Dr Ole Koksvik

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen

I'm speaking at the Centre for Logic, Language, and Mind at Stockholm University on 20 November, about how intuition justifies belief.

Ole Koksvik

Welcome to my homepage.

I am a philosopher working at the University of Bergen. My research is concentrated in two areas.

In the intersection of philosophy of mind and epistemology I focus on conscious experience, and especially on its role in human rationality. In my doctoral dissertation I argue that intuition is a type of experience which justifies belief for the same reason as why perceptual experience does.

In political philosophy I focus on the moral obligations we the affluent have to the very poor. I ask whether the widespread practice of giving priority to compatriots over the much greater need of the distant poor is justified, and whether certain business relationships give rise to significant obligations to alleviate poverty

Comments on my work are always welcome, email me at ole.koksvik at gmail.com.


The paper 'Profiting from Poverty', co-authored with the late Gerhard Øverland, is under review.

The second meeting of NorMind: was held in Copenhagen in September. The third meeting will take place at CSMN in Oslo on January 14. Save the Date!.

In May I spoke about the ethics of profiting from poverty at a workshop in memory of Gerhard Øverland at CSMN in Oslo.

'Phenomenal Contrast: A Critique' has appeared in American Philosophical Quarterly.

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Published and Forthcoming

Forthcoming. 'Intuition: A Short Introduction'.
local file Methods in Analytic Philosophy, ed. J Horvath. Bloomsbury.

2015. 'Phenomenal Contrast: A Critique'.
local file American Philosophical Quarterly 52(4): 321–334.

2014. `Three Models of Phenomenal Unity'.
local file Journal of Consciousness Studies 21: 105–131.

2014. `Aspects of Phenomenal Unity'.
local file Journal of Consciousness Studies 21: 6–12.

2013. `Intuition and Conscious Reasoning'.
local file Philosophical Quarterly 63: 709 – 715.

2010. `Metaphysics of Consciousness'.
local file In A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand.

2007. `Conservation of Energy is Relevant to Physicalism'.
local file Dialectica 6: 573 – 582.

Works in Progress / Under Review

Single Author

  • 'Phenomenology of Intuition'
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  • 'Phenomenology of Objectivity Explains Transparency'
  • `Against the Leibnizian View of Phenomenal Unity'
  • 'Intuition, Belief, and Rational Criticisability'
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  • 'Liberalism about Intuitional Experience'


Recent and Upcoming Talks

May 26-27, 2016. TBA
Workshop on Benefiting from injustice, CSMN, University of Oslo.

November 20 2015. 'From Perception to Intuition via Phenomenology'.
Centre for Logic, Language, and Mind, University of Stockholm.

May 28 2015. 'Profiting from Poverty'.
Responding to Global Poverty Workshop, CSMN, University of Oslo.

February 27 2015. 'Profiting from Poverty'.
University of Tasmania

November 19 2014. `Liberalism about Intuition'.
University of Copenhagen.

August 29, 2014. `Killer Beliefs, Dispositions, and Justification'.
Workshop on First-Person Data.
March 6, 2014. `Answering the Absent-Experience Challenge to Intuition'.
Monash University.
March 11, 2014. `Three Models of Phenomenal Unity'.
The Australian National University.


I've written a guide to preparing your thesis with LaTeX. It includes all the files you need to create the a very nice-looking thesis.

I've also written a guide to giving a talk in philosophy.

Doctoral Dissertation

2012. The Australian National University. Intuition
précis local file
Accepted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with no revisions.

Masters Thesis

2007. Monash University. In Defence of Interactionism
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       Ole Koksvik | Department of Philosophy | University of Bergen | Pb 7805| 5020 Bergen, Norway | (+47) 5558 2581