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Matthew Sample

Matthew Sample

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Matthew Sample is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Washington and a visiting fellow at the Harvard STS program. His current dissertation research focuses on recent experiments in socio-ethical engagement with scientists and engineers, exploring the tension between social constraints and individual moral responsibility within technoscientific contexts. This project aims formulate a notion of technoscientific accountability that can accommodate social, ethical, and epistemic perspectives.

Matthew completed undergraduate degrees in biology and philosophy at the University of Arkansas. In 2011, he received a MPhil in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at the University of Cambridge, writing on the synthetic a priori and the philosophical problem of change within seemingly fixed conceptual frameworks.

Since 2012, he has been affiliated with the National Science Foundation Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) as a graduate ethics researcher, helping to design ethics infrastructure within an engineering research cluster and document philosophical and ethical issues of interest. As part of this work, he spent the summer of 2014 visiting the exzellenz cluster Brainlinks-Braintools at the University of Freiburg. While in Boston, he will be continuing this work in collaboration with CSNE partners in the local neural engineering community.

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