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The Public Ethics blog offers expert philosophical analysis of ethical issues in the news. It is published by the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, and started life as the Ethical War Blog. Edited by Romy Eskens.

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Helen Frowe

Helen Frowe, professor in Practical Philosophy


Ethics of War, Self defence and Ethics of Killing

What is a justified war? What people is it permissible to kill in war? When is it morally permissible to employ lethal force in self-defence?

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Professor of Practical Philosophy and Knut and Alice Wallenberg Scholar Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, SE-10691, Stockholm, Sweden


Director, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace
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Honorary Chair, Society for Applied Philosophy

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Helen Frowe The Ethics of War and Peace: An Introduction (3rd edn.) (Routledge, 2022)
Seth Lazar and Helen Frowe (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Ethics of War (OUP, 2017) 
Helen Frowe, Defensive Killing (OUP, 2014)
Helen Frowe and Gerald Lang (eds.) How We Fight: Ethics in War (OUP, 2014) 

Erik Angner

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Erik Angner, professor in practical Philosophy (foto: Anna-Karin Landin)



Happiness, wellbeing, rationality, behavioural economics, nudging

How do economic theories aid us in making better political decisions? What are norms? Are people rational? How do we best measure well-being and happiness? Erik is in charge of the prestigious Bachelor’s programme Philosophy, Economics and Politics

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Orri Stefansson

Extreme uncertainty, catastrophic risk, climate change, ethics, rationality

How can we make rational and ethical choices when faced with extreme uncertainty and catastrophic risk? How should we evaluate decisions that affect the very long-run future? Is carbon-offsetting ethically justified? How should we judge the morality of individual’s greenhouse gas emission?

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