Aksel Sterri

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Mobile phone +4798039096
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

I am a PhD fellow in philosophy, working on topics in practical ethics, especially the topic of delicate deals. I am affiliated with the project "What should not be bought and sold?", funded by the SAMKUL scheme of the Research Council of Norway.

I'm currently at Harvard's Department of Government as a Visiting Fellow, working on the ethical limits of markets, the ethics of emergencies, methods in applied ethics, and sex robots. While I'm here, Michael Sandel is my academic supervisor and I'm currently a Teaching Fellow in the GenEd course Ignorance, Lies, Hogwash, and Humbug at Harvard College.

Formerly I've been affiliated with Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.

When I am not writing academic papers, I involve myself in the public debate about difficult ethical issues, such as selective abortion, vegetarianism, markets in contested commodities in particular and markets and social justice more generally. I'm a regular contributor to the Norwegian daily Dagbladet. You can find my writings (in Norwegian) here.

I have also written books on Social Democracy (2014), The Power Elite (2016, with Åmås, Clemet, Wiedswang), and Euthanasia (2019, with Ole Martin Moen). 

One the podcast Moralistene, my supervisor Ole Martin Moen and I discuss ethical issues of relevance for the wider public and interview prominent philosophers like Peter Singer and Helga Varden. I hope you like it.

Tags: Applied Ethics, Commodification, Philosophy, Ethics


  • Sterri, Aksel Braanen (2019). Sex Selection in India: Why a ban is not justified. Developing World Bioethics.  ISSN 1471-8731.  s 1- 7 . doi: 10.1111/dewb.12250 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Moen, Ole Martin & Sterri, Aksel Braanen (2018). Pedophilia and Computer-Generated Child Pornography, In David Boonin (ed.),  Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-93906-3.  29.  s 369 - 382
  • Sterri, Aksel Braanen (2018). Provokativ offentlig filosofi. Etikk i praksis.  ISSN 1890-3991.  12(2), s 105- 128 . doi: 10.5324/eip.v12i2.2539 Full text in Research Archive.

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  • Moen, Ole Martin & Sterri, Aksel Braanen (2019). Aktiv dødshjelp: Etikk ved livets slutt. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 9788202594848.  132 s.
  • Sterri, Aksel Braanen (ed.) (2014). Global citizen - challenges and responsibility in an interconnected world. Sense Publishers.  ISBN 9789462099289.  128 s.

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Published Apr. 6, 2017 8:57 AM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2020 2:36 AM