Folke Tersman

Tel: +46 8-402 12 22

Chair Professor, Practical Philosophy

I am the Chair Professor of Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University (since 2008). My tasks at the institute include participation in groups that plan the research at the institute. I also prepare an application for funds for an interdisciplinary research project aimed at studying the role the desire for esteem might have in the explanation of a variety of social phenomena, including political extremism, social alienation, and physical and mental illness. The research team includes philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, economists and political scientists.

I have previously worked at Auckland University, New Zealand, and Stockholm University. My main research interests are meta-ethics and philosophical methodology, but I have also worked in political philosophy, partly through being the principal investigator of the inter-disciplinary research project “Democracy Unbound” (between 2004 and 2008) which was funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Three recently published works:

  • "Disagreement, Indirect Defeat, and Higher-Order Evidence" (w. Olle Risberg), in Klenk, M. (ed.), Higher Order Evidence and Moral Epistemology, London: Routledge, 2020, 97-114. 

  • "From Scepticism to Anti-Realism", dialectica 73 (3), 2019, 411-27. DOI: 10.1111/1746-8361.12276. 

  • A New Route from Moral Disagreement to Moral Skepticism” (w. Olle Risberg), Journal of the American Philosophical Association, 5 (2), 2019, 189-207. DOI: 10.1017/apa.2019.3.

Three frequently cited works:

‘The Reliability of Moral Intuitions: A Challenge from Neuroscience’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 86, 2008, 389-405.

Moral Disagreement, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006 (paperback edition in 2009).

 Reflective Equilibrium — An Essay in Moral Epistemology, Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1993.

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