The MMER project

Moral Motivation: Evidence and Relevance



Gunnar Björnsson

Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Communication at Linköping University, Principal Investigator of MMER. PhD (on moral internalism) at Stockholm University 1998, postdoc at University of Connecticut, later research fellow at Stockholm University and the University of Gothenburg, and visiting fellow at USC Los Angeles. My research interests span metaethics, moral responsibility, philosophy of language, conditionals and causation.

Caj Strandberg

Ph D in practical philosophy at University of Gothenburg. I defended my thesis Moral Realism. A Defence of Moral Realism in 2004 at Lund University. 2006 – 2007 I was post-doc researcher at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In philosophy I am particularly interested in metaethics, aesthetics, and normative ethics.

John Eriksson

I defended my PhD thesis Moved by Morality in September 2006 at Uppsala University. Presently, I am a post-doc researcher at the department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. My main interests are metaethics, philosophy of language and philosophical questions concerning self-deception, sincerity and lying.

Ragnar Francén Olinder

Post-doc researcher in practical philosopy at Stockholm University (2010 - 2011). I defended my thesis Metaethcial Relativism: Against the Single Analysis Assumption in January 2008 (at the University of Gothenburg). My philosophical interests are mainly metaethics,philosophy of language and normative ethics.

Fredrik Björklund

Associate professor at the Department of psychology, Lund University. Most of my research is in the area of social and personality psychology, with a particular focus on experimental studies of moral judgment and prejudice.


May 18-20 2012. Conference: Moral Motivation: Evidence and Relevance


Invited speakers:

  1. James Dreier (Brown) Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie)

  2. Jesse Prinz (CUNY)

  3. Michael Ridge (Edinburgh)Michael Smith (Princeton)Sigrún Svavarsdóttir (Ohio) Jon Tresan (Chapel Hill)

  4. Nick Zangwill (Durham)

Continuous activities. The MMER research seminar meets about ten times each semester.

August 17-18 2011.
Workshop on The Relevance of Motivational Internalism

Invited speakers:
    Jon Tresan (Chapel Hill)
Michael Ridge (Edinburgh)
    Jimmy Lenman (Sheffield)  
    Nick Zangwill (Durham)

September 4th 2010. Workshop on Metaethics and Empirical Methods.

Presentations by:
    Shaun Nichols (Arizona)
    Antti Kauppinen (Dublin)
    Folke Tersman (Uppsala)
    Gunnar Björnsson
    (Linköping, Gothenburg)
    Ragnar Francén