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Jussi Backman

Title of Docent in philosophy (University of Jyväskylä), Title of Docent in theoretical philosophy (University of Helsinki)


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Research interests

continental philosophy

history of philosophy

ancient philosophy

political theory

conceptual history

Language skills

Finnish (native)





classical Greek


Dissertation supervision and instruction at other universities

5/2014–6/2023 With Erika Ruonakoski and Joona Taipale: Jaakko Vuori, philosophy, Melancholic Experiences: A Genetic-Phenomenological Study of the Typus Melancholicus, JYU. Submitted for pre-examination in Aug. 2022, public examination May 29, 2023. Accepted June 21, 2023.

11/2016–2/2022  With Mika Ojakangas: Samuel Lindholm, political science, Jean Bodin and Biopolitics, JYU. Submitted for pre-examination in June 2021, public examination Feb. 4, 2022. Accepted Feb. 23, 2022.

5/2016–1/2022 With Jari Kaukua: Lauri Myllymaa, philosophy, Two Sources of Knowledge: Origin and Generation of Knowledge in Maine de Biran and Henri Bergson, JYU. Submitted for pre-examination in June 2021, public examination Dec. 18, 2021. Accepted Jan. 19, 2022.

6/2015–4/2018 With Mika Ojakangas: Ville Suuronen, political science, Thinking through the Twentieth Century with Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt: Essays on Politics, Law, and Technology, JYU. Moved in 2018 to political history, University of Helsinki, with new supervisors: Kaius Tuori, Jacob Giltaij. Submitted for pre-examination in June 2021, public examination Nov. 19, 2021. Accepted Dec. 14, 2021.

1/2014–3/2020 With Arto Laitinen and Jussi Kotkavirta: Olli Pitkänen, philosophy, The Possibility of a Metaphysical Conception of Evil in Contemporary Philosophy, JYU. Submitted for pre-examination in May 2019, public examination March 6, 2020. Accepted April 22, 2020.

9/2014–1/2019 With Arto Haapala: Harri Mäcklin, aesthetics, Going Elsewhere: A Phenomenology of Aesthetic Immersion, UH. Submitted for pre-examination in June 2017, public examination Jan. 11, 2019. Accepted Jan. 29, 2019.

11/2012–2/2016 With Katariina Holma: Anniina Leiviskä, education, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics in the Philosophy of Education: Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism, UH. Submitted for pre-examination in Aug. 2015, public examination Jan. 15, 2016. Accepted Feb. 16, 2016.

Grants and awards

2018 Academy of Finland. Academy Research Fellowship, 60 months (9/2018–8/2023). Project: Creation, Genius, Innovation: Towards a Conceptual Genealogy of Western Creativity (decision no. 317276). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy (Humanities), Ph. D. in theoretical philosophy, University of Helsinki

1 Sept 200326 Jan 2010

Award Date: 26 Jan 2010

Master of Philosophy, Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA), MPhil equivalent, philosophy and history of ideas, Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis

1 Sept 20024 Jun 2003

Award Date: 4 Jun 2003

Master of Arts, Philosophy (Humanities), M.A. in theoretical philosophy. Minor subjects: comparative literature, aesthetics, Greek language and literature, Latin language and Roman literature, University of Helsinki

1 Sept 19964 Jun 2002

Award Date: 4 Jun 2002

Matriculation Examination, Matriculation examination at Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu, Helsinki, Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu

10 Aug 19932 Jun 1996

Award Date: 2 Jun 1996

External positions

Academy of Finland senior research fellow, University of Jyväskylä

1 Sept 201831 Aug 2023

Senior lecturer / philosophy, University of Jyväskylä

1 Sept 201231 Aug 2018

Postdoctoral researcher / philosophy, University of Helsinki

26 Jan 201031 Aug 2012

Doctoral researcher / philosophy, University of Helsinki

1 Sept 200326 Jan 2010


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • JC Political theory


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