Professor Dr May Thorseth


2008 -     Professor Faculty of humanities, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

2001 -     Director of NTNU’s Programme for Applied Ethics

2005 - 2008 Associate professor and director of Programme for Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, NTNU

2002 - 2005 Senior researcher and director of Programme for Applied Ethics, Department of Philosophy, NTNU

2000 - 2002 Associate professor at Department of Philosophy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU (teaching argumentation theory)

1995 - 1999 PhD position, Department of Philosophy, University of Gothenburg

1992 - 1994 Lecturer in Philosophy and philosophy of life (“Filosofi og livssyn”), Department of Philosophy, University of Trondheim

1991 - 2000 Researcher at SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim (working life research related to technology and migration)

Research interests

Environmental ethics; intergenerational justice; governance of natural resources; AI and information ethics; moral enhancement/nudging/; autonomy/paternalism.


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Selected publications

Thorseth, May and Schuppert, Fabian 2018.‚Ä®Governance Towards a Green Future, in (eds) M. Düwell, G. Bos , N. van Steenbergen Towards the Ethics of a Green Future. Routledge studies in sustainability 2018 ISBN 978-1-138-06932-9, 167- 191.

Bailey, Jennifer and Thorseth, May 2017. Value and Groth – Rethinking basic concepts in Lockean liberalism. Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics ISSN 1890-3991, 11:1, 107-129.

Oliveira, Rita Vasconcelles and Thorseth, May 2016. Ethical implications of a co-benefits rationale within climate change mitigation strategy. Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics ISSN 1890-3991,10:2, 141-170.

Thorseth, May 2016. Limits to growth in the context of land use, in (eds.) A.I. Olsson, S.M. Araújo, M.F. Vieira: Food futures. Ethics, Science & Culture,Wageningen Academic Press, ISBN 978-90-8686-288-7, 531-535.

Thorseth, May, 2016. Limits of Tolerance between Real and Fictitious Publics. In Modernity - unity in diversity? Essays in honour of Helge Høibraaten. Novus Forlag 2016 ISBN 978-82-7099-840-1, 259-280.

Thorseth, May and Birnbacher, D. (eds) 2015. The Politics of Sustainability. Philosophical Perspectives, Routledge 2015 ISBN 978-1-138-85430-7.

Thorseth, May, 2015. Limitations to democratic governance of natural resources in (eds.) Birnbacher, D. and Thorseth, M.: The Politics of Sustainability. Philosophical Perspectives. Routledge 2015 ISBN 978-1-138-85430-7, 36-53.

Thorseth, May, 2014. On tolerance and Fictitious Publics, in (ed) Luciano Floridi: The Onlife Manifesto, Springer ISBN 978-3-319-04092-9, 20pp.

Thorseth, May, 2014. Institutional Obstacles to Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources: A Deliberative Approach (Chinese transl), Universitas - Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture, ISSN 1015-8383, August 2014, 63-84.

Thorseth, May and Carson, Siri (eds) 2014. Special issue of Etikk i praksis. Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, ISSN 1890-3991, on “Governance of Natural Resources”.

Ess, Charles / Thorseth, May (eds), 2011. Trust and Virtual Worlds , Contemporary Perspectives New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XXX, 193 pp. ISBN 978-1-4331-0922-5 pb. –author of “Introduction” and “Virtuality and Trust in Broadened Thinking Online” (ca 40p).

Thorseth, May, 2011. Global communication Online Against Fundamentalis Knowledge offline? in (eds) U.Mårtensson, J. Bailey, P. Ringrose, A. Dyrendahl: Fundamentalism in the Modern World, I.B. Tauris ISBN 978 1 848885 331 7, 25-49.

Thorseth, May; Ess, Charles, 2010.
Global information and computer ethics. I: The Cambridge handbook of information and computer ethics. Cambridge University Press 2010 ISBN 978-0-521-88898-1, 163-181.

Thorseth, May, 2008. “Reflective Judgment and Enlarged Thinking Online”, in a special issue on Kant and computer ethics of Ethics and Information Technology, edited by Charles Ess and May Thorseth. ISSN 1388-1957 (Print) 1572-8439 (Online). Online version published July 15, printed version in press, 22 p.


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