Walking

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, with whom I work on my dissertation titled “Rethinking the cogs of cognition: A critical assessment of functionalism in light of cognitive science’s interactive turn.” I am investigating 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. My interests include: (embodied & enacted) cognition, human enhancement, free will & consciousness, love and sex 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.

While a student in the Netherlands — where I was born and raised — I was an editor for Splijtstof (literally ‘split matter’, or the atomic residue left after an atomic nucleus is split), the philosophy journal of Radboud University. I have published in that venue myself and might put up some of those papers on my website. One of the more interesting ones is on sexuality from the perspective of Immanuel Kant’s duty ethics… Dutch only I’m afraid.

During my studies, I was active in both my local student union AKKU as well as the Dutch national student union LSVb. One of the fruits of that labour is a co-authored book on student’s rights, which is the standard handbook for student co-determination at universities and vocational learning institutions in the Netherlands.

See you around,

Anco