For students

This page collects various resources that may be useful to university students in philosophy and ethics. The targeted audience is primarily students who take individual courses in philosophy as part of their programmes in science, engineering, and medicine.

Introductory texts

Introduction to philosophy

The study of philosophy is the study of problems in abstract topics such as existence, knowledge, meaning, beauty, and value. Its methodology is based on conceptual and argumentative analysis. In this text, I explain in brief terms what contemporary philosophy is, what philosophers do, and how they do it. » Link

Introduction to ethics

Ethics is the systematized study of morality, i.e., of norms, values, and principles that govern behavior. Its main subdisciplines are normative ethics, applied ethics, and metaethics. In this text, I introduce and explain some of the most central problems, distinctions, and theories in contemporary ethics. » Link

Introduction to moral justification

Justification is key in any intellectual enterprise aiming for reliability. As scientists seek to justify claims about the empirical world, ethicists seek to justify claims about its moral dimension. In this text, I explain the basics of justification in ethics. » Link

Introduction to Principlism

Principlism is a theory of applied ethics developed to facilitate moral decision-making in biomedical contexts, such as healthcare and research involving human beings. In this text, I introduce the version of Principlism developed by Beauchamp and Childress in their book Principles of Biomedical Ethics. » Link

Introduction to autonomy theory

To be autonomous is to be self-governing. In this text, I introduce the concept of personal autonomy as it is understood in mainstream bioethics. Two theories of autonomy are explained in brief terms, namely Juth’s and Beauchamp and Childress’s. » Link

Other resources

Writing a philosophy essay

Philosophical writing is a craft requiring skill and practice. Here, I explain how I write philosophy and what I appreciate when reading philosophy. The main focus is on structuring and presenting abstract argumentation. I suggest that the text Introduction to philosophy (see above) is read first. » Link

Formatting a text document

Typesetting is the physical composition of text, i.e., mainly its aesthetic appearance. On this page, I share what I believe to be the most important elements in typesetting. Also, I share and explain a Word template that I use personally, and that I advice my students to use when they write essays for my courses. The template is available for download (Word 2016). » Link

The value of philosophy

As I understand philosophy, it is the study of problems in abstract topics. In this text, I discuss three instrumental values that I think that philosophy has. Most importantly, philosophy makes us better thinkers and stimulates intellectual progress. » Link

Första året på universitetet

Är du intresserad av samhället, människan och idéer och funderar på att börja studera på universitet? Det här blogginlägget är för dig. I det visar jag min uppfattning om hur ett bra första år på universitet kan se ut, och varför det är bra. Jag föreslår ett introduktionsår med studier i idéhistoria och filosofi. » Länk