Prof.dr. M.M.S.K. (Maureen) Sie

  • Extraordinary Professor of Philosophical Anthropology and the Founding Principles of Humanism (Socrates Foundation)
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Moral Responsibility/Free Will
  • Moral Psychology
  • Unreflective Agency (Adaptive Unconscious)
  • Metaethics

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Maureen Sie is associate professor of Metaethics and Moral Psychology at the department of Philosophy, Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since January 2012 she is also appointed at the Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University, to the special chair in Philosophical Anthropology and the Founding Principles of Humanism, on behalf of the Socrates Foundation.


Since 2009 Maureen Sie is leading a small research-group funded by the Dutch Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) with a prestigious personal grant, that explores the implications of the developments in the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscience for our concept of moral agency, reasons, free will, and personal responsibility (2009-2013).

In 2011 she published a Dutch volume on free will: Hoezo vrije wil? Perspectieven op een heikele kwestie(Lemniscaat 2011) (What do you mean: Free Will? Perspectives on a Contested Issue), a collection of newly written chapters by various specialists from different disciplines (with a background in philosophy) on the subject of free will as it is discussed in their (inter)disciplinary field. The book also contains an introduction to the philosophical discussion on the topic, analytic and continental. With this volume she hopes to introduce some philosophical sophistication to the public debate in the Netherlands, a debate that is dominated by brainscientists and social psychologists.


Recent publications include:

A complete list of publications is available on Maureen Sie's personal homepage.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015