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. Topical Issue: Religious Recognition

    Palmen, R. A. (ed.), Koskinen, H. J. (ed.) & Saarinen, R. J. (ed.) 21 Nov 2016 de Gruyter. (Open Theology; vol. 2016, no. 2)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewAnthology

  2. Editorial for the Topical Issue “Religious Recognition”

    Koskinen, H. J., Palmen, R. A. & Saarinen, R. J. 2016 In : Open Theology. 2, 1, p. 1000-1001 2 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Accepted/In press

    Mediated Recognition and the Categorial Stance

    Koskinen, H. J. 2016 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Social Ontology.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Latest activities

  1. Open Theology (Journal)

    Koskinen, H. J. (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  2. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2016

    Koskinen, H. J. (Attendee)
    18 Nov 201621 Nov 2016

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

  3. KUIS Conference

    Koskinen, H. J. (Speaker: Keynote)
    22 Oct 2016

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

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Fil. toht., filosofia (humanistinen ala)

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