Misunderstandings and Missed Opportunities: A Response to Roth on Scientific and Historical Realism

In his paper “Speaking of Facts: or, Reality without Realism,” Paul Roth criticizes the arguments I present in my work “A Deceiving Resemblance: Realism Debates in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Historiography”.[1] Roth’s critique of my position in his paper reveals several fundamental issues that are symptomatic of broader issues in philosophy of historiography. […]

The Notion of Time-Need in Futures Research

Ideas generated with Mika-Petri Laakkonen – a forthcoming paper. 1. Introduction Time and temporality lie at the heart of futures research. Foundational works in the field have called for a closer examination of the role of time in human lives and future-making processes. However, discussions about time in futures research have been sporadic and often […]

Interdisciplinarity Future: Demand, Opportunities, and Barriers

Read the original post in this site: https://sites.utu.fi/sfi/news/interdisciplinarity-future In our foresight project, one of the main themes that requires answers is the future of the university as an organization based on individual disciplines. What are the roles of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in the future and how are they related in each other within a university? […]

University of Turku’s Delphi Survey: Insights from the University Community

Here is a link to the text I wrote about the Delphi survey we conducted in our university. The text can be also found below. https://sites.utu.fi/sfi/news/university-of-turkus-delphi-survey-insights/ In the University of Turku, a Delphi survey was conducted in order to better understand the future of universities and higher education. The survey was part of the university’s […]

Global Trends and Local Strategy

This is a repost from https://sites.utu.fi/sfi/news/leveraging-knowledge-for-strategy/ As universities face growing uncertainty and complexity regarding their futures, having effective tools to analyze the external landscape and inform strategy is crucial. For this purpose, a comprehensive literature review was produced as part of the project Analysis of the International Operating Environment of the University of Turku and Global […]

Mapping Possibilities: Philosophy of Science and Scenarios of the Future 

This talk argues for the value of using philosophy of science to construct scenarios about possible futures of science. Scenarios are structured descriptions of hypothetical future situations and events. Philosophy provides theoretical resources for scenario construction by offering accounts of scientific change. Different philosophical theories lead to different scenarios, revealing unique possibilities for the future. […]

Realism in Philosophy of Science vs. Realism in Philosophy of History

In this post, I discuss what is peculiar in the debate over realism in philosophy of history when compared to realism-debate in philosophy of science. I argue that the arguments for historical antirealism are of a poor quality or, at least, unclear. Scientific realism can be characterized in three theses: The Metaphysical Thesis: The world […]

Envisioning the Future of Science: A Guide for Researchers

The post is based on a lecture given to researchers in human and social sciences. Science and Its Futures In this post, I want to discuss about how we can think about potential futures for scientific research and consider our role in shaping those futures responsibly, with a focus on the human and social sciences. […]