Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Course dates:
4 August, 2020 to 20 August, 2020
990 €
Language, Multidisciplinary
Application deadline:
Monday, 15 June, 2020
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

This course is intended for MA and MSc students, doctoral students and professionals in relevant disciplines (cognitive science, philosophy, linguistics, language technology, computer science, mathematics, phonetics, digital humanities, cognitive psychology, social psychology).

On the course on the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (AI), students are introduced to contemporary philosophical discussion on AI.

This interdisciplinary course focuses on three main issues:

  1. the state of art in current AI, and its philosophical, including ethical, interpretation,
  2. the cognitive aspects of AI and their broader implications, and
  3. the questions of intelligibility, explainability and accountability of AI from a philosophical and cognitive point of view.

The excursions provide an opportunity for the students to learn how, exactly, AI researchers do their research and how AI researchers themselves see the development of the field.

The course is led by Dr Anna-Mari Rusanen (University of Helsinki) and docent Otto Lappi (University of Helsinki), both specialists in philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science. Moreover, the course will include lectures given by leading international and national experts on philosophy of artificial intelligence, and computer, cognitive and data scientists (UH & FCAI).

After the course completion, the students have learned the basic concepts and theories of current philosophy of AI, and are able to apply philosophical methods for analysing the development of AI. Students can form their own arguments, and support them with philosophically evaluated evidence from various sources.

The course contains lectures, group exercises and discussions, excursions, group work, independent assignments and studying, and an exam. The lectures and coursework are given by researchers based at the Department of Digital Humanities; Computer and Data Sciences; and at the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI).


  • Degree and PhD students: Early Bird 900 EUR (until 28 Feb 2020) / normal fee 990 EUR
  • Professionals: Early Bird 1400 EUR (until 28 Feb 2020) / normal fee 1490 EUR
  • Students of the University of Helsinki and the students doing their exchange at the University of Helsinki before or directly after summer school 1 ECTS=15 EUR
  • Helsinki Summer School and University of Helsinki
  • Alumni receive a 50 EUR discount of the course fee, provided they do not already study at the University of Helsinki.