Sven Ove Hansson (born 1951)
is a professor of philosophy and chair of
the Department of Philosophy and History of Technology at the
of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.
is an author and skeptic
a special interest in environmental risk assessment, as well as in
decision theory and belief dynamics.
Hansson obtained a bachelor's degree in medical science in 1972,
and then worked for a Swedish trades union, followed by a job with
the Swedish Social
.He received a PhD-degree in theoretical
philosophy at Uppsala
University in 1991, following which he was from 1993 to 1999
forskarassistent (the Swedish equivalent of an associate professor)
at Uppsala. He received a second PhD-degree in practical
philosophy at the University of Lund in 1999, and since 2000 he has been a professor at
KTH; he became department head in 2005.
The Swedish Government
appointed Hansson to the Products Control Board (1976–1982; the
predecessor of the National Chemicals Inspectorate),the National
Board for Spent Nuclear Fuel (1981–1992) and the Natural Science
Foundation (1989–1992). He was also a member of two temporary
Commissions on environmental policies appointed by the Swedish
Government, expert advisor to a 1999–2000 Swedish government
committee the kemikaliekommittén
, and a member of the
board of the MISTRA project New Strategy for the risk management of
chemical substances. Since December 2000 Professor Hansson has been
a member of forskningsberedningen
, the Swedish
government’s advisory board of researchers .
Since September 1999 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of
, the only international, peer-reviewed, philosophy
journal published in Sweden. He was the founding chairperson of the
(Vetenskap och Folkbildning), and is still a board
member and editor of the organisation’s journal
He has published numerous articles and books in Swedish and in
English.Titles of English books are:
Professor Hansson has publicly criticed Anthroposophy
as a pseudo science
See the complete list
of Hansson's publications.
- Hansson's c.v.
- Is Anthroposophy Science? On line copy of
article in Conceptus XXV (1991), No. 64, pp. 37-49.
- The Racial Teachings of Rudolf Steiner
Skeptic Report, June/ July 2005.According to the original
publication of the article in Swedish (Folkvett nr 3/2004.), it was
written in response to criticism of the Swedish branch of the CSICOP for its
publication the previous year of a critical anthology on
anthroposophy as being repeatedly unreliable.