Prof.Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. (Mark)

University of Vienna

Section: Philosophy

Visiting address

Institut für Philosophie Universität Wien Neues Intitutsgebäude, HS 3B Universitätsstraße 7 1010 Wien Austria

Mail address



Mark Coeckelbergh (PhD, University of Birmingham, UK) is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna.

He maintains a lively WordPress Website, where there is more information about his publications.

NB The publication list below only goes to 2010.



Scientific publications (selection)


  • Coeckelbergh, Mark. "Human Development or Human Enhancement? A Methodlogical Reflection on Capabilities and the Evaluation of Information Technologies", Ethics and Information Technology (on-line 6 June 2010) available online
  • Coeckelbergh, Mark. 2010 "Moral Appearances: Emotions, Robots, and Human Morality", Ethics and Information Technology (on-line 17 March 2010) available online
  • Coeckelbergh, Mark. 2010. 'Robot Rights? Towards a Social-Relational Justification of Moral Consideration'. Ethics and Information Technology 12(3): 209-221 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, Mark. 2010. 'You, Robot: On the Linguistic Construction of Artificial Others' in: AI & Society (on-line 10 August 2010) available online
  • Coeckelbergh, Mark. 2010. "Criminals or Patients? Towards a Tragic Conception of Moral and Legal Responsibility" Criminal Law and Philosophy 4(2): 233-244 available online


  • 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 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. 'Personal Robots, Appearance, and Human Good: A Methodological Reflection on Roboethics' in: International Journal of Social Robotics 1(3): 217-221 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. 'The Public Thing: On the Idea of a Politics of Artefacts' in: Techne 13(3)
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2009. 'Virtual Moral Agency, Virtual Moral Responsibility' in: AI & Society 24(2), 181-189 available online
  • 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 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2010. 'Health Care, Capabilities, and AI Assistive Technologies' in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13(2): 181-190 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. 2009. Risk and Public Imagination: Mediated Risk Perception as Imaginative Moral Judgment. In The Ethics of Technological Risk edited by L. Asveld and S. Roeser. London: Earthscan Publishers available online


  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. 2008. Mogelijkheid van een eiland. Houellebecq's heimwee naar de mens. Wijsgerig perspectief op maatschappij en wetenschap 48 (1):38-49.


  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. 'Violent Computer Games, Empathy, and Cosmopolitanism' in: Ethics and Information Technology 9(3): 219-231 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. ‘Principles or Imagination? Two Approaches to Global Justice’ in: Journal of Global Ethics 3(2), August 2007, 203-221. available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2007. Imagination and Principles: An Essay on the Role of Imagination in Moral Reasoning. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan. available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. 2007. Who Needs Empathy? A Response to Goldie's Arguments against Empathy and Suggestions for an Account of Mututal Perspective-shifting in Contexts of Help and Care. Ethics and Education 2 (1). available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. and Mesman, J. 2007. With Hope and Imagination: Imaginative Moral Decision-Making in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 10 (1):3-21 click to open pdf
  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. and Wackers, G. 2007. Imagination, Distributed Responsibility and Vulnerable Technological Systems: The Case of Snorre A. Science and Engineering Ethics 2 (13):235-248. click to open pdf


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


  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2004. The Metaphysics of Autonomy: The Reconciliation of Ancient and Modern Ideals of the Person. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan. available online


  • Busby, J.S. and M. Coeckelbergh. 2003. ‘The Social Ascription of Obligations to Engineers’ in: Science and Engineering Ethics 9(3): 363-376 available online


  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2002. Liberation and Passion: Reconstructing the Passion Perspective on Human Being and Freedom. Alfter/Bonn: DenkMal Verlag. available online


  • Coeckelbergh, M. 2001. ‘Grenzen en mogelijkheden van een personalistische bedrijfsethiek’ in: Ethische Perspectieven 11(1-2): 69-72. available online

Professional/Popular publications (selection)


  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. & Wackers, G. 2008. Vulnerability and imagination in the Snorre A gas blowout and recovery. WorldOil. available online


  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. 2007. Empathisch Wereldburgerschap als Moreel Ideaal. Filosofie 17 (5):14-17 available online
  • Coeckelbergh, M.J.K. 2007. Risico en Publieke Verbeelding: van Perceptie tot Moreel Oordeel. Filosofie 3 (17):39-44 available online