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Curriculum vitae

Ilkka Niiniluoto was born in Helsinki in 1946. He did his Master degree in Mathematics in 1968 and Ph.D. in Theoretical Philosophy in 1974 at the University of Helsinki. In 1973-77 Niiniluoto was Associate Professor of Mathematics (Foundations), and in 1977-2014 Professor of Theoretical Philosophy. In 1975-2015 he was the President of the Philosophical Society of Finland, and since 1980 the Editor of Acta Philosophica Fennica. In 2000-2014 he was the chair of the Finnish Federation of Learned Societies. In 1998-2003 he worked as half-time Vice-Rector for research, in 2003-2008 as Rector, and in 2008-2013 as Chancellor of the University. Niiniluoto's main works are Is Science Progressive? (1984), Truthlikeness (1987), and Critical Scientific Realism (1999, paperback 2002). In 2017 he recieved the title of Academician of science. 

Description of research and teaching

Since the 1970s my research has focused on logical and other formal tools applied to problems within the methodology and philosophy of science. I have worked on inductive logic, probabilistic reasoning, theory of truth, truthlikeness, and approximate truth with applications to the structure and dynamics of scientific theories, theory change, theoretical concepts, idealization, confirmation, explanation, abductive inference, and belief revision. I have also written on other topics in philosophical logic, epistemology, philosophy of technology, philosophy of culture, and social philosophy.  

Education/Academic qualification

theoretical philosophy, Ph.D., Helsingin yliopisto

Keywords

  • 611 Philosophy
  • Philosophy of science
  • logic

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

Publications 2005 2018

Explanation by Idealized Theories

Niiniluoto, I., Jun 2018, In : Kairos. 20, 1, p. 43-63 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Havainnon logiikasta

Niiniluoto, I., 2018, Havainto. Lehto, H. & Tuominen, M. (eds.). Turku: Department of Philosophy, University of Turku, p. 111-118 8 p. (Reports from the Department of Philosophy; vol. 40).

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In memoriam: Juhani Pietarinen (1938-2108)

Niiniluoto, I., 2018, In : Ajatus. 75, 1, p. 7-8 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Onko abduktio päättelyä parhaaseen selitykseen?

Niiniluoto, I., 2018, In : Ajatus. 75, 1, p. 75-91 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2014 2017

Humanistisen tutkimuksen arvo ja asema

Heikkilä, T. & Niiniluoto, I.

28/04/201415/01/2017

Project: Research project

Prizes

Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 10 Sep 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

akateemikon arvonimi

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 16 Mar 2017

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Chydenius Award

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 1990

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Dilemma honorary member

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 28 Mar 2002

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ESO honorary member

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Recipient), 10 Oct 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1973 2018

Akateemikko G. H. von Wright ja oppihistoria

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
13 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Totuuden kunnioittamisesta

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
13 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Paneeli "Tiede ja tutkimus osana elinikäistöä oppimista"

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
9 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Kommentti Sami Tähden esitelmään K. V. Laurtikaisen ja Ilkka Niiniluodon debatista

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
2 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Muuttuvat arvot ja etiikka

Ilkka Niiniluoto (Speaker)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Aamu-tv

Ilkka Niiniluoto

30/11/2018

1 item of media coverage

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Haastattelu yle.fi

Ilkka Niiniluoto

10/09/2018

1 media contribution

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Suomalaiset ajattelijat

Ilkka Niiniluoto

04/09/2018

1 media contribution

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Pentti Malaskan muistokirja

Ilkka Niiniluoto

02/05/2018

1 media contribution

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Guardian-lehden haastattelu

Ilkka Niiniluoto

12/02/2018

1 media contribution

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