Heinämaa Sara, Professor of Philosophy, Academy Professor 2017–2021

Heinämaa Sara, Professor of Philosophy, Academy Professor 2017–2021
Filosofia / Philosophy
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My main areas of research are in contemporary phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and history of philosophy. My systematic work deals with the phenomena and concepts of embodiment, intersubjectivity, temporality, normality, and sexual difference. Exegetically and hermeneutically, my work is focused on the philosophies of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Stein, Beauvoir, Levinas, and Irigaray, but I have also contributed to Descartes studies and discussion of classical existentialism.

My current research project, Marginalization and Experience: Phenomenological Analyses of Normality and Abnormality (MEPA), studies the foundations of human sociality and communality and the role of experiential normality and abnormality in the constitution of human Mitsein and intersubjectivity more generally. 

My best known publications are probably Toward A Phenomenology of Sexual Difference (2003) and Birth, Death, and Femininity (2010, with Schott, Thorgirsdottir, and Songe-Møller), but I have also edited several collections in phenomenology and philosophy of mind and their historical starting points, including Phenomenology and the Transcendental (2014, with Miettinen and Hartimo), New Perspectives on Aristotelianism and Its Critics (2015, with Mäkinen and Tuominen), and Consciousness: From Perception to Reflection (2008, with Lähteenmäki and Remes).

I am co-founder and two-term president of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology (NoSP), with over 900 members from all over the world. At the moment, I also work as director of the research community Subjectivity, Historicity, Communality (SHC) which operates at the universities of Jyväskylä and Helsinki and organises philosophical and interdisciplinary research meetings and workshops.

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