Mark Coeckelbergh

Mark Coeckelbergh

Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

Research Areas

Philosophy of technology, including philosophy of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence
Ethics: virtue ethics, ethics of technology, ethics of robotics, ethics of information technology, computer ethics, health care ethics, environmental ethics, animal ethics, etc.
Moral philosophy
Philosophical anthropology
Phenomenology and hermeneutics

Higher Education
PhD in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, UK
1999 M.A. in Social Philosophy, University of East Anglia, UK (distinction)
1997 Master (Licentiaat) in Political Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium (distinction)
1997 Kandidaat in Social Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium, year 1 summa cum laude

Employment and other Affiliations
2018 ─ Member, High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG), European Commission
2017 ─ Member, Rat für Robotik (Council for Robotics), Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
2017 ─ President, Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT)
2016 ─ Member, Technical Expert Committee, Foundation for Responsible Robotics
2016 ─ Member, Committee on Embedding Values Into Autonomous Intelligent Systems, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
2016 ─ 2017 Vice-President/ President-Elect, Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT)
2015 ─ Full Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria
2014 ─ Full Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), De Montfort University, UK (part-time from 1 December 2015)
2012 ─ 2014 Managing Director, 3TU (now 4TU) Centre for Ethics and Technology, Netherlands
2007 ─ 2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente and Member at the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT), Netherlands
2003 ─ 2006 Lecturer in Philosophy, Philosophy Group, Maastricht University, Netherlands
2003 Researcher, Université de Liège & Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Belgium
2001 ─ 2002 Research Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, UK
1999 Postgraduate Tutor, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham, UK

Prizes and Awards

  • 2017 Nominated Finalist of the World Technology Award 2017
  • 2017 proclaimed one of the “Top 50 Belgian tech-pioneers”, category “Leaders and Thinkers” (in national newspaper De Tijd)
  • 2014 & 2015 nominated for World Technology Award in the Category “Ethics”
  • 2014 nominated Best Lecturer of the Philosophy of Technology Master Programme (voted by student society) & nominated for competition Best Lecturer University of Twente
  • 2007 Prize from the Dutch Society for Bioethics (NVBe) - with Jessica Mesman

Grants – Participations in Research Projects (Recent/Ongoing)

  • DREAM, development of robots for elderly European Commission
  • COST action wearable robotics, European Commission
  • INBOTS, inclusive robotics for a better society, European Commission

Recent conferences and workshops organized

  • Robophilosophy 2018
  • Workshop on Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Technology 2017
  • Workshop on socially interactive systems 2017
  • Workshop on the moral standing of robots and plants 2016

Recent Publications


  • Coeckelbergh, M. Forthcoming. AI Ethics. MIT Press.
  • Coeckelbergh, M. Forthcoming. Introduction to Philosophy of Technology. Oxford University Press.
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2017. Using Words and Things: Language and Philosophy of Technology. Routledge, New York und Oxon.
  • Coeckelbergh, M., 2017. New Romantic Cyborgs: Romanticism, Information Technology, and the End of the Machine. MIT Press.

Edited Journal Issues

  • Coeckelbergh, M., Funk, M., Koller, S., eds. 2018. ‘Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Technology‘, special issue in Techné: Research in Philosophy of Technology 22(3).
  • Coeckelbergh, M., DuPont, Q., Reijers, W., eds. 2018 ‘Financial Technologies‘, special issue in Philosophy and Technology 31(1).

Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

  • Coeckelbergh, M., Funk, M., Koller, S. 2018. ‘Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Technology: Introduction’. In: Special Issue “Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Technology” of Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 22(3): 287-295. doi:10.5840/techne201822385
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2018 (2017). The art, poetics, and grammar of technological innovation as practice, process, and performance. in: AI & Society 33(4), 501-510. (online first 25 March 2017) doi:10.1007/s00146-017-0714-7
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2018 (2017). Technology Games: Using Wittgenstein for Understanding and Evaluating Technology. in: Science and Engineering Ethics 24(5): 1503-1519 (online first 15 August 2017). doi:10.1007/s11948-017-9953-8
  • Holzapfel, A., Sturm, B.L. & Coeckelbergh, M., 2018. Ethical Dimensions of Music Information Retrieval Technology. in: Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval. 1(1): 44–55. doi:10.5334/tismir.13
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2018. ‘Why Care About Robots? Empathy, Moral Standing, and the Language of Suffering ‘, in: Kairos. Journal of Philosophy & Science 20(1): 141-158 (online first 20 August 2018). doi:10.2478/kjps-2018-0007
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2018. ‘How to describe and evaluate “deception” phenomena: Recasting the metaphysics, ethics, and politics of ICTs in terms of magic and performance and taking a relational and narrative turn‘, in: Ethics and Information Technology 20(2): 71–85, Springer (first online 19 October 2017).
  • Richardson, K., Coeckelbergh, M., Wakunuma, K., Billing, E., Ziemke, T., Gomez, P., Vanderborght, B., Belpaeme, T. 2018, “Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism (DREAM): A Social Model of Autism,” in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 37(1): 30-39.
  • Coeckelbergh, M., DuPont, Q., & Reijers, W. 2018. ‘Towards a Philosophy of Financial Technologies‘ in Philosophy and Technology 31(1):9-14. (online first 14 May 2017) Reijers, W. and Coeckelbergh, M. 2018. ‘The Blockchain as a Narrative Technology: Investigating the Social Ontology and Normative Configurations of Cryptocurrencies‘ in: Philosophy and Technology 31(1): 103–130. [access via SharedIt] (online first, 31 October 2016, open access [access via SharedIt])
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2018. Technology and the good society: A polemical essay on social ontology, political principles, and responsibility for technology. Technology in Society (52), 4-9. (online first 12 December 2016). Coeckelbergh, M. 2018. Skillful coping with and through technologies: Some challenges and avenues for a Dreyfus-inspired philosophy of technology. AI & Society (2018), Springer (online first 3 February 2018).
  • Coeckelbergh, M., DuPont, Q., & Reijers, W. 2018. Towards a Philosophy of Financial Technologies. Philosophy and Technology 31(1), 9-14. (online first 14 May 2017). Coeckelbergh, M. and Funk, M. 2018. Wittgenstein as a Philosopher of Technology: Tool Use, Forms of Life, Technique, and a Transcendental Argument. Human Studies 1(27), Springer (online first 12 January 2018)