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Åsa Burman


Åsa Burman. Philosopher.


Åsa Burman is Reader (Docent) in Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University, Sweden, and an affiliated researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies. She is an editor of the Journal of Social Ontology. She holds a Ph.D. from Lund University in Sweden and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Burman works in social ontology and is especially interested in social phenomena such as class, social structures, and social power. Her new book Nonideal Social Ontology: The Power View (OUP 2023) is about these phenomena and the differences between ideal and nonideal social ontology. She looks forward to teaching two summer courses, one in Neuchâtel and one in Budapest, and to helping organize the Social Ontology 2023 conference in Stockholm.  

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Recent Publications


Burman Nonideal Social Ontology


Burman argues for the use of nonideal theory in social ontology, claiming that a paradigm shift from ideal to nonideal social ontology is underway, and that this shift should be fully followed through.

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Courses and Conferences

Upcoming Events 

Summer Courses: Social Ontology

Summer 2023

This summer, I am very happy to teach two summer courses in social ontology together with other philosophers. The first course is in Neuchatel, and the other is in Budapest. 

Social Ontology 2023 Conference

16th-19th of August, Stockholm

I am part of the organizing team for the international conference Social Ontology 2023, to be held at Stockholm University. We are looking forward to having 200 philosophers join us this summer. The call for abstracts is now open. 

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From 2004 and onwards

I began teaching philosophy during my Ph.D. and still very much enjoy it. I have been teaching courses ranging from logic, political philosophy, and ethics to the history of philosophy and social ontology. Nowadays, I work mainly with Ph.D. students. 


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