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Philosophy in the Nordic Welfare Society: Comparative Studies

Nordic post war-philosophy in a historical and societal context.

Financially supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

The project will examine the development of academic philosophy in four Nordic countries in the time period ca. 1945 till ca. 1980.  The investigation will proceed focussing on a select number of broad topics: the post war-years, the symbolic year “1968”, and women in Nordic philosophy. In the first place, the approach relied on is that of the sociology of philosophy, which entails looking at philosophy in its historical and societal context, or, in this case, the Nordic-type welfare state in its national variations. The overarching aim of the project is to be able to anchor the development of an academic discipline – philosophy – in a broader historical and societal context.

Researchers on the project

  • Professor Carl-Göran Heidegren, Department of Sociology, Lund University.
  • PhD Klas Gustavsson, Department of Sociology, Lund University.
  • PhD Henrik Lundberg, Department of Sociology and Work Science


  • Carl-Göran Heidegren, Henrik Lundberg, Klas Gustavsson: Sverige och filosoferna. Svensk 1900-talsfilosofi i sociologisk belysning, Studentlitteratur, 2018.
  • Carl-Göran Heidegren: ”Three Positivist Disputes in the 1960s”, Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 6(8), 2018, pp. 1–18.
  • Henrik Lundberg: ”Kampen för att växla in politiskt rörelsekapital till akademiskt kapital”, Respons, nr 3, 2018, pp. 23–25.