Endre Begby

PRIO Global Fellow

Endre Begby
Endre Begby left PRIO in 2020. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Endre Begby is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

  • ​Ethics of war
  • Decmocratization and intervention
  • Foundations of state sovereignty
  • Global justice


​Endre Begby is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. He was appointed a PRIO Global Fellow in 2014, but has a long standing history with the institute, having worked full time at PRIO from 2000 to 2002 and with several stays as Visiting Researcher since. From 2005 to 2007, he taught at the International Summer School.

Among his publications in political philosophy are “Liberty, Statehood, and Sovereignty: Walzer on Mill on Non-Intervention” (Journal of Military Ethics 2(1), 46-62) and The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (co-edited with Henrik Syse and Greg Reichberg, Blackwell, 2006).

While much of Begby's work remains rooted in normative theory, he tries to use philosophical insights to explore questions that intersect with fields such as developmental economy, governance, and law. His academic background is in philosophy, and he also works on issues in philosophy of mind and language. You can learn more about his work in these areas, and also download drafts of his papers, from his homepage ​endrebegby.synthasite.com

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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Reichberg, Gregory M.; Henrik Syse & Endre Begby (2012) The Ethics of War. Part I: Historical Trends, Philosophy Compass 7(5): 316–327.
Begby, Endre; Gregory M. Reichberg & Henrik Syse (2012) The Ethics of War. Part II: Contemporary Authors and Issues, Philosophy Compass 7(5): 328–347.
Begby, Endre (2009) The Political Ethics of the Liberal Peace, Philosophy and Public Policy 44(3): 309–328.
Burgess, J. Peter & Endre Begby (2009) Human Security and Liberal Peace, Public Reason 1(1): 91–104.
Begby, Endre (2003) Liberty, Statehood and Sovereignty: Walzer on Mill on Non-intervention, Journal of Military Ethics 2(1): 46–62.

Book Chapter

Begby, Endre (2003) Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962): 'Relativism' Hits the Headlines, in The Classics of Western Philosophy: a Reader's Guide. Oxford: (580–586).

Edited Volume

Reichberg, Gregory M.; Henrik Syse; & Endre Begby, eds, (2006) The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Oxford: Blackwell.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Begby, Endre (2001) Democratic Deficit?, Security Dialogue 32(4): 497–498.

Conference Paper

Begby, Endre (2001) Cultural Diversity as Communal Good: How Liberal is the Liberal Conception of Tolerance?, presented at the International Seminar on Ethics, Culture, Development, International Law and the United Nations, Asociacon Cubana de las Naciones Unidas, Havana, 17 May.
Begby, Endre (2001) Cultural Diversity as Communal Good: How Liberal is the Liberal Conception of Tolerance?, presented at the ‘Globalisation of the Public Sphere?’, 2nd meeting of the Euro Conferences on Global Justice, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, 14–17 June.