Jakob Elster

Associate Professor - Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
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Background

I obtained my PhD in philosophy from the University of Oslo in 2007. My PhD-thesis, entitled Transforming Moral Motivation, discussed the government’s right to influence people’s moral motivation in order to change their behavior in morally desirable ways, and the moral constraints which should be imposed on this right.

After my PhD, I have been research school coordinator at the Ethics Programme, University of Oslo (2007-2008), postdoctoral researcher at the Ethics Programme and at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of art and Ideas (IFIKK), University of Oslo (2008-2011) and senior adviser at the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC) South-East Norway (2011-2016).

Academic interests

I have a broad set of research interests within ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of human rights. Among the topics I am interested in, are:

  • Conflicts of rights
  • The relationship between moral human rights and legal human rights
  • Autonomy, paternalism and legitimate limits to the right to autonomy
  • Medical research ethics
  • Methodological issues in ethics and political philosophy
  • Consequentialist moral theories and the relationship between consequentialism and rights
  • Ethical issues related to immigration
  • The moral limits of criminalization

Awards 

My article “How Outlandish Can Imaginary Cases Be?” (2011) won the Journal of Applied Philosophy’s annual prize for the best article published in the year’s volume.

Tags: human rights, ethics, political philosophy, bioethics, research ethics, autonomy

Publications

  • Elster, Jakob (2015). Er etisk skjønn jevnt fordelt? , I: Hallvard Fossheim & Helene C. Ingierd (red.),  Etisk skjønn i forskning.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-02655-8.  Kapittel.  s 22 - 38
  • Elster, Jakob (2012). Scanlon on Permissibility and Double Effect. Journal of Moral Philosophy.  ISSN 1740-4681.  9(1), s 75- 102 . doi: 10.1163/174552411X612074
  • Elster, Jakob (2011). How Outlandish Can Imaginary Cases Be?. Journal of Applied Philosophy.  ISSN 0264-3758.  28(3), s 241- 258 . doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00531.x
  • Elster, Jakob (2011). PROCREATIVE BENEFICENCE - CUI BONO?. Bioethics.  ISSN 0269-9702.  25(9), s 482- 488 . doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01794.x
  • Elster, Jakob (2010). Hvor i all verden er alle normene?. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift.  ISSN 0800-336X.  (1-2), s 127- 141
  • Elster, Jakob (2007). Hva skal vi med etiske komiteer?. Etikk i praksis.  ISSN 1890-3991.  1(1), s 11- 31
  • Elster, Jakob (2005). Å velge eller ikke velge (om Jürgen Habermas, Den menneskelige naturs fremtid). Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon.  ISSN 0800-7136.  (3), s 207- 217
  • Elster, Jakob (2004). How to best teach bioethics � an introduction /Innledning: Hvordan undervise i bioetikk?, I:  How to best teach bioethics. Report from a workshop March 2003 organised by The Nordic Committee on Bioethics and NorFA.  Nordisk ministerråd.  ISBN 92-893-1005-7.  Innledning.  s 11 - 20

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  • Elster, Jakob (2015). Review of Fiona Woollard, Doing and Allowing Harm . Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.  ISSN 1538-1617.
  • Elster, Jakob (2010). The Brain and its Law.
  • Elster, Jakob (2010). ”You don’t know what it’s like!” –personal experience in morality and public reason.
  • Elster, Jakob (2009). Democratic authority in non-ideal theory: some thoughts on David Estlund’s defence of hopeless political theories.
  • Elster, Jakob (2009). "You Don't Know What It's Like!" - The Role of Personal Experience in Moral Argumentation.
  • Elster, Jakob (2008). Bioethics committees between moral epistemology and political legitimacy.
  • Elster, Jakob (2008). Bioetiske komiteer – mellom etikk og politikk.
  • Elster, Jakob (2008). Hvilken rolle skal moralsk motivasjon ha i velferdspolitikken?.
  • Elster, Jakob (2008). Ought implies can.
  • Elster, Jakob (2008). What do we explain when we explain morality?.
  • Elster, Jakob; Roll-Hansen, Nils & Storm, Johan Frederik (2008). Upop-aften: Nevroetikk.
  • Block, Ned; Galaaen, Øistein Schmidt & Elster, Jakob (2007, 06. februar). Empiricism in the Philosophy of Mind? An Interview with Ned Block.  Filosofisk Supplement 1, 2007, pp. 30-34.
  • Elster, Jakob (2007). (How) Can We Draw Normative Conclusions From Empirical Work In Moral Psychology?.
  • Elster, Jakob (2007). Hjerneskadete utilitarister - Hvordan fungerer vår moralske dømmekraft?.
  • Elster, Jakob (2007). How does the mind matter for the law?.
  • Elster, Jakob (2007). Transforming Moral Motivation.
  • Elster, Jakob & Bomann-Larsen, Lene (2007, 22. september). Deltagelse i radioprogram om moralske intuisjoner og drap i krig, mm. [Radio].  Verdibørsen.
  • Elster, Jakob (2006). Legitimate Motivational Transformation.
  • Elster, Jakob (2006). Om å undervise i bioetikk i skolen: Hva underviser man i og hvorfor?.
  • Bomann-Larsen, Lene & Elster, Jakob (2005, 03. desember). Deltagelse i radioprogram: Debatt om moralske dilemmaer og de hvite bussene. [Radio].  Verdibørsen, NRK P2.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005, 20. oktober). - Mangler moralsk motivasjon . [Internett].  Apollon.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005). Can the Level of Our Moral Motivation Influence the Content of Our Moral Duties?.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005, 21. desember). Gud, gener og moral . [Internett].  forskning.no.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005, 20. oktober). Intervju i Østlandssendingen. [Radio].  NRK Østlandssendingen.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005, 23. oktober). Intervju på P4s Helgefrokost. [Radio].  P4s Helgefrokost.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005). Simone Weil on the Purificational Role of Atheism and Amoralism.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005). Teaching bioethics in the secondary education – the Norwegian experience.
  • Elster, Jakob (2005, 22. oktober). Umotiverte for det gode.  Klassekampen.
  • Elster, Jakob (2004). Wrongful life problems and euthanasia.
  • Elster, Jakob & Von Troil, Helena (2004). How to best teach bioethics. Report from a workshop March 2003 organised by The Nordic Committee on Bioethics and NorFA.
  • Elster, Jakob (2003). Moral Motivation and Political and Social Institutions.

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