Ruonakoski Erika, Yliopistotutkija / Senior Researcher

Ruonakoski Erika, Yliopistotutkija / Senior Researcher
Filosofia / Philosophy
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Areas of Interest
My areas of interest are phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty, Husserl), existentialism (Beauvoir, Sartre), feminist philosophy and philosophy of education. The topics I have worked on are empathy, embodiment, the human-animal relationship, the reading experience, and, most recently, inclusiveness in the practice of philosophy.

Research Areas
Gender and Philosophy deals with the underrepresentation of women and minorities in philosophy and searches for pedagogical strategies to increase the inclusiveness of philosophy. In my other projects I have discussed empathizing with non-human animals, intersubjectivity in the reading experience, and the links between androcentrism and anthropocentrism in existentialism.

The Relevance and Benefits of My Research
Gender and Philosophy addresses the problem of inequality in philosophy and provides a model for improving the situation of underrepresented groups also in fields outside philosophy. It is relevant to anybody interested in questions of pedagogy and equality, equity and parity. A lot of my research has aimed at sensitizing philosophers to the inherent anthropocentrism of mainstream philosophy. This part of my research is also of interest to the growing field of human–animal studies, for it discusses the foundations of the different theoretical approaches available to this field. In addition, I have produced analyses that will help the general public understand their relationship to non-human animals.

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.

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.