Bioethics and Political Philosophy: Nordic Perspectives

Now open: Call for abstracts, Workshop on Well-Being, Beneficence, and Harm


Bioethics and Political Philosophy: Nordic Perspectives is a workshop series that brings together philosophers, bioethicists, and other researchers from Nordic (and Baltic) countries whose work is at the intersection of bioethics and political philosophy.

In recent years, it has been increasingly recognized that many of the issues of bioethics have broader social and political implications, and much can be gained by approaching bioethical questions with the tools, concepts, and theories of political philosophy. At the same time, political philosophy can benefit from attention to the problems and debates within bioethics and public health ethics.

Issues of common interest include, for instance, the ethics of the use of medical, public health, and genetic data; normative questions about individual and population-level health interventions; the demands of justice in the allocation of scarce health resources; democratic participation and representation in health policy decisions.

The aim of the workshop series is to promote the traffic of ideas between these two areas. The first meeting took place at Stockholm University in May 2019. Its broad theme was “autonomy.” It will be followed by two further workshops, one in Aarhus in the fall of 2019 (themed “justice”) and another in Iceland in the spring of 2020 (themed “well-being, beneficence, harm”).

The workshop series is supported by a grant from the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS).


Greg Bognar, Stockholm University
Vilhjálmur Árnason, University of Iceland
Andreas Albertsen, Aarhus University