Dagfinn Føllesdal

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Dagfinn Føllesdal
Born 22 June 1932
Askim, Norway
Alma mater Harvard University
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic
Doctoral advisor Willard Van Orman Quine
Doctoral students Hubert Dreyfus
John Haugeland
Main interests
Philosophy of language

Dagfinn Føllesdal (born 22 June 1932) is a Norwegian-American philosopher. He is the Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University, and professor emeritus at the University of Oslo.[2]

Biography and career[edit]

Føllesdal was born in Askim. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Oslo, he attended Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in 1961 under Willard Van Orman Quine.[3] He taught at Harvard University from 1961 to 1964, and began teaching at Stanford University in 1968.

Føllesdal is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature,[4] the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,[5] the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,[6] and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[7]

He resides at Tanum.[8] He is a practicing Roman Catholic. He regularly participates in the sport of Orienteering.

Philosophical work[edit]

Føllesdal has written extensively on topics relating to the philosophy of language, phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics. He was a pupil of Quine and is among the leading experts on the indeterminacy of translation.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Referential Opacity and Modal logic. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1966
  • "Quine on Modality." Synthese (December 1968), 19(1-2):147-157.
  • "Husserl's Notion of Noema." Journal of Philosophy (October 1969), 66(20):680-687.
  • "Indeterminacy of Translation and Under-Determination of the Theory of Nature." Dialectica (1973), 27:289-301.
  • "Essentialism and Reference." In Lewis Hahn, ed., The Philosophy of W. V. Quine, pp. 97–115. La Salle: Open Court, 1986.
  • "Indeterminacy and Mental States." In Perspectives on Quine. Oxford & Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1990.
  • "In What Sense Is Language Public?" In Paolo Leonardi, ed., On Quine: New Essays. New York & Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • "Absorbed Coping, Husserl and Heidegger." In Mark A. Wrathall and Jeff Malpas, eds., Heidegger, Authenticity, and Modernity: Essays in Honor of Hubert L. Dreyfus, Volume 1, pp. 251–257. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2000.


  1. ^ Bjorn Ramberg; Kristin Gjesdal. "Hermeneutics". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/personer/vit/dagfinnf/
  3. ^ http://phil.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/content.php?user_page_id=110&mid=25-26[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Det Norske Akademi for Sprog og Litteratur" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Gruppe 3: Idéfag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Dagfinn Føllesdal". Archived from the original on 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  7. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Ijpj1tB3Qr0C&pg=PA829&lpg=PA829&dq=dagfinn+follesdal+american+academy+arts+sciences&source=bl&ots=8CeJ6UtBGA&sig=MmzG1olpvNwj4rY-gS_A3jq_C_E&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAmoVChMIr_S96_q8xwIVhk-SCh16sgyF#v=onepage&q=dagfinn%20follesdal%20american%20academy%20arts%20sciences&f=false
  8. ^ "75 år 22. juni: C.I. Lewis Professor Philosophy / professor emeritus Dagfinn Føllesdal" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 15 June 2007. 

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