Senior 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 a Research Fellow in an Academy of Finland project Viral Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe, led by Academy Professor Hannu Salmi.
I am also Director of the Romantic Era Research Group (RERG), an Executive Committee member of Dynamis – The Finnish Network for Metaphysics, and an Organizing Committee member of the Finnish-Hungarian Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy.
(With Justin Steinberg.) Spinoza. Cambridge: Polity Press, forthcoming.
Spinoza’s Geometry of Power.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 (paperback edition 2014). [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.
Why Virtue Is Not Quite Enough: Descartes on Attaining Happiness. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, forthcoming.
The Young Spinoza on Scepticism, Truth, and Method. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 2020, 50 (1): 130–42.
Kant on Moral Agency: Beyond the Incorporation Thesis. [Ahead of print.] Kant-Studien, 2019.
Spinoza on Activity and Passivity: The Problematic Definition Revisited. – M. Reuter & F. Svensson (eds.), Mind, Body and Morality: New Perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza, 157–74. London: Routledge, 2019.
Spinoza’s Ontology Geometrically Illustrated: A Reading of Ethics IIP8S. – B. Lord (ed.), Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, 5–18. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Spinoza’s Essentialism in the Short Treatise. – Y. Melamed (ed.), The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making, 183–95. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
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: From Plato to Modern 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 2010, 27 (1): 17–34.
Spinoza’s Ontology. – O. Koistinen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza’s Ethics, 56–78. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Spinoza’s Actualist Model of Power. – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power, 213–28. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
(With Arto Repo.) Leibniz on Force, Activity, and Passivity. – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power, 229–50. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
Schopenhauer’s Twofold Dynamism. – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power, 305–30. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
On the Derivation and Meaning of Spinoza’s Conatus Doctrine. – D. Garber & S. Nadler (eds.), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Volume IV, 89–112. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Spinoza’s Essentialist Model of Causation. Inquiry 2008, 51 (4): 412–37.
Field Metaphysic, Power, and Individuation in Spinoza. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 2007, 37 (3): 393–418.