Henrik Syse

Research Professor. Editor, Journal of Military Ethics

Henrik Syse
Email: Henrik@prio.org
Work phone: 22 54 77 13
Mobile phone: 930 62 567
Twitter: @Henrik_Syse

Research Interests

Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) since 1997, Former Head of Corporate Governance (2005-07) at Norges Bank Investment Management. He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Military Ethics and part-time Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defence University College. He has previously been a Fulbright fellow at Boston College, USA (1989-91), a Norwegian Research Council fellow at the University of Oslo (1992-97), a journal editor for the Norwegian political journal Tidens Tegn (1998-2000), member of the secretariat of the Norwegian Government Commission on Human Values (1998-2001), and a post-doc. fellow at the Ethics Program, the University of Oslo (2002-05). He has lectured and published widely on problems within moral philosophy, political philosophy, and the ethics of warfare. He has published a book on just war in Norwegian (Rettferdig krig; Aschehoug, 2003), and he has recently published Natural Law, Religion, and Rights (St. Augustine’s Press, 2007), based on his doctoral dissertation, and a Norwegian monograph on the virtue of moderation (Måtehold; Cappelen Damm, 2009). He is the co-editor, with Gregory Reichberg and Endre Begby, of The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell, 2006), and, with Gregory Reichberg, of Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War (Catholic University of America Press, 2007).

At PRIO he works on the ethics of war, historically and systematically, as well as on the relationship between religion and the use of armed force. He is also a lecturer at Bjørknes College, contributing to the Master's degree program jointly undertaken by PRIO, Bjørknes, and the Australian National University.

Background

​​​​​​Languages spoken:
Norwegian, English, German

Working experience:
Head of Corporate Governance, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), 2005 - 2007
Post-doc Research Fellow, University of Oslo, 2002 - 2005.Part-time Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, 2001-2003
Member of the Secretariat of the Norwegian Government Commission on Human Values 1998-2001.
Chief editor of political journal 'Tidens Tegn' 1998-2000. Senior researcher at PRIO since 1997.
Programme leader for the PRIO research program 'Ethics, Norms, and Identities' 1998-2002.

Education:
Dr.Art. (equiv. to PhD), University of Oslo, 1997;
Master of Arts, Boston College, 1991;
Cand.Mag. (equiv. to B.A.), University of Oslo, 1989. Fulbright scholar 1989-1991.
Doctoral student under the Ethics Program of the Norwegian Research Council 1992-1996.

Events

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Publications

Recent publications

Syse, Henrik & Odin Lysaker (2015) Å tolerere satire: ytringsfrihetens moralske ansvar [To tolerate satire: freedom of expression's moral responsibility], Sosiologi I Dag 45(4): 38–66.
Syse, Henrik (2015) Menneskelivet, in Sigbjørn Ravnåsen, ed., Ånd Og Hånd: Hans Nielsen Hauges Etikk For Liv Og Virke. Oslo: Luther Forlag .

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Syse, Henrik & Odin Lysaker (2015) Å tolerere satire: ytringsfrihetens moralske ansvar [To tolerate satire: freedom of expression's moral responsibility], Sosiologi I Dag 45(4): 38–66.
Syse, Henrik (2012) Rettferdig krig, «polyfoni» og internasjonale operasjoner , Pacem : Militært Tidsskrift For Etisk Og Teologisk Refleksjon 15(1): 21–28.
Reichberg, Gregory M.;Syse, Henrik; & Begby, Endre (2012) The Ethics of War. Part I: Historical Trends , Philosophy Compass 7(5): 316–327.
Begby, Endre;Reichberg, Gregory M.; & Syse, Henrik (2012)The Ethics of War. Part II: Contemporary Authors and Issues , Philosophy Compass 7(5): 328–347.
Syse, Henrik (2010) The Platonic Roots of Just War Doctrine: a Reading of Plato’s Republic , Diametros 7(23): 104–123.
Syse, Henrik (2009) Religious Ethics, Christianity, and War, Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics -- Etikk I Praksis 3(1): 49–58.
Syse, Henrik; & Reichberg, Gregory M. (2000) Protecting the Natural Environment in Wartime: Ethical Considerations from the Just War Tradition , Journal of Peace Research 37(4): 449–468.

Book Chapter

Syse, Henrik (2015) Menneskelivet, in Sigbjørn Ravnåsen, ed., Ånd Og Hånd: Hans Nielsen Hauges Etikk For Liv Og Virke. Oslo: Luther Forlag .
Lidén, Kristoffer & Henrik Syse (2015) The Politics of Peace and Law: Realism, Internationalism and the Cosmopolitan Challenge, in Larsen, Kjetil M. ; & Cecilia Bailliet, eds, Promoting Peace Through International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press (21–42).
Syse, Henrik (2013) Thomas Aquinas – kristentro og fornuft i det politiske samfunn, in Jørgen Pedersen, ed., Politisk Filosofi: Fra Platon Til Hannah Arendt. Oslo: Pax Forlag (179–204).
Syse, Henrik(2012) Why Responsible Investment?, in Alm, Kristian, ed., Responsible Investment In Times of Turmoil. : Springer(211–219).
Syse, Henrik & Helene Christiansen Ingierd (2011) The Moral Responsibility of Shareholders: A Conceptual Map, in Human Rights, Corporate Complicity, and Disinvestment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (156–182).
Syse, Henrik(2011) Forvaltning over generasjonene -- hva sier etikken? [Caretaking over Generations -- What Does Ethics Say] Finansråd I Utfordrende Tider – Om Forvaltning Og Økonomisk Politikk. Festskrift Til Tore Eriksen. : Finansdepartementet(74–80).
Syse, Henrik; & Richardsen, Tor(2011) Human Beings in the "Metaxy": Dilemmas and Extremes in Henrik Ibsen Voegelinian Readings of Modern Literature. : University of Missouri Press(30–44).
Syse, Henrik(2010) Et etisk perspektiv på mangfold -- refleksjoner om mangfold i Forsvaret [An Ethical Perspective on Plurality -- Reflections on Plurality in the Armed Forces] Uniformitet Og Mangfold. : (313–327).
Syse, Henrik(2010) Forord [Foreword] Marked Og Moral. : (1–6).
Syse, Henrik(2010) Frihet under ansvar [Freedom Under Responsibility] Georgs Bok -- Festskrift Til Georg Apenes. : (45–50).
Syse, Henrik(2009) Forord [Preface] Filosofi For Vår Tid. : (6).
Syse, Henrik (2008) Krigens etikk - bare for menn? [Ethics of War - for Men Only?], in Skjeie, Hege; Inger Skjelsbæk; & Torunn L. Tryggestad, eds, Kjønn, Krig, Konflikt. Oslo: PAX (92–102).
Syse, Henrik (2008) Legitimitet og allianser [Legitimacy and Alliances], in Selvstendig Og Beskyttet - Det Stormaktsgaranterte Norge Fra Krimkrigen Til NATO. (152–161).
Syse, Henrik(2008) Investments, Universal Ownership, and Public Health International Public Health Policy and Ethics. : (175–190).
Syse, Henrik(2008) Investments, Universal Ownership, and Public Health International Public Health Policy and Ethics. : (175–190).
Syse, Henrik (2008) Konservatismen [Conservatism], in Amerikansk Politikk. (265–285).
Reichberg, Gregory M. & Henrik Syse (2004) The Idea of Double Effect – in War and in Business, in Responsibility In World Business: Managing Harmful Side-Effects of Corporate Activity. Tokyo: United Nations University Press (17–38).
Syse, Henrik (2002) Ethics – Seasoning or Ingredient?, in Corporate Communication – a Strategic Approach to Building Reputation. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk (265–276).
Syse, Henrik & Gregory M. Reichberg (1999) Conducting Business Amidst Human Rights Abuses: Some Lessons from the Just War Tradition, in Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting of the International Association For Business and Society. London: SAGE (71–76).

Edited Volume

Reichberg, Gregory M.; & Henrik Syse, eds, (2014) Religion, War, and Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Syse, Henrik; & Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, eds, (2011) Konservatisme [Conservatism]. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. Civita.
Syse, Henrik; & Gregory M. Reichberg, eds, (2007) Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War: Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press.
Reichberg, Gregory M.; Henrik Syse; & Endre Begby, eds, (2006) The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Oxford.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Syse, Henrik (2010) Vår toleranse for krig [Our Tolerance for War] , Minerva 86(2): 40–44.
Syse, Henrik (2009) Finnes det et samfunn? [Is There Such a Thing As "Society"?] , Minerva 85(2): 56–61.
Syse, Henrik (2009) Om å holde ord -- noen filosofiske refleksjoner [Keeping Word -- Some Philosophical Reflections] , Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift 26(1): 60–63.

Popular Article

Syse, Henrik (2015) Fire år etter terroren: De viktige debattene [Four years after the terror: The important debates], VG, 22.07.2015.
Syse, Henrik & Odin Lysaker (2014) Slik får vi en anstendig debatt, Aftenposten, 22. September.
Lysaker, Odin & Henrik Syse (2013) Etikk og ytringsfrihet: Side om side, Aftenposten (Morgenutg. : Trykt Utg.).
Lysaker, Odin & Henrik Syse (2013) Ingen ytringsfrihet uten etikk, Aftenposten (Morgenutg. : Trykt Utg.).
Lysaker, Odin & Henrik Syse (2013) Ingen ytringsfrihet uten etikk [No freedom of speech without ethics], Aftenposten, 29 Mai.
Syse, Henrik; & Fasting, Mathilde (2010) Markedets behov for moral [The Market's Need for Morality], Dagens Næringsliv, 15 March.
Syse, Henrik (2009) Krig kan forsvares [War Can Be Legitimate], Aftenposten, 16 December.
Syse, Henrik (2009) Krigsetikk og "snille våpen" [The Ethics of War and "Good Weapons"], Dagsavisen, 19 November.
Syse, Henrik (2009) En dyd av nødvendighet [The Virtue of Moderation: A Virtual Necessity], Dagbladet, 11 May.
Syse, Henrik (2008) Noen må gjøre noe... [Someone must do something...], Dagens Næringsliv, 25 July.
Syse, Henrik (2008) Etikk og butikk [Ethics and business], Dagens Næringsliv, 15 July.

Conference Paper

Syse, Henrik 2009 Memory and Conflict, presented at Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA) Annual Meeting, , 19–21 November.
Syse, Henrik 2009 What is Philosophy -- Reflections on Plato and the Strauss-Voegelin Impasse, presented at American Political Science Associaton (APSA) Annual Meeting, , 3–6 September.
Syse, Henrik 2009 The Just War Tradition -- An Ethics of Virtue, Duty, or Casuistry?, presented at Just War in the Catholic Tradition, , 25–27 June.

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