Finnur Dellsén

Welcome!

I am a philosopher specializing in philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of logic, and metaethics. I recently started as associate professor of philosophy at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Høgskolen i Innlandet). Previously, I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin's School of Philosophy, as part of the project When Experts Disagree.

I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill under the supervision of Marc Lange, Matt Kotzen, and John T. Roberts. Before Chapel Hill, I earned a B.A. in philosophy (while also studying some math and logic) at the University of Iceland and the University of Gothenburg.


News

  • Paper on understanding and explanation accepted at BJPS [Jun 21st, 2018]
    • My paper "Beyond Explanation: Understanding as Dependency Modeling" is now forthcoming in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Preprint available here.
  • Awarded the Lauener Prize for Up-and-Coming Philosophers [Jun 7th, 2018]
    • I am honored to receive the Lauener Prize for Up-and-Coming Philosophers in 2018. Bas van Fraassen will be receiving the associated prize for Outstanding Oeuvre in Analytic Philosophy, and a number of other distinguished philosophers will join us for a symposium on his work in September: Nancy Cartwright, Matthias Egg, Steven French, Michael Friedman, Milena Ivanova, and Michela Massimi.
  • Paper accepted at Philosophy Compass [May 17th, 2018]
    • My survey paper "Scientific Progress: Four Accounts" is now forthcoming at Philosophy Compass. Preprint available here.
  • Open Call for Papers: Scientific Disagreement (Special Issue of Synthese) [May 15th, 2018]
    • The call for papers for the special issue of Synthese I am editing with Maria Baghramian is now available here.
  • Discussion note on understanding and scientific progress forthcoming at JGPS [May 7th, 2018]
    • I wrote a response to a recent discussion of my 'noetic' account of scientific progress in the Journal for General Philosophy of Science. Preprint available here.
  • Guest editing special issue of Synthese on Disagreement in Science [Feb 8th, 2018]
    • Maria Baghramian and I will be guest editors for a special issue of Synthese on "Disagreement in Science". We have a great group of contributors and will send out an open call for papers relatively soon.
  • Review of Explaining Understanding at Metascience [Jan 27th, 2018]
    • My review, entitled "Understanding in epistemology and philosophy of science: A complicated relationship" has been published at Metascience. Preprint available here.
  • Co-authored paper (with N. Sharadin) accepted at Philosophical Studies [Jan 8th, 2018]
    • Nate Sharadin and I just had another collaborative paper, "Promotion as Contrastive Increase in Expected Fit", accepted at Philosophical Studies. Penultimate draft available here.
  • Paper accepted for presentation at the Central APA 2018 [Aug 24th, 2017]
    • I will be presenting my paper "Generation-Bias Implies Evaluation-Bias" at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, on February 21-24, 2018.
  • Co-authored paper (with N. Sharadin) accepted at JAPA [July 29th, 2017]
    • Nathaniel Sharadin and I just had our paper "The Beliefs and Intentions of Buridan's Ass" accepted at the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. Penultimate draft available here.
  • Starting this fall as associate professor at INN University
    • I'm delighted to announce that I have accepted a position as associate professor of philosophy at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences in Lillehammer (formerly Lillehammer University College), starting this fall.
  • Paper accepted at Philosophical Studies [May 17th, 2017]
    • My paper "The Heuristic Conception of Inference to the Best Explanation" has been accepted for publication in Philosophical Studies. Penultimate draft available here.
  • Presentation accepted for presentation at the BSPS Annual Meeting [Apr 24, 2017]
    • My paper "Beyond Explanation: Understanding as Mental Modeling" has been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the British Society for Philosophy of Science, in Edinburgh on July 13-14.
  • Paper accepted at Analysis [Mar 16, 2017]
    • My paper "Abductively Robust Inference" has been accepted for publication at Analysis. Penultimate draft available here.
  • Paper accepted at Synthese [Mar 3, 2017]
    • My paper "Deductive Cogency, Understanding, and Acceptance" has been accepted for publication at Synthese. Penultimate draft available here.
  • Presentation accepted for presentation at the ECAP9 [Feb 15, 2017]
    • I will give a paper called "Beyond Explanation: Understanding as Mental Modeling" at the 9th European Congress for Analytic Philosophy, in Munich (Germany) on August 21-26.
  • Paper accepted at the Australasian Journal of Philosophy [Feb 14, 2017]
    • My paper "When Expert Disagreement Supports the Consensus" has now been accepted at the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Preprint available here.
  • New publication [Jan 4, 2017]
    • My Paper "Reactionary Responses to the Bad Lot Objection" was just accepted at Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
    • [Update, Feb 8:] The paper has now been published here.
  • New year, new website [Jan 3, 2017]