Dr Richard Heersmink Lecturer, Philosophy, Philosophy

I’m a lecturer in philosophy at La Trobe University, teaching courses in philosophy of biology, ethics, and critical thinking. My research interests are at the intersection of philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of technology, and applied ethics. The overall aim of my work is to better understand how the informational properties of artifacts enhance and transform memory, cognition, and human identity. I take an extended and distributed cognition view on the relation between agents and cognitive artifacts, but also draw on empirical research from the cognitive sciences, psychology, and human-computer interaction. I further have an interest in the normative and cultural dimensions of cognitive artifacts. My co-authored paper in Memory Studies gives an overview of my research interests.