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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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Research Output

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.

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Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    191 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
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    428 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 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

  • 3 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

    25 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)


    Key Technology Partnership Visiting Scholar

    Lily E. Frank (Recipient), 1 Oct 2019

    Prize: Othervisiting scholarScientific


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

    Considering Health Behavior Change

    Lily E. Frank (Organiser), Philip J. Nickel (Organiser)
    10 Feb 202011 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    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

    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