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I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and an Associate Senior Scholar at The Millennium Project: Global Futures Studies and Research, a DC-based global think-tank. From 2013 till 2018 I worked at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. I hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and several graduate degrees in History of Philosophy and Medical Ethics from the University of Paris in my native city.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Philosophy of foresight/futures studies/anticipation:

    • anticipation and evaluation of alternative futures of socio-technical systems

    • the nature of foresight, anticipation and forecasting

    • the meaning of and justification for foresight/futures studies/anticipation’s central concepts, assumptions, goals, theories, practices, and methods (scenario planning, Delphi, trend extrapolation, predictive modeling, horizon scanning, weak signals, etc.)

    • the role of formal and informal foresight practices in society

    • the moral, political, social and cultural dimensions of foresight/futures studies/anticipation

  • Applied ethics and political philosophy with a focus on:

    • public health ethics and bioethics (health policy and health technologies)

    • food ethics and governance

    • behavioral economics (nudges) and cognitive psychology-based policies and technologies (“persuasive technologies”)

    • Artificial Intelligence

Areas of Competence:

  • American pragmatism

  • History of bioethics

  • History of modern philosophy (especially Spinoza and Hume)

  • History, ethics and philosophy of Psychology

  • Philosophy of history/historiography

  • Science and technology studies

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Email: y.saghai@utwente.nl