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Øystein Linnebo

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Øystein Linnebo
Born1971 (age 52–53)
Alma materUniversity of Oslo
Harvard University
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsBirkbeck College, University of London
University of Oslo
Doctoral advisorCharles Parsons
Main interests
Philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science
Notable ideas
Abstractionist approach to thin objects

Øystein Linnebo (born 1971) is a Norwegian philosopher. As of 2020 he is currently employed in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oslo, having earlier held a position as Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[1]


Linnebo earned his MA in Mathematics from the University of Oslo in 1995 and his PhD in Philosophy at Harvard University in June 2002.

Linnebo's primary areas of concentration are philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, as well as philosophy of language and philosophy of science. He is known for his numerous publications in many top international journals in his field including: The Review of Symbolic Logic, Dialectica, The Journal of Philosophy, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic as well as editing a special edition of Synthese.[2] Additionally, he is the author of the articles "Plural Quantification" and "Platonism in the Philosophy of Mathematics" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.[3][4] He is also an "Area Editor" for philosophy of mathematics on PhilPapers.[5]

In addition to being a Professorial fellow at the Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen he has also been awarded many grants. Most recently he led a research project as part of a European Research Council Starting Grant entitled "Plurals, Predicates, and Paradox: Towards a Type-Free Account" which ran from January 2010 until December 2013.[6]

In 2018, he published Thin Objects: An Abstractionist Account, an abstractionist approach to thin objects.

Since 2022, he is visiting professor at the University of Italian Switzerland.


  1. ^ "Gruppe 3: Idéfag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Øystein Linnebo - Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Plural Quantification (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Platonism in the Philosophy of Mathematics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  5. ^ "About - PhilPapers". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Plurals, Predicates and Paradox - ERC Starting Grants Research Project (completed) - Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas". Retrieved 14 June 2016.
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