Professor of Philosophy & in Medical Ethics


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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Låven, Dragvoll allé 40, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Institutt for filosofi og religionsvitenskap (IFR), Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU), Låven, Dragvoll allé 40, 7491 Trondheim / +47 90925942

Name, Nationality, Birthplace
Lars Johan Materstvedt; Norwegian; born January 26th, 1960 in Haugesund, city on south-western coast of Norway

Personal Web Site, E-mail, Mobile Phone / / +47 90925942

Academic Degrees
Ph.D. (Norwegian in political philosophy and ethics, 1997, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
M.A. (Norwegian in philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway, 1988; includes subjects history and comparative politics

Current Positions and Qualifications
Professor of philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanites, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Also qualified as professor in medical ethics, authorized by Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU

Former Positions (newest at top)

Visiting Professor, Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus, Scotland, UK
Author of academic textbook, employed by publishing company Fagbokforlaget
Visiting Research Fellow, International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC), Lancaster University, UK
Head, Unit for Medical Ethics, Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
Postdoctoral Fellow, the NGO Norwegian Cancer Society
Administrative head, Department of Philosophy, NTNU
Doctoral Fellow, The Ethics Programme, Research Council of Norway

Research Areas
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
Palliative medicine
Terminal/palliative sedation at the end of life
Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (non-treatment decisions; NTDs)
Concept of futile treatment
Medical ethics
Intersections between health law and medical ethics
Ethics of organ donation
Normative ethics – including its relation to metaethics, applied ethics and descriptive ethics


114 publications, including articles and book chapters in
The Lancet Oncology; Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 4th, 5th and 6th edition (Oxford University Press); Journal of Medical Ethics (JME); BMC Medical Ethics; Euthanasia and Law in Europe (Hart Publishing, Oxford); Palliative Medicine; BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care; Progress in Palliative Care; European Journal of Palliative Care; The SAGE Handbook of Health Care Ethics; The Patient’s Wish to Die. Research, Ethics, and Palliative Care (Oxford University Press); The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association; PLOS ONE; author of the textbook Science, Ethics and Politics (in Norwegian)

Committee Work (newest at top)
Sat on committee of the Norwegian Medical Association that worked out a new Guideline on palliative sedation at the end of life
Former Chair, The Ethics Task Force on Palliative Care and Euthanasia of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)
Former member of the Norwegian Government's National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (NEM)

Supervision and Opposition, Ph.D. Candidates

Was supervisor for five candidates who defended their Ph.D. thesis at NTNU; three in philosophy (main supervisor) and two in social anthropology (co-supervisor)
Was second opponent at defence of dr.philos. thesis in philosophy at University of Oslo, Norway

Invited speaker at international congresses and institutions across Europe
Lectures at courses for medical doctors from specialities palliative medicine, oncology, geriatrics, surgery and anaesthesiology, and for medical students and nurses, in Norway and Sweden
Lectures in different popular science settings in Norway

Feature Articles and Interviews
Feature articles in several of Norway's largest nation-wide newspapers, as well as in local newspapers

Interviews in magazines and on national TV and radio in Norway and Sweden_

Kort CV
Lars Johan Materstvedt (f. 1960 i Haugesund) har doktorgrad ( i politisk filosofi og etikk. Han er professor i filosofi ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) i Trondheim, og er også tilkjent professorkompetanse i medisinsk etikk. Tidligere forsker i Kreftforeningen, og har publisert i bl.a. Lancet Oncology, Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Medical Ethics og Palliasjon. Nordisk lærebok. Forfatter av læreboken Vitenskap, etikk og politikk. For detaljer, se samt poster i databasen Cristin her og her.