Petteri Pietikäinen

Research areas:

History of psychology, psychiatry and medicine; History of evolutionary theories; History of Utopian thought; Relations between science and politics; Social engineering

Research projects:

  • Northern Finland Health Historical Study (Academy of Finland & University of Oulu, 2017-2021; this is part of a larger Fibrosis -project, which includes researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular medicine)


• Teaching in the Spring of 2019:

  1. Graduate seminar and Research seminar for doctoral students and post docs
  2. Introduction to the History of Sciences and Ideas (lecture course, 1st term)
  3. History of evolutionary theories (lecture course, 2nd term)
  4. Intellectual history of the United States, 1945-2001, together with Antti Lepistö (lecture course, 2nd term)

Future research/Research interests:

  • History of madness and the mad
  • Human sciences, social engineering and the question of adjustment
  • History of evolutionary theories
  • Utopian and dystopian thought

Selection of publications

  • ‘History of abnormal psychology’. In Wade Pickren & Robert. J. Sternberg (eds), Cambridge Handbook of the Intellectual History of Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in the Spring of 2019.
  • Petteri Pietikäinen & David Clark, ‘The psychology of adjustment in the Unites States from the late 19th century to World War II’. European Yearbook of the History of Psychology, Vol. 3, 2017
  • Katariina Parhi & Petteri Pietikäinen, ‘Socialising the anti-social: Psychopathy, psychiatry and social engineering in Finland, 1945–1968’. Social History of Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2017, doi:10.1093/shm/hkw093
  • Mikko Myllykangas & Petteri Pietikäinen (toim.), Aatteiden ja oppien jäljillä. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2017. [Edited textbook on the history of science and ideas]
  • Madness: A History. London: Routledge 2015
  • Hulluuden historia. Helsinki: Gaudeamus 2013 ['History of Madness']
  • ‘Finland’ [chapter of the history of Finnish psychology]. In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Psychology: Global Perspectives. Oxford University Press 2012.
  •  ‘Strengthening the Will: Public Clinics for the Nervously ill in Sweden in the First Half of the Twentieth Century’. Social History of Medicine, Vol. 22, No.1 2009
  • Alchemists of Human Nature: Psychological Utopianism in Gross, Jung, Reich and Fromm. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2007
  • Neurosis and Modernity: The Age of Nervousness in Sweden. Leiden: Brill, 2007
  • Petteri Pietikäinen (ed.), Modernity and Its Discontents: Sceptical Essays on the Psychomedical Management of Malaise. Stockholm: Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 2005
  • J. Bos, D. Park & P. Pietikainen, ‘Strategic self-marginalization: The case of psychoanalysis’. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Vol. XLI, No. 3, Summer 2005
  • ‘Truth hurts: The sociobiology debate, moral reading and the idea of dangerous knowledge.’ Social Epistemology, Vol. 18, No. 2-3, April-September 2004
  • “‘The sage knows you better than you know yourself“: Psychological utopianism in Erich Fromm’s work’. History of Political Thought, Vol. XXV, No. 1, Spring 2004
  • ‘The Volk and its Unconscious. Jung, Hauer, and the “German revolution“’. Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 35, No. 4, October 2000
  • C.G. Jung and the Psychology of Symbolic Forms. Helsinki: Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, 1999

Last updated: 4.2.2019