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Taneli Kukkonen

Dr Taneli Kukkonen received his doctorate in 2002 from the University of Helsinki. His first academic appointment (2003–2007) was as the Canada Research Chair in the Aristotelian Tradition at the University of Victoria. From 2007 to 2012, he was Research Professor in Classics at the University of Jyväskylä: during this time, he was also an ERC grant recipient (Subjectivity and Selfhood in the Arabic and Latin Traditions, 2009–2012). Presently Kukkonen is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Otago; he also continues to hold an Adjunct professorial appointment in the Aristotelian Tradition at the University of Jyväskylä. Kukkonen will work full-time for the RR programme in 2016 and 2019 but will participate in the programme’s work throughout.

Kukkonen’s research interests span the length of the Peripatetic philosophical tradition, from late antiquity to high scholasticism, with a particular emphasis on Arabic Aristotelianism. Thematically, his research has focussed on a. cosmology, b. the Organon, with a special interest in the modalities and per impossibile reasoning, and c. cognitive and moral psychology. Kukkonen has published widely on these areas as well as on other assorted topics in Islamic philosophy and the Aristotelian tradition. Kukkonen is presently working on monographs on Ibn Tufayl and al-Ghazali, two seminal figures in classical Arabic thought whose relationship to the Greek philosophical tradition is frequently misunderstood and underappreciated.

Within the Representation and Reality programme, Kukkonen is responsible for directing the work of the section on Arabic philosophy. Kukkonen will head the recruitment effort of two postdoctoral scholars working on a. the formative period of Arabic philosophy and b. later Islamic thought, respectively; he will coordinate their research work with one another and with his own research, which tackles issues such as the status of innate concepts and thought experiments in Arabic philosophy. Kukkonen will also ensure the alignment of the Arabic team’s efforts with the goals of the overall research programme and act as a liaison between the RR research programme and the Arabic philosophy community.

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