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.
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
- Cognitive Enhancement and the Principle of Need, co-authored with Niklas Juth, in Neuroethics: Volume 8, Issue 3 (2015), Page 231-242
- “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.
- "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
- “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.
- “Virtuous Choice and Parity “, co-authored with Martin Peterson, in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Volume 15, Issue 1 (2012), Page 71-82
- Cognitive Enhancement, Virtue Ethics and the Good Life", Neuroethics: Volume 4, Issue 3 (2011), Page 223-234
- “Animals and Friendship: a reply to Rowlands”, co-authored with Martin Peterson, in Journal of Animal Ethics, vol 1: 187-189, 2011
- "Animal Ethics Based on Friendship", co-authored with Martin Peterson, Journal of Animal Ethics, vol: 1(1): 58-69, 2011
- “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.
- “On the Importance of Treating Oneself Well”, in Polish Journal of Philosophy Volume 4, Number 1 - 2010
- “Different Types – Different Rights” in Science and Engineering Ethics, 13(2): 221-233, 2007
- “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
- “Bodily Rights & Property Rights”, co-authored with Sven Ove Hansson, in Journal of Medical Ethics, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2006
- “Bioethics in Sweden”, co-authored with Sven Ove Hansson, in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Volume 15:285-293, No 2, Spring 2006
- ‘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
- ‘Virtue Ethics and Human Enhancement’, published by Springer Briefs in Ethics 2013, ISBN 978-94-007-5671-7
Invited book chapters
- “Technology, cognitive enhancement and virtue ethics”, forthcoming in Shannon Vallor (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology, 2019.
- "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.
- ‘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.
- “Virtue Ethics – a short introduction” in (ed.) Pragati Sahni, Understanding Ethics, Macmillan Publishers, India, 2013
- "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
- “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
- “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
- “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