Timo Helenius

Timo Helenius

Research Associate, 2017-
Timo Helenius

Timo Helenius received his PhD in philosophy from Boston College. He previously obtained his Master's degree (eximia cum laude) in the philosophy of religion and two Bachelor’s degrees, one in theology and the other in philosophy, from the University of Helsinki. His research interests focus on cultural hermeneutics, the question of finitude, phenomenology of religion, and philosophical approaches to religion.

Timo’s publications and presentations range from continental philosophy to the philosophy of religion and furthermore to dogmatic and ecumenical theology. His dissertation work (2013) explored Paul Ricoeur’s cultural hermeneutics that focuses on the process of becoming an ethico-political subject. Under the rubric of “the wholly other,” the work also addressed the question of the limit of philosophy in terms of the possibility of a hermeneutic of the sacred. An edited version of the dissertation, that mirrored Ricoeur’s work through the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger, was published by Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) under the title of Ricoeur, Culture, and Recognition: A Hermeneutic of Cultural Subjectivity (2016). Most recently, Timo’s essay “Understandings and Standings Under: Hermeneutics, the New Realisms, and Our (Baconian) Idols”—commenting on (the recent critiques of) phenomenology, hermeneutics, neorealism, and scientism—was approved for publication in Philosophy Today; the essay will be published in 2017.

Timo’s past experience includes studies and research collaboration at the University of Helsinki, Finland (1994-2007), the University of Oulu, Finland (visiting 2005-06), and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Erasmus scholar 1996-97). He has taught philosophy and ethics at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) and at Mount Ida College (Newton, MA). Timo is currently a visiting scholar at the Brown University Department of Religious Studies, where he participates in the Religion and Critical Thought Program. His current work focuses on the implied anthropology of religious expressivity; his research probes into the questions pertaining to human capability, productivity, and finitude. 

For more about Timo's work, read An Interview with Timo Helenius

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