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Leif Salmén

Leif Henry Salmén
Born January 19, 1952, Helsinki

Studies in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences (Philosophy major) 1971–6, University of Helsinki

Political reporter at FBC TV1’s news desk 1984–1989
Political reporter at TV-Nytt 1978–1984
Reporter at FBC’s Swedish language current affairs programme 1976–1978
Reporter at Suomen Tietotoimisto news agency 1973–1975

Eino Leino Prize 2013
Tollander Prize 2009
Längmanska Cultural Foundation Prize 2006
Kivipää Award 2001
State three-year artist’s grant 1998
State scientific publication award 1985
Finnish-Swedish publishing prize 1984
Society for Swedish Literature in Finland’s Award 1979, 1984, 1987, 1991

Photo: Heini Lehväslaiho
Written by Heta Muurinen (Tero Juutilainen, ed.)
Translated by
Joe McVeigh

‘Philosophy is an uncertain field’

When Salmén had reached intermediate studies in philosophy, he started pondering whether the field would shape his career. His studies had gone well. He decided to ask his professor Erik Stenius.

‘Stenius was shy and got confused. Then he mumbled that philosophy is a very uncertain field and wished me luck. He didn’t want to straight out say that I shouldn’t become a philosopher, though.’

Salmén has not given up on philosophy, and has never regretted it.

‘I’ve been into philosophy all my life.’

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