Gustaf Arrhenius - Curriculum Vitae#

Nationality: Swedish

Current positions:
  • Professor of Practical Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, Stockholm University
  • Fellow, Collège d'études mondiales
  • Research Associate, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
  • Fellow, Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm


Swedish: native; English (reading, writing, speaking): near native; French (reading, writing, speaking): passable; German (reading): passable.

University degrees:
  • Doctor of Practical Philosophy, Uppsala University, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1999

Invited Presentations (a few examples, total number of presentations: 93)

(1) “Inequality and Population Change”, Economics and Philosophy Workshop, Princeton University, Nov 26, 2012.
(2) “Inequality and Population Change”, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, Nov 28, 2012.
(3) “Our Moral and Future Generations”, Inaugural Lecture, Ceremony of The Inauguration of New Professors and Conferment of Doctoral Degrees, Stockholm City Hall, Sept. 28, 2012.
(5) On the Possibility of a Satisfactory Population Ethics”, plenary speaker, ISUS XI, 11th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies: The Ethics of Economic Development, Lucca, 23-25 June, 2011.
(7) “The Impossibility of a Satisfactory Population Ethics”, Center for Ethics and Policy & Dept. of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 28 March, 2011.
(11) “Debunking the Repugnant Conclusion”, invited speaker at Rights and Wrongs: Life, Death, and the Pursuit of Happiness - A Conference in Honour of L. Wayne Sumner, University of Toronto, Toronto, October 24, 2009.
(12) “The All Affected Principle and Future Generations”, invited speaker at the conference Extensions of Justice, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, June 3-4, 2009.
(13) “Remaking Human Nature: The Spectre of Human Enhancement”, plenary session, 38th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Budapest 26-31 June, 2008.
(14) « Le vote et la mesure de l’influence », Dialogue et pouvoirs, Sorbonne (Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Paris 5-7 June 2008.
(15) “The Value of Longevity”, invited speaker, at Ethical Issues in the Measurement of Health and The Global Burden of Disease, Harvard University, April 24-25, 2008.
(17) “The Democratic Boundary Problem”, The Jerusalem Political Philosophy Forum, The Hebrew University, 5 March, 2008.

Participation in Research Projects (selection):

The Franco-Swedish Program in Economics and Philosophy. The main aim of this international scientific program, funded by RJ and FMSH and hosted by CEM and SCAS, is to bring moral and political philosophy and economic theory to bear on the analysis, justification and criticism of political and economic institutions and public policies. The program is jointly led by Arrhenius and Professor Marc Fleurbaey. Time period: 2012-2014. Funding: €900 000. Webpage:
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