Melvin Chen

Lecturer in Philosophy and Faculty Member


Dr. Melvin Chen is a Lecturer in Philosophy and Faculty Member of the NTU University Scholars Programme (or NTU-USP) at Nanyang Technological University. His work has been accepted for publication in philosophy journals (Philosophy & Technology, Philosophical Psychology, Hypatia, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy & Literature, Philosophical Forum), interdisciplinary journals (AI & Society), literary journals (Nordlit, Antae), and poetry journals (Tipton Poetry Journal, Eunoia Review, LONTAR). His art has graced the pages of Heartbeat: A Literary Journal. Melvin is currently serving as the PI of a project entitled ‘A Tale of Two Deficits: Causality & Care in Medical AI’.

This project, generously funded by the intramural Accelerating Creativity & Excellence grant scheme (c. SGD 200,000), is an interdisciplinary research collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Chew Lock Yue (School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences). Both Lock Yue and Melvin are currently working on the design of a causal inference algorithm that they hope to implement in a medical context. Melvin’s research interests include the following: philosophy of artificial intelligence, causal epistemology, philosophy of the imagination, creative cognition research, metaethics and normative ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy and literature. Melvin’s teaching commitments at NTU include the following: metaethics and normative ethics, contemporary aesthetics, logic and reasoning, the philosophy of artificial intelligence, medical humanities, creative cognition research and the imagination, and the philosophical foundations of AI ethics.

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