He was born in Askim. After earning his bachelor and masters degrees at the University of Oslo, he attended Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in 1961 under Willard Van Orman Quine. He taught at Harvard University from 1961 to 1964, and began teaching at Stanford University in 1968.
Føllesdal has written extensively on topics relating to the philosophy of language, phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics. He was a pupil of Quine, and Hubert Dreyfus was one of his students.
- "Det Norske Akademi for Sprog og Litteratur" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
- "Gruppe 3: Idéfag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Dagfinn Føllesdal". Retrieved 2009-05-01.[dead link]
- "75 år 22. juni: C.I. Lewis Professor Philosophy / professor emeritus Dagfinn Føllesdal" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 15 June 2007.
- Stanford faculty profile
- Interview with Dagfinn Føllesdal on some topics related to linguistics and communication. The interview belongs to the series Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of Philosophical Sciences.
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