Director and Professor, Practical Philosophy
I am the Director of the Institute for Futures Studies. I am also Professor of Practical Philosophy. I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Toronto and my FD in practical philosophy from Uppsala University.
My research interests are primarily in moral and political philosophy, and I am especially interested in issues in the intersection between moral and political philosophy and the medical and social sciences (e.g., economics, law, and political science).
I am best known for my research on our moral and political obligations to future generations and on issues in democratic theory.
At the Institute I head the research program “Which future? Challenges and choices for the 21st century”. I coordinate the research projects "Climate ethics and future generations" and "The boundary problem in democratic theory".
I recently directed the Franco-Swedish Program in Philosophy and Economics at Collège d’études mondiales in Paris and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala.
I have been visiting researcher at several universities and institutes, for instance University of Oxford, CNRS, l’Institut d’études avancées-Paris and Collège d’études mondiales. I am honorary professor at Aarhus University and I am a member of Academia Europaea.
Three recently published works:
- “The Democratic Boundary Problem Reconsidered”, Ethics, Politics & Society. A Journal in Moral and Political Philosophy, N. 1, 2018, pp.89-122.
- “Population Ethics and Different-Number-Based Imprecision”, Theoria, Volume 82, Issue 2,p. 166–181, May 2016. (One of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers. As of year-end 2017 the article had received 245 downloads.)
- “Egalitarian Concerns and Population Change” in Ole Frithjof Norheim (ed.) Measurement and Ethical Evaluation of Health Inequalities, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Three frequently cited works:
- Future Generations: A Challenge for Moral Theory, FD-Diss., Uppsala: University Printers, 2000. (ix+225 pages)
- “The Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory”, in Folke Tersman (ed.) Democracy Unbound: Basic Explorations I, Stockholm: Filosofiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, pp. 14-29, 2005.
- “An Impossibility Theorem for Welfarist Axiologies”, Economics & Philosophy, October, pp. 247-266, 2000.
- The Democratic Boundary Problem Reconsidered
- Précis Population Ethics
- The Repugnant Conclusion
- The Value of Existence
- Value Superiority
- Egalitarian Concerns and Population Change
- Population Ethics and Different-Number-Based Imprecision
- The Affirmative Answer to the Existential Question and the Person Affecting Restriction