Tove Österman

researcher at Department of Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy; Affiliated

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

Short presentation

My research interests include relativism in debates concerning cross-cultural understanding and the nature of rationality, including philosophers such as Peter Winch and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Recently I have focused on John Dewey’s philosophy and its reception and influence on the Swedish school system, including ideas such as student participation, education for democracy, and critical thinking.

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I reveived my MA at the department of philosophy at Åbo Akademi, Finland, in 1999.

I was accepted to the doctoral programme in theoretical philosophy at Uppsala University in 2003 under the supervision of Sören Stenlund and Pär Segerdahl, and received my PhD in 2007 with a dissertation titled Rationality and Cultural Understanding.


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