Valtteri Viljanen
Ph.D., Docent in the History of Philosophy

Valtteri Viljanen
Academy of Finland Research Fellow

Postal address
Department of Cultural History
University of Turku
20014 Turku
Finland

Telephone
+358 2 333 6698 (office)
+358 45 650 4656 (mobile)

E-mail
valvil@utu.fi

    My primary field of interest is the history of modern philosophy; in 2007, I obtained my Ph.D. on Spinoza’s metaphysics. I have also taught and published on the philosophy of the human sciences.

    I am currently an Academy of Finland Research Fellow; the title of my project is Dynamistic Ontologies of Moral Agency from Kant to Nietzsche.

    I am also an Executive Committee member of Dynamis – The Finnish Network for Metaphysics and a member of the Romantic Era Research Group (RERG).


    A selection of recent and forthcoming publications

    Books

  • Spinoza’s Geometry of Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [Review by Michael Della Rocca.] [Review by Mogens Laerke.] [Review by John Morrison.] [Review by Stephan Schmid.]
  • (Edited with Juhani Pietarinen) The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2009.

    Papers

  • “Spinoza’s Essentialism in the Short Treatise.” – Y. Melamed (ed.), The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making, 183–95. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • “Spinoza on Virtue and Eternity.” – M. J. Kisner & A. Youpa (eds.), Essays on Spinoza’s Ethical Theory, 258–71. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • “Spinoza on Activity in Sense Perception.” – J. F. Silva & M. Yrjönsuuri (eds.), Active Perception in the History of Philosophy, 241–54. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.
  • “Review of Spinoza Past and Present: Essays on Spinoza, Spinozism, and Spinoza Scholarship by Wiep van Bunge.” Renaissance Quarterly 66 (3), 2013: 1053–4.
  • “Causal Efficacy of Representational Content in Spinoza.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 27 (1), 2010: 17–34.
  • “Spinoza’s Ontology.” – O. Koistinen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza’s Ethics, 56–78. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • (with Arto Repo) “Leibniz on Force, Activity, and Passivity.” – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason, 229–50. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2009.
  • “Schopenhauer’s Twofold Dynamism.” – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason, 305–30. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2009.
  • “On the Derivation and Meaning of Spinoza’s Conatus Doctrine.” Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 4, 2008: 89–112.
  • “Spinoza’s Essentialist Model of Causation.” Inquiry 51 (4), 2008: 412–37.
  • “Field Metaphysic, Power, and Individuation in Spinoza.” The Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (3), 2007: 393–418.
  • Works in progress

  • (With Justin Steinberg) Spinoza (under contract with Polity Press Classic Thinkers Series).
  • “Spinoza on Activity, Passivity, and the Power of the Emotions” for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy Special Issue Mental Powers in Early Modern Philosophy, ed. F. Boccaccini & A. Marmodoro.
  • “Theory of Conatus” for the Imprint Academic volume Spinoza: Basic Concepts, ed. A. Santos Campos.

Updated: 5 December 2014