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Lauri Järvilehto

Born July 18, 1977, Helsinki

MA 2007 (Theoretical Philosophy), University of Helsinki
PhD 2011 (Philosophy), University of Jyväkylä

Founder and Chairman (2009-) and CEO (2009–2013) of the Academy of Philosophy
CEO and co-founder of Extended Mind Technologies, 2013–2014
Entrepreneur, composer and musician at Underwater Music, 1997–2009
Producer and composer at Musicmakers, 2001–2002
Conductor at the Swedish Theatre, 2000–2001

The Nature and Function of Intuitive Thought and Decision Making (Springer 2015)
Monenkirjavia kuvitelmia (‘Variously Patterned Fictions’, Tammi 2014)
Hauskan oppimisen vallankumous (‘The revolution of fun learning’, PS-Kustannus 2014)
Upeaa työtä! (‘Great work!’, Tammi 2013)
Tee itsestäsi mestariajattelija (‘Make yourself a master thinker’, Tammi 2012)

He has also published academic articles in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as expert articles in Parliamentary publications, and popular articles.

Photo: Jani Saajanaho
Written by Lauri Järvilehto (Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta, ed.)
Translated by
Joe McVeigh

My best memories from the University of Helsinki

I started seriously studying rather late when I was twenty-seven years old. I did have some time to study musicology in the late 1990s, but then I got swept up by my career as a musician. During the year I spent in Paris, I realized that I have been interested in philosophy since I was a child and that I might be interested in studying it.

And I really was! I will always remember the time I borrowed Immanuel Kant’s Prolegomena from the Alexandria Library to study for my first tests. Even the blurb on the back cover grabbed my attention! On Wednesday mornings my wife would wonder how I could be so excited about taking a test. But that is not really surprising for me. Sometimes I got to write about the history of philosophy on a test for two or three hours, other times I got to write about the mysteries of metaphysics.

Actually, I only learned to enjoy studying when I discovered the philosophy courses. I completed my Master’s degree and studies quickly, within two years of starting them. I complemented that degree, which I got in the spring of 2007, with my post-graduate studies when I got a position at the University of Jyväskylä and I could start on my dissertation. For me, studying is a journey of exploration, like diving into the world’s age-old mysteries.



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