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Olle Blomberg

Olle Blomberg


I'm working a my first research project after finishing my PhD in July 2013. The focus of the project is the phenomenon intentional joint action (acting together) and its relation to the excerise of individual agency across time, as well as to collective responsibility and practical knowledge (an allegedly special kind of knowledge that one has of what one is doing intentionally). The project partly continues to pursue the independent research track that I started on during my PhD (which I did at the University of Edinburgh). I am finishing the project at the end of June this year (2017), after which I will continue my research at the Department of Philosophy at Lund University, across the Øresund bridge in Sweden. 

I have a general interest in philosophy of mind and action, as well as in issues at the interface of the cognitive and social sciences (especially distributed cognition).

Primary fields of research

Philosophy of action; collective intentionality; social cognition; social ontology

Current research

I'm currently involved in a research project entitled Intentional Joint Action: Coordination, Responsibility and Agent’s Knowledge funded by a Mobilex Mobility Grant (DFF – 4089-00091), awarded by the Danish Council for Independent Research and Marie Curie Actions COFUND under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.


I am no longer teaching or tutoring at the University of Cogenhagen. 

Past teaching experience at the University of Copenhagen and elsewhere:

  1. Lecturer (and course organizer): Social Cognition, University of Copenhagen, Autumn 2016.
    Fourteen three-hour classes on: ‘Introduction: Communication, Cooperation and Mindreading’, ‘Meaning and Communicative Intentions’, ‘Common Knowledge’, ‘Joint Intentional Activity’, ‘Implicature’, ‘Understanding in Communication’, ‘Turn-Taking in Conversation’, ‘Deflationary Views: Egocentrism and Automatic Alignment’, ‘Intentional Communication and Cognitive Sophistication’, ‘Essay Writing’, ‘Intentions in the Study of Conversation’, ‘Conversations Across Cultures’, ‘Game Theory, Coordination and Politeness’, and ‘Mindreading and Interaction’.
  2. Lecturer: Self, Agency and Will, University of Edinburgh, Autumn 2011. Four two-hour lectures given on ‘Illusion of Conscious Will’, ‘Phenomenology of Agency’, ‘Shared Intention and Joint Action’, and ‘Sense of Joint Agency’.
  3. Tutor: Logic, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2010, 3 h/week. Topics covered: Propositional logic and predicate logic (through exercises and discussions of solutions, typically using the semantic tableaux method).
  4. Tutor: Mind, Matter & Language, University of Edinburgh, Autumn 2009, 3 h/week. Topics covered: Dualism, Behaviourism, Identity theory, Functionalism, Instrumentalism, The Knowledge Argument, Zombies, Embodied Consciousness, Sense and Reference, Rigid Designators.
  5. Tutor: Philosophy of Science, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2009, 2 h/week. Topics covered: Logical positivism, The problem of induction, Falsificationism, Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”, Scientific revolutions and theory change, Theory-ladenness of observation, The Strong Programme.
  6. Tutor: Technology and Ethics, Linköping University, Sweden, Autumn 2003. I tutored several groups, amounting to a total work time of 14 hours. Topics covered: Critical thinking and argumentation analysis (using case studies related to environmental ethics and bioethics).


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