The degree programme in philosophy at Tampere University aims to provide a broad survey of philosophy, ranging from metaphysics, logic, and epistemology to ethics and social philosophy.
The Bachelor’s studies in philosophy at Tampere University provide students with basic knowledge of philosophy, with a sufficiently broad scope to enable them to pursue a Master’s degree in any area of philosophy. Besides philosophy courses, the students are required to accomplish some general basic level courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC), and they are encouraged to select some further courses, other than philosophy, at Tampere University. At the Master’s level, the students are expected to focus on one area in philosophy and to prepare a Master’s thesis on a well-defined research topic.
The combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programme in philosophy at Tampere University offers knowledge and skills students need in case they choose to pursue a doctoral degree in philosophy. The programme provides students with the competence to teach philosophy at public schools in Finland. Moreover, a degree in philosophy provides the students with the critical thinking and systematic analysis skills that are useful for anyone pursuing a career in areas, such as medicine, business, public management, law, or communication.
Research in Philosophy
Philosophy in Tampere covers both theoretical and practical philosophy. The current research topics include the philosophy of human understanding (incl. knowledge, mind and language); social and political philosophy; metaphysics (incl. social ontology); 20th century philosophy and its roots in modern philosophy; philosophy of science, and research ethics.
Research projects on external funding are encouraged on diverse topics (at the moment they include e.g. philosophy of robotics, and research on social and cognitive diversity in science).
Arto Laitinen’s research interests include theories of mutual recognition, social ontology, normativity, personhood, and ethics of technology. He is the leader of the philosophy section in the multidisciplinary project ”Robots and the future of welfare services” (Academy of Finland, STN, 2015-2021) and is an editor in the Journal of Social Ontology, and the editor in chief of Ajatus.
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.
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.
Jani Hakkarainen works on metaphysics, metametaphysics, social ontology and David Hume's (1711-76) metaphysics and epistemology. In metaphysics, together with Dr Markku Keinänen, Hakkarainen specialises on trope theory, according to which the 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 forms, categories and metaphysical fundamentality.
Mirja Hartimo in an acting University Lecturer (31st July 2020). Her research interests include Phenomenology, History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy (both analytic and continental), Kant, Normativity, Naturalism, Social Epistemology, Pragmatism, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy and History of Logic, Philosophy of Science.
Marko Ahteensuu is an acting University Lecturer in research ethics (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 until 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).
Inkeri Koskinen (University Lecturer 1.8.-31.12.2020; Senior Research Fellow) works on scientific objectivity, social epistemology of scientific knowledge, especially the role of values in science and diversity in science, democratisation of scientific knowledge production, philosophy of the humanities, philosophy of the social sciences, and demarcation. She works in the Academy of Finland research project "Cognitive and Social Diversity in Science: An Epistemic Assessment".
Petri Räsänen (University Instructor) works on social and political philosophy, specially political philosophy of economics. His interests include the political significance of economics as the justification of competitive markets and capitalism, relating especially to the contradiction between economic rationality and democratic decision-making.
Markku Keinänen (Senior Researcher) 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 (Researcher) works on philosophy of language, specializing in the nature of slurs and offensive language.
Jaana Parviainen (Senior Research Fellow) works in the project ”Robots and the future of welfare services”, and leads a multidisciplinary project NEGATE, funded by the Academy of Finland, on societal effects of ignorance.
Antti Keskinen (Researcher) works on the philosophy of Quine and philosophy of language.
Renne Pesonen (Researcher) worked on Casual Reasoning in his PhD, and currently works as a post-doc in the Academy of Finland research project "Cognitive and Social Diversity in Science: An Epistemic Assessment".
Tommi Vehkavaara (Coordinator) has taught logic courses and various topics on classical pragmatism. His research interests concern C.S. Peirce's philosophy, philosophical logic and semiotic naturalism (biosemiotics, cognitive semiotics, interactivist representation theory, and evolutionary epistemology).
Lauri Lahikainen (Post-Doc Researcher) and works on a post-doc project on the climate responsibility of cities; and is affiliated to a project on eco-welfare state. He worked on individual responsibility for climate change in his PhD
Matias Slavov (Post-Doc Researcher). His research interests are the history and philosophy of science, the philosophy of David Hume, and the philosophy of time.
Aleksi Honkasalo (PhD Researcher) works on normativity of meaning.
Otto Sahlgren is a Research Assistant working on algorithmic discrimination and fairness, and on AI Ethics more generally, in the project KITE.
Leila Haaparanta (Professor Emerita) works on 20th century philosophy and its roots in modern philosophy.
Ongoing doctoral research
Active PhD-students work e.g. on phenomenology of selfhood; Descartes’s skepticism; Honneth’s and Bourdieu’s critical social philosophy; social construction of gender; 20th century receptions of Marx’s theories of value, normativity of meaning; theories of non-binary gender, nihilism, and societal relevance of blockchain technology.
The majority of teaching is in Finnish, but the programme offers also some courses in English. Information about the courses in English can be found in Student's Guide's Curriculum. One can also assign book exams and write essays in English.
Doctoral Programme in Philosophy
The aim of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy is to thoroughly familiarise students with philosophy, in particular with the subject of their independent dissertation, which also gives them experience in conducting research in their field.
At Tampere University, the current fields of expertise in philosophy include research of human reason (including knowledge, mind and language), social philosophy, metaphysics (including social ontology), and history of philosophy from early modern and modern philosophy to 20th century traditions.
Creating national and international networks and making use of them in research practices is an important part of doctoral education. The Doctoral Programme in Philosophy – which has close national and international connections – ensures that its graduates are equipped with sufficient general working life skills and for working in co-operation with other disciplines as well as are capable of conducting high-quality research in philosophy and providing instruction on the basis of their research.
Graduates from this programme are employed in research, teaching, public relations and the publishing sector, and as experts required to conceive broad contexts (e.g. as specialists in science administration).
For more information contact University Lecturer Jani Hakkarainen (jani.hakkarainen [at] tuni.fi)
Piroddi, Corrado MA, Doctoral Researcher
Santala, Tapio, Doctoral Researcher
Koskinen, Heikki J