Saarinen Jussi, Tutkijatohtori/Postdoctoral Researcher

Saarinen Jussi, Tutkijatohtori/Postdoctoral Researcher
Filosofia / Philosophy
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Education: Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä (2015), M.A. in Psychology, University of Jyväskylä (2001)

Research interests: Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Emotion, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Artistic Creativity

Current research:

I am currently working on two interrelated projects:

1) As part of the research project "Experiential Demarcation: Multidisciplinary Inquiries into the Affective Foundations of Interaction" (1/2018-6/2022), I apply basic insights from philosophy of emotions and art theory to analyze the experience of self/other boundaries. I distinguish between different forms of affective experience, analyze the relationship between affective and cognitive demarcation, and explicate the constitutional role of emotions, desires, and moods in individuals’ experiences of boundaries. (Funding: Kone Foundation and Academy of Finland.)

2) I am also writing a book (Routledge) that will provide an original account of painting by combining psychodynamic creativity research with contemporary philosophy of emotion. Psychodynamic aesthetics will help specify the developmental, motivational, and relational features of the painting process, and will thus provide the examination with a depth and dynamism missing from most cognitively accentuated studies on the matter. Philosophy will in turn supply conceptual tools for developing a cogent account of the ways in which affectivity inheres in painting. The philosophical approach will be used, firstly, to identify what the affective realm consists of and how the specified types of affectivity relate to each other, and secondly, to clarify the various roles these affects come to play in the painterly process. The proposed account will also be substantiated throughout by painters’ own experiential descriptions of the creative process. 

Selected publications

Saarinen, J. A. (2019). Paintings as solid affective scaffolds. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 77 (1), 67–77. https://doi.org/10.1111/jaac.12610

Saarinen, J. A. (2018). A critical examination of existential feeling. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 17 (2), 363–374. DOI: 10.1007/s11097-017-9512-4.

Saarinen, J. A. (2015). The concept of the oceanic feeling in artistic creativity and in the analysis of visual artworks. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 49 (3), 15–31.

Saarinen, J. A. (2014). The oceanic feeling: a case study in existential feeling. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 21 (5–6), 196–217.

More publications in TUTKA

Papers and talks available at academia.edu