Dr Anna Bergqvist

Anna has been a lecturer of philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University since January 2012. Before coming to MMU, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Glasgow and Stockholm University. She completed an AHRC-funded PhD student at the University of Reading, where she worked with Professor Jonathan Dancy on the epistemology of moral particularism. She currently supervises doctoral work on particularism and Wittgenstein.

Anna’s principal research interests are aesthetics and moral philosophy, with special emphasis on meta-ethics, normativity and particularism. Particularism is a thesis that is often thought to be restricted to moral philosophy, but in fact its conception of rationality, which she terms ‘situated evaluative thought’, is of general importance. She has published on aesthetic particularism, thick evaluative concepts, and semantic contextualism. Her current work concentrates on the methodological implications of particularism for debates about perspectivalism and objectivity in aesthetics and metaethics, as well as wider debates about the role of context and professional judgement in medicine and bioethics.

Anna has recently initiated an international collaborative research network funded by the Wellcome Trust on Particularism in Bioethics, Professional Ethics and Medicine with colleagues at Tilburg University, Uppsala University, University of Oslo, Diakonhjemmet University College and Durham University as external partners. She is also involved in work at the intersection between ethics and philosophy of perception, where she deploys the idea of situated evaluative thought to illuminate the notion of affordances and the idea of action-oriented perception.

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