Finnur Dellsén

Welcome!

I am a philosopher specializing in philosophy of science and epistemology. I am currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin's School of Philosophy, as part of the project When Experts Disagree. I recently completed a 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 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]


Upcoming Events

  • July 2nd-3rd, 2017:
    • Workshop on Disagreement, University College Dublin.
    • I will present a paper on the value of epistemic autonomy in science.
  • July 13th-14th, 2017:
    • British Society for Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting, Edinburgh (UK).
    • I will give a paper entitled "Beyond Explanation: Understanding as Mental Modeling".
  • August 21st-26th, 2017:
    • 9th European Congress for Analytic Philosophy, Munich (Germany).
    • I will give a paper entitled "Beyond Explanation: Understanding as Mental Modeling".
  • October 6th-7th, 2017:
    • Who's Got the Power? University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
    • I will give a paper entitled "Generation-Bias Implies Evaluation-Bias".