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Åsa Wikforss

Professor at the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University.

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Åsa Wikforss is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in 1996. In 2008 she and Kathrin Glüer (also at Stockholm University) became the first female professors in theoretical philosophy in Sweden.

Her principal interest is in philosophy of language and mind. Wikforss’ dissertation “Linguistic Freedom: An Essay on Meaning and Rules” (UMI Dissertation Services, 1996) challenges the common view that speaking a language is an essentially rule-guided activity. She has published papers on meaning and rules and has recently cooperated with Glüer on several papers defending a non-normativist account of mental content as well as of belief. Other central research topics include semantic externalism, natural kind terms, self-knowledge and the nature of linguistic and conceptual understanding. She is currently the project leader of a big international project funded by European Science Foundation, ‘Communication in Context: Shared Understanding in a Complex World’.

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