journal articles

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)


Coeckelbergh, M. 2017. ‘How to describe and evaluate “deception” phenomena: Recasting the metaphysics, ethics, and politics of ICTs in terms of magic and performance and taking a relational and narrative turn‘ in: Ethics and Information Technology (first online 19 October 2017).

Coeckelbergh, M. 2017 (2016). ‘Can Machines Create Art?‘ in: Philosophy & Technology, 30 (3): 285-303. (online first, 24 September 2016) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2017. ‘Technology Games: Using Wittgenstein for Understanding and Evaluating Technology‘ in: Science and Engineering Ethics, 1-17. (online first) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2017 (2015). ‘Hacking technological practices and the vulnerability of the modern hero’ in: Foundations of Science 22: 357-362 (online first 19 October 2015). (reply to Gunkel and Zwart) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2017 (2015). ‘The art of living with ICTs: The ethics-aesthetics of vulnerability coping and its implications for understanding and evaluating ICT cultures’ in: Foundations of Science 22: 339-348 (online first 19 October 2015). (published with replies by David Gunkel and Hub Zwart) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M., DuPont, Q., & Reijers, W. 2017. ‘Towards a Philosophy of Financial Technologies‘ in Philosophy and Technology, 1-6. (online first)

Esteban, PG, Baxter, P, Belpaeme, T, Billing, E, Cai, H, Cao, H-L, Coeckelbergh, M, Costescu, C, David, D, De Beir, A, Fang, Y, Ju, Z, Kennedy, J, Liu, H, Mazel, A, Pandey, A, Richardson, K, Senft, E, Thill, S, Van de Perre, G, Vanderborght, B, Vernon, D, Yu, H & Ziemke, T. 2017. ‘How to Build a Supervised Autonomous System for Robot-Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder‘ in Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics (8): 18-38.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2017 (2015). ‘Language and Technology: Maps, Bridges, and Pathways‘ in: AI & Society 32(2): 175-189. (online first 2015) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2017. ‘The art, poetics, and grammar of technological innovation as practice, process, and performance‘ in AI & Society (online first, open access). [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2016. ‘Technology and the good society: A polemical essay on social ontology, political principles, and responsibility for technology‘ in Technology in Society (in press): 1-6.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2016. ‘Responsibility and the Moral Phenomenology of Using Self-Driving Cars‘ in: Applied Artificial Intelligence 30(8): 748-757.

Reijers, W. and Coeckelbergh, M. 2016. ‘The Blockchain as a Narrative Technology: Investigating the Social Ontology and Normative Configurations of Cryptocurrencies‘ in: Philosophy and Technology. (online first, 31 October 2016, open access) [access via SharedIt]

Stahl, B.C. and Coeckelbergh, M. 2016. ‘Ethics of healthcare robotics: Towards responsible research and innovation‘ in: Robotics and Autonomous Systems 86: 152-161 (open access). [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2016. ‘Care robots and the future of ICT-mediated elderly care: a response to doom scenarios‘ in: AI & Society 31(4): 455-462. (online first, 2015)

Coeckelbergh, M. and Gunkel, D. 2016. ‘Response to “The Problem of the Question About Animal Ethics” by Michal Piekarski’ in: Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 29(4): 717-721. (online first, 9 July 2016, open access) [access via SharedIt]

Peca, A., Coeckelbergh, M., Simut, R., Costescu, C., Pintea, S., David, D., & Vanderborght, B. (2016). ‘Robot Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Disorders: Measuring Ethical Acceptability’ in:IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 35(2): 54-66.

Coeckelbergh, M. and Reijers, W. 2016. ‘Narrative Technologies: A Philosophical Investigation of Narrative Capacities of Technologies by Using Ricoeur’s Narrative Theory‘ in: Human Studies 39: 325-346 (online 2 March 2016, open access) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M., Pop, C., Simut, R., Peca, A., Pintea, S., David, D. & Vanderborght, B. 2016. ‘A survey of expectations about the role of robots in robot-assisted therapy for children with ASD: Ethical acceptability, trust, sociability, appearance, and attachment’ in: Science and Engineering Ethics 22(1): 47-65. (online first 2015) [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2015. ‘Money as Medium and Tool: Reading Simmel as a Philosopher of Technology to Understand Contemporary Financial ICTs and Media’ in: Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 19(3) (Fall 2015): 358–380.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2015. ‘The Tragedy of the Master: Automation, Vulnerability, and Distance‘ in: Ethics and Information Technology 17(3): 219-229. [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2015. ‘Language and Technology: Maps, Bridges, and Pathways‘ in: AI & Society. (online first) [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2015.  ‘Artificial Agents, Good Care, and Modernity‘ in:  Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 36(4): 265-277. [summary] [access via SharedIt]


Stahl B.C., Eden G., Jirotka M. and Coeckelbergh M. 2014. From Computer Ethics to Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT: The Transition of Reference Discourses Informing Ethics-Related Research in Information Systemsin: Information & Management (online first)

Coeckelbergh, M. and Gunkel, D.  2014. ‘Facing Animals: A Relational, Other-Oriented Approach to Moral Standing’ in: Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 27 (5): 715-733. [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2014. ‘The Moral Standing of Machines: Towards a Relational and Non-Cartesian Moral Hermeneutics’ in: Philosophy & Technology 27 (1): 61-77. [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2013. ‘Drones, Information Technology, and Distance: Mapping the Moral Epistemology of Remote Fighting‘ in: ‘Ethics and Information Technology‘ 15 (2): 87-98. [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2013. ‘E-Care as Craftsmanship: Virtuous Work, Skilled Engagement, and Information Technology in Health Care‘ in: Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 16 (4): 807-816. [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2013. ‘Pervasion of What? Techno-Human Ecologies and their Ubiquitous Spirits‘ in: AI & Society (25the anniversary issue: A Faustian exchange: What is to be human in the era of ubiquitous technology?) 28 (1): 55-63. [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2012. ‘Technology as Skill and Activity: Revisiting the Problem of Alienation’ in: Techné 16 (3)


Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Environmental Virtue: Motivation, Skill, and (In)formation Technology‘ in: Journal of Environmental Philosophy 8(2): 141-170. [journal issue table of content]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Is Ethics of Robotics about Robots? Philosophy of Robotics Beyond Realism and Individualism’ in: Law, Innovation and Technology 3(2): 241-250. [abstract]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Vulnerable Cyborgs: Learning to Live with our Dragons‘ in: Journal of Evolution and Technology 22 (1): 1-9. [htm]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Can we trust robots?’ in: Ethics and Information Technology 14(2): 53-60. (also published on-line September 2011) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Are emotional robots deceptive?‘ in: IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing 2(3) [abstract]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘What Are We Doing? Microblogging, the Ordinary Private, and the Primacy of the Present‘ in: Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society 9(2): 127-136. [abstract]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘From killer machines to doctrines and swarms, or Why ethics of military robotics is not (necessarily) about robots.‘ in: Philosophy & Technology 24(3): 269-278. (also published on-line 5 April 2011) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Humans, Animals, and Robots: A Phenomenological Approach to Human-Robot Relations‘ in: International Journal of Social Robotics 3(2): 197-204. (also published on-line 4 September 2010) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Moral Responsibility, Technology, and Experiences of the Tragic: From Kierkegaard to Offshore Engineering‘ in: Science and Engineering Ethics 18(1): 35-48. (also published on-line 24 September 2010) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘You, Robot: On the Linguistic Construction of Artificial Others‘ in: AI & Society 26(1): 61-69. (also published on-line 10 August 2010) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2011. ‘Human Development or Human Enhancement? A Methodological Reflection on Capabilities and the Evaluation of Information Technologies‘ in: Ethics and Information Technology 13(2): 81-92. (also published on-line 6 June 2010) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Artificial Companions: Empathy and Vulnerability Mirroring in Human-Robot Relations‘ ‘in: Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 4(3) [abstract]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘The Spirit in the Network: Models for Spirituality in a Technological Culture‘ in: Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science 45(4): 957-978.

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Robot Rights? Towards a Social-Relational Justification of Moral Consideration’ in: Ethics and Information Technology 12(3): 209-221. (also published on-line 27 June 2010) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Moral Appearances: Emotions, Robots, and Human Morality‘ in: Ethics and Information Technology 12(3): 235-241. (also published on-line 17 March 2010) [abstract] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Criminals or Patients? Towards a Tragic Conception of Moral and Legal Responsibility‘ in: Criminal Law and Philosophy 4(2): 233-244. (also published on-line 7 March 2010) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Health Care, Capabilities, and AI Assistive Technologies‘ in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13(2): 181-190. (also published on-line 17 July 2009) [abstract] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. ‘Engineering Good: How Engineering Metaphors Help Us to Understand the Moral Life and Change Society‘ in: Science and Engineering Ethics 16(2): 371-385. (also published on-line 1 September 2009) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘The Public Thing: On the Idea of a Politics of Artefacts‘ in: Techne 13(3) [table of contents]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Virtual Moral Agency, Virtual Moral Responsibility‘ in: AI & Society 24(2): 181-189. (also published on-line 6 May 2009) [link to Springer publication details] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Personal Robots, Appearance, and Human Good: A Methodological Reflection on Roboethics‘ in: International Journal of Social Robotics 1(3): 217-221. (also published on-line 5 June 2009) [abstract] [open access] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. ‘Distributive Justice and Cooperation in a World of Humans and Non-Humans: A Contractarian Argument for Drawing Non-Humans into the Sphere of Justice‘ in: Res Publica 15(1): 67-84. (also published on-line 28 March 2009) [abstract] [access via SharedIt]


Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. ‘Violent Computer Games, Empathy, and Cosmopolitanism‘ in: Ethics and Information Technology 9(3): 219-231. [abstract] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. ‘Principles or Imagination? Two Approaches to Global Justice’ in: Journal of Global Ethics 3(2): 203-221. [abstract]

Coeckelbergh, M. and G. Wackers 2007. ‘Imagination, Distributed Responsibility, and Vulnerable Technological Systems: The Case of Snorre A’ in: Science & Engineering Ethics 13(2): 235-248. (also published online 26 April 2007) [abstract] [access via SharedIt]

Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. ‘Who Needs Empathy? A Response to Goldie’s Arguments Against Empathy and Suggestions for an Account of Mutual Perspective-Shifting in Contexts of Help and Care’ in: Ethics and Education 2(1): 61-72. [abstract]


Coeckelbergh, M. and J. Mesman 2006. ‘With Hope and Imagination: Imaginative Moral Decision-Making in Neonatal Intensive Care Units’ in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (1): 3-21. (also published on-line December 2006) [abstract] [access via SharedIt] (NVBe Prize 2007)

Coeckelbergh, M. 2006. ‘Regulation or Responsibility? Autonomy, Moral Imagination, and Engineering’ in: Science, Technology, & Human Values 31(3): 1-24. [abstract]


Busby, J.S. and M. Coeckelbergh 2003. ‘The Social Ascription of Obligations to Engineers’ in: Science and Engineering Ethics 9(3): 363-376. [abstract] [pdf] [access via SharedIt]