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Segelberg, Ivar


Herbert Hochberg


Pages 502 - 505



Ivar Segelberg was a unique figure in Swedish philosophy at the middle of the 20th century. Born in Sweden in 1914, he published his doctoral dissertation, Zeno’s Paradoxes, in 1945 and became a docent in theoretical philosophy at Uppsala University in 1947 with the publication of his second book, Properties. The latter, continuing themes from the earlier book, developed, in great detail, a systematic theory of what are now commonly called ‘tropes’. From his student days in philosophy Segelberg was influenced by the Swedish philosopher Adolph Phalén. Phalén, as Segelberg was to also do, combined the analytic metaphysics and ontology of C. D. Broad, whom Segelberg knew from Broad’s visits to Swedish universities, Russell, and Moore with the phenomenology of Husserl and theory of objects of Alexius Meinong. Appointed to the chair of theoretical philosophy at Gothenburg University in 1951, he set out a unique blending of basic themes from the diverse traditions in his last book Consciousness and the Idea of the Self of 1953. Until his retirement in 1979 he was the center of a lively and productive group of philosophers whose focus on the philosophical issues that preoccupied the Cambridge philosophers, on the one hand, and the phenomenological movement, on the other, was unique in Sweden. For in Sweden logic, ethics and modal logic were the dominant areas of interest in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Segelberg died in Gothenburg in 1987.




1Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin



1 Hochberg, H., (1999), Complexes and Consciousness, Stockholm.

2 Segelberg, I., (1945), Zenons Paradoxer, Stockholm.

3 Segelberg, I., (1947), Begrippet Egenskap, Uppsala.

4 Segelberg, I., (1953), Studier over Medvetandet och Jagidén, Stockholm

5 Segelberg, I., (1999): Three Essays in Phenomenology and Ontology, (trans. Hochberg, H.; Hochberg, S. R.) Stockholm. (English translations of 1945: 1947 and 1953.)

6 Svennerlind, C., (2004), “Ivar Segelberg on Relations”, in Ursus Philosophicus: Essays Dedicated to Björn Haglund, 153-171.

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