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Jan Kyrre Berg Friis

Jan Kyrre Berg Friis

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My philosophical research interests are within the science areas medical technologies, communication and diagnostication, and radiology and interpretation, with emphasis on hermeneutics and visual perception.


I am course manager of theory of science and ethics for dentists (bachelor), 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, STS, visual perception, philosophy of time, subjectivity and objectivity, interpretation/hermeneutics in medical practice.

Current research

Currently I am researching the problem of perception in medicine, communication and diagnostization, and radiology and interpretation.

Fields of interest

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

Selected publications

  1. Published

    A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology

    Friis, J. K. B. O., Pedersen, S. A. & Hendricks, V. F. 2009 Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell. 592 p.

    Research output: CommunicationBook

  2. Published

    Evolutionary Theory: 5 Questions

    Oftedal, G. (ed.), Friis, J. K. B. O. (ed.), Rossel, P. J. H. (ed.) & Norup, M. S. (ed.) 2009 New York: Automatic Press. 260 p.

    Research output: ResearchAnthology

  3. Published

    Thinking Time

    Friis, J. K. B. O. 2009 1 ed. Saarbrücken, Deutschland: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & C o. KG. 223 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  4. Published

    The Real-Ideal Divide

    Olsen, J. K. B. 15 Dec 2008 In : Lyceum. 10, 1, 24 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Becoming through technology

    Olsen, J. K. B. 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: CommunicationBook chapter

  6. Published

    Er fremskridtet blot en myte?

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

    Research output: EducationBook chapter

  7. Published

    New waves in philosophy of technology

    Olsen, J. K. B. (ed.), Selinger, E. (ed.) & Riis, S. (ed.) 2008 London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  8. Published

    Philosophy of technology: 5 questions

    Olsen, J. K. B. (ed.) & Selinger, E. (ed.) 2008 New York: Automatic Press.

    Research output: ResearchAnthology

  9. Published

    Teknologi og virkelighed

    Olsen, J. K. B. (ed.) & Pedersen, S. A. (ed.) 2008 Århus: Philosophia.

    Research output: EducationBook

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

    Olsen, J. K. B. 2007 In : Janus Head (Print Edition). 9.2, p. 648-654 7 p.

    Research output: ResearchReview

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