Dr.Nyholm, S.R. (Sven)

Eindhoven University of Technology

Section: Philosophy and Ethics
Faculty: Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Biomedical Ethics
Deep Brain Stimulation
Domain-Specific Ethics
Robotics
Visiting address

IPO building, room 1.04, TU/e

Mail address

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven P.O. Box 513 5600 MB EINDHOVEN

Telephone

+31 40-247 5667

Website

SvenNyholm

Sven Nyholm is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2012. His dissertation, on Kant’s ethics, was awarded the Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award. A revised version of it, with the title Revisiting Kant’s Universal Law and Humanity Formulas, was published in book form by De Gruyter in 2015. Before joining the faculty at TU/e in 2015, Nyholm was a wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the University of Cologne in Germany during three years (2012-2015).

Nyholm’s main areas of research are applied ethics (especially the ethics of technology), ethical theory, and the history of ethics. More specifically, he has recently published on love-relationships and biomedical enhancements, motivation-enhancements, accident-algorithms for self-driving cars, deep brain stimulation, happiness and well-being, meaning in life, and interpersonal respect and moral reasoning. His articles have appeared in general philosophy journals, ethics journals, and bioethics journals (including Journal of the American Philosophical Association, European Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Applied Ethics, The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, etc.). Nyholm has also tried his hand at experimental philosophy, resulting in a co-authored article (on happiness) that appeared in the first volume of the Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy.

Currently, Nyholm is working on the ethics of automated driving, human-robot collaboration, deep brain stimulation (including its effect on the self), and disability and the goods of life. He is also a member of a team working on the first Swedish translation of Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals, for which he is writing an introduction.

 

Selected publications:

Forthcoming:

Is the Personal Identity Debate a “Threat” to Neurosurgical Patients? A Reply to Müller et al. (Neuroethics)

From Sex-Robots to Love-Robots: Is Mutual Love with a Robot Possible? (co-author: Lily Frank) in J. Danaher & N. McArthur (Eds.) Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications, MIT Press

Deep Brain Stimulation, Authenticity and Value: Further Reflections (co-author: Elizabeth O’Neill), Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

2017:

Do We Always Act on Maxims? Kantian Review

Review of Clark et al. (Eds.), The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate (co-author: Stephen M. Campbell) (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

2016:

The Normative and Evaluative Status of  Moral Distress in Health Care Contexts, American Journal of Bioethics

The Ethics of Accident-Algorithms for Self-Driving Cars: An Applied Trolley Problem? (co-author: Jilles Smids) Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 

When is Deep Brain Stimulation a Medical Benefit, and What is Required for Consent? (co-author Stephen M. Campbell) AJOB Neuroscience

Deep Brain Stimulation, Continuity over Time, and the True Self, (co-author: Elizabeth O’Neill), Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 

On Kant’s Idea of Humanity as an End in Itself, European Journal of Philosophy

2015:

Anti-Meaning and Why It Matters (co-author: Stephen M. Campbell), Journal of the American Philosophical Association

Revisiting Kant’s Universal Law and Humanity Formulas, Berlin: De Gruyter

Reason with me: “Confabulation” and Interpersonal Moral Reasoning, Ethical Perspectives 22 (2): 315-332

The Medicalization of Love and Narrow and Broad Conceptions of Human Well-being, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 24 (3):337-346

Love Troubles: Human Attachment and Biomedical Enhancements, Journal of Applied Philosophy 31 (2):190-202

Kant’s Universal Law Formula Revisited, Metaphilosophy 46 (2):280-299

Motivation-Enhancements and Domain-Specific Values, American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 6 (1):37-39

2014:

The Good in Happiness (co-authors: Jonathan Phillips and Shen-Yi Liao), in Tania Lombrozo, Shaun Nichols & Joshua Knobe (eds.), Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, Volume 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press: 253–293

Just Freedom? Review of Philip Pettit’s Just Freedom, Res Publica 20 (4):441-445

Review of Lorraine Besser-Jones’s Eudaimonic Ethics: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Review of Ingmar Persson’s From Morality to the End of Reason, Utilitas 26 (3):321-325

Blog-Contributions:

“Can We Learn Anything about Self-Driving Cars by Considering the ‘Trolley Problem’?”, on the “Bij Nader Inzien” blog, available here: https://bijnaderinzien.org/2017/01/26/can-we-learn-anything-about-self-driving-cars-by-considering-the-trolley-problem/

Upcoming PhD-Courses:

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (co-organized with Sem de Maagt), April 3-7 2017: