Luke Kersten, PhD

/Luke Kersten/

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Philosophy Dept
2-45 Assiniboia Hall
9137 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7


Area of Study / Keywords

Philosophy of Mind Philosophy of Cognitive Science Philosophy of AI Philosophy of Science


I received my PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Before joining Alberta, I held positions at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, as well as visiting positions at the University of London, England, and University College Cork, Ireland. In my downtime, I enjoy playing hockey, reading, and exploring the great outdoors.


My primary research is in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, but I also have interests in philosophy of science and AI. I am particularly interested in computational theories of mind, mental representation, artificial consciousness, extended and embodied cognition, music cognition, levels of explanation, scientific modeling, theory and paradigm selection, and models of scientific progress. 


While my main teaching area is philosophy of mind and cognitive science, I also enjoy teaching courses on everything from Ancient and Moral Philosophy to Logic and Philosophy of Science. Where possible, I try to incorporate the principles of the Philosophy Foundation and Philosophy for Children.


PHIL 205 - Philosophy of Mind

Basic questions concerning the mind and our attempts to study it scientifically.

PHIL 385 - Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

A study of ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence systems.

PHIL 488 - Current Research in Philosophy

Prerequisite: At least 6 units in PHIL, 3 units of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.

PHIL 594 - Selected Problems in Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Luke Kersten

Minds and Machines. 2024 June; 34 (18):1-21 10.1007/s11023-024-09678-w

Luke Kersten

The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition. 2024 May; 10.4324/9781003322511-13

Luke Kersten

Philosophical Explorations. 2024 March; 27 (2):1-18 10.1080/13869795.2024.2332171

Luke Kersten

Synthese. 2024 March; 283 (99):1-23 10.1007/s11229-024-04526-x

Luke Kersten

Minds and Machines. 2023 March; 33 (1):113-134 10.1007/s11023-022-09617-7

Luke Kersten

Synthese. 2022 August; 200 (281):1-23 10.1007/s11229-022-03674-2

Luke Kersten

Philosophical Explorations. 2020 September; 23 (3):251-266 10.1080/13869795.2020.1799664

Luke Kersten

Philosophical Psychology. 2017 July; 30 (8):1078-1103 10.1080/09515089.2017.1350946

Luke Kersten

Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 2017 January; 8 (3):501-517 10.1007/s13164-016-0322-3

Luke Kersten and Robert A. Wilson

American Philosophical Quarterly. 2016 April; 53 (2):139-154

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