Status of Robots in Moral and Legal Systems

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Katarzyna Ginszt


David J. Gunkel in his latest book Robot Rights presents the opportunities and challenges of integrating robots into moral and legal systems. The research question asked by the author is “Can and should robots have rights”? Following the Humean distinction between “is” and “ought”, Gunkel creates four statements that either opt for or against incorporating robots into legal discourse. The four modalities group contrasting opinions developed by different scholars on the subject of the eponymous robot rights. The author provides readers with yet another alternative approach to the question of legal recognition of robots which is based on Levinasian philosophy.


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Ginszt, K. (2019). Status of Robots in Moral and Legal Systems. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(2), 27-32.
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Katarzyna Ginszt, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin

Katarzyna Ginszt is a PhD student in English studies at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Her academic interests are mainly focused on dystopian literature and film. As a graduate of the American Legal Studies Program at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, she also investigates the US and international legislation. She conducts interdisciplinary research on the impact of law on literature, film and culture. In particular, she concentrates on representations of human-rights violations in dystopian narratives as well as the image of new technologies in science-fiction literature and film, with reference to legal solutions and tendencies in the field of technological development.


  1. David J. Gunkel. 2018. Robot Rights. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.