ich I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics.

My main interests are in topics in philosophy of mind and action, philosophy of the social sciences and political philosophy. In particular, I am interested in topics where these areas overlap. Examples of such topics are social ontology, collective action, and group rights.

In my dissertation I investigate the concept of agency and argue that non-human entities, such as groups, computer programs and robots, do things and can be held responsible for the things they do.

More generally, I’m furthermore interested in topics in philosophy and economics, public policy, and decision theory.

 




Dissertation

In my dissertation I investigate the concept of agency and argue that non-human entities, such as groups, computer programs and robots, are agents and can be held responsible for their actions.

In the first part of the thesis I focus on conceptual questions around agency. I extend a counterfactual conception of causation to formalise the intuitive idea of agency as something being up to the agent. I call this account agency as difference-making. I also discuss in what sense an agent must have a body and in particular whether agency requires a human body, as some philosophers of action have assumed.

In the second part of the thesis, I turn to questions of responsibility. I investigate, drawing on agency as difference-making, where responsibility is located in hierarchical groups, such as the military, and argue that no responsibility gap arises from the use of autonomous drones.




Teaching

Here are courses that I have taught either as a primary instructor or as a teaching assistant (in the case of LSE courses).

  • Business Ethics (PH225),
    London School of Economics, Lent Term 2014.
  • Agency, Responsibility and Artificial Intelligence,
    University of Bayreuth, Winter 2014.
  • Ethics of Exchange, Allocation and Efficiency,
    University of Bayreuth, Summer 2013.
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences (PH203),
    London School of Economics, 2012-13.
  • Policy Evaluation and Cost-Benefit-Analysis,
    University of Bayreuth, Winter 2012.
  • Reason, Knowledge and Values (PH103),
    London School of Economics, 2011-12.