Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Lecturer

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Born 1984 in Turku, Finland, Arvi Särkelä studied philosophy, sociology, economics and journalism at the University of Helsinki between 2004 and 2008, finishing with a B.A. Having earned his M.A. in political theory at the Goethe University of Frankfurt in 2010, he worked as a doctoral researcher in the Centre for Studies on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) at the University of Helsinki in 2010-2011. He was enrolled as a PhD-student at the Philosophy Department of the Goethe University of Frankfurt in 2011 and at the Institute for Social Research (IfS) in 2013. He submitted his dissertation in January 2016 and it was awarded the highest rank of "summa cum laude" by supervisors prof. Axel Honneth and Arto Laitinen, and the members of the committee. Arvi Särkelä was a member of the research project “Pathologies of Recognition” of the Academy of Finland 2012-2016. He has been working as a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at  University of Luzern since November 2014. He and prof. Martin Hartmann received a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation in April 2017 for the project "A Diagnosis of Social Pathologies: Variations of Naturalism in Social Philosophy," which they will work on until March 2020.


Research Priorities

•    Social philosophy (focusing on critical theory, Hegel and Dewey)
•    Metaphysics (focusing on process philosophy and naturalism)
•    Ethics (focusing on perfectionism and naturalism)
•    Philosophy of science
•    Philosophy of technology



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