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Dorna Behdadi

Doctoral Student

Philosophy and Philology
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Dorna Behdadi

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B.A. in Practical Philosophy, University of Gothenburg (2012)

M.A. in Practical Philosophy, University of Lund including courses in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, comparative cognition, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience (2014)

B.A. in Biology (Zoology), University of Gothenburg including courses in veterinary medicine at the Veterinary program, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (2014). Thesis (rodent cognition):


My dissertation project focuses on the question of moral agency in other entities than human beings. What non-human beings can be morally responsible for their actions? Can other animals be moral agents? What about artificial entities like robots or intelligent programs? If any non-human entities are in fact moral agents, is their moral agency the same as ours? Or do they earn it by meeting a modified or wholly different set of criteria? What ethical, legal and social consequences follows?

In addition to the above, I take interest in animal ethics, philosophy of mind and related normative ethical questions, moral psychology, philosophical questions regarding comparative cognition (like choice of method and interpretation of data), theories and ideas about human exceptionalism, as well as questions about quality of life.

Latest publications

Behdadi, D. (2020). A Practice‐Focused Case for Animal Moral Agency. Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Behdadi, D., & Munthe, C. (2020). A Normative Approach to Artificial Moral Agency. Minds and Machines.


One of the co-founders of Gothenburg University's Network for Critical Animal Studies in the Anthropocene: GU-CAS

Environmental Humanities Network, University of Gothenburg

TEDx talk on AI and moral status:

Conscious AI: A Moral Dilemma | Dorna Behdadi | TEDxGöteborg