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Diana Gasparyan

  • Diana Gasparyan has been at HSE University since 2006.

Education and Degrees

  • 2019

    PhD in Philosophy
    Staffordshire University
    Thesis Title: From Fundamental Ontology Toward Fundamental Anthropology: Subject as a Negativity (Hegel, Kojeve, Heidegger, and Sartre)»

  • 2019

    University of Sheffield

  • 2015

    Doctoral programme
    Staffordshire University

  • 2006

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Social Philosophy
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 2004

    Doctoral programme
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 2000

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1998

    International Institute of Economics and Law

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

MA, Master of Arts Psychology and Education (2018-2019). The University if Sheffield (UK), Department of Education




A priori knowledge: yes or no?

Accept: yes


Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?

Lean toward: Platonism


Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?

Lean toward: subjective


Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?

Lean toward: yes


Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?

Lean toward: internalism


External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?

Lean toward: skepticism


Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?

Accept: libertarianism


God: theism or atheism?

Lean toward: agnosticizm


Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?

Lean toward: rationalism (transcendentalism)


Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?

Agnostic/undecided (transcendentalism)


Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?

Accept: non-Humean (transcendentalism)


Logic: classical or non-classical?

Lean toward: classical


Mental content: internalism or externalism?

Lean toward: internalism (transcendentalism)


Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?

Lean toward: moral realism


Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?

Accept: non-naturalism


Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?

Accept: non-physicalism


Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?

Lean toward: cognitivism


Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?

Lean toward: internalism (transcendentalism)


Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?

Insufficiently familiar with the issue


Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?

Lean toward: virtue ethics


Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?

Lean toward: qualia theory


Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?

Lean toward: further-fact view


Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?

Lean toward: libertarianism


Proper names: Fregean or Millian?

Lean toward: Fregean


Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?

Lean toward: scientific realism


Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?

Insufficiently familiar with the issue


Time: A-theory or B-theory?

Insufficiently familiar with the issue


Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?

Insufficiently familiar with the issue


Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?

Accept: epistemic (transcendentalism)


Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?

Lean toward: metaphysically possible



Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2014, 2013, 2011

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2011)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2009)
Category "New Lecturers" (2007)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)



Articles and book chapters77


Book Философия свободы / Отв. ред.: Д. Э. Гаспарян. СПб. : Алетейя, 2011.

Working papers1

Preprint Gasparyan D. “Ignoramus et ignorabimus”? Does contemporary antiphysicalism have a positive program? / Basic Research Programme. Series HUM "Humanities". 2013. No. WP BRP 38/HUM/2013.

Editorial board membership

2008: Member of the Editorial Board, Человек.

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Why Badly Trained AI Is a Bigger Threat Than a Robot Uprising

At the present level of AI development, humanity doesn’t have to worry about a machine uprising just yet. However, the use of improperly trained AIs in important fields and attempts to use it to exercise control over people’s lives may pose a real threat in the near future. This was the topic of a seminar on ‘The Unexpected Threats of AI’ recently hosted by the HSE University Laboratory of Transcendental Philosophy.