IMG_1407.JPG - version 2I was born 1968 in the town Siglufjörður in Northern Iceland,  famed for its production of herring during the so called Herring era. My parents soon moved to Reykjavik to study music and psychology, respectively. When I was 7 I moved with my father to Lund in Sweden where he studied to become a Psychologist. We returned to Iceland where I took up cross-country skiing and eventually managed to make my way into the national team. I competed in two Olympic games, AlberValdi-skidbildtville in 1992 and Lillehammer 1994.

My undergraduate years at the University of Umeå in Sweden, were mostly devoted to my ambitions in sport. My studies in Psychology and Philosophy definitely came second. It wasn’t until I wrote my Cand. Mag. thesis on the polemic between Reichenbach and Capec on the issue of becoming that I realised that philosophy was my thing. I entered the Ph.D. programme in 1996 to address the philosophy of time under the guidance of Professor Ingvar Johansson. When I finished in 2002, I had got sidetracked to also address issues to do with Causation and Persistence, because these, I found, were inseparable from the issue of time.

In 2004 I was awarded a postdoctoral stipend from The Swedish Institute of the Internationalisation of Research and Education. This allowed me to take up Prof. E. J. Lowe’s invitation to spend a year as Visiting Research Fellow at the dept. of Philosophy at Durham. I returned to Durham after 2,5 years of teaching research methodology in the social and health sciences, to take up a post as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the AHRC project The New Ontology of the Mental Causation Debate, led by Dr. Sophie Gibb. In 2012 I received a grant in the role of Principal Investigator from the Swedish Research Council for a 3 year project investigating McTaggart’s Paradox. My current project—Scientific Essentialism: Modernising the Aristotelian Account— is funded by the The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

I currently live in the deligthful village of Eynsham just outside of Oxford with my partner Gerd Monika and our daughter Selma. Our two boys Freyr and Vidar live in Umeå and Lund, respectively, pursuing their own projects in music and physics.


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