Ylwa Sjölin Wirling


Philosophy and Logic
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
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About Ylwa Sjölin Wirling


Docent (2022, University of Gothenburg) and PhD (2019, University of Gothenburg) in theoretical philosophy. 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, philosophy of science, and metaphysics – and in particular topics at the intersections of these three areas.

Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Swedish Research council, working on a project I call “Pure Epistemic Pluralism” (2020-2023). Between autumn 2020 and summer 2022 I was a visiting researcher at the University of Manchester, U.K., as part of this project. The aim of the project is to develop and scrutinise various epistemic concepts such as 'justification' and 'understanding', in light of non-standard assumptions about final epistemic value and/or the aims of inquiry. I am particularly interested in the application of this to 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, and much of my work still concerns modelling and modality.

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.


During autumn 2022 I teach the module Philosophy of Science as part of the web-based course in philosophy (FI1150). I'm also available for supervision of student theses, and offer reading courses in epistemology and philosophy of science, at the BA and MA level in theoretical philosophy.

Other assignments

Between 2021-07-01 and 2024-06-30 I am elected representative for teachers and researchers in the department council at FLoV.