- Machine ethics
- Ethics and philosophy of technology
In my PhD, I am investigating the possibility of attributing moral responsibility to different types of artificial agents.
At the current moment, I am therefore looking into different metaphysical and metaethical objections to the potential of morally responsible artificial agents.
Before starting my PhD this academic year, I did an MA and BA (Hons) in Philosophy, both here at The University of Manchester.
For my MA dissertation, I worked with Dr Stephen Ingram on a dispositional compatibilist account of moral responsibility for autonomous learning systems.
My PhD project is therefore in some regards a larger scale continuation of my master’s project.
In my BA, I worked with Dr Graham Stevens to see if Neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics was a viable normative framework for creating ethical machines.
I argued that it was a viable option, by proposing a non-monotonic deontic virtue logic that allegedly could represent a virtuous character’s moral decision-making.
I am always happy to discuss or talk more about my research or anything related to machine ethics, so please feel free to contact me with anything related to those areas.
Reasons-Responsive Machine Compatibilism: A New Pathway for Analysis of Autonomous Systems and Moral Responsibility GapsAuthor: Christensen, S. M. L., 1 Aug 2023
Supervisor: Whittle, A. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: PhdFile