My PhD thesis is on the concept of personal autonomy in bioethics. I am interested in authenticity, i.e., what it means to be ”genuine,” ”real,” ”true to oneself,” or similar, and how the notion may be relevant in biomedicine. My aim is to make theoretical ideals of authenticity useful in practice.

My research interests also include political philosophy and the methods of applied ethics. Among other things, I have co-organized academic workshops on libertarianism and climate ethics.



Ahlin Marceta, J. (2018). A Non-Ideal Authenticity-Based Conceptualization of Personal Autonomy. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. DOI:

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

Ahlin, J. (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. (2018). Värdepluralism och rättvisa: David Schmidtz. In P. Krassén (Ed.), Ny Liberalism (pp. 75–106). Timbro.

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

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

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

Ahlin, J. (2016). Förord. In E. Butler, Klassisk Liberalism: En introduktion (pp. 11–22). Timbro.

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


Ahlin, J. (2018). Politisk filosofi idag: Intervju med Elena Namli, professor i teologisk etik vid teologiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet. Tidskrift för politisk filosofi 22(1), s 13–19.

Ahlin, J. (2017). Politisk filosofi idag: Intervju med Åsa Burman, lektor i praktisk filosofi vid Stockholms universitet och forskare vid Institutet för framtidsstudier. Tidskrift för politisk filosofi 21(3), s 29–36.

Ahlin, J. (2017). Politisk filosofi idag: Intervju med Marcus Agnafors, filosofie doktor i praktisk filosofi och lektor vid Högskolan i Borås. Tidskrift för politisk filosofi 21(1), s 33–43.



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.

Ahlin, J. (2018). Scrutinizing the normative ontology of principlism. Methods in Applied Ethics. Trondheim, Norway.

Ahlin, J. (2017). The impossibility of reliably determining the authenticity of desires: implications for informed consent. The Philosophy Days. Uppsala, Sweden.


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

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