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Kalle Grill

I direct our program in Philosophy and Society. I teach ethics and political philosophy. My reserach includes paternalism, public health, sustainability, family, future people, new technology.

Research qualifications: Docent
Educational qualifications: Recognised university teacher



Works at

Associate professor at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Section: Philosophy
YA, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, NBET.B.340 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Most of my research so far has dealt with paternalism - to what degree and in what way liberal values such as liberty and autonomy should be respected, both in political contexts and more generally. In particular I have investigated how this question should be understood - if these liberal values have a particular status or if they are values like any other and so should be balanced against them, values such as good health and wellbeing. I have also discussed concrete policy areas where these questions arise, especially in public health.

I also take an interest in quite different issues. I have participated in a philosophical research project on family relationships, a multidisciplinary project on information about hereditary cancer risks, and another one on the potential impact of artificial intelligence on democracy and self-determination. I previously led a small research project on the concept of sustainability and its relationship to future people.

More recreationally, I enjoy philosophizing about almost anything. I like to give lectures and to lead philosophical discussions. I sometimes appear on radio, mainly on Swedish national radio in the program Tankar för dagen (thoughts of the day). You can learn more about this at my private webpage kallegrill.se.

Brief background: I received my Ph.D. from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2009 with a dissertation on antipaternalism and public health policy. I worked at the philosophy department of Uppsala University 2010-2012. I was a visiting research fellow at Keele University 2011-2012 (at the Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society). I was associated with Birmingham University as honorary research fellow 2012-2014 (Medicine, Ethics, Society & History). I came to the department as senior lecturer in 2012. In 2017 I received the Swedish academic title of "docent" in philosophy. In 2018 I was named "qualified teacher" by Umeå university.

European Journal of Education
Vanhée, Loïs; Danielsson, Karin; Enqvist, Lena; et al.
International Journal of Neonatal Screening, MDPI 2023, Vol. 9, (2)
King, Jovanka R.; Grill, Kalle; Hammarström, Lennart
Environmental Ethics, Philosophy Documentation Center 2023, Vol. 45, (3) : 265-286
Grill, Kalle
Utilitas, Cambridge University Press 2023, Vol. 35, (2) : 103-118
Grill, Kalle
American Journal of Bioethics, Taylor & Francis 2022, Vol. 22, (10) : 20-22
Grill, Kalle
The philosophy of online manipulation, Routledge 2022 : 373-391
Grill, Kalle
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Oxford University Press 2021, Vol. 23, (1) : 9-13
Grill, Kalle
Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, Bokförlaget Thales; Institutet för framtidsstudier 2021, Vol. 25, (1) : 30-47
Grill, Kalle
Journal of Medical Ethics, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2021, Vol. 47, (12)
Grill, Kalle; Rosén, Anna
Journal of Applied Philosophy, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 37, (3) : 467-484
Grill, Kalle
Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, Springer Nature 2020, Vol. 18
Andersson, Andreas; Hawranek, Carolina; Öfverholm, Anna; et al.
Moral Philosophy and Politics, Walter de Gruyter 2020, Vol. 7, (2) : 199-218
Grill, Kalle
The Journal of Clinical Ethics, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities 2020, Vol. 31, (1)
Grill, Kalle
The Routledge handbook of the philosophy of childhood and children, Routledge 2019 : 123-133
Grill, Kalle
The Routledge handbook of the philosophy of paternalism, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2018 : 1-8
Hanna, Jason; Grill, Kalle
The Routledge handbook of the philosophy of paternalism, Routledge 2018 : 46-58
Grill, Kalle
Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics
Grill, Kalle; Hanna, Jason
Philosophical Studies, Springer 2017, Vol. 174, (1) : 219-236
Grill, Kalle
Health Care Analysis, Springer 2017, Vol. 25, (4) : 291-307
Grill, Kalle; Dawson, Angus
Journal of Medical Ethics, London: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2017, Vol. 43, (3) : 157-161
Grill, Kalle
Journal of Medical Ethics, BMJ Group 2016, Vol. 42, (5) : 293-301
Grill, Kalle; Voigt, Kristin
New perspectives on paternalism and health care, Springer 2015 : 47-63
Grill, Kalle
Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 41, (4) : 577-578
Grill, Kalle; Scoccia, Danny
Filosofisk Tidskrift, Vol. 35, (3) : 20-26
Grill, Kalle
Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 41, (4) : 692-715
Grill, Kalle
Rationality, Markets and Morals, Vol. 5 : 139-162
Grill, Kalle
Ethics in Public Health and Health Policy: Concepts, Methods, Case Studies, Springer 2013 : 27-46
Grill, Kalle
The ethics of consumption: the citizen, the market and the law : EurSafe 2013, Uppsala, Sweden, 11-14 September 2013, Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers 2013 : 166-171
Grill, Kalle
Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, Vol. 16, (3) : 40-49
Grill, Kalle
Public Health Ethics, Vol. 5, (2) : 101-103
Grill, Kalle; Dawson, Angus
Ethical Perspectives, Vol. 19, (3) : 547-557
Grill, Kalle
Public Health Ethics, Vol. 5, (2) : 116-127
Grill, Kalle; Nihlén Fahlquist, Jessica
Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, Vol. 89, (6) : 462-470
Nihlén-Fahlquist, Jessica; Grill, Kalle
Public Health: ethical issues, Köpenhamn: Nordic Council of Ministers 2011 : 21-33
Grill, Kalle
Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, Vol. 15, (1) : 58-62
Grill, Kalle
Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Academic Press 2011 : 359-369
Grill, Kalle
Public Reason, Vol. 2, (2) : 3-20
Grill, Kalle
The philosophy of public health, Ashgate 2009 : 101-110
Grill, Kalle
Encyclopedia of medical decision making, Sage Publications 2009 : 463-467
Grill, Kalle
Public Health Ethics, Oxford University Press 2009, Vol. 2, (2) : 146-157
Grill, Kalle
Theoria, Wiley-Blackwell 2007, Vol. 73, (3) : 248-255
Grill, Kalle
Res Publica, Springer 2007, Vol. 13 : 441-458
Grill, Kalle
Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 31 : 648-653
Grill, Kalle; Hansson, Sven Ove
Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, Vol. 7, (1) : 45-57
Grill, Kalle

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1 June 2021 until 1 June 2022
2 September 2019 until 31 December 2025
1 September 2019 until 1 September 2023
1 September 2017 until 31 December 2020

I teach ethics, political philosophy and the art of philosophical conversation. I am director of the BA program in philosophy and society (taught mostly in Swedish).