Miss Sarah Christensen

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Overview

Research interests

  • Machine ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics and philosophy of technology

Current research

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.

Other information

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.