Prof. Dr. Catrin Misselhorn

Since 2019 Professor of Philosophy at the Georg-August University of Göttingen; 2012-2019 Chair of Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Stuttgart; 2010-2011 Visiting and Adjunct Professorships a.o.. at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Zurich; 2007-2008 Feodor Lynen Fellow at the Center of Affective Sciences in Geneva as well as at the Collège de France and the Institut Jean Nicod for Cognitive Sciences in Paris; 2003 Doctoral degree and 2010 Habilitation in Philosophy at the University of Tübingen as assistant professor to Prof. Dr. Manfred Frank; 1991-1998 academic education at the University of Tübingen and at the University of North-Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Philosophy of science and technology, philosophy of mind, language and culture.

  • Philosophical problems of artificial intelligence
  • Robot and machine ethics
  • Integrative philosophy of science, art and technology
  • Ethical Evaluation of Technologies (ELSI)
  • Empathy in ethical, aesthetic and technological contexts


  • Künstliche Intelligenz – das Ende der Kunst?, Reclam: Stuttgart 2023. Link
  • Künstliche Intelligenz und Empathie. Vom Leben mit Emotionserkennung, Sexrobotern & Co [Artificial Intelligence and Empathy. Living with Emotion Recognition, Sex Robots & Co], Reclam: Stuttgart 2021. Link.
  • Grundfragen der Maschinenethik [Basic Issues in Machine Ethics], Reclam: Stuttgart 2018 (5th edition 2022). Link.
  • Emotional Machines: Perspectives Affective Computing and Emotional Human-Machine Interaction, Springer: Wiesbaden 2023, ed. together with Tobias Störzinger and Tom Poljansek. Link
  • Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems. Explanation, Implementation and Simulation. Philosophical Studies Series 122 (2015).

Articles (in English)

  • Seeing Others as Ends in Themselves: The Empathic and the Moral Point of View, in: Empathy’s Role in Understanding Persons, Literature, and Art, ed. by Th. Petraschka und Ch. Werner, London 2023 (open access). Link
  • Is Empathy with Robots Morally Relevant?, in: Emotional Machines – New Perspectives on Affective Computing and Emotional Human-Machine Interaction, ed. by C. Misselhorn, T. Poljansek und T. Störzinger, Wiesbaden 2023. Link
  • Ethics by Chat? Die großen Sprachmodelle im Kontext der Maschinenethik, in: Praefaktisch.De. Ein Philosophieblog (2023). Link.
  • Three Ethical Arguments against Autonomous Weapon Systems. In: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, ed. by R. Hakli, P. Mäkelä, J. Seibt 2023, 24-34. Link
  • Artificial Moral Agents. Conceptual Issues and Ethical Controversy, in: The Cambridge Handbook of Responsible Artificial Intelligence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. by S. Voeneky et al., Cambridge 2022, 31-49 (open access).
  • Artificial Systems with Moral Capacities? A Research Design and its Implementation in a Geriatric Care System, in: Artificial Intelligence (278), January 2020, 103179. Link.
  • Musil's Metaphilosophical View: Between Philosophical Naturalism and Philosophy as Literature, in: The Monist 97 (2014), 104-121.

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