The Lyceum Project

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The Lyceum Project

The Call for Papers submission period closed on April 30th, and selection is underway. Thank you to everyone who participated, we'll announce the successful entries soon.

Details of the day and registration can now be found here. 

The Institute for Ethics in AI (Professor John Tasioulas), in collaboration with Stanford University (Professor Josiah Ober) and Greece's National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (Professor George Nounesis) will hold a one-day conference on AI ethics called 'The Lyceum Project' in Athens on June 20th, 2024.

The venue for the event will be the Athens Conservatory , which is adjacent to the ancient site of Aristotle's school, the Lyceum. The Greek Prime Minister, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has agreed to make a speech of welcome at the conference. The conference will involve (1) a philosophers' panel, at which Professor Ober and Professor Tasioulas will discuss their white paper on Aristotelian AI ethics; (2) a practitioners' panel, in which leading figures from the technical, entrepreneurial, and regulatory sides of AI discuss bridging theory and practice, and (3) a series of presentations by younger scholars working on Aristotelian AI ethics - a call for papers for this part of the programme will be issued soon, and those chosen to present will have travel and accommodation costs for the event covered.

This event is generously supported by the Patrick J McGovern Foundation and the Cosmos Institute, the World Human Forum, the Athens Conservatory, and Stanford University Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence.

More details to follow.


Project Leaders

Professor John Tasioulas

Professor John Tasioulas, the inaugural Director for the Institute for Ethics and AI, and Professor of Ethics and Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. He was previously the inaugural Chair of Politics, Philosophy & Law and Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London. Professor Tasioulas has degrees in Law and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a D.Phil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He was previously a Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Glasgow, Reader in Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he taught from 1998-2010, and Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London. He has also acted as a consultant on human rights for the World Bank and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Parliament's Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). He has published widely in moral, legal, and political philosophy.

Professor Josiah Ober

Professor Josiah Ober (Stanford). Josiah Ober, in the School of Humanities and Science, works on historical institutionalism and political theory, focusing on the political thought and practice of the ancient Greek world and its contemporary relevance. He is the author of a number of books mostly published by Princeton University Press, including Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens (1989), Political Dissent in Democratic Athens (2008), Democracy and Knowledge (2008). He has also published about 75 articles and chapters, including recent articles in American Political Science Review, Philosophical Studies, Hesperia, Polis, and Transactions of the American Philological Association.His new book on The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece will appear in Spring 2015, from Princeton UP.  It  documents and explains the remarkable Greek efflorescence of ca. 800-300 BCE, the Macedonian conquest of the late fourth century, and the persistence of economic flourishing into the Hellenistic era. Other work in progress includes a general theory of democracy, a study of rational cooperation and useful knowledge in Greek political thought.