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Maciej Musiał, Ph.D.


  • 2010 – B.A. in Polish philology
  • 2010 – M.A. in Philosophy
  • 2014 – Ph.D. in Philosophy


X 2014 – present: Assistant Professor, Chair of Philosophy of Culture, Department of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (AMU), Poland.


  • Project Manager & Key Investigator: Intymność, technologia i powrót myślenia magicznego we współczesnej kulturze zachodniej [Intimacy, Technology and the Return of Magical Thinking in Contemporary Western Culture] funded by the Polish National Centre of Science (July 2016 – July 2019).
  • Project Manager and Key Investigator: Współczesne przemiany intymności w perspektywie filozofii kultury [Contemporary Transformations of Intimacy in Perspective of Philosophy of Culture] funded by Polish National Centre of Science (January 2013 – January 2015).


  • “Filozofia Richarda Rorty’ego jako terapia kulturowa” [“Richard Rorty’s Philosophy as a Cultural Therapy”], Epigram, Bydgoszcz 2014, pp. 128 [link].
  • „Intymność i jej współczesne przemiany. Studium z filozofii kultury” [Intimacy and its Contemporary Transformations from the Perspective of Philosophy of Culture], Universitas, Kraków 2015, pp. 300 [link].


  • „Contemporary Transformations of Intimacy in the Western Culture” (course provided in English for foreign students visiting the AMU – the course has been carried out six times within the period from 2012 to 2015). 

  • “Introduction to Philosophy” (in Polish for students of philosophy, psychology and Spanish philology)

  • “History of Philosophy” (in Polish for students of English philology)

  • “Philosophy of Culture” (in Polish for students of philosophy) 

Articles and Book Reviews in English

  • “Magical Thinking and Empathy Towards Robots”, in: “What Social Robots Can and Should Do. Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2016”, IOS Press, pp. 347-355. Manuscript version available here: [link]. Final version available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-708-5-347.
  • “Designing People to Serve – the Other Side of the Coin”, in: Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, Print ISSN: 0952-813X, Online ISSN: 1362-3079 (forthcoming).
  • “Review of The Outsourced Self by Arlie Russell Hochschild”, in: „Theory, Culture & Society” 30(03) 2013, Print ISSN: 0263-2764; Online ISSN: 1460-3616, pp. 140-145 [link].
  • “Review of What Money Can’t Buy by Michael Sandel”, in: “European Journal of Philosophy”, Online ISSN: 1468-0378 (forthcoming).
  • “Loving Dolls and Robots: From Freedom to Objectification, from Solipsism to Autism?” in: “The Eternity of Eros: Between Spaces and Non-Spaces”, John T. Grider and Dionne van Reenen (Eds.), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford 2017 (forthcoming).
  •  “Can Inanimate Objects be More Sexually Attractive than People? The Case of Dolls and Robots”, in: “Erotic Spaces”, Jon Braddy, K. Billy Huff, Robert Moore (Eds.), Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford 2016 (forthcoming).
  • “Modernity and Intimacy”, Studia Europaea Gnesnensia, Vol. 7 (2013), ISSN 2082-5951, pp. 157-168 [link].
  • “Richard Sennett and Eva Illouz on tyranny of intimacy. Intimacy tyrannized and intimacy as a tyrant”, Lingua ac Communitas”, 23 (2013), ISSN 1230-3143, pp. 119-133 [link].
  • “Feminism and the Cooling of Intimacy. Unintended Consequences of Women’s’ Movements”, Ethics in Progress, ISSN 2084-9257, Vol. 4/1 (2013). pp. 119-128 [link].

Translation (from English to Polish)

Rae Langton, “Seksualny solipsyzm”, Analiza i Egzystencja, Vol. 30/2015, ISSN 1734-9923 pp. 5-55; (paper translated: R. Langton, “Sexual Solipsism”, Philosophical Topics, Vol. 23/1995, pp. 149-187) [link].

Articles in Polish

  • „Intymność dziś i jutro. Od emancypacji i uprzedmiotowienia do lalek i robotów” [Intimacy Today and Tommorow. From Emancipation and Objectification to Real-Dolls and Sex Robots], Tematy z Szewskiej, Vol. 15 (2015), pp. 25-41 [link].
  • “Współczesne przemiany intymności w perspektywie historii seksualności Michela Foucaulta” [Contemporary Transformations of Intimacy in the Perspective of Michel Foucault’s „History of Sexuality”], Hybris, Vol. 24/2014, ISSN: 1689-4286, pp. 12-30 [link].
  • “Pragmatyczna dekonstrukcja filozofii? O Rortym raz jeszcze” [Pragmatic Deconstrucion of Philosophy? On Rorty, once again], Przegląd Filozoficzny. Nowa seria, Vol. 1/2013, ISSN 1230-1493, pp. 237-254 [link].
  • “Od obyczaju do kompulsji – wokół przemian intymności” [From Custom to Compulsion – on Transformations of Intimacy], Kultura i Historia, Vol. 23/2013, ISSN 1642-9826 [link].
  • „Kolonizacja intymności. Badania socjologiczne A.R. Hochschild w perspektywie teorii społecznej J. Habermasa” [Colonization of Intimacy. R. Hochschild’s studies in the perspective o Jurgen Habermas’s social theory], Lingua ac Communitas, Vol. 22 (2012), ISSN 1230-3143, pp. 217-239 [link].
  • (with Ł. Skoczylas) „Pragmatyczna pamięć” [Pragmatic Memory], Szkice humanistyczne, Vol. 27 (2012), ISSN 1642-6363, pp. 67-80.
  • “Intymność a kultura. Czysta relacja A. Giddensa w perspektywie społeczno-regulacyjnej koncepcji kultury” [Intimacy and Culture. Giddens’ Pure Relationship in the Perspective of Socio-regulative Concept of Culture], Filo-Sofija, Vol. 12 (2011), ISSN 1642-3267, pp. 347-360.
  • „Dlaczego warto rozumieć? Wokół koncepcji gramatyki kultury europejskiej” [Why is Understanding so Precious? On the Concept of Grammar of European Culture], Studia Europea Gnesnensia, ISSN 2082-5951 (forthcoming) . 


Papers presented in English

  • „Magical Thinking and Empathy Towards Robots” at the conference “Robophilosophy 2016: What Social Robots Can and Should Do” (20.10.2016, Aarhus).
  • „The contemporary importance of self-understanding and the theory of culture as the center of integrated humanities” at the conference “What is it to be human? On the humanities and practical self-understanding” (20.04.2016, Utrecht).
  • “Can inanimate objects be more sexually attractive than people? The case of dolls and robots” at the conference “The Erotic. Exploring Critical Issues” (6.11.2014, Prague).
  • “Feminism and Commercialization: Unintended Consequences of Women’s Movements” at the conference “Gender and Love” (14.09.2013, Oxford).
  • “Pornography, Solipsism and Objectification. Rea Langton on Sexual Solipsism” at the conference „Zlot Filozoficzny 2013” (28.06.2013, Poznań).

Papers presented in Polish

  • „Participation in discussion panel „Podmiot i świadomość” [Subject and counsciousness] (with A Bobko, Boltuc, W. Duch, R. Poczobut) at the conference „X Polski Zjazd Filozoficzny” (18.09.2015, Poznań).

  • „Solidarność i intymność. Ludzie i przedmioty” [Solidarity and Intimacy. Humans and Objects] at the conference „II Ogólnopolskie Sympozjum Filozoficzne. Solidarność. Partycypacja. Kultura Niezależna” (7.06.2014, Ciążeń).

  • „Humanistyka jako strażnik równowagi. Wokół koncepcji gramatyki kultury europejskiej” [Humanities as Balance Keeper. On the Concept of Grammar of European Culture] at the conference „W obronie humanistyki” (20.11.2013, Gniezno).

  • „Kulturoznawstwo jako centrum humanistyki zintegrowanej” [Culture Studies as the Center of Integrated Humanities] at the conference „Zlot Młodych Kulturoznawców”, (25.05.2013, Wrocław).

  • „Od roli społecznej do pracy emocjonalnej i outsourcingu” [From Social Roles to Emotional Labour and Intimate Outsourcing] at the conference „Role społeczne wczoraj i dziś” (7.12.2012, Warszawa).

  • „Od ars erotica do scientia sexualis. Filozofia wobec współczesnych przemian intymności” [From ars erotica to scientia sexualis. Philosophy on Contemporary Transformations of Intimacy] at the conference „Zlot Filozoficzny 2012” (30.06.2012, Gdańsk).

  • „System a intymność” [System and Intimacy] at the conference „Krytyka antysystemowa” (25.05.2012, Poznań).

  • „Komercjalizacja seksualności” [Commercialization of Intimacy] at the conference „Seksualność w zwierciadle humanistyki” (12.04.2011, Poznań).

  • „Paradoksy współczesnej intymności” [Paradoxes of Contemporary Intimacy] at the conference „Lo/V1E1 – Współczesne dyskursy o miłości” (21.05.2010, Poznań).

  • „Filozofia w Lalce Bolesława Prusa” [Philosophy in The Doll by Bolesław Prus] at the conference „Filozoficzne tropy w literaturze” (21.05.2009, Opole).

  • „Koncepcja prawdy Richarda Rorty’ego jako terapia” [Richard Rorty’s Philosophy as Therapy] at the conference „Wokół prawdy” (9.03.2008, Kraków).


  • Workshops for high school youth at the UNESCO World Philosophy Day in 2013 and 2014.

  • Since 2014 several philosophical workshops for youth at Poznań high schools (part of “Philosophical Assault” initiative organized by the Department of Philosophy)

  • 2014 – present: coordinator of “Philosophical Assault” – an action which aim is to popularize philosophy among high school youth.

  • June 2015: moderator of philosophical discussions at the Movie Discussion Club at Cinema “Muza” in Poznań.


September 2015 – present: editorial secretary in Sensus Historiae.