Richard Heersmink


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I’m a lecturer in philosophy at Monash University (Melbourne). My research interests are at the intersection of philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of technology, and applied ethics. The overall aim of my work is to engage with big-picture questions like: Who are we in relation to technology? And what kind of relationship do we want to have to technology going forward in the 21st century? More specifically, I aim to better understand how the informational properties of artifacts enhance and transform memory, cognition, and human identity. I take an extended and distributed cognition view on the relation between agents and cognitive artifacts, but also draw on empirical research from the cognitive sciences, psychology, and human-computer interaction. I further have an interest in the normative and cultural dimensions of cognitive artifacts. My work is published in general philosophy journals (Philosophical Studies, Synthese, Erkenntnis), niche journals (Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Technology), and empirical journals (Mind & Language, Consciousness & Cognition).

Research area keywords

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Applied Ethics


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