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 and Co-Director of ETHICx, the Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center.  His current research focuses on the development of the Reflect! platform.  Until recently, Hoffmann was the PI on the NSF project “Fostering self-correcting reasoning with reflection systems."  This project is motivated by research that indicates that students hardly ever substantially revise the products of their reasoning, even if they are explicitly instructed to do so.  The Reflect! platform will “orchestrate” collaboration within small teams of students, between teams and an instructor, and within a class.  Working on a “wicked problem” such as the ethical challenges of facial recognition technologies, students are time and again confronted with new points of view so that they experience the limitations of their own perspective and the need for self-correction.

Dr. Hoffmann directs the VIP Digital Deliberation and the project Digital Deliberation and Social Justice in the Digital Age.  Both are supported by a grant from the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC).  In a previous project, Hoffmann developed the interactive and web-based argument visualization tool "AGORA" (see http://agora.gatech.edu).  This project was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For publications to download see 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
  • Argument Mapping
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Assessment Of Critical And Ethical Thinking Skills
  • Computer-supported Argument Visualization
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Digital Deliberation
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ethics
  • Framing
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Philosophy Of Technology
  • 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

Recent Publications

Journal Articles