Tuominen Miira, Professori / Professor

Tuominen Miira, Professori / Professor
Subject:
Filosofia / Philosophy
Room:
Opinkivi 342

Areas of Interest

My main research interests lie in ancient Greek philosophy broadly conceived. I started with Aristotle and his conception of (scientific) knowledge as well as the psychology of intellectual cognition. From those topics I have moved on to similar themes in other ancient schools and other themes in Aristotle such as his dialectics, thus covering topical areas from the history of science and logic to those of the theories of knowledge and science, receiving my PhD degree for a thesis on these themes in 2002 (University of Helsinki). After that I have worked in several interdisciplinary projects and, for example, co-edited a volume on the cultural conceptions of taking one’s own life. In addition to the themes on which I have been working on for a longer time, I have newer research interests in, for example, Diotima’s conception of erôs in Plato’s Symposium and the definition of knowledge in the Theaetetus.

Research areas

At the moment, my research focuses mainly on the question of what role self-concerned and other-concerned considerations play in the ethics of late antiquity. More specifically, I am working on a monograph on the ethics of Porphyry’s (c. 234-305 CE) treatise On the Abstinence from Injuring Animals. As I see it, the treatise presents a comprehensive program for ethics in the framework of happiness as assimilation to divinity and just treatment of animals – rather than merely being a treatise on vegetarianism. I am now in the process of revising the maniscript on the basis of comments I recently receive on it. After finishing this project, I will initiate new and ones but also keep working on my project on Porphyry as well as some of the themes of my earlier research, such as Aristotle's view about (scientific) knowledge.

Some of the most important publications

Monographs

Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle (Ancient Philosophies 6) Stocksfield/ Berkeley: Acumen/University of California Press 2009.

– Apprehension and Argument: Ancient Theories of Starting Points for Knowledge (Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind 3) Dordrecht: Springer 2007.

– Ancient Philosophers on Principles of Knowledge and Argumentation (Reports from the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki 2001/2) (Diss.).

Edited collections

– Øyvind Rabbås, Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson, Hallvard Fossheim, and Miira Tuominen (eds.), The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness. Oxford University Press, 2015.

– Marja-Liisa Honkasalo & Miira Tuominen, Culture, Suicide and the Human Condition. New York: Berghahn Books, 2014.

 – Miira Tuominen, Sara Heinämaa, Virpi Mäkinen (eds.), New Perspectives to Aristotelianism and Its Critics (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 233, 2014).

Articles and book chapters

Articles

– ‘Aristotle on the Role of the Predicables in Dialectical Disputations’ (with Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila) Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 43 (Winter 2012), 55-81.

– ‘Receptive Mind: Alexander of Aphrodisias on Material Intellect’, Phronesis 55 (2010), 170-190.

– ‘Back to Posterior Analytics II 19: Aristotle on the Knowledge of Principles’, From Inquiry to Demonstrative Knowledge: New Essays on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, J. H. Lesher (ed.) Apeiron 43/2-3 (2010), 115-143

Book chapters

– ‘Why do we need other people to be happy? Virtues and other-regard in Aspasius and Porphyry’, in Rabbås, Emilsson, Fossheim, Tuominen (eds.), The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness (2015), 241-264.

– ‘Introduction’ (with Emilsson, Fossheim, Rabbås), in Rabbås, Emilsson, Fossheim, Tuominen (eds.), The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness (2015), 1-27.

– ''Tell Him to Follow Me as Quickly as Possible’ – Plato’s Phaedo (60c-63c) on Taking One’s Own Life’, in Marja-Liisa Honkasalo and Miira Tuominen (eds.) Culture, Suicide, and the Human Condition (Berghahn Books, 2014), 77-104.

— ‘Introduction. Varieties of Suicide: Inquiring into the Complexity of Human Experience’ (with Marja-Liisa Honkasalo), in Honkasalo and Tuominen (eds.) Culture, Suicide, and the Human Condition (Berghahn Books, 2014), 1-26.

– ‘Naturalised versus Normative Epistemology: An Aristotelian Alternative’, in Miira Tuominen, Sara Heinämaa, and Virpi Mäkinen (eds.), New Perspectives on Aristotelianism and Its Critics (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 233, 2014), 66-91.

– ‘Introduction. Aristotelian Challenges to Contemporary Philosophy: Nature, Knowledge, and the Good’ (with Sara Heinämaa and Virpi Mäkinen), in Tuominen, Heinämaa, and Mäkinen (eds.), New Perspectives to Aristotelianism and Its Critics (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 233, 2014), 1-27.

– ‘On Activity and Passivity in Perception: Aristotle, Philoponus, and Pseudo-Simplicius’, in José Filipe da Silva and Mikko Yrjönsuuri (eds.). Active Perception in the History of Philosophy. Studies in the History of Philosophy 14. (Dordrecht: Springer 2014), 55-78.

– ‘Sense Perception: Ancient Theories’, in Simo Knuuttila and Juha Sihvola (eds.), Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant. Dordrecht: Springer 2013), 39-59.

– ‘Common sense and phantasia in ancient philosophy’, Simo Knuuttila and Juha Sihvola (eds.), Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant. Dordrecht: Springer 2013), 107-129.

– ‘Ancient Theories of Intellection’, Simo Knuuttila and Juha Sihvola (eds.), Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant. Dordrecht: Springer 2013), 241-261.

– ‘Ancient Theories of Reasoning’, Simo Knuuttila and Juha Sihvola (eds.), Sourcebook for the History of the Philosophy of Mind: Philosophical Psychology from Plato to Kant. Dordrecht: Springer 2013), 313-322.

– ‘Alexander and Philoponus on the Prior Analytics I 27-30: Is There Tension between Aristotle’s Scientific Theory and Practice?’, Interpreting Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics in Late Antiquity and Beyond, Frans A. J. de Haas & Mariska Leunissen & Marije Martijn (eds.) (Philosophia Antiqua 124) Leiden: Brill 2010.