Dr. Anco Peeters

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Philosophy
Ruhr University Bochum
Universitätsstraße 150
Room GA 04/42
44870 Bochum, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)234-32-27159
Secretary: +49(0)234-32-26739
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., & 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.

Peeters, A. (2019). Steering away from multiple realization. Adaptive Behavior, 1–2.

Cappuccio, M. L., Peeters, A., & McDonald, W. (2019). Sympathy for Dolores: Moral consideration for robots based on virtue and recognition. Philosophy & Technology, 1–23.

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.