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Lydia Farina

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I joined the University of Nottingham in September 2019. I hold a MA and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Manchester (supervised by Joel Smith, Helen Beebee and Deborah Talmi), a MA in Classics from University College London and a BA in Classics from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Expertise Summary

My research is primarily in social ontology, the philosophy of emotion and the philosophy of artificial intelligence. I am interested in the interplay between metaphysical questions on the ontology of mental states/ categories and practical application questions in experimental psychology and artificial intelligence. I am currently working on projects relating to the metaphysics of social kinds, AI and responsibility and the relation between emotion and personal identity.

Teaching Summary

In 2022/23 I am teaching a 3rd year module in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. I will also be leading seminars in two 1st year modules (Reasoning, Argument and Logic and Gender, Justice and… read more

Research Summary

My current research focuses on the powers of social kinds and the possibility of AI responsibility. I am also currently exploring the concept of vulnerability as a relational construct.

Selected Publications

  • LYDIA FARINA, 2022. “Can Machines Experience Emotion? The Phenomenology of Artificial Emotion”. In: C. MISSELHORN, ed., Emotional Machines: Perspectives from Affective Computing and Emotional Human-Machine Interaction. Springer. (In Press.)

In 2022/23 I am teaching a 3rd year module in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. I will also be leading seminars in two 1st year modules (Reasoning, Argument and Logic and Gender, Justice and Society)

I have teaching experience in the Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, History of Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Existentialism, Epistemology and Ethics.

Watch my mini lecture on 'Understanding Artificial Intelligence' https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/virtual/video.aspx?id=48b67adb-755d-4b80-a5cc-d8e89153d45d

  • LYDIA FARINA, 2022. “Can Machines Experience Emotion? The Phenomenology of Artificial Emotion”. In: C. MISSELHORN, ed., Emotional Machines: Perspectives from Affective Computing and Emotional Human-Machine Interaction. Springer. (In Press.)
  • LYDIA FARINA, 2022. Humans and Robots, by Sven Nyholm: Book Review Journal of Moral Philosophy.
  • LYDIA FARINA, 2022. Artificial Intelligence Systems, Responsibility and Agential Self-Awareness. In: VINCENT MULLER, ed., Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2021 Springer Nature. (In Press.)
  • LYDIA FARINA and JOEL SMITH, 2018. A Puzzle about Emotional Robots: Emotions are fundamental to the human condition. But could a robot truly experience them? Available at: <https://iai.tv/articles/a-puzzle-about-emotional-robots-auid-1157?_ga=2.23632122.1579874112.1539950664-1317334097.1539950664>

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