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Niklas MöllerProfessor

About me

Niklas Möller is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy.


Research areas

Moral philosophy, political philosophy, applied philosophy.




Articles in international peer-review journals

Möller, N (forthcoming)  "Does Normative Behaviourism Offer an Alternative Methodology in Political Theory?" Political Studies Review (with Eva Erman). 

Möller, N (forthcoming)"The Problem of Political Normativity Understood as Functional Normativity." Journal of Philosophical Research (with Eva Erman). 

Möller, N (forthcoming) "What is Distinctive of Political Normativity? From Domain View to Role View." Philosophy & Social Criticism (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2022) “Distinctively Political Normativity in Political Theory.” Philosophy Compass (OnlineFirst, with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2022) “Is Ideal Theory Useless for Non-Ideal Theory?” The Journal of Politics 84 (1): 525-540 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2022) “Distinctively Political Normativity in Political Realism: Unattractive or Redundant.” Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 25: 433–447 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2020) "A World of Possibilities: The Place of Feasibility in Political Theory." Res Publica: 1-23 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2019) “How Practices Do Not Matter,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22 (1): 103-118 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2018) "Political Legitimacy for Our World: Where is Political Realism Going?” The Journal of Politics 80(2): 525-538 (Oneline First, with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2018) “The Interdependence of Risk and Moral Theory.” Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 21:207-216 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2017) “Defining Information Security.” Science and Engineering Ethics (Online first, with Björn Lundgren).

Möller, N (2017) "Practice-Dependence and Epistemic Uncertainty", Journal of Global Ethics 13:2, 187-205 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2017) "Political Legitimacy and the Unreliability of Language.” Public Reason 8 (1-2): 81-89 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2016) "What Distinguishes the Practice-Dependent Approach to Justice?” Philosophy & Social Criticism 42(1): 3–23 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2016) "Why Democracy Cannot be Grounded in Epistemic Principles", Social Theory & Practice 42 (3): 449-473 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2016) "The Concepts of Risk, Safety and Security: Applications in Everyday Language", Risk Analysis: An International Journal 36:2, 320-338 (with Max Boholm and Sven Ove Hansson).

Möller, N (2015) “What Not to Expect from the Pragmatic Turn in Political Theory”, European Journal of Political Theory 14(2), 121–140 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2015) "Political Legitimacy in the Real Normative World: the Priority of Morality and the Autonomy of the Political", British Journal of Political Science 45(1), 215-233 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2015) “We Can Believe the Error Theory”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice8, 453-459 (with Hallvard Lillehammer).

Möller, N (2015) "Practices and Principles: On the Methodological Turn in Political Theory”, Philosophy Compass 10 (8), 533-546 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2015) "Why Political Realists Should Not be Afraid of Moral Values", Journal of Philosophical Research 40: 459–464 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2014) “All that jazz: Linguistic competence and improvisation”, Philosophical Studies 167 (2), 237-250.

Möller, N (2014) “Brandom and Political Philosophy”, Journal of Political Philosophy22(4), 486–498 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2013) “Three Failed Charges Against Ideal Theory”, Social Theory & Practice39(1), 19-44 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2013) "Direct Reference and the Open Question Argument", Dialectica 67(4), 383–402.

Möller, N (2011) “Black Swans and Black Elephants of Nuclear Safety”, Ethics, Policy & Environment 14(3), 273-278 (with Per Wikman-Svahn).

Möller, N (2011) “Thick Concepts and Practice”, Polish Journal of Philosophy 5(2), 77-98.

Möller, N (2009) “Should we follow the experts’ advice? On epistemic uncertainty and asymmetries of safety”, International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 11(4), 219-236.

Möller, N (2008) “Principles of engineering safety: risk and uncertainty reduction”, Reliability Engineering and System Safety 93, 776-783 (with S.O. Hansson).

Möller, N (2006) “Safety is more than the antonym of risk”, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 23, 419-432 (with S.O. Hansson & M. Peterson).



Möller, N (2018) The Practical Turn in Political Theory, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2009) Thick Concepts in Practice: Normative Aspects of Risk and Safety, Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology. Doctoral thesis.

Möller, N (2006) Safety and decision-making, Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology. Licentiate thesis.


Edited volumes and collections

Möller, N (2018) Special issue: “Risk and Moral Theory”, Ethical Theory & Moral Practice 21:2  (co-edited with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2018) Handbook of Safety Principles, Wiley Essentials in Operations Research and Management Science, New York: Wiley (co-edited with Sven Ove Hansson, Jan-Erik Holmberg, Carl Rollenhagen).


Book Chapters and reviews

Möller, N (2021) “Values in Risk and Safety Assessment”, in The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Engineering, eds. Diane P. Michelfelder and Neelke Doorn. New York: Routledge, 449-460.

Möller, N (2020) ”How practices do not matter,“ in Facts & Norms, eds. K. Lippert-Rasmussen and T. Scavenius. London: Routledge (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2019). “Pragmatism and Epistemic Democracy”, in The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology, eds. M. Fricker et al. New York: Routledge (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2019) “Critical Dialogue: On Goodhart’s Injustice”, Perspectives on Politics (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2019) “Critical Dialogue: Reply to Goodhart”, Perspectives on Politics (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2016) “Value uncertainty”, in The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis, eds. S.O. Hansson & G. Hirsch Hadorn, Dordrecht: Springer, 105-133.

Möller, N (2016) Review of Sophie Grace Chappell (ed.): Intuition, Theory, and Anti-Theory in Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2015, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19, 559–561.

Möller, N (2013) “The Non-Reductivity of Normativity in Risks”, in Norms in Technology, eds. M.J. de Vries, S.O. Hansson & A.W.M. Meijers, 173-191.

Möller, N (2013) Review of Christian Munthe: The Price of Precaution and the Ethics of Risk, Springer, 2011, Theoria 79: 89–92.

Möller, N (2012) “The concepts of risk and safety”, in Handbook of Risk Theory, eds. Sabine Roeser, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Martin Peterson, and Per Sandin, Dordrecht: Springer, 55-85.

Möller, N (2011) “Stability and Rightful Authority: the Political Failures of the Dune Societies”, in Dune & Philosophy, ed. J. Nicholas, Chicago: Open Court Publishing, 61-73 (with Eva Erman).

Möller, N (2008) “Jakten på den försvunna meningen” [”The hunt for meaning lost”], in 8 filosofiska texter [8 philosophical texts], ed. K. Löfgren & D. Munter, Stockholm: Förlaget Anomali, 95-110.

Möller, N (2008) ”Risk, säkerhet och den öppna frågans argument” [Risk, safety and the open question argument], in Risk & Risici, ed. J. Persson & N-E. Sahlin, Nora: Bokförlaget Nya Doxa, 123-145.

Möller, N (2005) “Analysing safety: epistemic uncertainty and the limits of objective safety”, in Safety and Security Engineering, ed. C.A Brebbia, F. Garzia & M. Garascio, Southampton: WIT Press, 63-72.

Möller, N (2005) “Vad menar vi med säkerhet?” [“What do we mean by safety”], in Filosofins nya möten [“New Encounters in Philosophy”], ed. K. Edvardsson, S. O. Hansson & J. Nihlén Fahlquist, Hedemora: Gidlunds Förlag, 63-74.


Referee assignments

Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics, Ethics and Global Politics, European Journal of Political Theory, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Journal of Philosophical Research, Journal of Political Philosophy, Journal of Politics, Journal of Risk Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, Risk Analysis, Science and Engineering Ethics, Social Theory and Practice, Theoria.


Academic Background

2019 Professor in Practical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University.

2018 Associate Professor (universitetslektor), Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University.

2017 Associate Professor (universitetslektor) at the Division of Philosophy, KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology).

2015 Associate Professor (docent) at Division of Philosophy, KTH.

2012-2017 Assistant Professor (bitr. lektor) at the Division of Philosophy, KTH.

2011-2012 Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University.

2009-2011 EC Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellow at Faculty of Philosophy, Cambridge University, Cambridge.

2009 Doctoral Degree in Philosophy from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

2007 Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC, spring term.

2006 Licentiate's Degree in Philosophy from KTH, Stockholm.

2004 Bachelor of Arts in Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

1995 Master of Science in Engineering Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.