Kant and Artificial Intelligence

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On the 4th of September, I gave a presentation on Kant and AI as part of a panel on “Recent Kant Scholarship” organised for the 2017 UK Kant Society Annual Conference at the University of St Andrews (organiser of the conference, Michael Walschots). For the presentation, I referred mainly to the general problem of the possibility of constructing artificial intelligence starting from Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and I drew mainly on texts 2 and 3 below.

In case you are aware of other relevant literature, could you let me know? Many thanks in anticipation!


  1. Chalmers, D.; French, R.; Hofstadter, D. (1992): “High-Level Perception, Representation, and Analogy: A Critique of Artificial Intelligence Methodology”, in Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 4(3):185–211.
  2. Evans, R. (2016): “Kant on Constituted Mental Activity”, APA Presentation.
  3. Evans, R. (2017[2016]): “A Kantian Cognitive Architecture”, IACAP Presentation. Forthcoming in Philosophical Studies.
  4. Evans, R.; Sergot, M. (2017):  “Interpreting Kant’s Rules as Conditional Imperatives”, unpublished manuscript.


  1. Krausser, P. (1976) “Kant’s schematism of the categories and the problem of pattern recognition”, in Synthese 33 (1):175–192.
  2. Castagnoli, A; Pelilloa, M; Scantamburloa, T; Turoldo, F. (2017) “A Kantian Reads Pattern Recognition Letters”, in Pattern Recognition Letters. Forthcoming.



JOB: Lecturer in Philosophy (Full-time, Indefinite)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment
Lecturer in Philosophy
Grade 7a Salary in the range: £33,943 to £39,324

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience.  With a turnover in excess of £134 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research.  Further information can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk.

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment wishes to appoint a talented academic to the full-time indefinite post of Lecturer in Philosophy.  It is expected that you will commence in post in September 2017.  The successful applicant will have a PhD in Philosophy, an excellent research profile relative to her or his career stage, and abilities to convene and teach undergraduate modules in their respective areas of competence.  Further information on the existing programme can be found at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/catalog ue/2016-17/Philosophy.html

Excellent candidates from any areas of specialisation in Philosophy will be considered, but those with research interests and teaching experience that complement or extend existing areas of strength might be preferred.  Evidence of engagement with the impact agenda would also be an advantage.

The position is designed to complement existing teaching and research strengths in the Philosophy Programme which we offer as both a Single Honours and as a Dual Honours degree.  Student satisfaction is one of Keele University’s great strengths, so we would hope to recruit an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher able to build on this reputation.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching and supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to discharge any administrative duties as required by the Head of School, as well as to conduct research and/or entrepreneurial activities in the field of Philosophy.  Early career researchers are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will join a friendly and intellectually stimulating programme, which is part of a cosmopolitan and interdisciplinary school.

Informal enquiries may be made in confidence to the Director of the Philosophy Programme, Professo r Sorin Baiasu: s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk

We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and value equality and diversity across our workforce.

For full post details please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self Service and click on the ‘View current vacancies’ link.

Closing date for applications:  21 June 2017

Interviews planned to be held on: Thursday 6th July 2017

Post reference: KU00000503

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See job description for further details.

2016 ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference

Click here to download a poster (including the programme).
Friday, 25 November 2016, 6-7.15pm
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre
‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’* Annual Lecture
by Julian Savulescu (Oxford)
The Annual Lecture will be preceded by a wine reception starting at 5pm. The event is free and open to all.
Saturday, 26 November 2016, 9.30am-5.30pm
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre
‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’* Annual Conference
Julian Savulescu (Oxford): Justice, Collective Responsibility and Vaccination
 Commentator: Jonathan Hughes (Keele)
11:00am-11:30am Tea/Coffee Break
Charlotte Newey (Cardiff): Carrots, Sticks and Other Conceptions of Responsibility
Commentator: Monica Mookherjee (Keele)
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
Antje du Bois-Pedain (Cambridge): Responsibility for Self in Criminal Law
Commentator: Sorin Baiasu (Keele)
3:30pm-4:00pm Tea/Coffee Break
Carl Knight (Glasgow): Discrimination and Equality of Opportunity
Commentator: Sorcha Ui Connachtaigh (Keele)
5:30pm Conference ends
The Annual Lecture and Conference are organised with the support of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research centre, the HSS Faculty Research Office, the Research Centre for SPIRE and the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) @ Keele.
The ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference usually take place at the end of November (occasionally moved on the following year in March). The previous Rousseau Annual Lectures were given by Giuseppina D’Oro (2008), Miranda Fricker (2009), Stephen Engstrom (2010), John Horton (2011 – took place in March 2012), Alan Montefiore (2012), Adrian Piper (2013), Howard Williams (2014) and Mark Timmons (2015 – took place in March 2016).
*Why the Jean-Jacques Rousseau lecture?  We hereby celebrate the true but very little known fact that Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived for a time in Staffordshire. From 22 March 1766 to 1 May 1767 Rousseau lived in the little Staffordshire village of Wootton. Rousseau had been invited to England by David Hume with whom he soon afterwards quarrelled. He then spent the next year in seclusion in Staffordshire writing the first drafts of his Confessions. When he was not writing it is said that he roamed the Staffordshire countryside in his Armenian costume studying wild flowers. Many years after his departure the locals remembered ‘Owd Ross Hall’, not just for his eccentricities but also for his gifts to local charities. They believed he was a king in exile! (Stephen Leach – Honorary Research Fellow, Keele Humanities and Social Sciences)

Keele Virtual Philosophy Seminar: Fourth Symposium

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The fourth seminar in the Keele virtual series will be on Sorin Baiasu’s paper: “Constitutivism and Transcendental Practical Philosophy: How to Pull the Rabbit out of the Hat”.

The paper can be downloaded (pdf) by clicking here.

Comments are welcome! You can either post short comments below or, for longer comments, send them to the author (s.baiasu [@] keele.ac.uk) and I can also post them on this blog.

Comments will be followed by responses (usually very prompt for short remarks in response to this blog post or after a little longer for more elaborate comments).


KOSAKLogoRegistration  is now open for several events (taking place between 15 and 18 March 2016 at Keele University) organised under the aegis of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre. Registration deadline: 8 March 2016.

Please note: although some events are free, it is important to register in order to make sure we have sufficient places at the respective venues.

  • ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference
    • Annual Lecture by Mark Timmons (Arizona) on “Kant’s Conception of Moral Evil”
    • Conference on Kant’s Doctrine of Virtue with Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici), Mark Timmons (Arizona), Dieter Schönecker (Siegen), Elke Schmidt (Siegen), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh) and Sorin Baiasu (Keele)

To register and for more information, see: philosophyk.wordpress.com/kosak/

  • (As part of the British Academy Newton Fellowship “Dealing Ethically with Conflicts between Deep Commitments)
    • Training Programme: “Ethical Approaches to Conflict Reconciliation” – a course for postgraduate students and early postdoctoral researchers with Howard Williams (Aberystwyth/Cardiff), Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici), Mark Timmons (Arizona), Alice Pinheiro-Walla (Dublin), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh) and Sorin Baiasu (Keele)
    • Workshop: “Dealing Ethically with Deep Differences” with Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici), Alberto Vanzo (Warwick) and Edward Kanterian (Kent) – although the workshop is part of the training programme, it can be attended also independently from the training course.

To register and for more information, see: philosophyk.wordpress.com/banewton/