Professor Raimo Tuomela

 
     


I received my first Ph.D. in 1968 (University of Helsinki) and the second one in 1969 (Stanford University). In 1971 was appointed (full) professor of philosophy (esp. methodology and philosophy of the social sciences) at (what then was) the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki. I retired from this position in 2008. Having earlier worked and published in many fields of philosophy, especially philosophy of science and philosophy of action, in recent decades the theory of social action and sociality (collective intentionality, social ontology) has been my main research field.

During the five-year period 1995-2000 I was Academy Professor at the Academy of Finland. 2005 I was appointed permanent visiting professor (lehrbeauftragter Professor) at the LMU University of Munich and have been teaching and doing research there for about 2-3 months every year since. I have received several grants and awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (Forschungspreis), awarded in recognition of achievements in research. The Academy of Finland has awarded me several research grants for hiring researchers working in my field covering most centrally collective intentionality phenomena and topics in social ontology. In 1999 I started a series of biennial international Collective Intentionality Conferences held mostly in Europe. Recently I founded a book series “Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality” published by Springer.

Latest publications


Responses to the Critics of Raimo Tuomela: “Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents” (OUP, 2013), ca. 85 pp. Springer, forthcoming in 2016.

Review of Michael Bratman: Shared Agency, A Plannning Theory of Acting Together. Notre Dame Journal of Philosophical Reviews, August 13, 2014.

Collective Goals Analyzed (jointly with Kaarlo Miller), in Chant, S., Hindriks, F., and Preyer, G. (eds.), From Invidual to Collective Intentionality, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 34-60. 2014.

Who is Afraid of Group Agents and Group Minds?. In The Background of Social Reality, eds. M. Schmitz, H. B. Schmid, and B. Kobow. Dordrecht: Springer , pp. 13-35. 2013.

Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents, New York: Oxford University Press. 2013.
[Tuomela's reply to Seumas Miller's review of Social Ontology]

 

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Latest activities


Talk at the John Searle Social Ontology Center (Berkeley, California) on group responsibility, February 2016

Invited talks at the Berkeley Social Ontology Center, February 11, and Copenhagen Center of Subjectivity. March 25, 2015.

Invited speaker at ENSO IV conference, Palermo, Italy. September 24 – 26, 2015.

Invited speaker at the “European Conference on Social Intelligence 2014”, University of Barcelona. November 3, 2014, and a Talk at the workshop on “Collective Minds”, December 5, 2014.

Invited speaker at the “Collective Intentionality Conference” in Bloomington, Indiana. September, 2014.

Invited speaker at the workshop “Team Teasoning and the Origins of Sociality”, Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo. August 2014.

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Books in English

 

Responses to the Critics of Raimo Tuomela: “Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents” (OUP, 2013), ca. 85 pp. Springer, forthcoming in 2016.

Review of Michael Bratman: <em>Shared Agency, A Plannning Theory of Acting Together</em>. <em>Notre Dame Journal of Philosophical Reviews</em>, August 13, 2014.

Collective Goals Analyzed (jointly with Kaarlo Miller), in Chant, S., Hindriks, F., and Preyer, G. (eds.), <em>From Invidual to Collective Intentionality, </em>New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 34-60. 2014.

Social Ontology: Collective Intentionality and Group Agents, New York: Oxford University Press. 2013.
[Tuomela's reply to Seumas Miller's review of Social Ontology]

The Philosophy of Sociality: The Shared Point of View
, Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback edition 2010.

The Philosophy of Social Practices: A Collective Acceptance View, 
Cambridge University Press, 2002, 274 pp.

Cooperation: A Philosophical Study
, Philosophical Studies Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, 431 pp.

The Importance of Us: A Philosophical Study of Basic Social Notions
, Stanford Series in Philosophy, Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif., 1995, 470 pp.

Science, Action, and Reality
. D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Boston, and Lancaster, 1985, 274 pp.

A Theory of Social Action
. D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Boston, and Lancaster, 1984, 534 pp.

Human Action and Its Explanation: A Study on the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology
. Synthese Library, D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordrecht and Boston, 1977, 426 pp.

Theoretical Concepts and Hypothetico-Inductive Inference
 (together with Ilkka Niiniluoto). Synthese Library, D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht and Boston, 1973, 262 pp.

Theoretical Concepts
. Library of Exact Philosophy 10 , Springer-Verlag, Wien and New York, 1973, 254 pp.