethics in health technology assessment. Poiesis & Praxis: International Journal of Technology Assessment and Ethics of Science 2005; 3(4): 277-295.

Hofmann B. Technological paternalism: On how medicine has reformed ethics and how technology can refine moral theory. Science and Engineering Ethics. 2003; 9(3): 343-352.

Hofmann B. Is there a technological imperative in health care? International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2002; 18(3): 675-89.

Hofmann B. The myth of technology in health care. Science and Engineering Ethics 2002; 8(1): 17-29.

Hofmann B. On the value-ladenness of technology in medicine. European Journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 2001; 4(3): 335-345.

Hofmann, Bjørn. Vi vil jo ha ultralyd! Om teknologi og verdier. [We do want ultrasound: about technology and values]. In Åshild Slettebø og Per Nortvedt (ed): Etikk for helsefagene. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk 2006. (ISBN 82-05-34249-0). pp. 104-123

Hofmann B. [Technology creates disease] Teknologi skaper sykdom. Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund 2009; (11): 13-29

Hofmann B. [Can technology create disease?] Kan teknologi skape sykdom? Utposten 2009; 8:7-13.

Hofmann B. Ultralyd - hva alle så, men ingen hørte. [What everybody saw, but nobody heard in the ultrasound debate] Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 2008; 128(24):2816 (Editorial).

Hofmann B. Verdistyrt teknologi – eller teknologistyrte verdier? [Valuable technology or technological values?] Tidsskrift for jordmødre 2005; 111(3): 12-14.

Hofmann B. Teknologi og medisin - om verdifull viten om verdier. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 2002; 4: 311-9. [Technology and medicine - on valuable knowledge on values].

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Project leader

Bjørn Hofmann