• 80 Citaties

Research output per year

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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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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
  • 7 Citaten (Scopus)
    190 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
  • 12 Citaten (Scopus)
    409 Downloads (Pure)

    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

  • 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

  • 2 Citaten (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

    24 Citaten (Scopus)


    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


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

    Considering Health Behavior Change

    Lily E. Frank (Organisator), Philip J. Nickel (Organisator)
    10 feb 202011 feb 2020

    Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieWetenschappelijk

    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


    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