Ruonakoski Erika, Tutkija/Researcher

Ruonakoski Erika, Tutkija/Researcher
Filosofia / Philosophy
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Title and position
Docent in Philosophy, experienced researcher in Despair and Time, project funded by Kone Foundation.

Areas of Interest
My areas of interest are phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty, Husserl) and existentialism (Beauvoir, Sartre). The themes I am particularly interested in are intersubjectivity, embodiment, temporality, and the human-animal relationship.

Research Areas
My current project Despair and Time situates the question of despair in a political context and discusses it as a crisis of future-orientation. I ask: how does destructiveness in intersubjective relationships interfere with one's ability to project oneself towards the future, and what kind of dynamics are involved in such cases at the personal and political levels? Before this project 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).

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 evaluation: 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)
2018: “Gegenstand und Grenzen der Einfühlung in der Philosophie Edith Steins”Edith Stein Jahrbuch, Band 24, 2018, 193–209. Trans. Konrad Josef Rötzer OCD.
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 Laura Lahdensuu and Tuomas Parsio. 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.