Maria Svedberg

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Philosophy, Practical Philosophy; Academic Staff

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 H
Postal address:
Box 627
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

PhD, Research Fellow/Lecturer

From May 2017 to June 2021, I'm the Principal investigator on the project, 'Power over the past and the laws of nature: implications for moral responsibility', with my colleague at Uppsala Erik Carlson. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

During the fall of 2017 I am a visiting research fellow at The University of Manchester.

Keywords: free will determinism moral responsibility

Research interests: Free will and moral responsibility

Philosophical interests: Metaphysics, ethics and decision theory.

Academic Background

  • Principal Investigator for the project Power over the Past and the Laws of Nature: Implications for Moral Responsibility, Uppsala University, May 2017‒April 2020.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Riverside, July 2016‒April 2017.
  • Lecturer (fixed-term position), Stockholm University, January 2016‒June 2016.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer (fixed-term position), Stockholm University, April 2015‒December 2015.
  • Ph.D. in Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University, March 2015.
  • Lecturer (fixed-term position), Stockholm University, July 2014‒December 2014.
  • Ph.D. Fellow, Stockholm University, October 2007‒December 2013.
  • M.A. in Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University, August 2007.
  • Lecturer/instructor, Stockholm University, December 2006‒September 2007.

International Research Visits

  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Manchester, August 2017‒
  • Visiting Graduate Student, University of California Riverside, February 2012‒July 2012.
  • Visiting Graduate Student, Florida State University, March 2011‒May 2011.



Stockholm University
  • Applied Ethics (2006)
  • Argumentation, Semantics and Logic* (2007‒2014)
  • Freedom of the Will* (2008‒2010)
  • Metaethics II* (2014‒2015)
  • Metaethics I* (2015‒2016)
  • The History of Philosophy* (2016)
  • Free Will and Moral Responsibility* (2016)
  • Normative Ethics: Future Generations* (2017)
Uppsala University
  • Ethics* (2014‒2015)
  • Metaethics II* (2014)
  • Metaethics I* (2016)
  • Metaphysics* (2017‒)
  • Critical Thinking* (2018‒)


Conference Presentations (selection)

"Consequentialism and Free Will: The Conditional Analysis Resuscitated" at:

  • The 68th New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society Annual Meeting (2017), University of New Mexico
  • Women in Philosophy: Philosophy in Action (2017), Uppsala University

"David Lewis’s Local Miracle Compatibilism" at:

  • The British Postgraduate Philosophy Association Conference (2012), University of Edinburgh
  • The Graduate Philosophy Conference on Free Will (2012), Florida State University
  • The Society for Exact Philosophy Conference (2012), Ohio State University
  • The 16th Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference (2012), University of Oxford

"The Relevance of the Consequence Argument" at:

  • The 15th Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference (2011), University of Oxford

Invited Talks

"Free Will and Determinism: David Lewis’s Local Miracle Compatibilism" at:

  • The Colloquium at California State University Long Beach, April 26, 2012.

"Alternative Pasts and Practical Reasoning" at:

  • The Stockholm June Workshop in Philosophy, June 3, 2014.

"Consequentialism and Free Will: The Conditional Analysis Resuscitated" at:

  • The Royal Institute of Philosophy Colloquium, Manchester Metropolitan University, October 12, 2017.

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Maria Svedberg