Ilkka Niiniluoto

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Description of research and teaching

Since the 1970s my research has focused on logical and other formal tools applied to problems within the methodology and philosophy of science. I have worked on inductive logic, probabilistic reasoning, theory of truth, truthlikeness, and approximate truth with applications to the structure and dynamics of scientific theories, theory change, theoretical concepts, idealization, confirmation, explanation, abductive inference, and belief revision. I have also written on other topics in philosophical logic, epistemology, philosophy of technology, philosophy of culture, and social philosophy.  

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Curriculum Vitae

Ilkka Niiniluoto was born in Helsinki in 1946. He did his Master degree in Mathematics in 1968 and Ph.D. in Theoretical Philosophy in 1974 at the University of Helsinki. In 1973-77 Niiniluoto was Associate Professor of Mathematics (Foundations), and in 1977-2014 Professor of Theoretical Philosophy. In 1975-2015 he was the President of the Philosophical Society of Finland, and since 1980 the Editor of Acta Philosophica Fennica. In 2000-2014 he was the chair of the Finnish Federation of Learned Societies. In 1998-2003 he worked as half-time Vice-Rector for research, in 2003-2008 as Rector, and in 2008-2013 as Chancellor of the University. Niiniluoto's main works are Is Science Progressive? (1984), Truthlikeness (1987), and Critical Scientific Realism (1999, paperback 2002). In 2017 he recieved the title of Academician of science. 

Latest publications

  1. Optimistic realism about scientific progress

    Niiniluoto, I. Sep 2017 In : Synthese. 194, 9, p. 3291-3309 19 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. The value and role of humanities research: Review of the contemporary status and suggestions for future

    Heikkilä, T. M. & Niiniluoto, I. M. O. May 2017 In : Nordicom-information. 39, 1, p. 80-86 7 p.

    Research output: ScientificArticle

  3. Abductive Analysis: Theorizing Qualitative Research

    Niiniluoto, I. 2017 In : Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 53, 1, p. 152-154 3 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Latest activities

  1. Suomen menestystarina

    Niiniluoto, I. (Speaker)
    4 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  2. Festivaalipäivät ry

    Niiniluoto, I. (Attendee)
    27 Nov 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Puoli vuosisataa filosofian tiellä

    Niiniluoto, I. (Speaker)
    27 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Latest prizes

  1. Vuoden humanistiteko

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient) & Tuomas Heikkilä (Recipient), 28 Apr 2017

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Humanistinen kunniamaininta

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 26 Nov 2016

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  3. Venäjän Tiedeakatemian ulkomainen jäsen

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 27 Oct 2016

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Latest projects

  1. Humanistisen tutkimuksen arvo ja asema

    Heikkilä, T. & Niiniluoto, I.

    28/04/201415/01/2017

    Project: Research project

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Education

Academician

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