Helene Frowe

Helen Frowe
Affiliation: Stockholm University, SE






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I’m Wallenberg Academy Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University, where I direct the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace.

I did my PhD (graduating in 2007) at the University of Reading with Brad Hooker and Andrew Williams. The final part of my PhD was spent working with Jeff McMahan at Rutgers University.  I specialise in the ethics of war and self-defence, and am particularly fond of killing the innocent. Prior to taking up my current post at Stockholm, I was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Sheffield and a Visiting Fellow at the Philosophy Department at Harvard. I’m on the Executive Committees of both the Society for Applied Philosophyand the British Society for Ethical Theory.  I’m a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.


Most of my research focuses on the ethics of war and defensive killing.  I’m especially interested in the moral status of non-combatants and the permissibility of killing innocent people in self-defence. I’ve also written on ethics more generally, including the permissibility of euthanasia and on the importance of the doing / allowing distinction.  You can access drafts of some of my forthcoming work by clicking on the links below.