Olof Pettersson

Researcher at Department of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy; Affiliated

Email:
olof.pettersson[AT-sign]filosofi.uu.se
Mobile phone:
+46 70 6822546
Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 H
Postal address:
Box 627
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Olof Pettersson is associate professor in theoretical philosophy at Uppsala University (Sweden) and specializes in ancient Greek philosophy. He received his doctorate in philosophy at Uppsala University with a dissertation on Plato’s notion of appetite (epithumia).

Keywords: politics plato history of philosophy philosophy of language ethics metaphysics ancient greek philosophy social epistemology self-knowledge autonomy

Olof Pettersson is associate professor in theoretical philosophy at Uppsala University (Sweden). Recent publications include “The Etymology of Hermes in Plato’s Cratylus” (in Proceedings from the XIth Symposium Platonicum Pragense, Brill), “Herdsmen and Stargazers: The Science of Philosophy in Plato’s Statesman” (in Polis) and “The Science of Philosophy: Discourse and Deception in Plato’s Sophist” (in Epoché). He is also editor and co-editor of several anthologies on ancient Greek philosophy, including Defending a Philosophical Life: Readings of Plato's Apology (Rowan & Littlefield, 2018) and Plato's Protagoras: Essays on the Confrontation of Philosophy and Sophistry (Springer, 2017).

Pettersson specializes in ancient Greek philosophy with a particular interest in Plato. He received his doctorate in philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden 2013 with a dissertation on Plato’s notion of appetite (epithumia). Pettersson is former assistant project manager for the international research project “Rational Self-Government: An Investigation of Personal Autonomy and its Platonic Origin”, hosted by Uppsala University and postdoc at the University of Bergen, Norway, on the project “Poetry and Philosophy” (on ancient Greek philosophy). Pettersson’s research has been funded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), the Research Council of Norway (NFR), Birgit and Gad Rausings Foundation, the Sweden-America Foundation, among others.

His essays and reviews have appeared in such venues as Ancient Philosophy, Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought, Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Contemporary Political Theory. He has given public lectures throughout the world, including Keio University (Japan), University of Cambridge (UK), University of Groningen (Netherlands), CECTRRA / University of Abuja (Nigeria), University of Bergen (Norway), University of California, at Berkeley (USA), University of Tehran (Iran), and at the World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing (China).

His current research focus is on self-knowledge and its relation to politics, trying to harvest ancient wisdom to solve contemporary problems.

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Olof Pettersson