Dr. E. (Elena) Ziliotti


Elena is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy and a member of the 2020-2029 Gravitation project “The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”. Within the Gravitation project, Elena is affiliated to the research line “The Future of a Free and Fair Society”, where she acts as the research line co-coordinator.

Before joining TU Delft, Elena was an International Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (China) and a recipient of the 2019 China International Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship. She completed her PhD in philosophy in 2018 under the King’s College London and National University of Singapore Joint PhD Programme. Elena completed a MA in philosophy at the University of Barcelona and received a MA (Cum laude) and BA in philosophy from the University of Parma.


Elena’s area of research is dedicated to Western democratic theory, Confucian political theory, and the impact of new technologies on fundamental political concepts. Elena has strong interests in epistemic approaches to democracy, the concept of democratic leadership, political meritocracy, and cross-cultural contemporary political issues.
Since working at TU Delft and the Gravitation project 2020-29 ‘Ethics of Socially disruptive technology’, Elena has begun investigating the challenges that new technologies pose to Western democratic theory and Confucian political theory.

At TU Delft, Elena will be involved with Engineering ethics (WM0320TU), Scientific integrity (Module C), The engineer in society (WB3073), Critical reflections in technology (UD2010), and Critical thinking (BSc).

  • Ziliotti E. (2020). An Epistemic case for Confucian Democracy,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. Advanced online publication.
  • Ziliotti E. (2020). “Political Meritocracy and the Troubles of Western Democracies,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 46:9, pp. 1127–45. 
  • Ziliotti E. (2020). “Democracy’s Value: A Conceptual Map,” Journal of Value Inquiry 54, pp. 407–27.
  • Ziliotti E. (2018). “Public Deliberation in a Globalized World? The Case of Confucian Customs and Traditions”, in Michael Reder (eds.), The Yearbook Practical Philosophy in a Global Perspective (Freiburg: Karl Albert Publishing), pp. 339−61.
  • Ziliotti E. (2017). “The Moral Basis of Political Meritocracy,” Philosophy and Public Issues 7(1), pp. 246−70.
  • Ziliotti E. (2017). “From Democratic Meritocracy to Meritocratic Democracy: Why Political Meritocracy Matters,” Philosophy and Public Issues 7(1), pp. 73−87.
  • Ziliotti E. (2017). “Review of Daniel A. Bell’s The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy,” Philosophy East and West 67(2), pp. 295−98.

2020-29 Gravitation Project, “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”, Research line: “The Future of a Free and Fair Society” (https://www.esdt.nl/)

Elena Ziliotti

Assistant Professor

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Design for values
Digital democracy
Democratic theory
Comparative political theory
Confucian political theory
Socially disruptive technologies

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