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Research in Philosophy - Tutkimus filosofiassa

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Research in Philosophy - Tutkimus filosofiassa

Philosophy in Tampere covers both theoretical and practical philosophy. Research stresses a dialogue both between different subdisciplines in philosophy and between history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy. Different schools in philosophy, like analytic and continental philosophy, are seen as parts of philosophy and its long tradition. Commitments to such schools are not emphasized; different teachers have different approaches and research interests.

The strengths include philosophy of mind and human rationality, social philosophy and metaphysics (including social ontology), and the history of 20th century philosophy and its roots in modern thinking.

Tampereen yliopiston filosofia kattaa sekä teoreettisen että käytännöllisen filosofian. Tutkimuksessa korostuu filosofian eri osa-alueiden sekä filosofian historian ja nykyfilosofian vuoropuhelu. Filosofian koulukunnat, kuten analyyttinen ja mannermainen filosofia, nähdään osana filosofiaa ja sen pitkää perinnettä. Koulukuntasitoumuksia ei korosteta; painotukset vaihtelevat opettajien ja tutkijoiden tutkimusintressien mukaan.

Oppiaineen vahvuuksia ovat esimerkiksi inhimillisen järjen ja mielen filosofinen tutkimus, yhteiskuntafilosofia ja metafysiikka, sekä 1900-luvun filosofian historia ja juuret modernissa ajattelussa.

Ongoing research – meneillään oleva tutkimus

Leila Haaparanta has studied various topics in logic, epistemology, metaphysics and metaphilosophy. Her present research interests include the rise of modern logic, early twentieth century philosophy, rationality and emotions, and judgments, assertions and the epistemology of testimony. During 2015-2016 she worked at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, in its Centre for Advanced Study, in the multidisciplinary project "The Possibility of Metaphysics in the Age of Science".

Arto Laitinen’s present research interests include the nature of mutual recognition, social ontology, and normativity, and a number of special topics in social philosophy. He was the leader of the project ”Pathologies of recognition” (Academy of Finland, 2012-2016) and is the leader of the philosophy section in the multidisciplinary project ”Robots and the future of welfare services” (Academy of Finland, STN, 2015-2020) and is an editor in the Journal of Social Ontology.

Panu Raatikainen's research has ranged from the realism issue to theories of truth and incompleteness theorems. His present research interests include mental causation, consciousness, theories of reference and fictional entities.

Jani Hakkarainen works on metaphysics, metametaphysics, David Hume's (1711-76) metaphysics and scepticism, history of scepticism and epistemology. In metaphysics, together with Dr Markku Keinänen and Antti Keskinen, he specialises on trope nominalism, according to which a fundamental category of entities consists of particular thin natures. Part of this study is metaphysics of relations. In metametaphysics, Hakkarainen's approach is formal ontological (cf. Barry Smith, Kevin Mulligan, Peter Simons and E.J. Lowe), which he applies to ontological categories, metaphysical fundamentality and grounding.

Jaakko Kuorikoski's specialization is in philosophy of economics and philosophy of social sciences, and he has published widely on scientific explanation, modeling, simulation, and causal reasoning. His current research interests concern the use of different kinds of evidence in the social sciences, especially the use of research synthesis methods for integrating diverse evidence for further research as well as for policy. Kuorikoski is an affiliate of philosophy in the New Social Research - programme.

Marko Ahteensuu is an acting University Lecturer (in Finnish, yliopistonlehtori, sij.) in research ethics between 1st Aug. 2018 and 31st July 2020. His series of lectures are intended for PhD Candidates in all disciplines. Besides research ethics and integrity, Ahteensuu’s long-term research interests have included bioethics, philosophy of risk and uncertainty, environmental ethics, and philosophy of science. He is prepared to supervise PhD and Master's theses on research ethics, applied ethics (especially bioethics), environmental philosophy and philosophy of risk.

Kristina Rolin (leave of absence between 1st Aug. 2018 and 31st July 2020) is University Lecturer in research ethics, teaching PhD students in all disciplines. Her research interests include Research Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Social Epistemology and Feminist Philosophy of Science and Epistemology. Kristina Rolin is a PI in an Academy of Finland research project "Cognitive and Social Diversity in Science: An Epistemic Assessment" (2018-2022).

Markku Keinänen works on metaphysics, specializing in trope nominalism. He has developed a trope bundle theory of objects and a nominalist approach to natural kinds in several publications in co-operation with Dr Jani Hakkarainen and Dr Antti Keskinen. An additional recent topic of his research has been a critical examination of realist theories of universal. Keinänen is currently developing trope theory as a category system, which has analytic resources to replace traditional categories (objects, properties, relations and processes) with tropes. He is prepared to supervise PhD and Master's theses on ontology, metaphysical category theory, and the problem of universals.

Pasi Valtonen works on philosophy of language, specializing in the nature of slurs and offensive language.

Petri Räsänen teaches social and political philosophy, specially political philosophy of economics. 

Jaana Parviainen works in the project ”Robots and the future of welfare services”.

Post-doc researcher Antti Keskinen has studied the philosophy of Quine and philosophy of language.

Some research projects and centers with philosophers from Tampere:

Academy of Finland Center of Excellence in Philosophy and Social Science

Dynamis - the Finnish Network for Metaphysics

Pathologies of Recognition

Cognitive Relevance of Aesthetics

Here’s a full list of researchers with contact information.

For a list of earlier research projects, see Past Reseach Projects 

 

Filosofia tutkimuksen arvioinnissa 2014 / Philosophy in RAE 2014

Link to the UTA RAE philosophy section

Philosophy got good reviews in the research assessment exercise 2014. The scientific quality, scientific impact and the quality of the research environment were considered excellent (5/6). Societal impact was considered hard to assess, and was considered very good (4/6).

The RAE concerned the research done during 2009-2013 by the relevant researchers who worked at Tampere in October 2013. (Including for example docents Susanna Lindberg and Mirja Hartimo who held temporary posts at the relevant date; but excluding for example docent Panu Raatikainen who started at Tampere 2014).

The report states that the philosophy section has produced a significant number of high quality publications, reflecting the fact that it is well embedded in international debates, e.g. in the history of modern logic, in recognition theory, and in analytic metaphysics.

It also states that Research in the Philosophy section in the assessment period covers various well-established research areas in international philosophy, all organized “with impressive professional leadership” at the University of Tampere; “(i) Reason and Judgement in Phenomenology; (ii) ‘Being’ (in Heidegger and Frege and others); (iii) Reason-Emotion-Imagination; (iv) Theories of Mutual Recognition; (v) Social Ontology.”

Filosofia sai hyvät arviot 2014 tehdyssä tutkimuksenarvioinnissa. Tieteellinen laatu, tieteellinen vaikutus ja tutkimusympäristön laatu arvioitiin erinomaisiksi (5/6). Tutkimuksen yhteiskunnallista vaikutusta pidettiin vaikeasti arvioitavana, mutta kuitenkin laadultaan erittäin hyvänä (4/6).

Tutkimuksenarvioinnissa tarkasteltiin 1.10. 2014 Tampereella työssä olleiden filosofien tutkimusta vuosien 2009–2013 aikana. (Tutkijoihin luettiin muun muassa dosentit Susanna Lindberg sekä Mirja Hartimo, mutta ei esimerkiksi vuonna 2014 aloittanutta yliopistonlehtori Panu Raatikaista.)

Raportissa todetaan, että filosofian laitoksella on tuotettu merkittävä määrä korkealaatuisia julkaisuja. Tämä heijastaa laitoksen perehtyneisyyttä kansainvälisiin keskusteluihin esimerkiksi modernin logiikan historian, tunnustusteorian sekä analyyttisen metafysiikan alueella.

Raportissa todetaan myös, että arviointijaksolla tehty tutkimus kattaa vakiintuneita tutkimusaloja kansainvälisen filosofian kentällä, joiden tutkimuksessa on osoitettu ”vaikuttavan professionaalista kansainvälistä johtajuutta”; ”(i) järki ja arvostelmat fenomenologiassa, (ii) ’oleminen’ (Heideggerillä, Fregellä ja muilla), (iii) järki-tunne-mielikuvitus, (iv) vastavuoroiset tunnustusteoriat, (v) sosiaalinen ontologia.”

 
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Muutettu: 16.8.2018 15.45 Muokkaa

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