Photo of Helen Frowe
Photo of Helen Frowe

I'm Professor of Practical Philosophy and 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 completed my PhD at the University of Reading in 2007, supervised by Brad Hooker and Andrew Williams. The final part of my PhD was spent working with Jeff McMahan at Rutgers University.  Prior to taking up my current post at Stockholm, I was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Sheffield. I’ve held (or will shortly hold) visiting posts at Harvard, ANU, UC Boulder, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, the Danish Institute for International Studies and York University in Canada. I'm on the Executive Committees of the Society for Applied Philosophy, and Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the Institute for Futures Studies.


I work on moral and political philosophy, specialising in 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. My most recent book is Defensive Killing (OUP, 2014). My current research interests include the nature and force of agent-relative reasons, forms of moral justification, the idea of observation as wrongdoing, and the status of cultural property in war.

More information, including a list of publications, is available on my website http://www.helenfrowe.weebly.com/