Ylwa Sjölin Wirling


Philosophy and Logic
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

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 metaphilosophy, but my work also touches on issues in metaphysics and value theory.

I was recently admitted as a Pro Futura Scientia XVIII fellow, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study. My research project for Pro Futura, which is what I will mainly be working on during the coming years, concerns what roles epistemic possibility judgements do and should play at various stages in inquiry, and seeks to develop an account of epistemic possibility that can better help us understand the nature, value, and epistemology of such judgements.

Until recently (2020-2023) I was a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Swedish Research council, and as part of this I was a visiting researcher at the University of Manchester, U.K. That research project concerned epistemic value. Prior to that, 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.

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.


Autumn semester 2023 I teach two modules of undergraduate theoretical philosophy on the first semester (FT1100): Early Analytic Philosophy, and Epistemology.

Usually, 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.