Aku Visala

Person

    Research areas

  • 614 Theology - evolution of religion, evolution of morality, theological anthropology, religion and science, cognitive science of religion
  • 611 Philosophy - philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of psychology
  • 515 Psychology - psychology of religion, moral psychology, evolutionary psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position:

Academy Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

 

Previous academic positions

University Researcher, Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition Research, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 

Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA 2013-2014

Post Doctoral Researcher, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA 2012-2013.

Visiting Post Doctoral Fellow, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford University, UK 2009-2012

Visiting Ph.D Student, Centre for Anthropology and Mind, University of Oxford, 2008-2009.

Member, Finnish Graduate School of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2005-2008.

Part-time lecturer and seminar assistant, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2005-2008.

 

Academic Degrees:

Doctor of Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2010

  • Major: philosophy of religion
  • Minors: philosophy, ecumenical theology
  • Thesis: Religion Explained? A Philosophical Analysis of the Cognitive Science of Religion (Eximia Cum Laude Approbatur)

Master of Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2004

Highlighted publications

  1. The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Modified Theist Response

    Visala, A. & Leech, D., 2011, In : Religious Studies. 47, 3, p. 301-316 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Vapaan tahdon filosofia

    Visala, A. O., 2018, Helsinki: Gaudeamus. 311 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  3. Human Cognition and the Image of God

    Visala, A. O., 2018, The Christian Doctrine of Humanity. Crisp, O. & Sanders, F. (eds.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, p. 91-109 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  4. Conversations on Human Nature

    Visala, A. O. & Fuentes, A., 2015, Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc. 325 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  5. Pro-Science Rhetoric or a Research Program? Naturalism(s) in the Cognitive-Evolutionary Study of Religion

    Visala, A. O., 2018, New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion: The Rationality of Religious Belief. Van Eyghen, H., Peels, R. & van den Brink, G. (eds.). Cham: Springer , p. 51-70 20 p. (New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Tekoäly ja ihmiskäsitykset

    Aku Visala (Speaker)
    7 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Homo sapiens - hyvä vai paha laji?

    Aku Visala (Speaker)
    25 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Tekoälyn teologiaa

    Aku Visala (Speaker)
    21 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Highlighted prizes

  1. ESSSAT Research Prize

    Aku Visala (Recipient), May 2010

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Highlighted projects

  1. Free Will at the Crossroads of Theology and Science

    Visala, A.

    01/09/201631/08/2021

    Project: Research project

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