Heikki J. Koskinen


    Research areas

  • 614 Theology - philosophy of religion
  • 611 Philosophy - recognition theory, ontology, analytic metaphysics, rationality, mediated recognition

Description of research and teaching

The aim of my research is to contribute to the understanding of the concepts and phenomena of recognition. My research is primarily based on contemporary discussions of recognition theory initiated in the early 1990s by Charles Taylor and Axel Honneth. Their ideas have been further analysed and developed e.g. by Heikki Ikäheimo and Arto Laitinen, whose work I also explicitly utilise in my own. One of my specific thematic focuses is on the trilateral notion of mediated recognition. This is understood as a method in which disagreeing parties nevertheless agree about a third party such as a referee, a set of common rules, or a shared form of rationality.

In order to be useful, conceptual analysis needs to be practiced in view of relevant issues, both contemporary and historical. Moreover, to avoid arbitrary stipulation, the analysis also needs to be sensitive to input from various kinds of sources. With its three teams and their wide range of expertise, the Centre of Excellence Reason and Religious Recognition provides a good context for multidisciplinary research aiming to produce informed analyses of and constructive suggestions to recognition theory. The produced analyses and suggestions can then be used as conceptual tools for interpreting and dealing with a variety of textual materials as well as social and political realities. Philosophical analysis of recognition theory has immediate societal relevance also through its close systematic connections with the topics of multiculturalism and identity politics.

My research interests have included the nature of philosophical knowledge, philosophical naturalism, ontology, analytic metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.

A link to my personal research blog can be found here: Reason and Recognition.

My teaching has mainly focused on ontology, analytic metaphysics, and philosophy of science.

Education information

I received my doctoral degree in theoretical philosophy at the University of Helsinki, where I also studied cognitive science. I have held research and teaching positions at the University of Helsinki, Academy of Finland, and University of Tampere.

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Antecedent Recognition: Some Problematic Educational Implications of the Very Notion

    Koskinen, H. J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Philosophy of Education.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Hyväksyvä tunnustaminen - mitä se on?

    Koskinen, H. J. 2017 Uskonto ja kamppailu tunnustamisesta. Haara, H. & Palmén, R. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalainen teologinen kirjallisuusseura, Vol. 285, p. 21-39 19 p. (Suomalaisen teologisen kirjallisuusseuran julkaisuja; no. 285)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  3. Mediated Recognition and the Categorial Stance

    Koskinen, H. J. 2017 In : Journal of Social Ontology. 3, 1, p. 67-87 21 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Latest activities

  1. Plenary Panel Discussion: On the Very Idea of a Socio-Cultural Pathology

    Koskinen, H. J. (Invited speaker)
    1 Feb 20182 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Social Recognition and Institutional Pathologies: The Case of Religious Identities

    Koskinen, H. J. (Keynote speaker)
    1 Feb 20182 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Religious Identities and Theodicist Pathologies of Mediated Recognition

    Koskinen, H. J. (Speaker)
    18 Nov 201721 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Fil. toht., filosofia (humanistinen ala)

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