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Philosophical Tools for Real-World Problems – Reflections on Sven Ove Hansson’s Style of Philosophizing

The Division of Philosophy at KTH is one of the main research hubs in Europe focusing on philosophical issues that are relevant for technology development and implementation. This two-day seminar puts focus on the real-world challenges that philosophers aim to address and the methods they use as part of this endeavor: What real-world problems are philosophers trying to solve, and how can research in disciplines such as philosophy of risk, logic, decision theory and ethics contribute to creating a better society?

At the occasion of Sven Ove Hansson’s professional retirement, we are calling together a number of his colleagues and coauthors, who share the outlook and style of philosophy that characterizes Sven Ove’s work, and by extension the kind of philosophy done at KTH’s philosophy department.

When:  from the 13th to the 14th of December 2019

Where: room 1414, Teknikringen 74D, 4th floor, KTH, Stockholm

All welcome, but if you choose to attend, please register with an email to by December 10th.


Friday 13th of December
9.00 – 9.15 Welcome!
9.15 – 10.15 Christian Munthe (University of Gothenburg): The price of precaution in clinical medical ethics
10.15 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.00 Sabine Roeser (TU Delft): Ethics of Risk in Practice: emotions, values and responsible innovation of risky technologies
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 13.30 Leif Kari (KTH): Education and science
13.30 – 14.30 Eduardo Fermé (University of Madeira): (More) philosophical problems in belief revision
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee
15.00 – 16.00 Linda Schenk (Karolinska Institute): Occupational exposure limits: a risk management tool in the interface between facts and values
16.00 – 17.00 Karin Edvardsson Björnberg, John Cantwell & Till Grüne-Yanoff (KTH): Philosophical Tools for Real-World Problems – Reflections on Sven Ove Hansson’s Style of Philosophizing

Saturday 14th of December
9.00 – 10.00 Neelke Doorn (TU Delft): Sven Ove Hansson’s contribution to philosophy of technology & engineering
10.00 – 11.00 Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund University): Sven Ove's Theoria
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 12.00 Jan Scheffel (KTH): Philosophy, science and enginering - why work together?
12.00 – 13.00 Lars-Göran Johansson (Uppsala University): Experimentation and causation in the social sciences
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Maarten Boudry (Ghent University): Diagnosing pseudoscience in real life: the symptomatic approach.
15.00 – 16.00 Sven Ove Hansson (KTH): A future for philosophy?
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee

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Should you have any questions, please contact

Karin Edvardsson Björnberg
Karin Edvardsson Björnberg associate professor 087909596 Profile