Academic interests

My main interests are in political philosophy and applied ethics. I am currently working on a postdoctoral research project on individualism, which is the view that the single person should be the basic unit of moral and political analysis. I am also editing a Theoria special issue on personal autonomy: call for papers.

Peer-reviewed articles

Ahlin Marceta, J. (in press). Authenticity and Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Reply to Ahlzén. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy.

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2021). Constructing the Abstract Individual. Erkenntnis. DOI:

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2021). An Individualist Theory of Meaning. The Journal of Value Inquiry. DOI:

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2020). Resolved and Unresolved Bioethical Authenticity ProblemsMonash Bioethics Review 38(1), 1–14.

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2020). The Evidence-Based Policy Movement and Political IdealismEvidence & Policy. DOI:

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2019). Respect the Author: a Research Ethical Principle for ReadersJournal of Academic Ethics. DOI:

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2019). A Non-Ideal Authenticity-Based Conceptualization of Personal AutonomyMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy 22(3), 387–395.

Ahlin, J. (2018). What Justifies Judgments of Inauthenticity? HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum 30(4), 361–377.

Ahlin, J. (2018). The Impossibility of Reliably Determining the Authenticity of Desires: Implications for Informed ConsentMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy 21(1), 43–50.


Ahlin Marceta, J. (2019). Authenticity in Bioethics: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice (doctoral thesis). KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Ahlin, J. (2017). Personal Autonomy and Informed Consent: Conceptual and Normative Analyses (licentiate thesis). KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Book reviews

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2020). David C. Rose, Why Culture Matters MostThe Journal of Value Inquiry 54(1), 151–153.

Ahlin Marceta, J. (2019). En spekulativ, och därför tyvärr inte övertygande, förklaring till vad som leder till framgångsrika samhällenEkonomisk Debatt 47(6), 63–65.

Ahlin, J. (2018). Två filter – en bok om kognitiva missbeteenden och om världens viktigaste frågaEkonomisk Debatt 46(4), 87–90.

Ahlin, J. (2017). Siedentop, Larry, 2014. Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism. London: Penguin BooksStatsvetenskaplig tidskrift 119(2), 335–337.

Ahlin, J. (2015). Joseph H. Carens The Ethics of ImmigrationTheoria 81(4), 380–384.

Organized workshops

Climate Ethics (co-organized with Anna Wedin), 2017.

Libertarianism in Political Philosophy (co-organized with William Bülow), 2016.


Affirmative Self-Reflection as Authenticity: Problems and Possibilities. Bioethics and Political Philosophy: Nordic Perspectives – Workshop on Autonomy. Stockholm, Sweden, 2019.

Meeting the Moral Denialist: Teaching Ethics to Someone Who Does Not Want to be Taught Ethics. Eighth Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Paris, France, 2018.

Autenticitet i praktiken. Autonomi i teori och praktik: Ett seminarium med filosofer och psykiatrer. Stockholm, Sweden, 2018.

Scrutinizing the Normative Ontology of Principlism. Methods in Applied Ethics. Trondheim, Norway, 2018.

The Impossibility of Reliably Determining the Authenticity of Desires: Implications for Informed Consent. The Philosophy Days. Uppsala, Sweden, 2017.

Is Libertarianism a Thing? Problems of Libertarian Self-Ownership. Workshop on Libertarianism in Political Philosophy. Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.