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Persoonlijk profiel

Research profile

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.

Opleiding / Academische kwalificatie

City University of New York

1 sep 20071 mei 2014

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robot Sociale wetenschappen
moral philosophy Sociale wetenschappen
love Sociale wetenschappen
Medical Ethics Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Bioethics Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Students Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Clinical Competence Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
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Onderzoeksoutput 2011 2019

6 Citaties (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, blz. 129-139 11 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Rejection (Psychology)
8 Citaties (Scopus)
347 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, blz. 305-323 19 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer 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 okt 2018, Moral enhancement: critical perspectives. Hauskeller, M. & Coyne, L. (redactie). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, blz. 329-350 (Royal Institute of Philosophy supplements; vol. 83).

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureHoofdstukAcademicpeer review

Moral Education
2 Citaties (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, blz. 140-148 9 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Clinical Competence
Medical Students
medical student
moral philosophy
24 Citaties (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 anderen, Richardson, L. D., Sacks, H. S., Schwab, A., Sperling, R., Trusko, B. & Zweig, A., 2011, In : The American Journal of Bioethics. 11, 11, blz. 1-7 8 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review


Award for Best Contribution for paper titled: “What is lost when we use technology to improve moral decision-making: Do moral deliberation and moral struggle have independent value for moral progress?”

Lily Frank (Ontvanger), 15 jul 2016

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Key Technology Partnership Visiting Scholar

Lily E. Frank (Ontvanger), 1 okt 2019

Prijs: AndersVisiting scholarWetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 2015 2019

  • 14 Aangemelde presentatie
  • 6 Genodigd spreker
  • 3 Workshop, seminar, cursus of expositie

Emerging Ethical Issues in Machine Learning and Medicine

Lily E. Frank (Spreker), Michal Klincewicz (Spreker)
11 dec 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesAangemelde presentatieWetenschappelijk

Babies in Bubbles: Ectogenesis and the future of reproduction

Lily E. Frank (Spreker)
4 nov 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerPopulair

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

Lily E. Frank (Spreker)
23 okt 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

Ectogenesis and the Abortion Debate

Lily E. Frank (Spreker)
29 apr 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerPopulair

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

Lily E. Frank (Spreker)
apr 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk


Consensual Sex with Robots

Lily E. Frank


1 item van Media-aandacht

Pers / media: Onderzoek

The challenges of grey / two views

Lily Frank


1 Mediabijdrage

Pers / media: PR activiteiten


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

Auteur: van As, N., 31 jul 2019

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master