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Tommi Vehkavaara

Part-Time Teacher
Tampere University
phone number+358503186122
City Centre Campus

About me

Office room: Pinni B4133 

Phone: 045-2056 109 (mobile), 050-318 6122 (office)

E-mail: tommi.vehkavaara [at] tuni.fitarget="_self" or tvehkavaara [at] 

Homepage at (with the links to some papers)

Old homepage 

Older homepage (mainly a collection of links)

Research interests

Biosemiotics; Cognitive semiotics; Semiotic naturalism; C.S. Peirce's philosophy (categories, logical semiotic, pragmaticism, and realism); Mark Bickhard's interactivism; Logic (as a philosophical normative science); Critique of metaphysical theorizing

Present research

"Mental models of life" (representations or sign-action and self-normativity in living systems - what would be the appropriate semiotic concepts for a biosemiotic theory)

Other (or past) interests

Philosophy of biology; Evolutionary epistemology; Natural classification(s) of Sciences; Classical pragmatism; Systems theory and cybernetics: autopoiesis, control systems, complexity, emergence and self-organization; Constructivism; Semiology and deconstruction (Saussure and Derrida); Relation of formal and real systems; Societal legitimation of scientific research; Relation of knowledge and power, Mathematical logic 


Part-time teacher, Coordinator

Finnish doctoral training network in philosophy

Tieteen termipankki (philosophy, semiotics)