James H. Moor

Daniel P. Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755


James (dot) Moor (at) Dartmouth (dot) edu

Phone: 603-646-2155
Fax: 603-646-1699
6035 Thornton
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755-3592

Professional interests in philosophy of artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, logic, and computer ethics.

6th edition The Logic Book, 6th Edition (with Merrie Bergmann and Jack Nelson) NewYork: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 2013 Singularity Hypotheses Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment (Co-edited with Amnon H. Eden, Johnny H. Søraker, and Eric Steinhart) Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London, 2012

Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology (Co-edited with Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, and John Weckert) Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007

The Turing Test: The Elusive Standard of Artificial Intelligence, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003


Cyberphilosophy: The Intersection of Computing and Philosophy (Co-edited with Terrell Bynum), Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 2002

The Digital Phoenix: How Computers Are Changing Philosophy (Co-edited with Terrell Bynum), Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publishers, 1998. Revised edition 2000

La fenice digitale: Come i computer stanno cambiando la filosofia Italian Editon. Milano, Italy: Apogeo, 2000


Selected Recent Articles

"Why We Need Better Ethics for Emerging Technologies," Ethics and Information Technology, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2005, pp. 111-119. Reprinted in Information Technology and Moral Philosophy, eds. Jeroen van den Hoven and John Weckert, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 26-39.

"Machine Intelligence" in Borchert, Donald, ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd edition, Vol. 5. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006, pp. 631-636.

"The Nature, Importance, and Difficulty of Machine Ethics," IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vo. 21, No. 4, July/August 2006, pp. 18-21.

"The Precautionary Principle in Nanotechnology" (with John Weckert), International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 20.2, 2006, pp. 191-204. Reprinted in Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology, eds. Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, and John Weckert, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007, pp. 133-146.

"The Dartmouth College Artificial Intelligence Conference: The Next Fifty Years," AI Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 4 Winter, 2006, pp. 87-91.

"Taking the Intentional Stance Toward Robot Ethics" American Philosophical Newsletters, Vol. 06, No. 2 Spring, 2007. http://www.apaonline.org/publications/newsletters/v06n2_Computers_05.aspx            

"Email Spam" (with Keith W. Miller), The Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics, eds. Kenneth Einar Himma and Herman T. Tavani, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008, pp. 517-531.

"Virtual Decisions: Just Consequentialism, Video Game ethics, and Ethics on the Fly" (with Don Gotterbarn), Computers & Society, 2010.

"Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers," (with Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, and John Weckert), Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology: Vol. 4, No. 1, Article 4, 2010. DOI: 10.2202/1941-6008.1110. http://www.bepress.com/selt/vol4/iss1/art4

"Some Practical Implications of a Sample of Practical Turing Tests" (with Kevin Warwick and Huma Shah) Minds and Machines Vol. 23, No. 2, 2013, pp. 163-177.



Editor-in-Chief Minds and Machines, 2001-2010. This journal fosters a tradition of criticism within the AI and philosophical communities on problems and issues of common concern. Its scope explicitly encompasses philosophical aspects of computer science. All submissions will be subject to review.


Courses Taught: (link to Dartmouth College Registrar Course website)

Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy
Logic and Language
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Free Will and Responsibility
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Psychology
Minds and Machines
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence
Ethical and Social Impact of Computing (Computer and Information Science Department)
Intermediate Logic
Modal and Deviant Logic
Technology and Values (Liberal Studies Program)
Philosophy and Computers
Research Ethics and Nanoethics (REU-NSF)


Selected Positions and Awards

President of Northern New England Philosophical Association – 2013
Member of National Academies Committee sponsored by DARPA: Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible – 2010-2013
Honored as a Founding Member of Computers and Philosophy Association - 2010
Daniel P. Stone Professor in Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, 2009-Present
Chair of Philosophy Department 1981-83, 1990-93, 2005-06, 2006 (Fall), 2007 (Fall)
NSF Grant – Nanotechnology and Human Enhancement, PI – 2006–09
American Philosophical Association Barwise Prize – 2006
DARPA Grant– The Next Fifty Years of Artificial Intelligence –  Co-PI – 2005-06
President of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT)  (2004-2008)
Research Fellow, Harvard Information Infrastructure Project - 1999-2000
Chair of American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Computers - 1998-2000
World Technology Award Fellow – 2003
American Computing Machinery SIGCAS Making a Difference Award – 2003
President of Society for Machines and Mentality – 2001 - 2003
Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra Australia – 2002
The Metaphilosophy Prize for essay "What is Computer Ethics?" – 1985

Last Update: October 2013

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