Torbjörn Tännsjö

Kristian Claëson Professor of Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University

Torbjörn Tännsjö is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University and will retire
in 2016. He has also been Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics at Karolinska Institutet.

Tännsjö has published extensively on moral philosophy, both normative ethics and metaethics,
political philosophy and bioethics. His most recent book is Taking Life: Three Theories on the
Ethics of Killing
(Oxford University Press, 2015). In normative ethics, he has also published
Hedonistic Utilitarianism
(Edinburgh University Press, 1998), defending classical hedonistic
utilitarianism, and the textbook Understanding Ethics, 3rd rev. ed. (Edinburgh University Press,
2008/2013). In metaethics, his most important book is From Reasons to Norms: On the Basic
Question in Ethics
(Springer, 2010), defending moral realism. His most important books on
political philosophy are Conservatism for Our Time (Routledge, 1990), Populist Democracy:
A Defence
(Routledge, 1993) and Global Democracy: The Case for a World Government
(Edinburgh University Press, 2008/2014). His most important book on bioethics is Coercive
Care: Ethics of Choice in Health and Medicine
(Routledge, 1999). He has also published
extensively in Swedish. A book on death is due to be published in September 2015 entitled
Filosofisk tröst: En bok om döden (Philosophical Consolation: A Book on Death).

During his stay at SCAS, he will be working on a book provisionally entitled ‘Health Care
Priorities: Theory and Practice’.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2015-16.