InstituteSearch for Persons
Prof. Dr. Matthew Sample

Prof. Dr. Matthew Sample

Prof. Dr. Matthew Sample
Prof. Dr. Matthew Sample

Matthew Sample (CV) is Professor for Responsible Research and Innovation at Leibniz University Hannover. A philosopher of science and technology, he studies the interactions between ethical and epistemic ideals, emerging technologies, and democratic governance.

Matthew received his PhD (2016) in Philosophy from the University of Washington. Before joining the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Science, Matthew was also a postdoctoral researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute/McGill University (2016-2020) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology and Society in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2020-2021).

Matthew’s previous and ongoing research has included projects on the ethics and politics of neural technology, the role of academic neuroethics in society, value-sensitive epistemologies of science, and most recently responsible innovation in bioengineering practice.

For archived research preprints, visit his personal site:


(forthcoming) “Neuroethics and the Political Imagination: Modeling Public Engagement as Governance.”

(2021) with Eric Racine. “Pragmatism for a Digital Society: The (In)Significance of Artificial Intelligence and Neural Technology.” Clinical Neurotechnology meets Artificial IntelligenceDOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-64590-8_7. (Preprint)

(2019) with Sattler et. al. “Do Publics Share Experts’ Concerns about Brain–Computer Interfaces? A Trinational Survey on the Ethics of Neural Technology.” Science, Technology, and Human Values. (Preprint

(2019) “Brain-Computer Interfaces and Personhood: Interdisciplinary Deliberations on Neural Technology.” Journal of Neural Engineering. (Preprint

(2019) with Boulicault et. al. “Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems: Building a Community around Responsible Research on Emergence.” Biofabrication, 11(4), 043001. (Preprint

(2019) with Wren Boehlen. “Rehabilitation Culture and Its Impact on Technology: Unpacking Practical Conditions for Ultrabilitation.” Disability and Rehabilitation. (Preprint

(2018) with Eric Racine. “Two problematic foundations of neuroethics and pragmatist reconstructions.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 27(4), 566-577. (Preprint

(2017) “Silent Performances: Are Repertoires Really Post-Kuhnian?” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. (Preprint

(2015) “Stanford’s Unconceived Alternatives from the Perspective of Epistemic Obligations.” Philosophy of Science. (Preprint)(Link)