Olof Leffler

Olof Leffler

PhD Student

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Summary: I work on metanormativity, in particular on metaethics and practical reason. My dissertation project concerns constitutivist approaches to explaining action and practical normativity.

Overview

Biography 

My BA degrees - one in political science and one in philosophy (2012) - as well as my MA in philosophy (2014) are from University of Gothenburg, Sweden. They all passed with distinction. In October 2015, I started my PhD at Leeds. I spent summer term 2017 at Humboldt University, Berlin.

Research Interests 

My main area of interest is metanormativity, as I primarily work in the intersection(s) between metaethics, normative ethics, and philosophy of action. But I also have interests in many related areas, not least in political philosophy, various topics in mind/metaphysics/epistemology, and in metaphilosophy.

By and large, you could describe what I do as theoretical practical philosophy. I am therefore affiliated with CEM.

Research Projects

My dissertation project is called The Constitution of Constitutivism. I discuss so-called constitutivist theories about practical normativity with respect to the way(s) they can explain action and normativity. 

My supervisors are Pekka Väyrynen and Ulrike Heuer

Publications

  • Leffler, Olof (2016). "The Foundations of Agency - and Ethics?", in Philosophia [further details not yet known].
  • Leffler, Olof (2016). "Om From Morality to the End of Reason av Ingmar Persson" ("On From Morality to the End of Reason by Ingmar Persson"), in Filosofisk Tidskrift, No. 1, pp. 60-62.
  • Leffler, Olof (2014). "Om rättfärdigandereflektion" ("On Justification by Reflection"), in Alarcon, Meri; Amundsen Bergström, Matilda; Kaveh, Tanja & Pettersen, Andrea Vilde (eds.) (2014). Meningens motstånd, Göteborgs universitet: Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, pp. 35-39.

Talks

External

  • Presentation of "The Virtues of the Humean Theory of Motivation" at European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München, 24/08/17.
  • Presentation of "New Schmagency Worries" at Thomas Schmidt’s Colloquium, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 18/05/17.
  • Respondent to "Whom to Blame and Whom to Praise. A Cross-Cultural Pilot Study to Prove the Influence of Social Hierarchy for Attributions of Moral Evaluations" by Albert Newen (Bochum), at Social Norms and Obligations Workshop, University of Sheffield, 18/10/16. 
  • Presentation of "What We Learn from the Schmagency Objection" at WRPPF, York meeting, 18/6/16, and Understanding Value V, University of Sheffield, 29/07/16.
  • Respondent to "Macintyre, Moral Disagreements and Liberal Politics" by Ahmad Fattah (Sheffield) at WRPPF, Leeds meeting, 14/11/15.
  • Presentation of "Categorical Normativity and Bottom-Up Solutions" at Filosofidagarna (Swedish National Congress of Philosophy), Linköping, 13/06/15.

Internal

  • Presentation of "Kantianism, Humeanism, and Unified Agency" at the Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, 06/10/17.
  • Presentation of "The Virtues of the Humean Theory of Motivation" at the Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, 09/12/16.
  • Presentation of "What We Learn from the Schmagency Objection" at the Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, 29/04/16. 
  • Respondent to "Moral Disagreement Despite Diversity" by Ragnar Francén Olinder (Gothenburg), at the Research seminar in practical philosophy and political theory, University of Gothenburg, 15/04/15.
  • Presentation of "Deliberative Indispensability Deliberately Dispensed With", at the Research seminar in practical philosophy and political theory, University of Gothenburg, 18/09/13.

Teaching

At Gothenburg, I did quite a bit of mentoring of undergraduate students in the local mentoring program (which I also ran for quite some time), as well as a module on teaching in higher education (as part of my MA).

At Leeds, I have (so far) been tutoring on the following modules:

  • PHIL1250: How to Think Clearly and Argue Well
  • PHIL2420: Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification (also lecturing)
  • PHIL1120: Great Philosophical Thinkers
  • PHIL1080: The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong
I have also been taking further courses on teaching in higher education along the way.

Miscellaneous

  • I am grateful for being funded by a Leeds University 110th Anniversary Research Scholarship.
  • I have been doing some administrative work at Gothenburg and Leeds. For example, I am currently organising the local postgraduate philosophy seminar at Leeds (together with David Heering).
  • At present, my main outlet for outreach activities is the Network for Evidence-Based Policy (note: page in Swedish).
  • Feel free to check out my pages on academia.edu and philpapers.org.
  • Also, feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.