I am looking for a human.

Diogenes of Sinope

Henri Pettersson


Doctoral student (D. ed.)
Philosophy of Education


My research focuses on the various aspects of critical thinking as an educational ideal. Critical thinking is widely mentioned as an important educational goal for our times in both national and international sources, but the theoretical accounts of critical thinking contain various unclear elements: 1) Teaching critical thinking is taken to support the skills needed in democratic citizenship, but what is the precise relationship between critical thinking and democracy, human rights and tolerance - can we in the name of promoting critical thinking come to question or criticize these foundational values? 2) What is the relationship between the idealized models of critical thinking formulated within the philosophy of education to the empirical findings and theories in certain neighbouring fields (social psychology, neuroscience etc.), which tell us about the ways how human beings actually reason and process information?



  • Pettersson, H. (2017) "Filosofian lukio-opetus koulusurmien jälkeen", teoksessa Sinokki, J. (toim.) Rasismi ja filosofia. Helsinki: Teos.
  • Pettersson, H. (2016) "Metafilosofinen naturalismi ja antinaturalismi uuden ajan filosofiassa", teoksessa Repo, A. & Laiho, H. (toim.) Professori Olli Koistisen 60 v. juhlakirja. Turku: Turun yliopistopaino.
  • Pettersson, H. (2012) "Metafilosofia ja filosofian itseymmärrys", teoksessa Sintonen, M., Viljanen, V. Siipi, H. (toim.) Ymmärrys, Turun yliopiston filosofian laitoksen julkaisuja, Vol. 25: 202–212. Turku: Turun yliopistopaino.
  • Pettersson, H. (2012) "Filosofisen argumentaation autonomisuus", teoksessa Ritola, J. (toim.) Tutkimuksia argumentaatiosta, Turun yliopiston filosofian laitoksen julkaisuja, Vol. 24: 67–82. Turku: Turun yliopistopaino.
  • Pettersson, H. (2009) "Fiktionalismi ja ontologiset kuvitelmat", teoksessa Haaparanta, L., Klemola, T., Kotkavirta, J. & Pihlström, S. (toim.) Kuva, Acta Philosophica Tamperensia. Vol. 5: 241–252. Tampere: Tampere University Press.


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Citizenship in Change: Constructing a Novel Theoretical Framework for Education

Strategic research project of the University of OuluFocus institute: EudaimoniaFaculty: Education