Olav Gjelsvik on "Reasons and oughts: Fundamentals within the normative"

We are very pleased to announce that Olav Gjelsvik,  Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo, will deliver a talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.



There is an ongoing debate about whether reasons, oughts or both of them are fundamental features of the normative domain. This paper is a contribution to this debate. My aim is to provide a partial defence of the view that reasons are fundamental, without arguing that oughts are not. I shall be particularly concerned with arguing against an elegant reduction of reason-talk to ought talk, recently proposed by John Broome. I shall start from an identification of what I take to be Derek Parfit’s view on this matter, and aim to show that it has great potential, not made explicit by Parfit, for understanding fundamental aspects of the normative as such.

About Olav Gjelsvik

Dr. Olav Gjelsvik obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Philosophy at the University Oslo. He has worked as a research associate at the University of California Berkeley and Visiting Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and Visiting Professor, EHESS and University of Paris. From 2007-2017 he was Research Director, and later also Director, for CSMN, a centre of excellence at the University of Oslo, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

About the seminar series

Philosophical Seminar is a philosophy colloquium series, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at UiO. The departmental colloquium has previously hosted renowned philosophers such as Charles Taylor, Peter Railton, Galen Strawson, Julia Annas, Martin Kusch, Stephen Darwall, Berit Brogaard, John Sallis, Robert B. Pippin, Serena Parekh, Laurie Paul, Cara Nine and Finnur Dellsén.

The colloquia are open to everyone and followed by an open and informal reception on the third floor in the same building. Students are especially encouraged to attend, and all participants are invited to the reception afterwards.

Published Aug. 29, 2019 5:20 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2019 12:19 PM