Ruonakoski Erika, Yliopistotutkija / Senior Researcher

Ruonakoski Erika, Yliopistotutkija / Senior Researcher
Sukupuolentutkimus / Gender Studies; filosofia / Philosophy
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Areas of Interest
My areas of interest are phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty, Husserl), existentialism (Beauvoir, Sartre) and feminist philosophy. The themes I am particularly interested in are intersubjectivity, embodiment, temporality, the human-animal relationship, and inequity.

Research Areas
I currently work in Martina Reuter's project Early Feminist Thinkers, which provides research-based translations of texts from the 12th to 19th century. My work in this project focuses on Christine de Pizan (1364–1430),  Mary Astell (1666–1731), Catherine Macaulay (1731–91), Olympe de Gouges (1748–93), and Harriet Taylor Mill (1807–58). Before this I have written on alienation and inclusion in learning philosophy (project Gender and Philosophy),  the links between androcentrism and anthropocentrism in existentialism (Project and Possibility: Beauvoirian Postanthropocentric Existentialism), on intersubjectivity in the reading experience and the possibility of empathising with animals in literature (Empathising with the Non-Human Other in Ancient Greek Literature), and on the human experience of non-human animals (doctoral dissertation). After the current project, I start a new research project, Despair and Time, which situates the question of despair in a political context and discusses it as a crisis of futurity.

The Relevance and Benefits of My Research
All of my research deals with areas that, in my view, have not been researched adequately due to implicit biases within philosophy or, more generally, in the society, and which are intertwined with different kinds of structures of inequity. Rather than aiming at straightforward moral or political statements, however, my research elucidates the problems at hand at an existential level, hence providing the readers a possibility to rethink them through their own experiences.

Work in progress: Sisters of the Brotherhood: Alienation and Inclusion in Learning Philosophy (working title).
2017: Human and Animal in Ancient Greece: Empathy and Encounter in Classical Literature. Together with Tua Korhonen. London: I.B.Tauris.
2011: Eläimen tuttuus ja vieraus: fenomenologisen empatiateorian uudelleentulkinta ja sen sovellus vieraslajisia eläimiä koskevaan kokemukseen (Familiarity and foreignness of animals: A reinterpretation of the phenomenological theory of empathy and its application to our experience of non-human animals). Doctoral dissertation. Helsinki: Tutkijaliitto.

Articles (selection)
2017: “Retranslating The Second Sex into Finnish: Choices, Practices, and Ideas”, in On ne naît pas femme : on le devient: The Life of a Sentence, eds Bonnie Mann and Martina Ferrari, 331–354. New York: Oxford University Press. 
2017: “The Object and Limits of Empathy in Stein’s Philosophy”, in Celebrating Teresa of Avila and Edith Stein, 25–38. Helsinki: OCDS Finland.
2015: “Interdisciplinarity in The Second Sex: Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis”, in Simone de Beauvoir – A Humanist Thinker, Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS), eds Tove Pettersen and Annlaug Bjørsnøs, 41–56. Leiden: Brill / Rodopi.
2012: “Literature as a Means of Communication:  A Beauvoirian Interpretation of an Ancient Greek Poem”, Sapere Aude V. 3, N. 6 (2012), 250–270.

Forthcoming: Feminismin varhaisajattelijoita (Early feminist thinkers), together with Tuomas Parsio and others. Advisory board: Martina Reuter and Mikko Yrjönsuuri. Helsinki: Gaudeamus. 
2011: Simone de Beauvoir: Moniselitteisyyden etiikka (The ethics of ambiguity). Helsinki: Tutkijaliitto.
2011: Simone de Beauvoir: Toinen sukupuoli II: Eletty kokemus. (The second sex II: Lived experience). Together with Iina Koskinen and Hanna Lukkari. Helsinki: Tammi.
2009: Toinen sukupuoli I: Tosiasiat ja myytit (The second sex I: Facts and myths). Together with Iina Koskinen and Hanna Lukkari. Helsinki: Tammi.
2007: Simone de Beauvoir: Onko Sade poltettava? ja muita esseitä (Must we burn Sade? And other essays). Eds Sara Heinämaa and Erika Ruonakoski. Helsinki: WSOY.