As a PhD Researcher in Philosophy of Mind & Cognition, I am interested in research on the human mind and technology. My goal is to be a philosopher who has in-depth knowledge of current (scientific) developments in cognition and technology. For this reason, I studied Philosophy (MA, BA), under supervision of Marc Slors, and Artificial Intelligence (BSc), under supervision of Pim Haselager, at Radboud University, the Netherlands.

Currently, I am teaching and pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wollongong, Australia under supervision of Daniel D. Hutto and Michael D. Kirchhoff. The work-in-progress title of my dissertation is “Rethinking the cogs of cognition: A critical assessment of functionalism in light of cognitive science’s interactive turn.” In it, I investigate how theories on the nature of mind, in particular those flying under the banner of  Extended Functionalism and Extensive Enactivism, compare with respect to their explanatory power of mind-technology interaction — virtual reality devices specifically. A short video of part of my research can be seen here on Vimeo.

My research interests include: (embodied & enacted) cognition, human enhancement, free will & consciousness, (intimate) relations between humans and robots, and the social and ethical issues surrounding these topics. Furthermore, I am a member of the Australasian Association of Philosophy Postgraduate Committee (APPC), so if you are a (prospective) postgraduate student in philosophy in Australasia you can and should approach me with any concerns you have regarding postgraduate studies in the region.