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Ylwa Sjölin Wirling

Doctoral student

Ylwa Sjölin Wirling
Doctoral student
Theoretical Philosophy
ylwa.sjolin.wirling@gu.se

Room number: T241
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg


Philosophy and Philology unit at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.flov.gu.se
flov@flov.gu.se
Visiting Address: Olof Wijksgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Ylwa Sjölin Wirling

Background

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.

 

Research

My main research interests concern epistemology, metaphysics, and metametaphysics – in particular the intersection between metaphysics and epistemology.

PhD Project

My dissertation is in the epistemology of modality, entitled "Modal Empiricism Made Difficult", and available here.  It focuses on the importance and nature of the so-called Integration Challenge and the uniformism/non-uniformism issue. Using the recently increasingly popular family of theories that go under the label 'modal empiricism' as an example, I investigate what it might take for empiricist theories to meet the integration challenge (I argue that this is more demanding than it seems), and argue that concerns with the integration challenge are intimately connected to the issue of non-uniformism about the epistemology of modality.

Other work in progress

I have two papers (in various stages of development) on non-uniformism in modal epistemology.

In addition to the epistemology of modality, I have an interest in metaphilosophy quite generally; in broad questions about the epistmemological role and importance of the human ability to imagine and visualise various non-actual scenarios; in the justificatory power (if any) of thought experiments in philosophy; in the nature and role of explanations (in philosophy in general and in metaphysics in particular);  in certain issues in social epistemology; and in questions about ontological justification.

I am (very slowly) working on a paper on fictionalism and its implications for metaontology (along with Jeroen Smid (Lund University)), and (also slowly) on a paper on Field's epistemological objection to platonism which I presented here in November 2018.

I have an external academic website here.

Teaching Spring 2019

FT1200: Metaphysics (together with Anna-Sofia Maurin).

BA/MA electable course: Imagination as a source of modal knowledge

LIB160: Theory of science for the humanities

Latest publications

Modal Empiricism Made Difficult: An Essay in the Meta-Epistemology of Modality
Ylwa Wirling
Göteborg, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Doctoral thesis 2019
Doctoral thesis

How much fiction is there in fictionalism?
Ylwa Wirling
Graduate workshop on Fiction & Philosophy, Lund 2016-04-14, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

An Externalist Explanation of Modal Knowledge: Prospects and problems for an approach to modal epistemology
Ylwa Wirling
Directions in the Epistemology of Modality, 22-24 October 2015, Stirling (UK), Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Improving Conceivability Theories with an Externalist Explanation
Ylwa Wirling
Filosofidagarna, Linköping, 12-14 Juni 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Imagining Oneself Being Someone Else The Role of the Self in the Shoes of Another
Ylwa Wirling
Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal article 2014
Journal article

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2019

Modal Empiricism Made Difficult: An Essay in the Meta-Epistemology of Modality
Ylwa Wirling
Göteborg, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Doctoral thesis 2019
Doctoral thesis

2016

How much fiction is there in fictionalism?
Ylwa Wirling
Graduate workshop on Fiction & Philosophy, Lund 2016-04-14, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

2015

An Externalist Explanation of Modal Knowledge: Prospects and problems for an approach to modal epistemology
Ylwa Wirling
Directions in the Epistemology of Modality, 22-24 October 2015, Stirling (UK), Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Improving Conceivability Theories with an Externalist Explanation
Ylwa Wirling
Filosofidagarna, Linköping, 12-14 Juni 2015, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

2014

Imagining Oneself Being Someone Else The Role of the Self in the Shoes of Another
Ylwa Wirling
Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Showing 1 - 5 of 5

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