Johannes Persson

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Johannes Persson


Johannes Persson, professor, theoretical philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Lund University.

Head of department, Educational Sciences, Lund University.

Main areas in research and teaching: philosophy of science, philosophy of risk and human decision-making, and metaphysics.


Member of steering committee, luPOD, Lund University post-doctoral programme,


Board member, LUCID, Lund University centre of excellence for integration of natural and social dimensions of sustainability,

      Recent publications

      Persson, J. and Sahlin, N.-E. (2013). Vetenskapsteori för sanningssökare. Stockholm: Fri Tanke Förlag.


      Thorén, H. and Persson, J. (2013, online first). The Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity: Sustainability Science and Problem-Feeding. Journal for General Philosophy of Science.


      Blennow, K., Persson, J., Wallin, A., Vareman, N. and Persson, E. (26 Sep 2013 Epub). Understanding risk in forest ecosystem services: implications for effective risk management, communication and planning. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research.


      Persson, J. (2013, accepted for publication). Att leda och administrera. Efter festen. (eds.) Eldén, S. and Jonsson, A. Studentlitteratur.


      Blennow, K., Persson, J., Tomé, M. and Hanewinkel, M. (2012). Climate change: believing and seeing implies adapting. PLOS ONE 7(11): e50182.


      Persson, J. (2012). Mechanistic explanation in social contexts: Elster and the problem of local scientific growth. Social Epistemology 26(1): 105-114.


      Persson, J. (2012). Three conceptions of explaining how possibly - and one reductive account. EPSA Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Eds. de Regt, Okasha, Hartmann. The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings, vol 1. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 275-286.


      Persson, J. (2012). Social laws should be conceived as a special case of mechanisms: a reply to Daniel Little. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1: 12-14.


      Persson, J. (2012). Social mechanisms and explaining how: A reply to Kimberly Chuang. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1: 37-41.


      Persson, J. and Wallin, A. (2012). Why internal validity is not prior to external validity: paper presented at PSA 2012. The Brunswik Society Newsletter 7: 37-38.


      Persson, J. (2011). Explanation in metaphysics? Metaphysica. 12(2): 165-181.


      Brinck, I., Hermerén, G., Persson, J., and Sahlin, N.-E. (2011). Why metaphysicians do not explain. Philosophical papers dedicated to Kevin Mulligan.


      Jerneck, A., Olsson, L., Ness, B., Anderberg, S., Baier, M., Clark, E., Hickler, T., Hornborg, A., Kronsell, A., Lövbrand, and Persson, J. (2011). Structuring sustainability science. Sustainability Science 6(1): 69-82.


      Sahlin, N.-E., Persson, J. and Vareman, N. (2011). Unruhe und Ungewissheit – Stem Cells and Risks. Translational Stem Cell Research: Issues Beyond the Debate on the Moral Status of the Human Embryo. (Eds. Hug, K. and Hermerén, G.). Humana Press, Springer: 421-429.


      Persson, J. (2010). Activity-based accounts of mechanism and the threat of polygenic effects. Erkenntnis 72(1): 135-149.


      Sahlin, N.-E., Wallin, A. and J. Persson. (2010). Decision Science: From Ramsey to Dual Process Theories. Synthese 172(1): 129-143.


      Persson, J. (2010). Mechanisms: Are activities up to the job? EPSA 07 Epistemology and Methodology of Science: Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association. (Eds.) Suárez, M., Dorato, M., and Rédei, M. Springer: 201-209. 17.


      Persson, J. (2010). Misconceptions of positivism and five unnecessary science theoretic mistakes they bring in their train. International Journal of Nursing Studies 47(5): 651-661.


      Vareman, N. and Persson, J. (2010). Why separate risk assessors and risk managers? Further external values affecting the risk assessor qua risk assessor. Journal of Risk Research 13(5): 687-700.


      Persson, J. (2009). Semmelweis’s methodology from the modern stand-point: intervention studies and causal ontology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 40(3): 204-209.


      Persson, J. and N.-E. Sahlin. (2009). A philosophical account of interventions and causal representation in nursing research: a discussion paper. International Journal of Nursing Studies 46: 547-556.


      Blennow, K. and J. Persson. (2009). Climate change: Motivation for taking measure to adapt. Global Environmental Change 19: 100-104.

      Johannes Persson

      Department of Philosophy

      Lund University