Michael Hoffmann


Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Location: DM Smith G04


Dr. Michael Hoffmann is a Professor for Philosophy in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. He is the Director of the Reflect! Lab, Co-Director of ETHICx, the Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center, and he directs the VIP Digital Deliberation. He is doing research in three areas. In political philosophy, he focuses on the question of how democratic institutions should be designed that strengthen democracy. In AI ethics, he works on participatory design for human well-being. And across multiple disciplines he develops methods and collaborative software tools to support deliberation, argumentation, and consensus-building, as well as instruments to assess the skills and dispositions needed for these activities.

For publications to download see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael-Hoffmann-5 and http://works.bepress.com/michael_hoffmann/

  • Dr. phil. habil., Philosophy, Technical University of Dresden, Germany, 2003
  • PhD, Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians University
Awards and
  • Gold Star Award in recognition of the highest level of accomplishment in research. Awarded 2011by Georgia Tech
Areas of
  • Abduction
  • AI Ethics
  • Argument Mapping
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Assessment Of Critical And Ethical Thinking Skills
  • Computer-supported Argument Visualization
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Digital Deliberation
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ethics
  • Framing
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Participatory Design
  • Philosophy Of Democracy
  • Philosophy Of Technology
  • Political Philosophy
  • Pragmatism
  • Reflection Tools
  • Semiotics
  • Wicked Problems


Research Fields:
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Computer Supported Argument Visualization
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Wicked Problems
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Communication
  • Conflicts
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Humanities
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Framing
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Interdisciplinary Learning and Partnering
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Technology
  • Wicked Problems


  • LCC-6748: Social Justice & Design
  • PHIL-2010: Intro Philosophy
  • PHIL-2025: Philosophical Analysis
  • PHIL-2698: Research Assistantship
  • PHIL-3050: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-3127: Sci, Tech & Human Values
  • PHIL-6000: Responsible Conduct-Res
  • PST-1101: Philosophical Analysis
  • PST-2020: Philosophical Analysis
  • PST-3109: Ethics&Tech Profession
  • PUBP-6001: Intro to Public Policy
  • PUBP-6010: Ethic,Epistem&Public Pol
  • PUBP-6748: Social Justice & Design