Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Department of Cultural History
University of Turku
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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
A selection of recent and forthcoming publications
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.
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.