The Centre for Philosophical Studies of History was formally established in December 2014. Its directors have nevertheless been active in the area for a number of years and have extensive teaching experience in the field.


Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oulu in Finland. He received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and has held academic positions in the Universities of Durham and Hull in the UK and Leiden in the Netherlands. Kuukkanen has been awarded Fulbright and EURIAS fellowships and has published in leading international journals in the theory and philosophy of history and in the history and philosophy of science.

His current research focuses on the narrativist philosophy of historiography, Imre Lakatos's philosophy of historiography, the comparative historiography of science and the philosophy of conceptual change.

Jouni-Matti coordinated a seminar series on the theory and philosophy of history at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2013-2014. He is finalizing a book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).


Kari Väyrynen

Kari Väyrynen is Senior University Lecturer and Adjunct Professor (Docent) of philosophy at the University of Oulu in Finland. He studied philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä and received a PhD from the University of Oulu 1992. He has been a research fellow and principal investigator in several projects funded by the Academy of Finland and has received many academic awards. He is currently a principal investigator in cross-disciplinary research project AgeAds, which was evaluated in RAE-assessment of University of Oulu as outstanding (6/6).

His current research focuses on modal metaphysics, causality, philosophy of history, environmental philosophy and environmental history, history of Ancient and German philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Nicolai Hartmann) and hermeneutics.


Kalle Pihlainen

Kalle Pihlainen is Adjunct Professor of Historical Theory at the Department of Political Science and Contemporary History, University of Turku, Finland. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Turku, where he also taught and worked at the Department of Cultural History.

He has published widely on theory of history and plays an active role in a number of institutions within the field, including the International Network for Theory of History and the journal Rethinking History.

His research and teaching has primarily focused on historical theory, narrative theory, embodiment, existential phenomenology and the ethics of narrative representation particularly in relation to Hayden White and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Last updated: 19.10.2016