Arzu Gökmen, BSc MA

Arzu Gökmen, BSc MA

Præ Doc

Arzu Gökmen

Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna
Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG)
1010 Vienna

Room: C 0317 (NIG)
Phone: +43-1-4277-46072



Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Technology, Ethics of AI, Robot Ethics, Cognitive Science, Consciousness and Self, Social Cognition



How should we evaluate the moral status of machines given that human-machine social interactions are not fictional? There are two main types of arguments in this debate: the properties approach and the relationist approach. I briefly assess the general strategy of the properties approach, then show why it fails. I take the side of the relationist approach and bring insights from cognitive science to understand our interaction with and recognition of machines as social ‘others'.

Supervisors: Mark Coeckelbergh


Past & Upcoming Talks

02.2021 // R. L. Rabb Symposium on Embedding AI in Society: "The Moral Status of Machines: A Critical Assessment of the Properties Approach and the Behavioral Criterion", NC State University, USA.

11.2019 // SAS19’: The Society of Learning Algorithms: "Human-Machine Interactions: Relation between Emergent Sociality, Moral Recognition and Moral Development", HLRS, Germany.

10.2019 // Graduate Student Philosophy Workshop: "Machine ethics: questions and objectives", Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

07.2019 // Third Immanuel Kant International Summer School: "Predictive Processing and Transcendental Idealism", Kaliningrad, Russia.

12.2018 // CIFAR Winter School of Neuroscience of Consciousness: "Intelligence vs Consciousness" (group presentation), Montebello, Canada.

09.2018 // OpenSelf 2018: "Extended Self: Redefining the 'Others', arguing from Dynamical Systems and Free-energy Principle" (poster presentation), Berlin, Germany.



Gokmen, Arzu (2018), 'Institutional Facts and AMAs in Society', Vincent C. Müller (ed.): Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017; SAPERE 44; Berlin: Springer, pp. 248-251.


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