Rainer Mühlhoff, Prof. Dr. phil.

Rainer is a full professor of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Rainer is also an Associate Researcher at the Einstein Center Digital Future,an Associate Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin, and a research fellow at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1171 Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin.

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Before joining the University of Osnabrück, Rainer worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Excellence Cluster “Science of Intelligence” at the Technische Universität Berlin (2019–2021) and at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1171 Affective Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2015–2019).

Rainer received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin in 2016 (supervisors: Prof. Jan Slaby and Prof. Martin Saar). Rainer’s dissertation was funded by the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” and is available in print under the title Immersive Macht. Affekttheorie nach Spinoza und Foucault (Campus, 2018).

Earlier, Rainer studied mathematics (MA/Diplom) with the minor subjects theoretical physics and computer science. Rainer wrote their diploma thesis on “Higher Spin Fields on Curved Spacetimes” at the University of Leipzig in 2008. As part of a second degree Rainer studied philosophy, gender studies and German literature in Berlin.

Rainer has professional experience as a programmer and management consultant. As a side interest to their scientific work, Rainer has been specializing in typography and typesetting with TeX and LaTeX for more than 20 years.

Pronouns: In English, Rainer is comfortable being referred to with they, he, and she pronouns, along with their respective grammatical forms.

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