Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis

Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis

Associate Professor

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I have a BA and MA in philosophy from Oslo and a PhD in philosophy of science from RUC. I have been employed at the Department of Health Services Research, Institute of Public Health Sciences, since 2007, where I am an associate professor in the philosophy of medical science and technology. I am particularly interested in the body-brain dynamic, interaction with society and the world around us, and what influences our actions and decisions. My philosophical "stance" is influenced by Zen Buddhist philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, hermeneutics, and neurophenomenology, to name a few sources of inspiration.

Primary fields of research

My philosophical research interests are within the science areas of medical technologies, diagnosticating, radiology, and interpretation, with emphasis on embodied cognition, enactivism/neurophenomenology/4E, hermeneutics, and visual perception.

Teaching

I am course manager of theory of science and ethics for cand.scient.san. (master), and molecular biomedicine (bachelor). I supervise bachelor, master and PhD students on topics in areas like philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of technology, visual perception, philosophy of time, subjectivity and objectivity, interpretation/hermeneutics in medical practice.

Current research

Ongoing book projects:

- Forthcoming monograph (working title) “The Embodied Hermeneutical Mind - Interpretation and Medical Technological Practice.” Palgrave Macmillan. Due May 2024.

Books: anthologies and monographs

- Postphenomenological methodologies – new ways in mediating techno-human relationships. Editors: Jesper Aagaard, Oliver Tafdrup, Cathrine Hasse & Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis. Lexington Books. 2018.

- Technoscience and Postphenomenology: The Manhattan Papers. Editors: Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis & Robert Crease. Lexington Books. 2015.

- Philosophical Practice.  New York & London: Automatic Press/VIP. Editors: Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis. 2012.

- Philosophy of Medicine. New York & London: Automatic Press/VIP. Editors: Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Peter Rossel, and Michael Slott Norup. 2011.

- Evolutionary Theory. New York & London: Automatic Press/VIP. Editors: Gry Oftedal, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Peter Rossel, and Michael Slott Norup. 2010.

- A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology. Blackwell-Wiley. Editors: Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Vincent F. Hendricks, and Stig Andur Pedersen. 2009. Revised Paperback Edition 2012.

- Thinking Time. Berlin: VDM Verlag. 2009.

- New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Editors: Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Evan Selinger, and Søren Riis. 2008.

- Teknologi og Virkelighed. Aarhus: Philosophia. Editors: Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis & Stig Andur Pedersen. 2008.

- Philosophy of Technology. New York & London: Automatic Press/VIP. Editors: Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis and Evan Selinger. 2007.

- Tid – fysiske, filosofiske og videnskabsteoretiske perspektiver. Fredriksberg: Biofolia, 2003.

- Time in Experience and Science. Filosofi og Videnskabsteori på Roskilde Universitetscenter, 1. Række: Enkeltpublikationer, Nr. 1., Roskilde: Roskilde University Press. (ISBN 87-7349-560-3). PhD dissertation. 2003.

Fields of interest

Science and technology studies, philosophy of science, perceptionstudies, hermeneutics and cognition.

Possible conflicts of interest

I have no conflicts of interest.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, Pedersen, S. A. & Hendricks, V. F., 2009, Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell. 592 p. (Blackwell companions to philosophy, Vol. 43).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Published

    Evolutionary Theory: 5 Questions

    Oftedal, G. (ed.), Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen (ed.), Rossel, Peter J. Hancke (ed.) & Norup, M. S. (ed.), 2009, New York: Automatic Press. 260 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  3. Published

    Thinking Time

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 2009, 1 ed. Saarbrücken, Deutschland: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & C o. KG. 223 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

  4. Published

    The Real-Ideal Divide

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 15 Dec 2008, In: Lyceum. 10, 1, 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Becoming through technology

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 2008, New waves in philosophy of technology. Olsen, J. K. B., Selinger, E. & Riis, S. (eds.). London & New York: St. Martin's Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

  6. Published

    Er fremskridtet blot en myte?

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 2008, Teknologi og virkelighed. Olsen, J. K. B. & Pedersen, S. A. (eds.). Århus: Forlaget Philosophia

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterEducation

  7. Published

    New waves in philosophy of technology

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen (ed.), Selinger, E. (ed.) & Riis, S. (ed.), 2008, London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologypeer-review

  8. Published

    Philosophy of technology: 5 questions

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen (ed.) & Selinger, E. (ed.), 2008, New York: Automatic Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  9. Published

    Teknologi og virkelighed

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen (ed.) & Pedersen, S. A. (ed.), 2008, Århus: Forlaget Philosophia.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  10. Celebrating Don Ihde: Review of Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde by Evan Selinger

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 2007, In: Janus Head (Print Edition). 9.2, p. 648-654 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearch

  11. Published

    Perception: Embodiment and Beyond

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 2010, In: Foundations of Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  12. Published

    Measure and the Measureless

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, Jun 2013, In: Philosophy and Technology. 26, 2, p. 227-230 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  13. Published

    Hvad har hermeneutik at gøre med radiologisk praksis? Om kunsten at percipere virkeligheder indirekte

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, Oct 2013, Nye spørgsmål om teknikken. Schiølin, K. & Riis, S. (eds.). Aarhus Universitetsforlag, p. 341-359 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  14. Published

    The Interpretative Value of Information

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, 23 Jun 2016, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information. Floridi, L. (ed.). Oxford, UK: Routledge, p. 386-395 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  15. Published

    Gestalt descriptions embodiments and medical image interpretation

    Friis, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, May 2017, In: A I & Society. 32, 2, p. 209–218 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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