Carnegie Mellon University

Derek Leben

Derek Leben

Associate Teaching Professor of Business Ethics

  • TEP - Tepper Building - Room 4120
  • 412-268-5970
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Johns Hopkins University - Ph D - 2012
  • Johns Hopkins University - MA - 2009
  • University of California at Santa Cruz - BA - 2006


  • Explainable AI as Evidence of Fair Decisions
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Frontiers in Psychology (in press, 2023)
    Special Issue: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics in Business
  • Discrimination in Algorithmic Trolley Problems
    Autonomous Vehicle Ethics: The Trolley Problem and Beyond (Ryan Jenkins, David Cerny, and Tomas Hribek, eds.)
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022
  • Normative Principles for Evaluating Fairness in Machine Learning
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Proceedings of the 2020 Meeting of AI, Ethics, and Society, 2020
  • Pascal’s Artificial Intelligence Wager
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Philosophy Now Magazine, 2020
  • Ethics for Robots: How to Design a Moral Algorithm
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Routledge Press, 2018
  • A Rawlsian Algorithm for Autonomous Vehicles
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Ethics and Information Technology 19(2), 2017
  • In Defense of Ought Implies Can
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy (Vol. 3), 2017
  • In Defense of Best-Explanation Debunking Arguments
    (author(s): Jonathon Hricko, Derek Leben)
    Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2017
  • Neoclassical Concepts
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Mind and Language 30(1), 2015
  • Pushing the Intuitions behind Moral Internalism
    (author(s): Derek Leben, Kristine Wilkens)
    Philosophical Psychology 28(4), 2014
  • When Psychology Undermines Beliefs
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Philosophical Psychology 27(3), 2012
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Moral Decision-Making: Guide or Set Aside?
    (author(s): Derek Leben)
    Neuroethics 4(2), 2011

Working Papers

  • Local Justice and Machine Learning: Modeling and Inferring Dynamic Ethical Preferences around High-stakes Allocations
    (author(s): Violet Chen, Hoda Heidari, Joshua Williams, Derek Leben)