About me

This is what I look like:                                                   cropped-Snapshot_20150207.jpg

My last two philosophical paper in English are:
(a) In Defense of the Notion of Truthlikeness, (June 2016).
It can be read online here: http://rdcu.be/ngmD

(b) Against Fantology Again, (December 2016), which might also be called “Anti-Quine”. An abstract can be downloaded here: BS Abs NH

I am professor emeritus in theoretical philosophy at Umeå University, Sweden; and has so been since March 2008. However, I am living in Lund and only formally retired; I am still doing philosophy. I was born in 1943 in a small village (Vegby) situated a hundred kilometers east of the city of Gothenburg. Here I began my university and philosophy studies in fall 1964. I took my B.A. (filosofie kandidat) 1966, my M.A. (filosofie licentiat) 1969, and my Ph.D. 1973; I was here in 1974 given the title “Docent” in theoretical philosophy.

In my M.A. dissertation I discuss problems within the philosophy of perception, but my Ph.D. dissertation discusses Karl Popper’s methodology. An English translation, A Critique of Karl Popper’s Methodology, was published 1975. After I had got my Ph.D., I spent four years teaching and writing philosophy at Lund University. In 1978 I moved to Umeå University, where I had been appointed associate professor in the philosophy of science; in 1999 I was appointed professor in theoretical philosophy. From the summer 2002 until the end of February 2008, I worked at The Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) in Germany. When I became 70, I received a Festschrift, Johanssonian Investigations, edited by Jan Almäng, Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson, and Christer Svennerlind.

My philosophical interests have been centered round problems in ontology (where I place both philosophy of consciousness and social ontology) and the philosophy of science, but I have discussed many other philosophical problems as well; see the page header and the attached papers. (A complete list of all my philosophical publications can be downloaded here: Publ NH 17.)

My overall ontological views can be found in the book Ontological Investigations. An Inquiry into the Categories of Nature, Man and Society (1989, 2004), and my overall philosophy of science views in the book Medicine & Philosophy. A Twenty-First Century Introduction (2008). The general position in the latter can be hinted at by means of the catchwords “fallibilism” and “methodological particularism”.

The ontological book is an attempt to create a modernized – but realist – Aristotelian theory of categories. That is, an ontology that takes account of the scientific revolution without eliminating from the ontological picture our everyday perceptual world and true agency. Once I amused myself with making an aphoristic exposition of the views argued for; it can be downloaded here: IJ-Tractatus

About the books mentioned:

A Critique of Karl Popper’s Methodology can be sent on request (but the file is 37 MB large).

Ontological Investigations can be bought as an eBook at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/209690?rskey=cQhRmR&result=2.   (the Contents can be downloaded here: Contents)

Medicine & Philosophy is available as open access at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/208423?rskey=qRYGXD&result=25.

Johanssonian Investigations can be bought as an eBook at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/208565?rskey=L89ktZ&result=1.


My email address is: ingvar.johansson@philos.umu.se