Joona Räsänen

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Room GM 513
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

I am a Finnish bioethicist and moral philosopher working at the University of Oslo in a project on epigenetics and bioethics of human embryonic development. My research interests are in applied philosophy and bioethics and my work has appeared in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, Ratio, The American Journal of Bioethics and Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy as well as popular venues such as online magazine Aeon.

I have served as co-quest editor a special issue for the journal Bioethics on the topic of ethics of ectogenesis (artificial wombs). 

I regularly review papers for philosophy and bioethics journals. If you are a journal editor and need a referee for manuscripts please feel free to contact me.

During the winter of 2018-2019, I was a visiting researcher at Aalto University, Helsinki.


I hold a Master’s degree in Social and Moral Philosophy from the University of Helsinki and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Oulu.


Tags: Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics


Räsänen, Joona. (forthcoming). Age and ageing: what do they mean? Ratio.

Räsänen, Joona. (2020). Saving the babies or the elderly in a time of crisis? American Journal of Bioethics. 20(7): 180-182.

Räsänen, Joona. (2020). Age change in healthcare settings: A reply to Lippert-Rasmussen and Petersen. Journal of Medical Ethics. 46(9):

Räsänen, Joona (2020). Against the impairment argument: A reply to Hendricks. Bioethics

Räsänen, Joona (2020). Schrödinger’s Fetus. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy 23:125–130.

Räsänen, Joona (2019). Further defence of legal age change: a reply to the critics. Journal of Medical Ethics 45(7), 471-472.

Räsänen, Joona (2019). Moral case for legal age change. Journal of Medical Ethics 45(7), 461-464.

Räsänen, Joona (2018). Why pro‐life arguments still are not convincing: A reply to my critics. Bioethics 32(9), 628-633. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12502.

Räsänen, Joona (2017). Ectogenesis, abortion and a right to the death of the fetus. Bioethics 31(9), 697-702. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12404.

Räsänen, Joona (2016). Pro-life arguments against infanticide and why they are not convincing. Bioethics 30(9), s 656-662. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12281.

Published Mar. 19, 2018 1:43 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2020 5:35 PM