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Bram Vaassen

I am an associate professor in philosophy at HumLab, where I research and teach on theoretical and practical issues surrounding causality and explanation.



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Associate professor at Humlab
Samhällsvetarhuset, Humlab är beläget under UB Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Most of my research focuses on causation and explanation. I am particularly interested in exploring how a scientifically and metaphysically respectable understanding of these notions can inform debates in philosophy of mind and philosophy of AI. I also have some research interests in philosophy of language and epistemology.

I joined HumLab in 2024. Before that I held two post-docs. From Fall 2021 to Fall 2024, I was employed on my own research project 'Causation, Correlation and Sensitivity'. The project was funded by a Swedish Research Council international postdoc grant and took place at Umeå University and Rutgers University, where I spent a two-year research visit. From Spring 2020 to Spring 2021, I was a post-doc on the DFG-funded Determinism, Control, and the Consequence Argument project at the University of Cologne.

In the Fall of 2019, I received a PhD in philosophy at Umeå University. My dissertation, defended the controversial thesis that a standard dualist ontology of mind can allow for mental causation even if all events have sufficient physical causes. That is to say, I argue that it is possible for dualist mental phenomena to non-overdeterministically cause behavior in worlds where the physical realm is complete. I also critically assess previous proposals to this extent.


See https://www.bramvaassen.com/ for more information on my research and publications.

Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Vaassen, Bram
Analysis, Oxford University Press 2023, Vol. 83, (1) : 98-106
Vaassen, Bram
Philosophical Studies, Springer 2022, Vol. 179 : 2823-2843
Vaassen, Bram
Philosophy & Technology, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2022, Vol. 35, (4)
Vaassen, Bram
Erkenntnis, Netherlands: Springer 2021, Vol. 86, (3) : 543-552
Vaassen, Bram
Synthese, Springer 2021, Vol. 198 : 10341-10353
Vaassen, Bram
Vaassen, Bram; Sandgren, Alex
Umeå studies in philosophy, 13
Vaassen, Bram
Episteme: A journal of individual and social epistemology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2016, Vol. 13, (1) : 133-149
Vaassen, Bram

Research projects

1 August 2021 until 31 July 2024