Jon Erling Litland

Associate Professor - IFIKK
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests


I work mainly in metaphysics and philosophical logic. Most of my work to date has been on the notion of (metaphysical) ground. My main focus has been on the logic of ground, the problem of grounding ground, and the paradoxes of ground. I also have research interests in the metaphysics of modality, vagueness, (mathematical) structuralism, indefinite extensibility, and inferentialist accounts of logic.


My main appointment is as an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Before I came to Austin I was a post.doc at the University of Oslo . Before that I did my ph.d at Harvard University; and before that, again, I did a BA in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Oslo.



  • Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin



2015 Sanders Prize in Metaphysics


Academic Responsibilities

  • Editor Review of Symbolic Logic
  • Member of editorial board, Analytic Philosophy







  • Litland, Jon Erling (2022). Grounding and defining identity. Noûs. ISSN 0029-4624. doi: 10.1111/nous.12430.
  • Litland, Jon Erling & Yli-Vakkuri, Tuomo Juhani (2016). Vagueness & modality - an ecumenical approach. Philosophical Perspectives. ISSN 1520-8583. 30(1), p. 229–269. doi: 10.1111/phpe.12088.
  • Litland, Jon Erling (2013). On Some Counterexamples to the Transitivity of Grounding. Essays in Philosophy: A Biannual Journal. ISSN 1526-0569. 14(1), p. 19–32. doi: 10.7710/1526-0569.1453.

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