Per-Erik Milam

Special guest

I'm a researcher at the University of Gothenburg. I'm currently working on a project called "The Limits of Forgiveness" which is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Prior to this, I was an assistant professor of ethics and political philosophy at the University of Twente, a postdoctoral fellow with the Gothenburg Responsibility Project, and a visiting assistant professor at Oakland University. I received my PhD in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego in 2014, where my supervisor was Dana Nelkin.

I study free will, agency, and moral responsibility. I’m particularly interested in practices like blame, apology, and forgiveness that we use to address and resolve moral conflicts.
In addition, I use my background in ethics and moral responsibility to address questions about the ethics of technology. I'm interested in how technologies like A.I. and big data can enhance and undermine agency and responsibility. But I also want to examine how other forms of influence affect our responsibility practices, from public policies (like nudges and regulations) to social conditions (like oppression and poverty).

I've been a member of the Effective Altruism community since 2010 and have written a blog post for Giving What We Can on the effectiveness of tobacco taxation as an anti-poverty intervention.

I like to run and swim (preferably in nature), but mostly I read, play board games, watch 80s movies, and listen to podcasts. I learned to breakdance in grad school, but now I just watch videos on YouTube. I've run some marathons, but don't anymore.

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