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Neil McArthur

Professor of Philosophy

I am Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. I specialise in ethics and technology, and in sexual ethics. My current research focuses on Artificial Intelligence, specifically on the use of AI for companionship and intimacy. In October 2023 Maclean’s Magazine named me one of Canada’s fourteen leading thinkers on AI.

I also make films and performance works. My film Land of Oil and Water (co-directed with Warren Cariou) documents the impact of oil extraction on Canada’s indigenous communities.

My one-person show Things Are Fine Actually is at the San Diego Fringe this May. Showtimes and tickets are here.

I am Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. I teach courses on Philosophy of Law, Philosophy and Sexuality, and the Philosophy of Human Rights.

I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. I attended McGill University and the University of Western Ontario (sic) before doing my Ph.D.at the University of Southern California. I have worked for the Government of Canada, where I served as a policy advisor to the Privy Council.

Research

Books and articles on technology ethics, sexual ethics and the history of philosophy

Digisexuality

My work on the emergence of a new sexual identity

Journalism

My work for VICE, the Guardian, and other outlets. Topics include LGBTQ rights, alternative sexualities

Creative

My film, theatre and performance art productions

Interviews

Interviews with me and media coverage of my research

Blog

Moral Lust