John Zerilli

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


Dr John Zerilli is a philosopher with particular interests in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and the law. He is currently a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Research Associate in the Oxford Institute for Ethics in AI, and an Associate Fellow in the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Zerilli was the recipient of a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship to undertake the Cambridge LL.M. (2008), wrote the highest-ranking thesis of his year at Cambridge (2009), and won the Lucy Firth Prize (valued at $1000) for best publication in philosophy at Sydney University (2010). He was called to the Sydney bar in 2011.

Dr Zerilli has published numerous articles, canvassing law, political economy, philosophy, and cognitive science, and three books, of which the two most recent are The Adaptable Mind (Oxford University Press, 2020) and A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2021). His published work appears in such journals as Philosophy of ScienceSynthese, and Philosophical Psychology.

He tweets at @JohnZerilli.


Ph.D. (A.N.U.) (2017)
M.A. (Syd.) (2011)
LL.M. (Camb.) (2009)

Research Interests

Research themes

Dr Zerilli's research incorporates insights from cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and law in addressing a range of philosophical questions. His research spans the philosophy of cognitive science and artificial intelligence, the philosophy of mind, jurisprudence and political philosophy.