Dilara Boga

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My research interests are in philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (AI), evolution of moral agency, emotions, responsibility, and social ontology.

I believe clarification of what is fundamental to human agency is crucial for greater understanding of ontological and moral status of AIs.

In my dissertation, I will bring in philosophy of science, in particular the evolution of moral agency. I will argue that social interaction is fundamental to moral agency. To be able to have social interactions with humans, AIs need to have moral motivations of themselves to cooperate or compete, otherwise; AIs are just moral 'tools', rather than moral 'agents', and they cannot be trusted. The outcomes of AIs can be consistent ('reliable') but AIs cannot be responsible for these outcomes, since real trust between two moral agents requires their ability to 'own' their moral motivations. To explain this further, I will discuss the epistemic, binding, and motivational roles of emotions.

Other academic roles:

• I am one of the co-founders of the Ethics and Technology Early-Career Group (ETEG). ETEG is dedicated to promoting a network for early career researchers working on ethics and technology. See the link below for more information on the group:

• I am a team member of the organising committee of the Conference by Women in Philosophy (CWIP). See the link below on the committee and conference:

• I am a team member for the University of Vienna's "A Salon for Underrepresented Philosophers" (UPSalon). See the link below for more information on the group:


Visiting Student in Philosophy at Australian National University (August - October 2018)
MA in Philosophy at Bilkent University
BA in American Culture and Literature at Bilkent University