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    Finland

  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3), 118

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

20072021
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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

Keywords

  • 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 2007 2019

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

Visala, 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

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

Projects 2011 2021

Free Will at the Crossroads of Theology and Science

Visala, A.

01/09/201631/08/2021

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 2006 2018

Panentheism, Panpsychism, and Neuroscience

Aku Visala (Pre-examiner)
Jan 2018Feb 2018

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Keinoälyn eettiset haasteet

Aku Visala (Speaker)
11 Apr 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

Helsinki Analytic Theology Workshop 2018

Aku Visala (Member of organizing committee)
22 Feb 201823 Feb 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Los Angeles Theology Conference 2018

Aku Visala (Attendee)
18 Jan 201819 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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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