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    Finland

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    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

20072020

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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Current Position:

Academy Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

 

Previous academic positions

University Researcher, Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition Research, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 

Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA 2013-2014

Post Doctoral Researcher, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA 2012-2013.

Visiting Post Doctoral Fellow, Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford University, UK 2009-2012

Visiting Ph.D Student, Centre for Anthropology and Mind, University of Oxford, 2008-2009.

Member, Finnish Graduate School of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2005-2008.

Part-time lecturer and seminar assistant, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2005-2008.

 

Academic Degrees:

Doctor of Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2010

  • Major: philosophy of religion
  • Minors: philosophy, ecumenical theology
  • Thesis: Religion Explained? A Philosophical Analysis of the Cognitive Science of Religion (Eximia Cum Laude Approbatur)

Master of Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, 2004

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • evolution of religion
  • evolution of morality
  • theological anthropology
  • religion and science
  • cognitive science of religion
  • 611 Philosophy
  • philosophy of religion
  • philosophy of science
  • philosophical anthropology
  • philosophy of psychology
  • 515 Psychology
  • psychology of religion
  • moral psychology
  • evolutionary psychology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Modified Theist Response

Visala, A. & Leech, D., 2011, In : Religious Studies. 47, 3, p. 301-316 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Vapaan tahdon filosofia

Translated title of the contribution: Free Will: A Philosophical and Scientific IntroductionVisala, A. O., 2018, Helsinki: Gaudeamus. 311 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Human Cognition and the Image of God

Visala, A. O., 2018, The Christian Doctrine of Humanity. Crisp, O. & Sanders, F. (eds.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, p. 91-109 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

File

Conversations on Human Nature

Visala, A. O. & Fuentes, A., 2015, Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc. 325 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Pro-Science Rhetoric or a Research Program? Naturalism(s) in the Cognitive-Evolutionary Study of Religion

Visala, A. O., 2018, New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion: The Rationality of Religious Belief. Van Eyghen, H., Peels, R. & van den Brink, G. (eds.). Cham: Springer , p. 51-70 20 p. (New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Projects

Free Will at the Crossroads of Theology and Science

Visala, A.

01/09/201631/08/2021

Project: Research project

Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition Research

Saarinen, R., Mäkinen, V., Dunderberg, I., Pihlström, S., Kukkonen, T., Appelqvist, H., Haara, H., Hakola, R., Heimola, M., Hellqvist, E., Hietamäki, M., Huttunen, N., Kahlos, M., Koskinen, H. J., Kaukua, J., Lehtipuu, O., Luomanen, P., Mattila, J., McKeown, P. I., Koistinen, T., Kovalainen, H., Kärkkäinen, P., Miroshnikov, I., Moisio, O., Paakkinen, I., Palmén, R., Riggs, T., Ruotsala, A., Salminen, J., Savonius-Wroth, S., Toivanen, J., Rafael, A., Tuominen, M., Visala, A., Tervahauta-Helin, U. K., Pöykkö, P., Yli-Karjanmaa, S., Faucher, N., Toiviainen, S., Posti, M., Rauhala, M., Alanko, V., Launonen, L. & Gehlin, S.

SUOMEN AKATEMIA

01/01/201431/12/2019

Project: Research project

Interreligious Dialogue Promoting Cross-Cultural Communication (RELDIAL)

Ruokanen, M., Sakaranaho, T., Hämeen-Anttila, J., Vähäkangas, M., Rusama, J., Komulainen, J., Martikainen, T., Hasu, P., Groop, K., Huang, P., Visala, A., Jukko, R., Hirvonen, H., Chen, X., Hukari, A., Kuokkanen, A., Chen, Y., Kyllönen, K., Portaankorva, J., Pakkala, M., Kojonen, E., Huhtanen, T., Kuismanen, R., Haapiainen, T., Pöntinen, M., Antola, M., Helle, J., Kärkkäinen, V., Ruppell, G., Ahonen, R. & Vasko, T.

24/02/201131/12/2016

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Prizes

ESSSAT Research Prize

Aku Visala (Recipient), May 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Essay Prize in Science and Religion

Aku Visala (Recipient), Oct 2012

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Verkko-opetusmateriaali Teologi ja uskonnontutkija yhteistyössä

Anuleena Kimanen (Teacher), Tuomas Heikkilä (Participant), Risto Uro (Participant), Aku Visala (Participant), Mitra Härkönen (Participant), Tapani Innanen (Participant), Anne Birgitta Pessi (Participant)
May 2019 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Tekoälyn etiikka

Aku Visala (Speaker)
7 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Älyn tulevaisuus: Aivot, keinoäly ja ihmiskäsitykset

Aku Visala (Speaker)
14 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Fuller Theological Seminary

Aku Visala (Visiting researcher)
17 Jan 20183 Feb 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

What Might Theologians Learn about Free Will from Cognitive Science

Aku Visala (Speaker)
1 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Ei sotketa anteeksiantoa halpaan armoon

Aku Visala

15/12/2016

1 Media contribution

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Onko usko tyhmää?

Aku Visala

28/10/2016

1 Media contribution

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Synnyttääkö uskonto väkivaltaa?

Aku Visala

19/10/2016

1 Media contribution

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Interview

Aku Visala

11/08/2011

1 Media contribution

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Tuomas Enbuske

Aku Visala

21/04/2011

1 Media contribution

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