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Martin Gustafsson

Professor of Philosophy

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Research 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.

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.

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.

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