Dr Vincent C. Müller

Dr Vincent C. Müller

University Academic Fellow

Summary: Vincent is a University Academic Fellow whose research focuses on theory and ethics of technology, particularly big data and artificial intelligence.

Location: Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre, 17


Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. He was Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (at FHI). He is now is professor of philosophy at Anatolia College/ACT and University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds - as well as President of the European Association for Cognitive Systems, chair of the euRobotics topics group on ‘ethical, legal and socio-economic issues’ and chair of “Philosophy and Theory of AI” (PT-AI). 

Müller’s research focuses on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He has published ca. 40 academic papers and twelve edited volumes on the philosophy of computing, philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and given ca. 100 presentations. Müller organizes a conference series on the 'Theory and Philosophy of AI' (www.pt-ai.org) and is principal investigator on a EC-funded project “Inclusive Robotics for a better Society“ (INBOTS, H2020 ICT-28-2017). He has generated 3.7mil.€ research income for his institution.

His main web page is on www.sophia.de

Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Computing and Cognitive Science, Ethics of Technology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Realism & Anti-Realism, Hilary Putnam, Categories & Kinds, Vagueness

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, Free Will, Early Analytic Philosophy, Kant, Rousseau, Robotics

Areas of Current Research Activity

I am trying to work on a number of things and if you are working on similar matters, I should be glad to hear from you.

Philosophy of Mind, Language & Computing:

  • Introductory Book on "AI: The Basic Problems"
  • Conceptual and ethical challenges of progress towards human-level AI, esp. computationalism
  • Benchmarking and testing of artificial intelligence (or cognitive ability in technical systems)
  • Theory of computing, especially within the philosophy of mind: computationalism, hypercomputing, digital states, pancomputationalism
  • Vagueness (in relation to categorisation and to computing)
  • Putnam's concept of "conceptual relativity" and anti-realism in general

Ethics of Information & Computing

  • Ethics of Big Data analytics
  • Risks of artificial intelligence and neuroscience
  • "Should there be forbidden knowledge?"
  • Privacy in the computation age