Dr. Anco Peeters

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Philosophy
Ruhr University Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
Room GA 04/46
44870 Bochum, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)234-32-27159
Secretary: +49(0)234-32-24682
Email: anco.peeters @ rub . de


Research profile

As a philosopher specialising in embodied cognition and artificial intelligence, I am interested in the human mind and in particular its relation to technology. Here at the Ruhr-University, I am working in an interdisciplinary group on episodic memory. Specifically, I am working on a project on the nature of  "Scenarios in generative episodic memory".

Previously, I pursued my doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, with Patrick McGivern and Robert A. Wilson (UWA), where I also taught in philosophy and computing science. As part of my doctoral studies, I was a visiting postgraduate researcher at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where I worked with Andy Clark and others. Prior to my doctoral project, I studied Philosophy (MA, BA) and Artificial Intelligence (BSc) at Radboud University, the Netherlands.

My research interests are bound together with the thread of the embodied, enactive research programme and include: agency and consciousness, mind–technology interaction, embodied remembering, and the psychology of virtue ethics.

Selected publications

Peeters, A. (2020). Steering away from multiple realization. Adaptive Behavior, 28, 29–30.

Cappuccio, M. L., Peeters, A., & McDonald, W. (2020). Sympathy for Dolores: Moral consideration for robots based on virtue and recognition. Philosophy & Technology, 33, 9–31.

Peeters, A., & Segundo-Ortin, M. (2019). Misplacing memories? An enactive approach to the virtual memory palace. Consciousness and Cognition, 76, 1–12.

Peeters, A., & Haselager, P. (2019). Designing virtuous sex robots. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1–12.

Hutto, D. D., Myin, E., Peeters, A., & Zahnoun, F. (2018). The cognitive basis of computation: Putting computation in its place. In M. Sprevak & M. Columbo (Eds.), Handbook of the Computational Mind (pp. 272–282). London: Routledge.

Hutto, D. D., & Peeters, A. (2018). The roots of remembering: Radically enactive recollecting. In K. Michaelian, D. Debus, & D. Perrin (Eds.), New Directions in Philosophy of Memory (pp. 97–118). New York: Routledge.

Peeters, A. (2017). Alexandru Dragomir: The world we live in [Book review]. Phenomenological Reviews, 3, 54.

Peeters, A. (2017). Freedom regained: The possibility of free will [Book review]. Philosophical Psychology, 30(5), 682–684.

Hutto, D. D., Peeters, A., & Segundo-Ortin, M. (2017). Cognitive ontology in flux: The possibility of protean brains. Philosophical Explorations, 20(2), 209–223.

Olthof, B., Peeters, A., Schelle, K., & Haselager, P. (2013). If you're smart, we'll make you smarter: Applying the reasoning behind the development of honours programmes to other forms of cognitive enhancement. In F. Lucivero & A. Vedder (Eds.), Beyond Therapy v. Enhancement? Multidisciplinary analyses of a heated debate (pp. 117–142). Pisa: Pisa University Press.

For my full publication list, see my website.

Connect with me online

For more about me visit my personal website at www.ancopeeters.com. You can also connect with me through various social media:

Office hours

Thursdays from 14:30 to 15:30h.
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