I’m a Finnish Academy Research Fellow and University Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy, at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki. I’ve worked at Helsinki since January 2011, when I started a 3-year Postdoctoral Researcher’s Project on the foundations of metaphysics. In September 2013 I started as an Academy Research Fellow, working on a 5-year project entitled Essential Knowledge: The Metaphysical Basis of Scientific Realism. From September 2014 I am also the Principal Investigator of an Academy Research Project, The Epistemology of Metaphysics: From Rationalism to Nominalism, which involves two postdocs and a PhD student. The funding source for all three projects is The Academy of Finland. Due to these externally funded projects, I am currently on leave from my position as a University Lecturer, which is a permanent position equivalent to Senior Lecturer in the UK and Associate Professor with tenure in the US.
Before coming to Helsinki I worked at Durham University in the UK as a Visiting Research Fellow for two years. I’ve also been a Visiting Scholar at New York University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the eidos Centre for Metaphysics of the University of Geneva.
I took my Master’s degree in philosophy at Helsinki between 2002 and 2005, which in Finland also includes studies equivalent to the British BA. My Master’s thesis was entitled Grounding Metaphysics: Metaphysical Necessity and Essentialism. Between 2005 and 2008 I worked on my PhD thesis, The Necessity of Metaphysics, at Durham under the supervision of Professor E.J. Lowe. I passed my viva in April 2008.
This website serves both professional and personal purposes: you can check out my CV and find information about my academic research, but also about extracurricular activities such as running and photography. The same is true of my blog, which features occasional posts on philosophy, running, travelling, food, beer, science, technology, and anything else that might take my fancy. The best way to keep up with the blog is to subscribe to the feed.
If you are primarily interested in my philosophical work and publications, a good way to stay up to date is to follow my PhilPapers feed. If it’s my photos that you’re interested, I’ve also got an external gallery, with some 2,000 photos. If you are interested in my running activities, my Garmin Connect feed might interest you. I hope you enjoy your stay, and feel free to leave a comment or get in touch!
In addition to philosophy, I have interests in literature, computer science, aesthetics (I studied all three at Helsinki), photography (my Photo Gallery), running (race schedules, PBs etc.), fitness, popular science, physics, technology, history, art, architecture, films, theatre, comedy, hiking, snooker, badminton, nature, travelling, cooking, veganism, beer, wine, whisky, tea, and coffee.