This is Jan Tullberg’s website, containing work in Ethics linked to Economics and Political Science.

E-mail: jan@tullberg.org

Phone: +46-(0) 76 392 30 30


My PhD is in management at Stockholm School of Economics 2002. I became an Associate Professor and was a member of the Center for Ethics and Economics until the center was disbanded in 2006. Since then, I have been affiliated to different research centers at 
Stockholm University.

A short introduction to my ideas and the texts.

My work is focused on the ethical norms to guide cooperation and conflict. They can be divided into three themes.

1 The Darwinian perspective.

In my opinion the Darwinian insight implies revisions in the view of man, his norms and his behavior. I wrote a book called “Natural Ethics” together with my wife Birgitta Tullberg who is a professor of Biology at Stockholm University. The link to her homepage is http://www.zoologi.su.se/research/tullberg.

A book chapter in an edited book A_Model serves as a good introduction to our book that has both a Swedish and an English version (see “Books”). Several articles further develop a critique of idealism as well as suggest more adaptive norms for human behavior. The project is to challenge the semi-religious ideas dominating in ethics with a secularization project in the enlightenment spirit.

2 Business ethics

Another theme is developing business ethics to a more sincere activity. There is a strong influence for self-sacrificing and inclusive rhetoric linked to marketing. Hypocrisy is a problem that not only consists of not “walking the talk”, but also in thoughtless talking. Sustainability and evidence-based change are worthy objectives, but there are limited efforts to develop ethics up to such standards. Since business ethics has become an academic field with special journals, I show my articles separately under the “Business Ethics” heading. My doctoral thesis is to be found under the heading “Books”.

3 Collective action

The potential and the risks with group action is something I have written extensively about. One topic focuses within-state ethnic conflicts and the issue of separatism CivDiv.PLS. Another is the rationality of nationalism. How rational is it for the individual to join a group project? Is there any group gain, or just intra-group transfers from losers to winners (with a commission for the leadership)? Conflict and cooperation can be hard to solve at an individual level and often even more so at a group level. This discussion includes theoretical issues such as group selection NewPD.

4 The rationality of the nation state

These analyses focus on evaluating the present high immigration politics of Sweden. They penetrate the costs and benefits for society regarding economics, demography, criminality and cultural effects like social cohesion. Is economic patriotism a reminiscent of the past in a globalized world? Or is the nation state a rational organization for political and economic cooperation? This theme includes articles like EkPatriotism and the book Låsningen – en analys av svensk invandringspolitik. This book is presented on a separate home page: http://www.lasningen.se/