Ph.D. The New School for Social Research, 2018
Harriman Hall 241
Areas of Specialization: Philosophy of Technology, Critical Theory, Philosophy of Mind, and Ancient Philosophy
Joseph Lemelin’s research focuses on philosophical implications of digital technologies with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence. He draws from critical theory, philosophy of mind, and the history of philosophy to raise questions about the ways technology reconfigures orienting concepts according to which we understand ourselves. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Joseph held postdoctoral positions at New York University’s Department of Computer Science and Center for Data Science as part of the research cluster on Computational Intelligence, Learning, Vision, and Robotics (CILVR). While at New York University, he also taught courses on the history and philosophy of artificial intelligence in the graduate program of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Joseph earned his PhD from the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in 2018 with a dissertation on the metaphysics of the distinction between nature and artifice in Aristotle’s philosophy.
At Stony Brook, Joseph will be teaching a range of courses, from the history of philosophy to philosophy of technology and bioethics. He will also be offering courses in the university’s new Digital Intelligence Program, which combines critical research in the humanities with hands-on computer programming projects.