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Lily Frank is a Philosopher and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the Technical University of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Her areas of specialization are biomedical ethics, biotechnology, moral psychology and ethics. Her current research focuses on issues at the intersection of applied ethics, specifically bioethics and metaethics and moral psychology, such as moral expertise, moralization of health conditions, and technology and moral progress. She is also working on issues in reproductive ethics including abortion and the artificial uterus. Other teaching topics include Technology and Quality of Life; Human Enhancement, Technology & Transhumanism; and the Quantified Self in Health.

The NWO/MVI interdisciplinary research program ‘mobile support systems for behavior change’ involves the Philosophy and Ethics group at TU/e, the Human Technology Interaction group at TU/e, and Philips Research and examines the opportunities for support systems that promote a healthier lifestyle by helping to change the user's behavior, opened up by mobile devices and social media. 

Academic background

Lily Eva Frank received bachelor’s degree from Smith College where she studied philosophy and economics. She completed her doctorate in Philosophy in 2014 from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where her dissertation committee included Professors Steven Cahn, Rosamond Rhodes, Jesse Prinz, Stefan Baumrin, and Hagop Sarkissian. Her doctoral research focused on naturalistic forms of moral realism, moral motivation, and normativity. From 2007 to 2013 she was an Ethics Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. She has also held teaching positions at Hunter College and Queens College, City University of New York. Currently she is also a Senior Researcher at the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology.

Education/Academic qualification

City University of New York

1 Sep 20071 May 2014

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robot Social Sciences
moral philosophy Social Sciences
love Social Sciences
Medical Ethics Medicine & Life Sciences
Bioethics Medicine & Life Sciences
Students Medicine & Life Sciences
Clinical Competence Medicine & Life Sciences
Technology Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2011 2019

6 Citations (Scopus)
180 Downloads (Pure)

Addiction and moralization: the role of the underlying model of addiction

Frank, L. E. & Nagel, S. K., 1 Apr 2017, In : Neuroethics. 10, 1, p. 129-139 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Rejection (Psychology)
8 Citations (Scopus)
342 Downloads (Pure)

Robot sex and consent: Is consent to sex between a robot and a human conceivable, possible, and desirable?

Frank, L. & Nyholm, S., 31 Aug 2017, In : Artificial Intelligence and Law. 25, 3, p. 305-323 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
moral philosophy
freedom of will
human relations

Drugs and hugs : stimulating moral dispositions as a method of moral enhancement

Klincewicz, M., Frank, L. E. & Sokólska, M., 1 Oct 2018, Moral enhancement: critical perspectives. Hauskeller, M. & Coyne, L. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 329-350 (Royal Institute of Philosophy supplements; vol. 83).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Moral Education
2 Citations (Scopus)

Improving third-year medical students' competency in clinical moral reasoning: two interventions

Cummins, P. J., Mendis, K. J., Fallar, R., Favia, A., Frank, L. E., Plunkett, C., Gligorov, N. & Rhodes, R., 2016, In : AJOB Empirical Bioethics. 7, 3, p. 140-148 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Clinical Competence
Medical Students
medical student
moral philosophy
24 Citations (Scopus)

De Minimis Risk : a proposal for a new category of research risk

Rhodes, R., Azzouni, J., Baumrin, S. B., Benkov, K., Blaser, M. J., Brenner, B., Dauben, J. W., Earle, W. J. W., Frank, L. E., Gligorov, N., Goldfarb, J., Hirschhorn, K., Hirschhorn, R., Holzmann, I., Indyk, D., Jabs, E. W., Lackey, D. P., Moros, D. A., Philpott, S., Rhodes, M. E. & 6 others, Richardson, L. D., Sacks, H. S., Schwab, A., Sperling, R., Trusko, B. & Zweig, A., 2011, In : The American Journal of Bioethics. 11, 11, p. 1-7 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Key Technology Partnership Visiting Scholar

Lily E. Frank (Recipient), 1 Oct 2019

Prize: Othervisiting scholarScientific

Activities 2015 2019

  • 14 Contributed talk
  • 6 Invited talk
  • 3 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

Emerging Ethical Issues in Machine Learning and Medicine

Lily E. Frank (Speaker), Michal Klincewicz (Speaker)
11 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Babies in Bubbles: Ectogenesis and the future of reproduction

Lily E. Frank (Speaker)
4 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Sex robots, Artificial wombs, and Behaviour Change Technologies: the Future of Techno Moral Change

Lily E. Frank (Speaker)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Ectogenesis and the Abortion Debate

Lily E. Frank (Speaker)
29 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Technologies of love and sex: ethics from love robots to dating apps

Lily E. Frank (Speaker)
Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Press / Media

Consensual Sex with Robots

Lily E. Frank


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

The challenges of grey / two views

Lily Frank


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

A brief encounter with Vincent: the effect on self-compassion from a single interaction with a chatbot that gives or asks for help

Author: van As, N., 31 Jul 2019

Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1), Frank, L. (Supervisor 2) & Lee, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master