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. Truthlikeness: old and new debates

    Niiniluoto, I., 26 Oct 2018, In : Synthese. p. 1-19 19 p.

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  2. E-pub ahead of print

    Social Aspects of Scientific Knowledge

    Niiniluoto, I., 12 Jul 2018, In : Synthese.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Explanation by Idealized Theories

    Niiniluoto, I., Jun 2018, In : Kairos. 20, 1, p. 43-63 21 p.

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Latest activities

  1. Akateemikko G. H. von Wright ja oppihistoria

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
    13 Dec 2018

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  2. Ilmastonmuutos ja tekniikan filosofia

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
    12 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Abductive Arguments for Ontological Realism

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
    6 Dec 2018

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Latest prizes

  1. akateemikon arvonimi

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 16 Mar 2017

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  2. Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences

    Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 10 Sep 2018

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  3. Vuoden humanistiteko

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

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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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