Professor of Philosophy

Martin Gustafsson

Email: martin.gustafsson@abo.fi
Mobile: +358-469215893
Phone: +358-2-2153611


Biography

I am professor and chair of philosophy at Åbo Akademi University since 2010. I took my PhD at Uppsala University. Before I moved to ÅAU, I did post-doc research at the University of Chicago (2000-2001), Uppsala University (2001-2005) and Stockholm University (2005-2010). Since 2017, I am head of the BA and MA programs in "Culture, History and Philosophy". I am chair of the Nordic Wittgenstein Society, and review editor of the open access journal Nordic Wittgenstein Review.


Professional interests

My main research areas are the philosophy of language and the philosophy of action. I am particularly interested in how they hang together -- the ways in which language and action intermingle and are embedded in the wider circumstances of human life. My way of thinking about these issues has been deeply influenced by the works of Elizabeth Anscombe, Stanley Cavell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. My research areas also include the history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of logic, philosophical methodology and the philosophy of the human sciences. I have led research projects on the contemporary significance of ordinary language philosophy (Academy of Finland 2013-2017), the problems involved in describing actions in terms unknown to the agent (The Swedish Central Bank's Tercentenary Foundation 2008-2011) and on Quine's and Wittgenstein's conception of the relation between philosophy and science (the Swedish Research Council 2001-2004). Together with Lars Hertzberg, I have translated Wittgenstein's Philosophische Untersuchungen into Swedish. I am currrently working on two book projects: one on the paradox of analysis in analytic philosophy, the other on the essential role of passivity in human action and the significance of taking a break.


Teaching

I enjoy teaching at all levels, from the introduction course to courses aimed at graduate and post-graduate students. I regularly teach epistemology, logic, and the history of analytic philosophy. I also enjoy inter-disciplinary teaching -- for example, I have done broadly accessible courses in artificial intelligence and on privacy and surveillance. My teaching at higher levels include courses in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of action, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Frege's The Foundations of Arithmetic, and Quine's Word and Object. I organize the MA thesis seminar and the weekly higher research seminar in philosophy. I am currently the main supervisor of six PhD students.


Research Areas


Peer-reviewed publications

A1 Journal article (refereed)
Category Mistakes and Ordinary Language (2019)
Martin Gustafsson
Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Language-games, Lebensform, and the Ancient City (2018)
Martin Gustafsson
De Gruyter
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Perception, Perspectives and Moral Necessity: Wittgenstein, Winch and the Good Samaritan (2018)
Martin Gustafsson
Routledge
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Why Is Frege's Judgment Stroke Superfluous? (2018)
Martin Gustafsson
Springer
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C2 Edited book
Finite but unbounded: New approaches in philosophical anthropology (2017)
Kevin Cahill, Martin Gustafsson, Thomas Schwarz Wentzer (eds.)
De Gruyter
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Introduction (2017)
Martin Gustafsson
De Gruyter
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A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Notes on life and human nature (2017)
Martin Gustafsson
De Gruyter
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A1 Journal article (refereed)
Quine on translation and logical deviance (2017)
Martin Gustafsson
Monist
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A1 Journal article (refereed)
Skill, drill, and intelligent performance: Ryle and intellectualism (2017)
Stina Bäckström, Martin Gustafsson
Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Wittgenstein, Language, and Chess (2017)
Martin Gustafsson
Springer
A1 Journal article (refereed)
Anscombe's Bird, Wittgenstein's Cat: Intention, Expression, and Convention (2016)
Martin Gustafsson
Philosophical Topics
C2 Edited book
Nordic Wittgenstein Review 5:1 2016 (2016)
Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen, Martin Gustafsson, Yrsa Neuman
Nordic Wittgenstein Society (NWS)
C2 Edited book
Nordic Wittgenstein review 5:2 2016 (2016)
Anne-Marie Söndergaard Christensen, Martin Gustafsson, Yrsa Neuman
Nordic Wittgenstein Society (NWS)
C2 Edited book
Philosophical Topics 2016:1. Essays on the Philosophy of Frederick Stoutland (2016)
Martin Gustafsson
Dept. of Philosophy, University of Arkansas
C2 Edited book
Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4:1 2015 (2015)
Yrsa Neuman, Anne-Marie Söndergaard Christensen, Martin Gustafsson
Nordic Wittgenstein Society (NWS)
C2 Edited book
Nordic Wittgenstein Review 4:2 2015 (2015)
Yrsa Neuman, Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen, Martin Gustafsson
C2 Edited book
Note from the Editors (Vol. 4 No. 2) (2015)
Yrsa Neuman, Anne-Marie Søndergaard Christensen, Martin Gustafsson
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
C2 Edited book
Note by the Editors (2014)
Martin Gustafsson, Lars Hertzberg, Yrsa Neuman
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
C2 Edited book
Note from the Editors (Vol. 3 No. 1) (2014)
Yrsa Neuman, Martin Gustafsson, Lars Hertzberg
Nordic Wittgenstein Review
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Quine's Conception of Explication -- and Why It Isn't Carnap's (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Wiley-Blackwell
A4 Conference proceedings
Vad är en anakronism? (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Tampere University Press
A1 Journal article (refereed)
What Is Cavellian Perfectionism? (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Journal of Aesthetic Education
A1 Journal article (refereed)
Wittgenstein and "Tonk": Inference and Representation in the Tractatus (and Beyond) (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Philosophical Topics
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Other publications

E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Asplunds åskmaskiner fick tanken att klarna (2018)
Martin Gustafsson
Svenska Dagbladet
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Föraktet för fakta mer skrämmande än bomber (2017)
Martin Gustafsson
Svenska Dagbladet
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Så räddades de franska vinerna åt eftervärlden (2017)
Martin Gustafsson
Svenska Dagbladet
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Det är du som är Facebooks produkt (2016)
Martin Gustafsson
Svenska Dagbladet
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Introduction (2016)
Martin Gustafsson
Philosophical Topics
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E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Så sålde vi våra själar till nätjättarna (2016)
Martin Gustafsson
Svenska Dagbladet
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
(Review of) Penelope Maddy: The Logical must. Wittgenstein on Logic (2015)
Martin Gustafsson
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Turing och tänkande maskiner (2015)
Martin Gustafsson
Ikaros
D4 Published development or research report or study
Report on Future Strategy of Open Access (2014)
Yrsa Neuman, Hugo Strandberg, Martin Gustafsson, Alois Pichler
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Review of José L. Zalabardo (ed.), Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy
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B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Review of Krista Lawlor, Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Philosophical Investigations
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Review of Paul Horwich, Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy (2014)
Martin Gustafsson
Mind

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