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Background and activities

Director of NTNU's Programme for Applied Ethics http://www.ntnu.no/anvendtetikk/, member of the management group of NTNU's Globalization Programme (head of focus area   Intercultural Dynamics: Communication, Responsibiity, Development).

External member of The Research Ethical Council of the University of Oslo.

Research interests:

Applied ethics and political philosophy, global, deliberative democracy

vs. fundamentalism, public  vs. private use of reason, e.g. in the realm

of digital transition, natural resource management, and multicultural

conflicts and migration. 


Current research projects (2012 -):

  • ISP-FIDE. Project: Applied Ethics: Technology and Governance of Health and Natural Resource, Norwegian research council, 2012-1014.
  •  Rights to a Green future (RGF), an ESF project running from 2011-2015, see http://www.greenrights.nl/ . One wg lead by may Thorseth: Investigating the main psychological and institutional obstacles to a sustainable politics.
  • Dialogues on Aquaculture: Nature – Technology – Governance, cross-disciplinary cooperation between researchers from two strategic research areas at NTNU: globalization and Marine and Maritime Technology, led by prof. Jennifer Bailey, ISS, SVT and May Thorseth, see http://www.ntnu.edu/dialogueonaquaculture.

Selected publications:

- Ess, Charles / Thorseth, May (eds.), 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: "Global communication Online Against Fundamentalis Knowledge offline?", in (eds)U.Mårtensson, J. Bailey, P. Ringrose, A. Dyrendahl,

- Thorseth, May; Ess, Charles; Søraker, Johnny Hartz.
Introduction. Mobile/ubiquitous computing: dreams and nightmares. Etikk i praksis 2010 ;Volum 4.(2) s. 3-11

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

- Thorseth, May; Ess, Charles.
Technology in a Multicultural and Global Society. Worldwide Communication Online.. Lambert Academic Publishing 2009 (ISBN 978-3-8383-0331-4) 145 s.

- Thorseth, May: "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.

- Thorseth, May with Charles Ess: "Kant and Information Ethics", introduction to a special issue on Kant and computer ethics, Ethics and Information Technology, ISSN 1388-1957 (Print) 1572-8439 (Online). Online version published May 15, printed version in press, 14 p.

- Thorseth, May: "The Ethics of Global Communication Online", in Rocci Luppicini and Rebecca Adell (eds.) Handbook of Research on Technoethics. Pennsylvania: IGI Global. ISBN 13:  978-1-60566-022-6, textbook contribution, pp. 278 – 294.



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Thorseth, May; Birnbacher, Dieter. (2015) The Politics of Sustainability. Philosophical Perspectives. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 978-1-138-85430-7.
  • Floridi, Luciano; Thorseth, May. (2014) The Onlife Manifesto. Springer. 2014. ISBN 978-3-319-04092-9.
  • Thorseth, May; Ess, Charles. (2011) Trust and Virtual Worlds. Contemporary Perspectives. Peter Lang Publishing Group. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4331-0923-2.