Tuominen Miira, Academy Research Fellow

Tuominen Miira, Academy Research Fellow

My main research interests lie in ancient Greek philosophy broadly conceived. As a young scholar, I started with Aristotle and his conception of knowledge or science as well as the psychology of intellectual cognition. From those topics I have moved on to similar themes in other ancient schools and other themes in Aristotle such as his dialectics, thus covering topical areas from the history of science and logic to those of the theories of knowledge and science, receiving my PhD degree for a thesis on these themes in 2002 (University of Helsinki). After that I have worked in several interdisciplinary projects and, for example, co-edited a volume on the cultural conceptions of taking one’s own life. In addition to the themes on which I have been working on for a longer time, I have newer research interests in, for example, Diotima’s conception of erôs in Plato’s Symposium and the definition of knowledge in the Theaetetus.

At the moment, my research focuses mainly on the question of what role self-concerned and other-concerned considerations play in the ethics of late antiquity. More specifically, I am working on a monograph on this theme in Porphyry’s (c. 234-305 CE) treatise On the Abstinence from Injuring Animals that, as I see it, presents a comprehensive program for ethics in the framework of happiness as assimilation to divinity and just treatment of animals – rather than merely being a treatise on vegetarianism. This monograph project is related to my wider interest in the question of how and why the assumption of a fundamental conflict between self-concerned and other-regarding considerations developed in the history of Western philosophy. I am planning to initiate a further co-operative research project on this last-mentioned theme.

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