Marion///Godman

Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy of Science

I am a researcher at the  Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences (TINT) at Helsinki University.

My research interests span a range of topics in the philosophy of science, but I am particularly interested in ontological issues related to biology and the social sciences (e.g. kinds, scientific realism and unity of science). I am also concerned with various implications such matters might have on ethics, politics and law (see Research). I completed my  PhD thesis about natural kinds in the “special sciences” at the Philosophy department at King’s College London  (April 2012, supervised by David Papineau).  After my PhD I was  a post-doctoral research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy on a shorter AHRC Project on Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law.  During 2013-2015 I was also Research and Teaching Associate at the History and Philosophy of Science department, Cambridge University to which I remain an affiliate. My research is assisted by collaborations with other philosophers and scientists in relevant fields and I am a member of the following interdisciplinary research groups and networks: Imperfect Cognitions Network (with regular contributions to the Imperfect Cognitions Blog), Madness studies, and Dynamis — The Finnish Network for Metaphysics.

I grew up on the Baltic island Gotland in Sweden. My interest in philosophy arose when I first took a philosophy class as part of studying Fine Arts (theatre) at York University (Toronto, Canada). I gained a BA (2006) and a MA (2007) both in theoretical philosophy from the Philosophy department at Stockholm University (Sweden). I also hold a Phil. Lic. (2009), equivalent to a MPhil, with a thesis on the ethics of nanotechnology from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden).