Atle Ottesen Søvik, PhD


Systematic Theology

Special fields:

  • Philosophy of religion
  • The existence of God
  • The problem of evil
  • Free will
Phone: 22590536
Office: 325B


My research areas are to a large extent the classical questions in analytic philosophy of religion: The existence of God, the problem of evil, theology and science, etc. I have an interdisciplinary approach, including physics, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Currently, I am interested in the topics of responsibility, time and consciousness/thinking. See more on my personal webpage:

Latest academic publications

  • Søvik, A. O. (2021). What overarching ethical principle should a superintelligent AI follow?. AI & Society: The Journal of Human-Centred Systems and Machine Intelligence. ISSN: 0951-5666
  • Søvik, A. O. (2020). How to formulate the fine-tuning argument for the existence of God?. Theofilos, 12(1), s. 56 - 65. ISSN: 1893-7969
  • Søvik, A. O. (2020). Are the Lutheran Confessions Inconsistent in What They Say on Free Will?. The Reformation of Philosophy, s. 233 - 239. Mohr Siebeck. ISBN: 9783161592188
  • Søvik, A. O. (2020). A defence of presentism against the Rietdijk-Putnam-Penrose argument. The Metaphysics of Time: Themes from Prior, s. 317 - 328. Aalborg Universitetsforlag. ISBN: 978-87-7210-724-0
  • Søvik, A. O. (2020). Two Objections to the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 27(9/10), s. 186 - 201. ISSN: 1355-8250
  • Søvik, A. O. (2019). A Revisionary Theoretical Framework of Responsibility : A Philosophical Exploration of Incapacity for Responsible Behaviour (utilregnelighet). Bergen Journal of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice (BJCLCJ), 7(1), s. 1 - 26. ISSN: 1894-4183
  • Søvik, A. O. (2018). Men er det sant? : et bredt forsvar for at man kan og bør diskutere sannhetsinnholdet i religioner og livssyn. Prismet, 69(2-3), s. 219 - 233. ISSN: 0032-8847
  • Søvik, A. O. (2018). Actualizing unique type and token values as a solution to the problem of evil. Religions, 9(1), s. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2077-1444
  • Søvik, A. O. (2018). A fundamental problem for skeptical theism. Theofilos, 10(1), s. 4 - 11. ISSN: 1893-7969
  • Eikrem, A. & Søvik, A. O. (2018). Evolutionary theodicies – an attempt to overcome some impasses. Neue Zeitschrift Für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 60(3), s. 428 - 434. ISSN: 0028-3517

Education and professional practice

1999Religionshistorie grunnfag, UiO
2000Engelsk grunnfag, UiB
2002Kristendom hovedfag, MF
2002 - 2005Timelærer MF
2003Idehistorie grunnfag, UiO
2004Kandidatstipend, MF
2005 - 2009Stipendiat MF
2010 - 2013Postdoktor, MF
2010Delemner filosofi, UiO


2000Redaktør Mellom Søsken
2016Styremedlem Norgesuniversitetet