Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen


Philosophy of History, Philosophy of Science


Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 and has worked in the universities of Durham, Leiden and Hull. Kuukkanen is a founder and co-director of The Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, and published on the philosophy of science and on the philosophy of history. He has been awarded Fulbright and EURIAS fellowships. His book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography (Palgrave, 2015) was chosen as the best monograph in philosophy of historiography in 2016 by International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography. 

Research interests

  • Philosophy of History and Historiography
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Historical Philosophers of Science
  • Philosophy of the Historiography of Science
  • Philosophy of Conceptual Change and Conceptual History


Selected publications

  • Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti (2015) Postnarrativist philosophy of historiography. - Ei sarjaa. Basingstoke
  • Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti (2017) Lakatosian rational reconstruction updated. - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 31, 83-102 . [Original]
  • Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti (2016) Historicism and the failure of HPS. - Studies in history and philosophy of science 55, 3-11 . [Original]
  • Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti (2017) Moving Deeper into Rational Pragmatism A Reply to My Reviewers. - Journal of the philosophy of history 11 (1), 83-118 . [Original]
  • Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti (2015) Why we need to move from truth-functionality to performativity in historiography. - History and Theory 54 (2), 226-243 . [Original]