Marion Godman

(currently on maternity leave) 

Visiting Researcher, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark (Sept 2017-)

Affiliated Scholar, History & Philosophy of Science Department, Cambridge University, UK (Apr 2015-)

Languages: English & Swedish (bilingual); Danish & Norwegian (full understanding): Finnish & French (basics)


Area of Specialization: Philosophy of Science, esp. Biology and the Human sciences (e.g Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Sciences)

Area of Competence: Metaphysics and Ethics


Researcher, Academy of Finland CoE Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Helsinki University 2012-Jul 2018

Research & Teaching Associate, HPS, Cambridge University, UK,  2013-15

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK, 2012

Research Assistant, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006-07


PhD, Philosophy, King’s College London (KCL), UK , 2007-12

Thesis: Human Kinds and Other Natural Kinds (passed without corrections)

Supervisor: David Papineau; Examiners: Richard Samuels & Sarah Patterson

Phil. Lic., Philosophy, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, 2007-09

MA, Theoretical Philosophy Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006-07

BA, Theoretical Philosophy, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden,  2003-06

PUBLICATIONS (see separate list)


Science and Culture Exploratory Award (approx. €30,000), 2012, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK co-applicant with Helen Beebee)

European Platform for Life and Mind Sciences & the Humanities Network grant (€ 92,100) 2012-14, Volkswagen Stiftüng, German (co-applicant with Vivian Bohl, Mog Stapleton, Wouter van den Bos, Marijn van Wingerden & Christoph Teufel)

King’s College London Teaching Fellow Award,         2009

Doctoral Award (€ 28,380, EU citizen fees-only, sole applicant) 2007-10, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

Doctoral Award (€ 31,000, sole applicant)   2007-2011

Signhild Engkvist Stiftelse (Foundation of Signhild Engkvist), Sweden

Susan Stebbing Studentship (€ 1100, sole applicant)    2007-2011, Department of Philosophy, King’s College London, UK


Peer-Reviewed Presentations (PRP); Invited Speaker (IS)

“Indispensable human kinds” Workshop on the epistemology, metaphysics, and semantics of human kinds, KU Leuven (IS)     May 2018

“Semi-persistent objects: Remarks on kinds and individuals as space-time worms”, Workshop on Metaphysics and Formal Ontology, Tampere University (IS),            April 2018

“Historical essences and scientific realism: the case of species”, Philosophy Society, Lund University Lund Sweden (IS) Feb 2018; Biannual Philosophy of Science Association, Atlanta, USA (PRP)     Nov 2016; Congress for Logic, Methodology & Philosophy of Science, Helsinki University (PRP)  Aug 2015; International Society for History, Sociology & Philosophy of Biology, Montreal (PRP) Jul 2015; European Philosophy of Science Association conference, Helsinki, Finland (PRP)      Aug. 2013

“What can I learn about myself from correlational psychology?” (with Martin Bellander) Philosophy of Science seminar, Helsinki University, Finland (IS)  Nov 2017; British Society for Philosophy of Science conference, Cardiff, Wales (PRP)  Jul 2016; Nordic Network for Philosophy of Science meeting, Pärnu, Estonia (PRP)  Apr 2016

“Parsimony and species essentialism” Sober’s simplicity: A one-day workshop, Copenhagen University    (IS)       Oct 2017

“In what sense, if any, is gender not a natural kind?” Philosophy colloquium, Tartu University, Estonia (IS)  Oct 2017; Philosophy colloquium, Copenhagen University,  Oct, 2017; Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture, Roehampton University (IS)  Nov 2014; Women, Truth and Action, University of Helsinki, Finland (PRP)  Oct 2013

“A Relationship of Value: The Social Intellect of Those with Intellectual Disabilities”  Helsinki Symposium on Profound Intellectual Disability, MayVik, Finland (IS) June 2017

“Do Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts and Corporation Enable Psychopaths?” Moral Responsibility: Hard Cases, University of Birmingham, UK (IS)  May 2017

“Species have Historical, not Intrinsic Essences” (with David Papineau) Workshop on Biological Essentialism, York University (IS), May 2017

“Toward the historical-reproductive unity of social membership” Philosophy Seminar, Umeå University, Sweden (IS), Feb 2017; Philosophy of Borders, CEU, Budapest, Hungary (PRP);   Feb 2017

PEDAGOGICAL EXPERIENCE (full portfolio available upon request)


Social and Moral Philosophy Unit, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Helsinki University

Master’s thesis student

Esko Yli-Hemminki: Does neuroscience affect our legal responsibility?                                          2015-17

History and Philosophy of Science department, Cambridge University                                                             2013-2014

MPhil/Part III (Research Master’s programmes) Supervisor for Research Essay (R) or Dissertation (D) (a sample)

Markus Anderljung: Decision-making under radical uncertainty – A case study (R)

Juliet Griffin: Paedophilia is not a unitary kind for evaluating moral responsibility (R)

Raj Patel: Should we be cautiously optimistic about neuroprediction in law? (D)

Edward Bankes: Safe sex & AIDS in Toronto: the making of a human kind? (D)

Brian Earp: Cultural relativism and the ethics of female circumcision (D)

Internal Examiner for MPhil/Part III and Part II programmes


Politics & Economic Studies department, Helsinki University,

Hur bör vi kategorisera människor? 13 lectures (in Swedish on Human kinds)                    2016

                  Philosophy of Social Science 12 lectures (in English with Sonja Amadae),                                            2016

Science, Values and Society, 13 lectures, (in English)                                                  2013

History and Philosophy of Science department, Cambridge University             2013-2014

Theory & Evidence (IB, Natural Sciences/Philosophy tripod option), 8 lectures

Philosophy of Biology (IB, Natural Sciences/Philosophy tripod option), 8 lectures

Metaphysics of Science: The Challenge from Biology (HPS, Part II students), 8 lectures

Bioethics (HPS, Part II students), 4 lectures

                  Ethics of Medicine (Biological and Biomedical Sciences students), 4 lectures

Evidence and Observation (HPS Part II students), 4 lectures

Primary Source: Stanford School (HPS, Part II students), 4 meetings

Internal Examiner for MPhil and Part II essays

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm                                                                                                                    2006-07

Philosophy of Science, 4 sessions for Master’s course for engineers (in English)

Mediaetik (Media ethics), 6 lectures for Master’s course for engineers (in Swedish)


Programme Committee, British Society for the Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting,   2018-

Co-Organisor of Philosophy of Science seminar, Helsinki University       2017-

Interviewer for candidates for the HPS MPhil programme, Cambridge University,    2013

PhD rep., Philosophy department board, KCL,    2010-11

Chairperson, Stockholm University Philosophy Society,  2005-06

Undergraduate rep., Philosophy department board, Stockholm University,   2005-06


Organised 2 workshops on Law, Responsibility & Neuroscience,  Institute of Philosophy, University of London,  2012

Co-organised 2 conferences on Social interaction, in Cambridge & Dusseldorf University, 2012-2013


Moderator for ‘Fake News! Neoliberalism, Post-Truth Politics & Propensities for Violence’ Dec 2017, Debate at Think Corner venue at Helsinki University

Panelist, Debate about the future of “bildning” and higher education in the Nordic context      July 2017, Almedalen Political week, Visby, Sweden

Panelist on debate on the Future and Ethics of Nanotechnology,     May 2014, Pint of Science Festival, Cambridge, UK

Chair of debate: ‘Disability as a Ground for Abortion?, May 2014, Cambridge Medical Society, Trinity College, Cambridge

Panelist on debate on the use of Bacterial Genome data,   Mar 2014,   Science Festival, Cambridge, UK          

Regular contributor to Imperfect Cognitions blog:  2014-

AHRC Media training course for academics, London University              2010

Philosophy outreach programme to secondary schools, King’s College London,  2009-11


* European Journal of Philosophy; * Australasian Journal of Philosophy; * British Journal for the Philosophy of Science; * Philosophy of Science: * Erkenntnis; * Synthese; * Philosophical Psychology; * Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science; * International Studies in Philosophy of Science; *Theoria; * Review of Philosophy and Psychology; * Frontiers of Human Neuroscience; * Biological Theory; * Acta Analytica; * Phenomenology & the Cognitive Sciences; * British Journal of Aesthetics; * Science and Engineering Ethics; * NanoEthics; * NanoMedicine; * EUSAL Revistas

My CV can also be accessed here.