I am a graduate (presently: master’s) student of philosophy in Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously, I have studied philosophy, political science and economics at the University of Gothenburg, and philosophy for some time in Lund as well. Thus, I have two bachelor’s degrees: one in philosophy, and one in political science (so, essentially, what the British call a PPE degree with what Americans call a double major), but philosophy is my main focus.
My theoretical interests are broad, but it is fair to say that my primary area of interest is meta-normativity, i.e. the cluster of issues that is to be found in the intersection between meta-ethics, epistemology and philosophy of action, focusing particularly on questions about the nature of value, reasons, rationality, agency, justification and knowledge. I am also, secondarily, interested in issues in areas that relate to this primary area: political philosophy and normative ethics on the normative side of things, and philosophy of mind, philosophy of social science, and metaphilosophy on the descriptive (or, at times, epistemic, as opposed to practical) side of things. Some of my – continuously updated – philosophical views can be found here.
When it comes to the world outside my head, I am (maybe too) concerned with contemporary politics and society. And I very much enjoy art of various kinds. And, importantly, my favourite football (not “soccer”!) team is Tottenham Hotspur.
Here, at qualia.se, I try to blog (at least) once per month. My posts usually center around three themes: theoretical musings which are more or less related to my main philosophical activities, reflections on contemporary phenomena, and attempts at philosophizing in the public sphere by, e.g., introducing it or defending it against far too common complaints.
However, a caveat about these stems from the nature of the blogging medium: everything I write here cannot be expected to represent my ultimate, considered views on all topics; instead, my posts should often be read as works in progress which often have to be substantively revised or even scrapped rather than being either fully accepted or fully acceptable.
Finally, a remark on my editing habits may be helpful: I sometimes read through old posts to clarify things, fix spelling or punctuation mistakes, as well as other simple errors. When doing so, I sometimes notice that some arguments need revisions and alter them accordingly. I then add an update notification to the post to clarify what has been changed, whereas minor changes go unnotified.
If you would like to contact me, feel free to do so at: olof [dot] leffler [at] hotmail [dot] com.