Dr. William Ratoff

Dr. William Ratoff

Assistant Professor, Philosophy


My research interests lie moral philosophy - especially the ethics of A.I. - and the philosophy of mind and of cognitive science. I joined Trinity in January 2022. Before that I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Dartmouth College. I received a PhD in Philosophy from Yale University in 2019, an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London in 2011, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in 2010. I am currently working on various papers concerning the ethics of A.I., normative ethics, practical reason, and moral psychology.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • William Ratoff, How Humeans Can Make Normative Beliefs Motivating, Philosophical Studies, 178, 2021Journal Article, 2021
  • William Ratoff, Can the Predictive Processing Model of the Mind Ameliorate the AI Value-Alignment Problem?, Ethics and Information Technology, 2021Journal Article, 2021, URL
  • William Ratoff, Self-Driving Cars and the Right to Drive, Philosophy and Technology, 2022Journal Article, 2022
  • William Ratoff, Radical Cognitivism about Practical Reason, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2023Journal Article, 2023
  • Motivation and Moral Agency in, editor(s)Bertram Malle, Phillip Robbins , The Cambridge Companion to Moral Psychology, 2023, [William Ratoff]Book Chapter, 2023
  • William Ratoff, How Should Predictive Processors Conceive of Practical Reason?, Synthese, 2023Journal Article, 2023
  • William Ratoff, The Right to Mental Autonomy: Its Nature and Scope, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2023Journal Article, 2023