LSE Fellow in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences - London School of Economics and Political Science
The Ethics of Collective Intelligence
This project will illuminate ethical aspects of collective intelligence across the cognitive humanities and neurosciences, and will also seek to demonstrate the value of philosophical analysis as a source of insight into the questions being explored in cognate fields of research, most notably policy debates.
The aims of the project are:
1. To articulate a systematic account of ethical aspects of uses, and misuses, of collective intelligence, by establishing a corpus of works, defining significant subdivisions within that canon, and identifying as well as theorising about heir particular characteristics.
2. To move collective intelligence to the forefront of current discussions on the social mind (brain) across the cognitive humanities and the neurosciences, thus breaking new ground for an integrated inquiry into the relationship between mind and society.
3. To highlight the value of interdisciplinary dialogue in which policy discussions of aspects of social innovation inform cognitively-oriented philosophical investigation, as well as vice versa.
4. To inform the wider debate about collective intelligence in philosophy, and beyond, by demonstrating the substance and insights of the ethical requirements, and effects, of pursuing collective intelligence as a tool of policy making.
I am a philosopher of social science with interests in foundational questions about the relationship between mind and society. I currently look after the MSc programme in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at LSE, where I teach social philosophy and occasionally philosophy of economics.