Dr. John Danaher

BCL., LLM., Ph.D

Contact Details

SENIOR LECTURER
School of Law
NUI Galway
E: JOHN.DANAHER@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

John Danaher is a lecturer in the Law School. He holds a BCL from University College Cork (2006); an LLM from Trinity College Dublin (2007); and a PhD from University College Cork (2011). He was lecturer in law at Keele University in the UK from 2011 until 2014. He joined NUI Galway in July 2014. 

John's research focuses on the ethical, legal and social implications of new technologies. He maintains a blog called Philosophical Disquisitions, and produces a podcast with the same title. He also writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Free, open-access pre-prints of his academic papers can be found on Philpapers, Researchgate and Academia

Research Interests

John's research interests are in the areas of legal philosophy, emerging technologies and the future of human society. He is the author of Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World Without Work (Harvard University Press, 2019) and the coeditor of Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press 2017). He has published over fifty papers on different topics, including the risks of advanced AI, the ethics of social robotics, meaning of life and the future of work, and the ethics of human enhancement, His work has appeared in The Atlantic, VICE: Motherboard, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Aeon, and The Philosophers’ Magazine.

He also maintains an active research interest in moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion. 

Books

  Year Publication
(2019) Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World Without Work.
Danaher, J (2019) Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World Without Work. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2017) Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications.
John Danaher; Neil McArthur (Ed.). (2017) Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Welcoming Robots into the Moral Circle: A Defence of Ethical Behaviourism'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'Welcoming Robots into the Moral Circle: A Defence of Ethical Behaviourism'. Science and Engineering Ethics, [Details]
(2019) 'Embracing Human Obsolescence: Implications for the Enhancement Project'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'Embracing Human Obsolescence: Implications for the Enhancement Project'. American Journal of Bioethics, [Details]
(2019) 'The rise of the robots and the crisis of moral patiency'
Danaher, J (2019) 'The rise of the robots and the crisis of moral patiency'. AI & Society, 34 :129-136 [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Why Internal Moral Enhancement Might Be politically Better than External Moral Enhancement'
Danaher, J (2019) 'Why Internal Moral Enhancement Might Be politically Better than External Moral Enhancement'. Neuroethics, 12 :39-54 [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'The Philosophical Case for Robot Friendship'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'The Philosophical Case for Robot Friendship'. Journal of Posthuman Studies, [Details]
(2019) 'Regulating Child Sex Robots: Restriction or Experimentation?'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'Regulating Child Sex Robots: Restriction or Experimentation?'. Medical Law Review, [Details]
(2018) 'The foundations of conscientious objection: against freedom and autonomy'
Nehushtan, Y,Danaher, J (2018) 'The foundations of conscientious objection: against freedom and autonomy'. Jurisprudence, 9 :541-565 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Why We Should Create Artificial Offspring: Meaning and the Collective Afterlife'
Danaher, J (2018) 'Why We Should Create Artificial Offspring: Meaning and the Collective Afterlife'. Science and Engineering Ethics, 24 :1097-1118 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'The Ethics of AI Assistants: Towards an Initial Framework'
Danaher, J. (2018) 'The Ethics of AI Assistants: Towards an Initial Framework'. Philosophy and Technology, [Details]
(2018) 'The Case Against Work'
Danaher, J (2018) 'The Case Against Work'. Tpm-The Philosophers Magazine, :90-94 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'The Benefits and Risks of Quantified Relationships'
Danaher, J; Nyholm, S.; Earp, B. (2018) 'The Benefits and Risks of Quantified Relationships'. American Journal of Bioethics, 18 (2):W3-W6 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'The Quantified Relationship'
Danaher, J,Nyholm, S,Earp, BD (2018) 'The Quantified Relationship'. American Journal of Bioethics, 18 :3-19 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Could There Ever be an App for that? Consent Apps and the Problem of Sexual Assault'
Danaher, J (2018) 'Could There Ever be an App for that? Consent Apps and the Problem of Sexual Assault'. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 12 :143-165 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Transfer of Personality to a Synthetic Human ('Mind Uploading') and the Social Construction of Identity'
Bamford, S;Danaher, J (2017) 'Transfer of Personality to a Synthetic Human ('Mind Uploading') and the Social Construction of Identity'. Journal Of Consciousness Studies, 24 :6-30 [Details]
(2017) 'Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence'
Danaher, J,Hogan, MJ,Noone, C,Kennedy, R,Behan, A,De Paor, A,Felzmann, H,Haklay, M,Khoo, SM,Morison, J,Murphy, MH,O'Brolchain, N,Schafer, B,Shankar, K (2017) 'Algorithmic governance: Developing a research agenda through the power of collective intelligence'. Big Data and Society, 4 (2) [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'In Defence of the Epistemological Objection to Divine Command Theory'
Danaher, J. (2017) 'In Defence of the Epistemological Objection to Divine Command Theory'. Sophia, [Details]
(2017) 'Robotic Rape and Robotic Child Sexual Abuse: Should They be Criminalised?'
Danaher, J (2017) 'Robotic Rape and Robotic Child Sexual Abuse: Should They be Criminalised?'. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 11 :71-95 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Will Life Be Worth Living in a World Without Work? Technological Unemployment and the Meaning of Life'
Danaher, J (2017) 'Will Life Be Worth Living in a World Without Work? Technological Unemployment and the Meaning of Life'. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23 :41-64 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Robots, law and the retribution gap'
Danaher, J (2016) 'Robots, law and the retribution gap'. Ethics And Information Technology, 18 :299-309 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Common Knowledge, Pragmatic Enrichment and Thin Originalism'
Danaher, J (2016) 'Common Knowledge, Pragmatic Enrichment and Thin Originalism'. Jurisprudence, 7 :267-296 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'SHOULD WE USE COMMITMENT CONTRACTS TO REGULATE STUDENT USE OF COGNITIVE ENHANCING DRUGS?'
Danaher, J (2016) 'SHOULD WE USE COMMITMENT CONTRACTS TO REGULATE STUDENT USE OF COGNITIVE ENHANCING DRUGS?'. Bioethics, 30 :568-578 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'An evaluative conservative case for biomedical enhancement'
Danaher, J (2016) 'An evaluative conservative case for biomedical enhancement'. Journal of medical ethics, 42 :611-618 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'The Threat of Algocracy: Reality, Resistance and Accommodation'
John Danaher (2016) 'The Threat of Algocracy: Reality, Resistance and Accommodation'. Philosophy and Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Human Enhancement, Social Solidarity and the Distribution of Responsibility'
Danaher, J (2016) 'Human Enhancement, Social Solidarity and the Distribution of Responsibility'. Ethical Theory And Moral Practice, 19 :359-378 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'The Normativity of Linguistic Originalism: A Speech Act Analysis'
Danaher, J (2015) 'The Normativity of Linguistic Originalism: A Speech Act Analysis'. Law and Philosophy, 34 :397-431 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Why AI Doomsayers are Like Sceptical Theists and Why it Matters'
Danaher, J (2015) 'Why AI Doomsayers are Like Sceptical Theists and Why it Matters'. Minds And Machines, 25 :231-246 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'The comparative advantages of brain-based lie detection: the P300 concealed information test and pre-trial bargaining'
Danaher, J (2015) 'The comparative advantages of brain-based lie detection: the P300 concealed information test and pre-trial bargaining'. International Journal Of Evidence & Proof, 19 :52-66 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Skeptical Theism and Divine Permission: A Reply to Anderson'
John Danaher (2014) 'Skeptical Theism and Divine Permission: A Reply to Anderson'. International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 75 (2):101-118 [Details]
(2014) 'Hyperagency and the Good Life - Does Extreme Enhancement Threaten Meaning?'
John Danaher (2014) 'Hyperagency and the Good Life - Does Extreme Enhancement Threaten Meaning?'. Neuroethics, 7 (2):227-242 [Details]
(2014) 'Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee'
John Danaher (2014) 'Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee'. Journal of Evolution and Technology, 22 (1):113-130 [Details]
(2014) 'Necessary Moral Truths and Theistic Metaethics'
John Danaher (2014) 'Necessary Moral Truths and Theistic Metaethics'. Sophia, 53 (3):309-330 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'The Vice of In-Principlism and the Harmfulness of Love'
John Danaher (2013) 'The Vice of In-Principlism and the Harmfulness of Love'. American Journal of Bioethics, 13 (11):19-21 [Details]
(2013) 'Kramer's Purgative Rationale for Capital Punishment: A Critique'
John Danaher (2013) 'Kramer's Purgative Rationale for Capital Punishment: A Critique'. Criminal Law and Philosophy, [Details]
(2013) 'On the Need for Epistemic Enhancement: Democratic Legitimacy and the Enhancement Project'
John Danaher (2013) 'On the Need for Epistemic Enhancement: Democratic Legitimacy and the Enhancement Project'. Law, Innovation and Technology, 5 (1):85-112 [Details]
(2012) 'Stumbling on the Threshold: A Reply to Gwiazda on Threshold Obligations'
John Danaher (2012) 'Stumbling on the Threshold: A Reply to Gwiazda on Threshold Obligations'. Religious Studies, 48 (4):469-478 [Details]
(2011) 'The Future of Brain-Based Lie Detection and the Admissibility of Scientific Evidence'
John Danaher (2011) 'The Future of Brain-Based Lie Detection and the Admissibility of Scientific Evidence'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 21 (4):67-76 [Details]
(2011) 'Blind Expertise and the Problem of Scientific Evidence'
John Danaher (2011) 'Blind Expertise and the Problem of Scientific Evidence'. International Journal Of Evidence And Proof, 15 (3):207-231 [Details]
(2010) 'Scientific Evidence and the Criminal Law: Lessons from Brain-Based Lie Detection'
John Danaher (2010) 'Scientific Evidence and the Criminal Law: Lessons from Brain-Based Lie Detection'. Judicial Studies Institute Journal, 10 (1):94-130 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2019) 'The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing in Everyday Life'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing in Everyday Life' In: Algorithmic Regulation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'In Defence of the Post-Work Future: Withdrawal and the Ludic Life'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'In Defence of the Post-Work Future: Withdrawal and the Ludic Life' In: The Future of Work, Technology and Basic Income. London: Routledge. [Details]
(2019) 'Sexuality'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'Sexuality' In: Oxford Handbook of Ethics of AI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'Freedom in an Age of Algocracy'
Danaher, J. (2019) 'Freedom in an Age of Algocracy' In: Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2019) 'Building better sex robots: Lessons from Feminist Pornography'
John Danaher (2019) 'Building better sex robots: Lessons from Feminist Pornography' In: AI Love You - Studies on Human-Robot Intimate Relationships. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
(2018) 'The Law and Ethics of Virtual Sexual Assault'
Danaher, J. (2018) 'The Law and Ethics of Virtual Sexual Assault' In: The Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. [Details]
(2018) 'Brain-based lie detection and the mereological fallacy: reasons for optimism'
Danaher, J. (2018) 'Brain-based lie detection and the mereological fallacy: reasons for optimism' In: Neurolaw. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2018) 'Moral Enhancement and Freedom: A Critique of the Little Alex Problem'
John Danaher (2018) 'Moral Enhancement and Freedom: A Critique of the Little Alex Problem' In: Moral Enhancement: Critical Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(2017) 'Should we be thinking about sex robots?'
John Danaher (2017) 'Should we be thinking about sex robots?' In: Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Details]
(2017) 'The Symbolic Consequences Argument in the Sex Robot Debate'
John Danaher (2017) 'The Symbolic Consequences Argument in the Sex Robot Debate' In: Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Details]
(2017) 'Should we campaign against sex robots?'
John Danaher; Brian D. Earp; Anders Sandberg (2017) 'Should we campaign against sex robots?' In: Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Details]
(2017) 'Building a Postwork Utopia: Technological Unemployment, Life Extension and the Future of Human Flourishing'
John Danaher (2017) 'Building a Postwork Utopia: Technological Unemployment, Life Extension and the Future of Human Flourishing' In: Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work. London: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]
(2015) 'Responsible Innovation in Social Epistemic Systems: The P300 Memory Detection Test and the Legal Trial'
John Danaher (2015) 'Responsible Innovation in Social Epistemic Systems: The P300 Memory Detection Test and the Legal Trial' In: Responsible Innovation Volume II: Concepts, Approaches, Applications. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]
(2013) 'Enhanced Control and Criminal Responsibility'
John Danaher (2013) 'Enhanced Control and Criminal Responsibility' In: Cognitive Enhancement: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Dordrecht: Springer. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2018) Research Seminar Series,
Danaher, J (2018) Virtual Sexual Assault: Three Questions. [Invited Oral Presentation], Research Seminar Series, Keele University, UK , 31-JAN-18. [Details]
(2017) AI Love You Conference,
Danaher, J. (2017) Objecting to Robot Sex: Understanding the Debate. [Keynote Address], AI Love You Conference, Universitat Potsdam, Germany , 08-DEC-17. [Details]
(2017) Transhumanism, Scientization and Algorithms,
Danaher, J (2017) 'Understanding the Paradox of Transhumanism. [Keynote Address], Transhumanism, Scientization and Algorithms, Universitat Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany , 13-JUL-17 - 13-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017) Symposium on Neurointerventions in Crime,
Danaher, J (2017) Intervening in the Wrong Thing: External Scaffolds versus Internal Enhancements. [Invited Oral Presentation], Symposium on Neurointerventions in Crime, School of Law, Swansea University, Wales , 03-APR-17 - 04-APR-17. [Details]
(2017) Law School Research Seminar Series,
Danaher, J (2017) Virtual Rape and Virtual Sexual Assault. [Invited Oral Presentation], Law School Research Seminar Series, Aberdeen University, Scotland , 17-MAR-17 - 17-MAR-17. [Details]
(2017) Lunchtime Ideas Talk,
Danaher, J (2017) Robots: Friends, Slaves or Overlords?. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Lunchtime Ideas Talk, Web Summit, Dartry, Dublin , 15-MAR-17 - 15-MAR-17. [Details]
(2017) Invited Lecture,
Danaher, J (2017) Everything you wanted to know about robot sex...*But were afraid to ask. [Invited Lecture], Invited Lecture, Dublin Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin , 08-FEB-17 - 08-FEB-17. [Details]
(2017) British Academy Great Debates,
Danaher, J (2017) Are we ready for robot relationships?. [Invited Oral Presentation], British Academy Great Debates, De Montfort University, Leicester , 21-FEB-17 - 21-FEB-17. [Details]
(2017) TEDxWHU,
Danaher, J (2017) Symbols and their Consequences in the Sex Robot Debate. [Invited Oral Presentation], TEDxWHU, Vallendar, Germany , 04-FEB-17 - 04-FEB-17. [Details]
(2016) W-Jax Conference,
Danaher, J (2016) Technological Unemployment and the Search for Meaning. [Keynote Address], W-Jax Conference, Munich, Germany , 08-NOV-16 - 08-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) IP/IT/Media Law Discussion Group,
Danaher, J (2016) The Logical Space of Algocracy. [Invited Oral Presentation], IP/IT/Media Law Discussion Group, School of Law, University of Edinburgh , 25-NOV-16 - 25-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) Social Informatics Forum,
Danaher, J (2016) The Threat of Algocracy. [Invited Oral Presentation], Social Informatics Forum, Informatics Department, University of Edinburgh , 25-NOV-16 - 25-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) Philosophy Department Seminar,
Danaher, J (2016) The Quantified Relationship: An Ethical Analysis. [Invited Oral Presentation], Philosophy Department Seminar, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada , 04-NOV-16 - 04-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) Public Lecture, McNally Robinson Bookstore,
Danaher, J (2016) Should we be grateful for death? The Philosophy of Life Extension. [Invited Lecture], Public Lecture, McNally Robinson Bookstore, Winnipeg, Manitoba , 03-NOV-16 - 03-NOV-16. [Details]
(2015) Programmable City Seminar Series,
Danaher, J (2015) The Threat of Algocracy: Reality, Resistance and Accommodation. [Invited Oral Presentation], Programmable City Seminar Series, Maynooth University , 03-NOV-15 - 03-NOV-15. [Details]
(2015) Edinburgh International Science Festival,
Danaher, J (2015) Neuroethics on Trial. [Invited Oral Presentation], Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland , 10-APR-15 - 10-APR-15. [Details]
(2014) Minds, Brains, and Law Conference,
Danaher, J (2014) The Comparative Advantages of Brain-Based Lie Detection. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Minds, Brains, and Law Conference, Swansea University , 10-DEC-14 - 12-DEC-14. [Details]
(2014) Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), Insider Threat Conference,
Danaher, J (2014) Is Brain-Based Lie Detection Useful for Security Professionals. [Invited Lecture], Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), Insider Threat Conference, Vienna, Austria , 30-SEP-14 - 30-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013) Kent Critical Legal Society Conference,
Danaher, J (2013) Regulating Student Enhancement: The Justifiability of Restrictive Practices. [Invited Oral Presentation], Kent Critical Legal Society Conference, University of Kent, UK , 01-MAR-13. [Details]
(2014) Invited Seminar,
Danaher, J (2014) Designing Social Epistemic Systems: The Legal Trial and the Threat of Algocracy. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Seminar, School of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology , 24-MAR-14. [Details]
(2013) Enhancing Responsibility Project Seminar,
Danaher, J (2013) Hyperagency and Enhancement: Mastery, Solidarity, and the Distribution of Responsibility. [Invited Oral Presentation], Enhancing Responsibility Project Seminar, TU Delft, Netherlands , 25-JUN-13. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2017) Autonomous Weapons Systems: Law, Ethics, Policy.
Danaher, J (2017) Autonomous Weapons Systems: Law, Ethics, Policy. Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
(2019) Embracing Human Obsolescence: Implications for the Enhancement Project.
Danaher, J (2019) Embracing Human Obsolescence: Implications for the Enhancement Project. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Teaching Interests

Contract Law

Legal Methods and Research  II

Banking Law 

Regulation, Law and Policy