Society for the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence


Society for the Philosophy of
Artificial Intelligence


What is it?

The Society for the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (SPAI) was founded to promote philosophical engagement with artificial intelligence (AI). This includes theoretical investigations of the nature of intelligence and putatively intelligent machines, as well as research on AI systems' ethical impact and moral status.

Why does it exist?

The need for such a society derives from the guiding role that philosophical reflection can and should play in the development and use of AI, and from the maturation of philosophy of AI as an academic subdiscipline.

As AI systems become increasingly powerful and prevalent, questions arise about their impact and trustworthiness. Philosophers help assess risks and define criteria of trustworthiness, thereby providing guidance for future development, regulation, and use. At the same time, they address longstanding philosophical questions about the possibility that AI systems might themselves be considered intelligent, sentient, or worthy of moral consideration.

Whereas philosophers have long concerned themselves AI-related issues, their work has historically been distributed across a number of societies, journals, and conferences that are dedicated to more general issues in science, mind, technology, computation, and ethics. The rapid development and distribution of AI has led to a renewed philosophical focus on this technology and its societal impact, leading to the maturation of philosophy of AI as an academic subdiscipline.

What does it do?

The Society for the Philosophy of AI promotes this subdiscipline within academic philosophy as a whole and within the AI research and development community more broadly. To this end, SPAI publishes an academic journal, organizes conferences, and runs a mailing list for society members.

Who is it for?

The Society for the Philosophy of AI strives to be an inclusive home for all philosophers performing academic research on AI, no matter their geographic location or institutional affiliation. This kind of research is characterized not only by a detailed and critical engagement with AI technology, its applications, and its theoretical foundations, but also by a high level of originality, clarity, and argumentative rigor.

The SPAI kick-off meeting took place on December 15th, 2023, during the Philosophy of AI 2023 conference in Erlangen, Germany. During this meeting, SPAI founding members Vincent Müller, Guido Löhr, and Carlos Zednik introduced the society's concept and purpose, organizational structure, and the Philosophy of AI journal.

The first regular SPAI conference is tentatively being planned to be held in Amsterdam in 2024-2025.

The Society for the Philosophy of AI publishes a new double-blind, open-access academic journal, Philosophy of AI. The journal is edited by Guido Löhr and Vincent Müller, and aims to disseminate philosophical research on AI technology, its applications, impact, and theoretical foundations.

Philosophy of AI is not yet accepting submissions, but will do so soon.


SPAI membership is free of cost or obligation. To become a member, simply subscribe to our mailing list.

Organizational and strategic decisions are taken by the SPAI steering committee, which currently includes:

Questions about SPAI? Contact Guido Löhr at: [reveal address]

Questions about this website? Contact Carlos Zednik at: [reveal address]

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