PETAL: People

The Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center Lab on Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence is co-directed by Daniel Lim and James Miller.


Daniel Lim

Daniel Lim received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science and received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in computer science. Before coming to Duke Kunshan University he was an associate professor of philosophy at Renmin University of China. He continues to co-direct the Center for Analytic Philosophy at Renmin and is overseeing a grant that runs through 2020 from the Templeton Religion Trust titled: “Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Implications of AI.” His main interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion but he is also interested in experimental philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of science, and ethics.

James Miller

James Miller is Professor of Humanities and co-director of the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. His research focuses on the development of a planetary approach to the humanities and has worked on a number of global projects funded by NASA, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Research Council of Norway, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has published six books including, most recently, China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future (Columbia 2017).