Contemporary developments in technology are challenging how we understand concepts in our theory of agency. In particular, the current literature on philosophy of artificial intelligence struggles in terms of determining whether we can consider machines agents. If machines cannot be considered agents, what agentive features do humans have that machines do not? I believe clarification of what is fundamental to human agency is crucial for greater understanding of ontological and moral status of machines.
The focus of my PhD project will be to bring in and connect the metaphysics of agency with history and philosophy of science, in particular with respect to the evolution of agency and how our concept of agency changes with respect to societal and technological changes.