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Ylwa Sjölin Wirling

About Ylwa Sjölin Wirling


PhD in theoretical philosophy (2019, University of Gothenburg). Born (1988) and raised in Malmö, BA and MA in theoretical philosophy from Lund University, as well as a BA in comparative literature.


My main research interests concern epistemology and metaphysics – in particular the intersection between metaphysics and epistemology, and the issues raised by these topics in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of philosophy.

Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Swedish Research council, working on a project I call “Pure Epistemic Pluralism” (2020-2023). During these three years I'll split my time between Gothenburg, and the University of Manchester where I am a guest researcher. The aim of the project is to develop and scrutinise various alternative conceptions of epistemic justification, in light of non-standard assumptions about final epistemic value and/or the aims of inquiry. I am particularly interested in the application this has for issues concerning philosophical methodology.

Prior to this, I was a postdoc at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm (2019-2020), where I worked in a philosophy of science project called “Towards a Methodology of Modal Modelling”, researching scientific modelling practices that scientists and/or philosophers of science take to support possibility claims. I continue to be associated with that project.

My PhD dissertation was in the epistemology of modality, entitled "Modal Empiricism Made Difficult", and available here.

I have an external academic website here, where you can find more up-to-date information on publications, talks, and work in progress.