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Nils Franzén

I finished my PhD in Uppsala in the fall of 2018 and I'm an associate professor of philosophy in Umeå since March 2022. My research mainly concerns metaethics, philosophy of language and aesthetics. 



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Associate professor at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Section: Philosophy
A, Humanisthuset, HUM.J.133 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My work concerns a range of issues in the philosophy of language, metaethics and aesthetics. I’m especially interested in the nature of moral and aesthetic thought and discourse, fictional speech and the objectivity of values. One of my main interests concerns whether there is any linguistic evidence for subjectivist (broadly speaking) theses about moral and aesthetic discourse, and more particularly if there is any evidence for non-descriptivist theses. 

In another strand of my research, I investigate the nature of fictional discourse (i.e. the speech act performed by an author in the course of writing a fictional narrative) and metafictional discourse (“Sherlock Holmes is a detective” as uttered by someone who is not the author of the stories). Like with evaluative discourse, we are here dealing a type of discourse that, plausibly, goes beyond truth and falsity, and which is moreover intimately connected to some core issues of philosophy, like the modes of existence of fictional entities. During the last year, I’ve also spent some time thinking about discourse about the future (“future contingents”), and how the so-called openness of the future is manifested in language.  

Philosophical Studies, Springer 2024, Vol. 181, (1) : 299-317
Franzén, Nils
Philosophical Studies
Franzén, Nils
Festschrift for Matti Eklund
Franzén, Nils; Felka, Katharina
Filosofisk Tidskrift, Stockholm: Thales 2023, Vol. 44, (3) : 54-59
Franzén, Nils
Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy, University of Michigan Press 2023, Vol. 10
Soria-Ruiz, Andrés; Franzén, Nils
Synthese, Springer 2022, Vol. 200, (6)
Bergman, Karl Gustav; Franzén, Nils
Franzén, Nils
Canadian journal of philosophy, Cambridge University Press 2021, Vol. 51, (3) : 159-174
Franzén, Nils
The language of fiction, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2021 : 88-106
Franzén, Nils
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2021
Franzén, Nils; Moberger, Victor; Risberg, Olle
Mind, Vol. 129, (516) : 1095-1126
Franzén, Nils
Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Routledge 2018, Vol. 96, (4) : 669-682
Franzén, Nils