Nordic Network in metaphysics

1st Call for Submissions: 4th Meeting of Nordic Network in Metaphysics

November 27-28 2018 the Nordic Network in Metaphysics hosts its 4th meeting, this time at the department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg.

The meeting features presentations from junior academics (PhD-students and postdocs) affiliated to a Nordic university, working in metaphysics. All talks will be followed by comments.

The following philosophers have provisionally accepted the role of commentator: : Einar Duenger Bøhn (Agder), Matti Eklund (Uppsala), Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere), Markku Keinänen (Helsinki), Anna-Sofia Maurin (Gothenburg), Johanna Seibt (Aarhus), Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki), and Tobias Hansson-Wahlberg (Lund).

Call for papers: PhD-students and postdocs affiliated to one of our Nordic universities, working in metaphysics (broadly construed), are very welcome to submit an abstract no later than September 15. Should your abstract be accepted, you are expected to submit a paper to your commentator no later than November 7.

Submit your abstract (maximum 500 words, prepared for blind refereeing) by e-mailing it to:

For more information about the network, please visit our website, or join our Facebook-group.



2nd International Conference on Metaphysical Explanation, Gothenburg, 13–14 February

cropped-philosophy This conference focuses on issues related to:  (1) the choice between what is sometimes called unionism (i.e., the view that grounding is explanatory per se) and separatism (the view that grounding and explanation are distinct) and (2) the analogy (given separatism) between grounding/metaphysical explanation and causation causal explanation.

Speakers include Ricki Bliss (Lehigh University), Einar Duenger Bohn (University of Agder), Daniel Giberman (University of Texas at Arlington), Lina Jansson (University of Nottingham), David Kovacs (Tel Aviv University), Elanor Taylor (Johns Hopkins University) and Kelly Trogdon (Virginia Tech).

Each presentation is followed by a short comment. Commentators: Andrew BrennerAnna-Sofia MaurinJonathan ShaheenAlexander SkilesRobin StenwallNaomi ThompsonNathan Wildman.

The conference is funded by Riksbankens JubileumsfondVetenskapsrådet, and Wilhelm och Maria Lundgrens fond.

For more details go to conference website 

2nd one-day workshop on Metaphysical Explanation, September 2017

cropped-abstract_background_render-wallpaper-1920x10801Welcome to the second one-day workshop on metaphysical explanation, featuring presentations by Alexander Skiles (NYU), Naomi Thompson (Southampton and Gothenburg), Robin Stenwall (Lund and Gothenburg), Anna-Sofia Maurin (Gothenburg), Andrew Brenner (Notre Dame) , and Ricki Bliss (Hamburg and Lehigh). For details click here.

Where the Action is: 2nd Nordic Network in Metaphysics Conference in Pictures

The 2nd Nordic Network in Metaphysics Conference


OCTOBER 18-19, 2016


19:00: Informal drinks at Christianssand Brygghus (Tolbodgata 9).



9:15-9:30: Coffee/Welcome

9:30-11:00: Anna-Sofia Maurin: “Metaphysical Explanation”

11:15-12:45: Tuomas Tahko: “Bundle Theory with Kinds”

12:45-13:45: LUNCH

13:45-15:15: Eline Busck Gundersen: “Dispositional Theories and Theories about Dispositions”

15:30-17:00: Valdi Ingthorsson: “Four Dogmas in the Dominant Dialectic about Causation”


18:00: CONFERENCE DINNER (FOR SPEAKERS) at Mother India (Markens gt 6)



9:15-9:30: COFFEE

9:30-11:00: Ragnhild Jordahl: “Dispositional Essences and the Laws of Nature”

11:05:-12:35: Peter Fritz (Oslo): “The Consistency of Structured Propositions”

12:35-13:35: LUNCH

13:35-15:05: Matti Eklund: “Ontology XL”

15:15-15:45: Discussion about the future of the network


If any questions, call Einar: (+47) 917 14143

Ingvar Johansson on TBS’s List of 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers!

s200_ingvar-johanssonThe online magazine The Best Schools has just published a list of the 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers. Among them we find Professor Ingvar Johansson. A representative of TBS informs that the list was compiled partly using a tool developed by TBS to determine links to the works of the philosophers in question, page views, book and article citations and more. They also used a tool called SEMrush to determine the traffic to home pages, wiki pages, etc., in order to get an estimate of what they call Influence Networks. TBS’s team included four Philosophy PhD’s and in addition they consulted numerous philosophers to balance the quantitative data they collected. 

Here is a link to TBS’s list

18-19 October: 2nd Meeting of the Nordic Network in Metaphysics

University_of_Agder_logoIt’s time to start thinking seriously about the upcoming 2nd meeting of the Nordic Network in Metaphysics. The venue this time around is the University of Agder, located in Kristiansand in Norway.


Matti Eklund (Uppsala)

Anna Sofia Maurin (Gothenburg)

Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki)

Eline Busck Gundersen (Oslo/Aarhus)

Lars Bo Gundersen (Aarhus)

Ragnhild Jordahl (Bergen)

Valdi Ingthorsson (Lund)

more info soon!