Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen
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Research Interest

My research interests span from scientific method to human mind and their histories. Methods of philosophy and analysis can help us discover new and unforeseen aspects of how we reason, how the world works, and what makes everything to be the way it is. These methods themselves have to be discovered and developed. That is where the stuff we call logic comes in.

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I am a philosopher of science, logic, language and human thought. I moved to Astana from Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia, where I was professor of philosophy and professor of semiotics for a number of years. I have also had visiting positions at universities in China and Korea.

C. S. Peirce once wrote that “The world hates sound reasoning as a child hates medicine” (1910). There is still much work to be done to have the world reason in a good way.­­ This task is shared by science, philosophy, and liberal arts education at all levels. And it is the task I am committed to.

At Nazarbayev University, I teach courses on Logic, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Physics, and Critical Reasoning. I have also taught courses on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; Pragmatism and American Philosophy; Peirce’s Thought; Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Game Theory; Artificial Intelligence; Theory of Signs; Scenario Planning and Futures Studies. I am available for consultation on these topics.

Currently I am completing a large edition on Peirce’s unpublished writings on his theory of existential graphs (Logic of the Future). Let me know in case you are interested in that.