Maureen Sie research interests are in philosophy of action, moral psychology and meta-ethics, specializing in moral responsibility, free will, self-control and the adaptive unconscious.
In March 2017 Sie was appointed a full professor philosophy of moral agency at TSHD and director of the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics, & Philosophy of Science (TiLPS). Before that she was professor of philosophical anthropology on behalf of the Socrates Foundation, at the Institute of Philosophy, Leiden and Associate Professor of Meta-ethics & Moral Psychology at the department of Philosophy, Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 2009 to 2014 she has led a small research-group funded by a prestigious personal grant of the Dutch Organization of Scientific Research, exploring the implications of the developments in the behavioral, cognitive, and neuroscience for our concept of moral agency, reasons-responsiveness (free will), and personal responsibility.
Most recently Sie has published on implicit bias and moral responsibility, engaging with the empirical literature on the mechanisms and impact of implicit biases; the social dimension of moral responsibility, engaging with the philosophical discussion on free will; the importance of emotions (tokens of appraisal, sentiments) to our everyday moral practices, engaging with the empirical literature on influences on our behaviour that escape our awareness and attention; moral hypocrisy, criticising the widely shared paradigm in social psychology that we are all moral hypocrites; and love as the 'biological platform' of morality.
In her older publications she has been concerned with the neuroscientific challenges to free will (in Trends in Cognitive Science, Vol 12/1 pp 3-4 (2008)); Free Will as an Illusion (Lexington Books, pp 273-289), and how to justify blame without free will (a monograph published with Rodopi).