Owen C. King

NEWEL Postdoctoral Researcher
in Ethics, Well-Being, and Data Science
Department of Philosophy
University of Twente
The Netherlands

e-mail: owen[at]owencking.net
e-mail: o.c.king[at]utwente.nl

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Work on well-being and what is good for a person

I received my PhD from the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 2016. My dissertation, supervised by Justin D'Arms, was called Three Kinds of Goodness for a Person. My primary research focuses on kinds of value, like well-being, that relate to individual persons and their lives. A central aim of my work is to advance a pluralistic understanding of what is good for a person.

Work on computing and data ethics

The second strand of my research is applied ethics, especially computing and data ethics. I am currently working on several papers arguing for ethical constraints on the training of machine learning systems. My focus is on systems designed to predict the mental states (intentions, desires, beliefs) of individuals.


I am committed to extending philosophical thought and methods across disciplinary boundaries and making philosophy more accessible for all. In 2013-2014, I conceived and created Ohio State University's new course on Computing Ethics, and I was honored for excellent teaching. I spent the subsequent three years teaching philosophy to the highly engaged students of Oberlin College.

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