Academic interests

My main interests are in applied ethics and political philosophy. I am currently working on a research project on individualism, which is the view that the single person should be the basic unit of moral and political analysis. Please see this page for more detailed information about the project. I am also editing a Theoria special issue on personal autonomy, read the call for papers here.

Peer-reviewed publications

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

—. (2020). The Evidence-Based Policy Movement and Political Idealism. Evidence & Policy. DOI: 174426420X15825349438945

—. (2019). Respect the Author: a Research Ethical Principle for Readers. Journal of Academic Ethics. DOI:

—. (2019). A Non-Ideal Authenticity-Based Conceptualization of Personal Autonomy. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 22(3), 387–395.

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

—. (2018). The Impossibility of Reliably Determining the Authenticity of Desires: Implications for Informed Consent. Medicine, 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 Most. The Journal of Value Inquiry 54(1), 151–153.

—. (2019). En spekulativ, och därför tyvärr inte övertygande, förklaring till vad som leder till framgångsrika samhällen. Ekonomisk Debatt 47(6), 63–65.

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

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

—. (2015). Joseph H. Carens The Ethics of Immigration. Theoria 81(4), 380–384.


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

Ahlin, J. (2018). 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.

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

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

Organized workshops

Climate Ethics (co-organized with Anna Wedin), 2017
Libertarianism in Political Philosophy (co-organized with William Bülow), 2016