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Vlad-Stefan Harbuz

I work on programming and philosophy that contributes to the public good. I have much to learn, and I celebrate playful creation over alienated wage labour. I think that being kind is important, and I love cats and birds.

I’ve been programming since I was a kid. I’m currently creating better open source alternatives to proprietary desktop software — I’m one of the maintainers of the Hare programming language, and am working on an unannounced desktop application. I am also building a 3D game engine and am interested in working on video game technology. I write about ways to make programming better, and sometimes teach others to appreciate programming things from scratch.

Previously, I spent 10 years running a software company that made web applications and data visualisation tools. I also co-founded a company that made retro gaming devices.

When it comes to philosophy, I write about the philosophy of work through the lens of alienation and moral social epistemology. I am currently researching these topics at the University of Edinburgh, and sometimes write about them on this website. Check out my handy reading guide on the philosophy of work.

I am interested in music and languages.


MScR Philosophy University of Edinburgh (2024)
MA Philosophy University College London (2023)
MSc Computational Biology and Bioinformatics ETH Zürich + Universität Basel (interrupted)
BSc Computer Science (First Class) University of Manchester (2016)
previously London
previously Basel
previously Berlin
previously Manchester
previously Bucharest