Valokuva Lari Launonen
20142024

Tutkimustuotoksia vuodessa

Henkilökohtainen profiili

Tutkimuksen ja opetuksen kuvaus

Lari Launonen is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Helsinki. He also works as a Lecturer at Iso Kirja College (Helsinki campus), the theological institution of the Pentecostal churches in Finland. During his doctoral research Launonen was part of Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition. In spring 2024 Launonen joined another project funded by Academy of Finland, Child in Time - Existential Resilience in Early Childhood (CiTe) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

Launonen's research focuses on the theological and philosophical implications of the psychology and cognitive science of religion. Recently his research has focused also on the philosophy and psychology of meaning in life. He has published in several top journals such as Religious Studies, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and Neue Zeitschrift fur Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie. He has also authored chapters for the edited volumes The Origins of Religion (Luther-Agricola Society 2017), Evolutionary Debunking Arguments (Routledge 2023; with Aku Visala), and Uskonto mielessä (“Religion in the Mind”, Gaudeamus University of Helsinki Press 2024) as well as five chapters for a Finnish book series on Pentecostal theology (Aikamedia 2022–2024). He is also part of the editorial team of the new journal AGATHEOS – European Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

Popularizing philosophy of religion is a major part of Launonen's academic profile. He has worked as a freelance journalist and still writes to Areiopagi.fi and for various Finnish Christian newspapers. His philosophical memoir Poikani, elä vielä ensi talvi: Lyhyen elämän filosofia [Son, Live Through Another Winter: A Philosophy of a Short Life] (Otava 2024) popularizes philosophical discussions on procreation, disability, and grief, and their connection to religious belief.

Launonen has received four one-year grants and recently also the ASLA-Fulbright Grant for Junior Scholars which allows him to spend four months at the Rutgers Center for Philosophy of Religion (Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA) in spring 2025.

Koulutus / tieteellinen pätevyys

Theology, Doctor of Theology, Natural Religion in Science and Theology: Philosophical and Theological Implications of Cognitive Science of Religion, Helsingin yliopiston tutkijakoulu

20152022

Myöntöpäivä: 2 kesäk. 2022

Teologia, Teologian maisteri, University of Helsinki, Helsinki

Myöntöpäivä: 25 toukok. 2015

Uskonnonfilosofia, Tohtorikoulutettava

Asemat yliopiston ulkopuolella

Opettaja, Iso Kirja College

elok. 2017 → …

Tieteenalat

  • 614 Teologia
  • 611 Filosofia
  • 6162 Kognitiotiede

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