Ylwa Sjölin Wirling

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I am a philosopher working in epistemology, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. Currently, I am a Swedish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg. Starting in August 2023, I will take up a position as senior lecturer at Umeå University.

Previously, I've been a visiting postdoc at the University of Manchester, UK (2020-22) and a postdoc at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (2019-20).

My current project "Pure Epistemic Pluralism" concerns issues in meta-epistemology, in particular epistemic aim(s) and value(s) and how they relate to debates in epistemology in general and meta-philosophy in particular. The focus is on investigating how pluralist approaches to epistemic value may change these debates in interesting ways. You can read a popular science summary of this project, in Swedish, here.

A lot of my other work concerns various aspects of modality. My dissertation (2019) was on the epistemology of modality, and I'm currently working on the epistemology of scientific modeling practices that scientists and/or philosophers of science take to support possibility claims, as an associate of the project "Towards a Methodology of Modal Modeling". I have written an accessible summary of this field of research (in Swedish) here.

I also maintain interest in the metaphysics of modality, scientific modeling and scientific representation, explanation, the epistemology of abstract objects, social epistemology, virtue epistemology, value theory, and methodological questions concerning justification and theory-choice in philosophy.

Contact me: ylwa.wirling at gmail.com
Here is my PhilPeople/PhilPapers profile,and here (GU) and here (UoM) are my university staff pages.