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, Creativity

Selected publications

Saarinen, J. A. (forthcoming). Paintings as solid affective scaffolds. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

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

Current research:

My post-doctoral research focuses on background  affectivity. Even though affects of this kind tend to remain outside conscious awareness, they  are crucial in organizing our experience of others, the world, and ourselves, and should thus  be taken into consideration in any comprehensive taxonomy of affective experience. In the  literature, the affects at stake have been variably designated as existential feelingsbackground feelings/emotions, feelings of being (alive), affective framing, vitality affects/dynamics, and Heideggerian Stimmungen/moods. In my project, ‘background  affectivity’ is used as an umbrella term under which the relevant conceptualizations’  relations can be analyzed and the given aspect of affectivity examined more thoroughly. My  project is thus centered on a distinctive phenomenon rather than any particular philosopher or  philosophical tradition. The approach taken will be multidisciplinary, incorporating input  from philosophy of emotion, developmental research, and neuroscience. The main focus will  be on two interrelated themes: 1) the nature of background affectivity and 2) its early  developmental roots. The chief expected impact of the project is a more accurate and  comprehensive understanding of our affective lives.