I have studied philosophy in Utrecht, finishing my bachelor's in 2008 and my master's cum laude in 2010. From March 2010 until June 2014, I worked, in the context of Dr. Thomas Müller's ERC Starting Grant project "Indeterminism Ltd., an intervention on the free will debate", on my dissertation, Conceptual Realism, on the structure of metaphysical thought, in which I defend an Aristotelian version of conceptual realism, with special focus on (anti)realism, individuation, essence, time, modality, causality, and life. I defended my dissertation cum laude on June 18, 2014. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoc at the computer science department, in the context of Dr. Jan Broersen's ERC Consolidator Grant project "Responsible Intelligent Systems". My research there focused on collective action and collective responsibility. Since 2016, I am assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. My philosophical interests include metaphysics, philosophy of logic, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, and action theory.

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  2018 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (2018). Why Intentions?. Ratio, 31 (S1), (pp. 51-64) (14 p.).
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (23.11.2017) Invited speaker University of Amsterdam A Powerful Idea
Mulder, J.M. (22.01.2017). De eenheid van een gedachte - Over de samenhang van logica en metafysica. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte, 109 (1), (pp. 145-160) (16 p.).
Mulder, J.M. (29.10.2017) Invited speaker Judgment Day Utrecht (28.10.2017 - 29.10.2017) Self-Consciousness and Individuation
Mulder, J.M. (11.11.2017) Invited speaker OZSW Annual conference 2017 Utrecht (10.11.2017 - 11.11.2017) The Varieties of Power
  2017 - Professional publications
van Miltenburg, N., Ometto, D.L.A. & Mulder, J.M. (2017). Is deontische logica werkelijk neutraal?. De Filosoof, 2017 (74), (pp. 15-19).
  2017 - Popularising publications
Mulder, J.M. (09.06.2017) Invited speaker Bernard Lievegoed Academisch Netwerk ICT en het huidige wetenschapsbedrijf
Mulder, J.M. (17.11.2017) Invited speaker Landelijke Studiegroep Filosofie en Antroposofie Lezing en Seminar Filosofie der Vrijheid
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (2016). A Seeming Problem for Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness. Dialogue-Canadian Philosophical Review, 55 (3), (pp. 449-465) (17 p.).
Mulder, J.M. (2016). A Vital Challenge to Materialism. Philosophy, 91 (2), (pp. 153-182) (30 p.).
Mulder, J.M. (09.08.2016). Defining Original Presentism. Kriterion (Austria), 30 (2), (pp. 29-60) (32 p.).
Mulder, J.M. (09.12.2016) Invited speaker OZSW Annual Conference Groningen (09.12.2016) Normative Capacities in Nature
Mulder, J.M. (24.08.2016). Two Fundamentally Different Perspectives on Time. Axiomathes (26 p.).
  2016 - Professional publications
Mulder, J.M. (2016). De eenheid van een gedachte. De Filosoof, 71, (pp. 13-15) (3 p.).
  2016 - Popularising publications
Mulder, J.M. (10.07.2016) Participant De Filosofie van Daniel Dennett (10.07.2016) Contribution to a discussion on Dennett's philosophy of mind, and of free will in particular.
  2016 - Other output
J.M. Mulder (14.08.2016) Abstract for this talk: Wat is vrijheid? Eigenlijk liggen in deze vraag twee vragen besloten. Enerzijds is er de vraag of we wel vrij zijn, of meer algemeen, hoe we onszelf moeten begrijpen. En anderzijds is er de vraag hoe de wereld in elkaar moet steken wil er plaats zijn voor zoiets als een vrij, zichzelf bepalend wezen. We zullen ingaan op het laatste – en daarmee een metafysische excursie ondernemen die ons vanaf het basale niveau van natuurkundige objecten via het niveau van levende organismes tot aan het niveau van de mens voert. Daar aangekomen zal blijken dat deze verkenning van de tweede vraag ook helpt om de eerste vraag te beantwoorden.
J.M. Mulder (25.11.2016) Lecture and ensuing seminar on Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom in relation to a range of contemporary thinkers.
J.M. Mulder (27.09.2016) Life-Forms in Action
J.M. Mulder (29.09.2016) The Limits of Humeanism Humeans take reality to be devoid of ‘necessary connections’: things just happen. Causality and laws of nature are to be understood in terms of what ‘just happens’, not vice versa. Here the Humean needs some conception of what it is that ‘just happens’ – a conception of the Humean mosaic. By exploring different such conceptions, I delineate the limits of Humeanism in two ways: first, only conceptions of the mosaic of a very specific kind form a suitable basis for the Humean project; and second, taking the Humean way of thinking to its limit results in a rejection of the whole idea of such a mosaic – and hence of Humean mosaic-based accounts of anything. For concreteness, I develop my argument in dialogue with Humean accounts of laws of nature, but it applies to any Humean account involving a Humean mosaic.
J.M. Mulder (18.10.2016) The notion of power (also called capacity, disposition, or potentiality) enjoys increasing popularity in contemporary philosophy. It forms part of a general move away from the Hume-inspired empiricism that has dominated analytic philosophy for a long time. In this talk, I examine the idea of a power, which leads to the articulation of a range of interrelated varieties thereof. These varieties of power elucidate the metaphysical differences between inanimate and animate nature; between the vegetative and the conscious; and between animality and rationality. In particular, the varieties of power to be presented give rise to corresponding 'grades of normative involvement' (to paraphrase Prior's paraphrase of Quine).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (01.12.2015). (Book Review) Josh Weisberg: Consciousness. Ethical Perspectives, 22 (4), (pp. 740-743) (4 p.).
Mulder, J.M. (01.06.2015). (Book Review) Michael Bratman: Shared Agency. Ethical Perspectives, 22 (2), (pp. 336-341) (6 p.).
  2015 - Other output
Mulder, J.M. 15.12.2015 Recipient 2015 Philosophy Essay Prize Royal Institute of Philosophy
J.M. Mulder (25.06.2015) Artificiële intelligentie en "echte" intelligentie
J.M. Mulder (17.04.2015) Conceptueel Realisme
J.M. Mulder (21.02.2015) Conceptueel Realisme
J.M. Mulder (20.11.2015) Lecture and ensuing seminar on Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom in relation to a range of contemporary thinkers.
J.M. Mulder (03.02.2015) Manieren van denken, manieren van zijn
J.M. Mulder (25.04.2015) Seminar algemene filosofie in 6 sessies
J.M. Mulder (10.06.2015) Towards an Aristotelian Theory of Consciousness
J.M. Mulder (09.03.2015) Two Perspectives on Time
J.M. Mulder (09.11.2015) Veiligheid en ICT
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (18.06.2014). Conceptual Realism. The Structure of Metaphysical Thought. (382 p.).
  2014 - Popularising publications
Mulder, Jesse (01.10.2014). De eenheid van een gedachte. Filosofie, 24 (5), (pp. 43-47) (5 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (2013). The Essentialist Inference. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 91 (4), (pp. 755-769) (14 p.).
  2013 - Other output
J.M. Mulder (15.11.2013) Conceptual Truth
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Mulder, J.M. (2012). What Generates the Realism/Anti-Realism Dichotomy?. Philosophica, 84, (pp. 53-84).
  2012 - Other output
J.M. Mulder (03.09.2012) Commentary on A. Marmodoro's "Aristotelian Powers at Work"
J.M. Mulder (20.01.2012) Dismounting the Realism/Anti-Realism See-Saw
J.M. Mulder (23.11.2012) The Proper Starting Point for Metaphysics. Reflections on Stroud’s Conception.
J.M. Mulder (06.07.2012) Which Humean Mosaic?
  2011 - Other output
J.M. Mulder (31.10.2011) Substantial Causal Explanation
J.M. Mulder (06.10.2011) What Price BSA?
  0 - Other output
Mulder, J.M. 2012 Recipient Best Poster Award
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Responsible Intelligent Systems
01.03.2014 to 01.03.2019
General project description 

For a project description, see the website. 

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant: ERC consolidator grant (2013)
Project members UU

Completed projects

Indeterminism Ltd. 01.01.2011 to 31.12.2015
General project description
For a project description, see the homepage. 
Role PhD Candidate Funding
EU grant: ERC Starting Grant
Project members UU
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Currently dr. Jesse Mulder teaches the following course(s):
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