Valdi Ingthorsson

I am a Researcher at the Department of Philosophy at Lund University in Sweden. On these pages you will find information about what I am up to, and perhaps some useful links to interesting research in my area of interest.

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My area of specialisation is Metaphysics. More specifically I address core issues in the Metaphysics of Time, Causation, Persistence, Powers, and Truth.  The view that I currently defend, or try to elaborate on, is that only the present exists, that things endure rather than perdure, and that causation is a question of powerful particulars producing changes in each other through mutual interactions between each other. Truth, I believe, is a question of correspondence between belief and the subject matter of that belief.

I have recently finished a 3-year project funded by the Swedish Research Council, in which I critically overviewed the debate about McTaggart’s argument for the unreality of time (McTaggart’s Paradox). Since 1 January 2015 I am the Principal Investigator of the project Scientific Essentialism: Modernising the Aristotelian View, which is funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation. This project is connected to several other European projects, such as Power-structuralism in Ancient Ontologies and The Metaphysics of Entanglement led by Dr. Anna Marmodoro at the University of Oxford, Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences led by Dr. Rani Anjum at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Durham Emergence Project led by Prof. Robin Hendry at Durham University.

I am also interested in questions having to do with the application of metaphysics to our understanding of science (humanities and social science included).

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