Workshop description

Responsibility is a fundamental pillar of democratic societies. We the people have a right to demand an explanation for decisions made by responsible agents. And such agents need to be able to answer why they decided as they did. The practice of ascribing responsibility is woven into our social fabric. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) invites to re-examine our notion and practice of responsibility. AI systems assist judges, make recommendations about loan approvals, or help social workers make decisions on whether a child is in immediate danger of abuse. But in which sense can we ascribe responsibility to an AI system? If we cannot, who owes an answer to the people upon whom a decision is made? Does the interaction with AI call for a revision of how we practice responsibility? In particular, does AI challenge the right to explanation? And how can we explain how the AI arrived at its decision in the first place? These are but a few questions we will discuss in this workshop.
This workshop is organised by Laura Crompton, Mario Günther, and Mark Coeckelbergh



Mark Coeckelbergh, Uni Vienna

Atoosa Kasirzadeh, Uni Edinburgh

Andrea Bertolini, Sant'Anna Scuola Superiore Pisa

Fiorella Battaglia, Uni Salento

Vincent C. Müller, TU/e

Harald Leitenmüller, Microsoft

Mario Günther, LMU Munich

Laura Crompton, Uni Vienna



This workshop will be held in a rather loose, more relaxed setting. The main aim is to allow for discussions and exchange on how different disciplines both within and outside philosophy approach questions of responsibility and AI.

This workshop will be kept an in-person event. For organisational reasons, we would kindly ask you to register beforehand. To do so, please send an Email to or



Address: NIG - Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna

Thursday 12.05.2022    10.00-13.00    Hörsaal 3B NIG
Thursday 12.05.2022    15.00-18.00    Hörsaal 2H NIG
Friday 13.05.2022         09.00-17.00    Hörsaal 3D NIG



Thursday, 12th

TimeName & Title
10.00 - 10.30Welcome and Introduction
10.30 - 11.30Mark Coeckelbergh: Democracy, epistemic agency, and AI
11.45 - 12.45Fiorella Battaglia: AI and Responsibility. Reflections on recent accounts in philosophy and ethics of technology
12.45 Lunch & Coffee
15.00 - 16.00Laura Crompton: The decision-point-dilemma: yet another problem of responsibility in human-AI interaction
16.15 - 17.15

Andrea Bertolini: AI does not exist! Why a technology-neutral approach to liability regulation for advanced technology is bad policy

19.15Joint Dinner (for further details, please contact the organisers)




Friday, 13th

TimeName & Title
10.00 - 11.00Atoosa Kasirzadeh: Responsible Algorithmic Fairness: Insights from Feminist Political Philosophy
11.15 - 12.15Harald Leitenmüller: From Principles to Practice
12.15Joint Lunch
14.00 - 15.00

Mario Günther: When Should We Attribute Beliefs to AI Systems?

15.15 - 16.15

Vincent Müller: Digital Philosophy: A Programme