Exploring the Intersection of Philosophy and HCI
Download the workshop proposal.
Philosophy has provided a vital perspective for HCI on how we navigate, experience, understand, and judge the world around us and its artifacts. Lately, HCI scholars have also sought to use philosophy’s program of answering what it means to live a “good” life to investigate the ethical and moral implications of the technologies we design. As philosophy in its many forms continues to open up new influences and our relations with technology broaden, we believe it is timely to have a meta-discussion about what links philosophy and HCI. As we understand it, philosophy’s strength lies in its diversity, depth, and interpretive flexibility.
The goal of this one-day workshop (Saturday May 4th, 2019) will be to sustain this thread by bringing together HCI scholars who have been drawn to philosophy to develop a shared agenda on how to understand it and carry it forward. Attendees will discuss their experiences with philosophically-informed research, epistemological and practical concerns when pairing philosophy with traditional HCI methods, and how philosophy can help us understand and design for users.
We invite interested researchers to submit a 2-4 page (excluding references) position paper in the CHI Extended Abstracts format that addresses the key topic(s) of the workshop. The paper should also include a short author biography that includes current research or potential goals of research.
Submissions (PDF format) should be sent to by February 12th, 2019 (3:00PM EST) and will be reviewed based on relevancy to the workshop. At least one co-author of each accepted submission should attend the workshop.