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Barbro Fröding

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PhD Philosophy

Senior researcher at The Division of Philosophy, KTH.

I have been working as a Senior Researcher at the Division of Philosophy at KTH since 2010. My research interests include: bioethics, virtue ethics, cognitive and functional enhancement, neuroethics, ownership of biological material and medical ethics. In addition, I am committed to communication and public engagement on these issues and I think it important to have an ongoing dialogue which includes both lay-people and experts.

Current Academic Titles and Affiliations

2013  Docent (Associate Professor). Division of Philosophy, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden                

2010 - Senior Researcher. Division of Philosophy, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

2010 - Former Fellow. Lincoln College, Oxford, UK

2010 - Senior Research Associate. Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford, UK

2010 - Research Associate. BEP, Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences, Oxford, UK

2008-2010 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford, UK

2008-2010 Hardie Postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow. Lincoln College, Oxford, UK

2008- Further Researcher in Cognitive Enhancement. Wellcome Centre for Neuroethics, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford, UK

2008-2010 Research Fellow. Division of Philosophy, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

2009- Executive Committee Member and Senior Research Fellow Stockholm Centre for Healthcare Ethics (a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University), Sweden

2009-2012 Deputy Co-ordinator of ETHENTECH (EU funded in FP7) Main project objective; to substantially forward both the ethical evaluation and public discussion of neurological implants and the potential for human functional enhancement.

Higher Education

2003-2008    PhD in Philosophy, Division of Philosophy, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Supervisors: Professor Sven Ove Hansson and Professor Martin Peterson

2006 (01-07) Visiting Student (modern and Aristotelian virtue ethics) St. Anne’s College, Oxford, UK

Supervisor: Professor Roger Crisp                                      

1999-2000      MSc Politics of Empire and Post-Imperialism, London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK

1996-1999      BA War Studies and Philosophy King’s College London, London, UK

1994-1996      Political Science and English Literature  Stockholm University, Sweden

1993-1994      French and Geography Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

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Peer-reviewed articles

  1. Cognitive Enhancement and the Principle of Need, co-authored with Niklas Juth,  in Neuroethics: Volume 8, Issue 3 (2015), Page 231-242
  2. “Why Computer Games Can Be Essential For Human Flourishing”, co-authored with Martin Peterson, in Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, (2013), 11(2), 81-91.
  3. "Why Virtual Friendship Is No Genuine Friendship“, co-authored with Martin Peterson, in Ethics of Information Technology, (2012) 14:201-207 DOI 10.1007/s10676-011-9284-4DOI
  4.  “Hope as a virtue in an Aristotelian context” (an invited comment on Michael Barilan’s article “From Hope in Palliative Care to Hope as a Virtue and a Life Skill”), in The Journal of Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP), vol. 9, no 3, Sept. 2012.
  5. “Virtuous Choice and Parity “, co-authored with Martin Peterson,  in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Volume 15, Issue 1 (2012), Page 71-82
  6. Cognitive Enhancement, Virtue Ethics and the Good Life", Neuroethics: Volume 4, Issue 3 (2011), Page 223-234
  7. “Animals and Friendship: a reply to Rowlands”, co-authored with Martin Peterson, in Journal of Animal Ethics, vol 1: 187-189, 2011
  8. "Animal Ethics Based on Friendship", co-authored with Martin Peterson, Journal of Animal Ethics, vol: 1(1): 58-69, 2011
  9. “Virtue Ethics and Partiality to Oneself: Organ donation within families” in Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, July-September 2010, Vol. XXVII, No. 3, 1-20.
  10. “On the Importance of Treating Oneself Well”, in Polish Journal of Philosophy Volume 4, Number 1 - 2010
  11.  “Different Types – Different Rights” in Science and Engineering Ethics, 13(2): 221-233, 2007
  12. “Why We are Not Allowed to Sell That Which We are Encouraged to Donate” in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Volume 15, No 1, Winter 2006
  13. “Bodily Rights & Property Rights”, co-authored with  Sven Ove Hansson, in Journal of Medical Ethics, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2006
  14. “Bioethics in Sweden”, co-authored with Sven Ove Hansson, in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Volume 15:285-293, No 2, Spring 2006

Books

  1.  ‘Neuroenhancement: how mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue’, co-authored with Walter Osika, published by Springer Briefs in Ethics 2015,  ISBN 978-3-319-23517-2
  2. ‘Virtue Ethics and Human Enhancement’, published by Springer Briefs in Ethics 2013, ISBN 978-94-007-5671-7

Invited book chapters

  1. “Technology, cognitive enhancement and virtue ethics”, forthcoming in Shannon Vallor (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology, 2019.
  2. "Cognitive Enhancement, Virtue Ethics and the Good Life", in Arthur L. Caplan and Brendan Parent (eds.), The Ethical Challenges of Emerging Medical Technologies, Ashgate, 2016.
  3.  ‘How to be a Virtuous Recipient of a Transplant Organ’, co-authored with Martin Peterson, in Jox, R., Assadi, G., & Marckmann, G. (Eds.). (2015). Organ Transplantation in Times of Donor Shortage: Challenges and Solutions (Vol. 59). Springer.
  4.  “Virtue Ethics – a short introduction” in (ed.) Pragati Sahni, Understanding Ethics, Macmillan Publishers, India, 2013
  5.  "Why We Are Not Allowed to Sell That Which We Are Encouraged to Donate," in Jessica Pierce and George Randels (eds.) Contemporary Bioethics: A Reader with Cases, OUP, 2009
  6.  “Property Rights in the Body – A Philosophical Approach” in M. Steinmann, P. Sykora, U. Wiesing (eds.) Altruism reconsidered: exploring new approaches to property in human tissue, Ashgate, 2009
  7.  “Vem kan äga en cell” (Who can Own a Cell?) in the anthology Filosofins Nya Möten (The Novel Terrains of Philosophy), published by Gidlunds Förlag, 2005

Other publications

  • “Virtue Ethics, Bioethics and the Ownership of Biological Material”, Björkman B. (2008). Theses in Philosophy from the Royal Institute of Technology 28. viii + 203 pp. Stockholm. ISBN: 978-91-7178-993-8
  • “Ethical Aspects of Owning Biological Material”, Björkman B. (2005). Licentiate Thesis in philosophy at the Royal Institute of Technology

Courses

Ethics and Sustainability (AK204V), course responsible | Course web

Ethics of Biotechnology (AK2008), course responsible | Course web

Introduction to Biotechnology (BB1010), teacher | Course web

Introduction to Biotechnology (CB1040), teacher | Course web

Introduction to Research Ethics for PhD students (FAK3148), teacher | Course web

Technology and Ethics (AK2011), course responsible | Course web

Technology and Ethics (FAK3133), course responsible, teacher | Course web


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