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Anna-Sofia Maurin

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Professor of Theoretical Philosophy


I was born in Stockholm in 1969. I received my PhD in Theoretical Philosophy in 2002 at Lund University. My thesis supervisor was Nils-Eric Sahlin. Reviews of my PhD thesis If Tropes (published by Kluwer) can be found in Mind, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Metaphysica, Polish Journal of Philosophy (pp. 151f.), and Theoria (pp. 277f.). Most of my research so far has been in (meta)metaphysics/ontology, on tropes, on unity in complexity generally, on ontological justification ("the epistemology of metaphysics"), on (Bradleyan) infinite regress arguments, and on metaphysical explanation. Recent interests include issues in so-called social ontology and issues to do with non-causal explanation (in metaphysics as well as in science generally). Since August 2012 I am the professor of theoretical philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science (FLoV) at Gothenburg University. If you want to know more about the subject and its researchers, I suggest you visit our research-webpage.

Recent Research

I recently finished a project on ontological justification financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and am currently involved in a Project on complex unities partly financed by The Swedish Research Council (VR). I am also an active member of a national interdisciplinary group organizing various events focussing on the ontological and moral status of social entities. A list of recent work (published, in press, or in preparation) with links to pre-prints, can be found here. For a fuller CV (including a complete list of publications) go here.

Present Research

Work in progress includes a paper on the nature of tropes, an update for my SEP-entry on tropes, a paper on metaphysical explanation, and a paper criticizing Boghossian’s argument against global cognitive relativism (this paper is however one of those papers that never seem to reach final stages, so don't hold your breath!).

Upcoming talks, comments etc.

9/10 2015:  talk at the philosophy colloquium, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris (convened by Uriah Kriegel).

20-21/10 2015: First meeting of the Nordic Network in Metaphysics, Uppsala (as organizer)

3/12 2015: talk at the philosophy colloquium, Dpt of Philosophy, Stockholm University (convened by Åsa Wikforss and Krister Bykvist)

12/5 2016: talk on what metaphysics is (in Swedish) at the Café-å-lär (Chalmers)

25-29/1 2017 (preliminary dates): talk at the ranch metaphysics conference in Tuscon, Arizona (organized by Laurie Paul)

21-28/8 2017: panel speaker (metaphysics) at ECAP9, Munich.

26-28/9 2017: invited speaker at "Quo Vadis, Metaphysics?", conference in honour of Peter van Inwagen, Warsaw.

Filmed talks/interviews

If you want to see/hear me give a talk, here are few examples...

First, here is me at the Collège de France in 2012 talking at a "Metaphysics and Science" symposiom organized by Claudine Tiercelin.

Next, a recording of me giving a talk titled "In Defense of Serious Metaphysics" at a workshop on Metaphysics and Method, organized by Alessandro Torza at the London IP, May 2014.

And here I am at a workshop on grounding in Edinburgh (2015).

If you know Swedish:

... a short interview on "filosofins nytta", and

... an interview for Swedish radio (a program called "Forskarliv" (the life of a researcher)).

PhD supervision

I was the assistant PhD supervisor (together with Nils-Eric Sahlin) for Tobias Hansson Wahlberg, who finished his thesis “Objects in Time: Studies of Persistence in B-time” in 2009.

I am at present the main-supervisor for PhD students Susanna Salmijärvi (together with Jan Almäng) and Ylwa Sjölin Wirling (together with Daniel Giberman).

The Research Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy

I organize the research seminar in theoretical philosophy which features presentations both by local researchers/PhD students, and by invited guests. The seminar normally convenes on Wednesdays 10-12 in room T340 (unless otherwise indicated). If you want updated information about the seminar (including titles, abstracts, and papers for upcoming talks) visit the seminar's website regularly and/or send me an e-mail and ask to be added to the seminar's e-mail list. Please note that the seminar is not open to undergraduate students.


If you want to schedule a meeting or just ask me a question of any kind, please e-mail me: anna-sofia.maurin@gu.se

Anna-Sofia Maurin

Contact Information

Anna-Sofia Maurin

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Olof Wijksgatan 6

031-786 6969

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