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Lecturers, Postdocs, and Visiting Scholars


Visiting Scholars

  • Songzi Bai: Visiting Scholar

    Songzi Bai is a PhD student at Southeast University and a visiting scholar at UC Riverside.

    She works in the area of moral philosophy, in particular Kant’s practical philosophy, with additional interests in literary philosophy and French moral philosophy. Her research interest lies in the role of human beings and the value of communities in Kant’s philosophy.

    Research Areas
    Moral Philosophy

  • Brice Bantegnie: Visiting Research Fellow
    Sketch of Brice Bantegnie

    Brice Bantegnie is a Marie Skłodowska Global Postdoctoral Fellow at both UC Riverside and the University of Southampton.

    His research is in philosophy of mind and philosophy of cognitive science. His research project, UNIPHIMIND, aims at developing a philosophy of mind based on an ontology in which mental states are properties of persons and at showing that such a philosophy unifies what could be called a brain-centered philosophy of mind and a normativity-centered philosophy of mind.

    “Psychology and Neuroscience. The Distinctness Question”, Erkenntnis, 2022, DOI: 10.1007/s10670-020-00272-x
    “Commentary: Integrative Modeling and the Role of Neural Constraints”, Frontiers in Psychology, 2017, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01531

    PhD., Institut Jean Nicod, 2015

    Research Areas
    Philosophy of Mind
    Philosophy of Cognitive Science

  • Anna Strasser Visiting Scholar


    Photo of Anna Strasser standing in front of a tree |

    Biographical note
    After positions as a scientific researcher and coordinator in Freiburg (Center for Cognitive Science) (2004-07) & Berlin (Berlin School of Mind and Brain) (2009-16) and a visiting fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, USA with Daniel Dennett (2018), Anna Straser founded the DenkWerkstatt Berlin and works now as an independent, freelance philosopher in Berlin. In 2020, she became an associate researcher of the Cognition, Values, Behaviour (CVBE) research group at LMU-Munich. From March to July 2023, she will be a Visiting Fellow with Eric Schwitzgebel at UC Riverside.

    •       Ph.D. (Cognition of artificial systems), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany, 2004
    •       Master (Reference as a theoretical construct in the theory of meaning of Davidson), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, 2000

    Research areas
    AOS: Philosophy of Mind, Social Cognition, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Action
    AOC: Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Psychology
    Anna focuses on topics concerning social cognition at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and AI.  Currently, she is working on the question of how a philosophical conceptual framework can capture the varieties of phenomena concerning social cognition. To this end, she is questioning whether standard notions might be too restrictive and examining to what extent so-called minimal approaches may contribute to a solution. Thereby, she investigates to what extent artificial systems may qualify as a new type of social agent. Having an interdisciplinary background, she is convinced that empirically informed philosophy enables us to pose new questions and offer new answers.

    •       Anna Strasser (2008). Referenz in der Bedeutungstheorie von D. Davidson. Wie kann man sich mit Sprache auf die Welt beziehen. Saarbrücken, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
    •       Anna Strasser (2006). Kognition künstlicher Systeme. De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110321104

    Selected Articles
    •       Schwitzgebel, Eric; Schwitzgebel, David; Strasser, Anna (2023/preprint). Creating a Large Language Model of a Philosopher. doi:10.48550/arXiv.2302.01339
    •       Strasser, Anna; Crosby, Matthew; Schwitzgebel, Eric (2023). How far can we get in creating a digital replica of a philosopher? In R. Hakli, P. Mäkelä, J. Seibt (eds.), Social Robots in Social Institutions. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022. Series Frontiers of AI and Its Applications, vol. 366, 371-380. IOS Press, Amsterdam. doi:10.3233/FAIA220637
    •       Strasser, Anna & Wilby, Michael (2023). The AI-Stance: Crossing the Terra Incognita of Human-Machine Interactions? In R. Hakli, P. Mäkelä, J. Seibt (eds.), Social Robots in Social Institutions. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2022. Series Frontiers of AI and Its Applications, vol. 366, 286-295. IOS Press, Amsterdam. doi:10.3233/FAIA220628
    •       Strasser, Anna (2022). From tool use to social interactions. In J. Loh & W. Loh (eds.), Social Robotics and the Good Life: The Normative Side of Forming Emotional Bonds With Robots, 77-102. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. doi:10.1515/9783839462652-004
    •       Strasser, Anna (2021). Distributed responsibility in human-machine interactions. AI and Ethics 2, 523-532. doi:10.1007/s43681-021-00109-5
    •       Strasser, Anna (2020). In-between implicit and explicit. Philosophical Psychology, 33 (7), 946–967. doi:10.1080/09515089.2020.1778163

    •       Künstliche Intelligenz. Die große Verheißung. (with Wolfgang Sohst, Katja Stepec, Ralf Stapelfeldt) (2021). Berlin: Xenemoi.
    •       Towards an integrated theory of self-consciousness (with Katja Crone & Kristina Musholt) (2012).  Special issue: Grazer Philosophische Studien, 84 (1).