Markku Koivusalo

.“Interrete ergo sum”


I have graduated and doctorate from the University of Helsinki, where I am adjunct professor (title of Docent) and have taught there over twenty years, mainly political theory and philosophy, but also other courses and seminars on political science, world politics, administrative studies and methodology of social sciences.

Currently I am working as University Teacher of Politics in the University of Jyväskylä.

In addition to the politics and philosophy, my theoretical competences are very broad and interdisciplinary and I have been visiting teacher in the departments of sociology, social politics, jurisprudence, religious studies, as also lectured in art universities (University of Arts Helsinki and Aalto University: The School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and adult education institutions (Open University, Critical Academy, Finnish Adult Education Centre). See my Teaching portfolio.

Besides academic teaching, I have been especially active in the academic associations and publishing.

I have been over twenty years in the executive board of Finnish Researcher Association, which I directed ten years (2005-2015), as also worked as a consultant for other publishing houses.

Research profile

My research profile is broad but at the same time focused to the question of “systems of thinking” and political conceptualizations. My main interest is to investigate how politics and political had been conceptualized and political thought-patterns historically structured in western political experience and practices of power directing the conduct of men.

What are the relations of different historically embedded thought-patterns and power practices to the scientific, economic, artist and religious historical systems of thought? And what are the political and power consequences of the different systems of thought.

I have designated this general research question as the problem of political anthropology.

Methodologically I have interest to relate philosophical and conceptual questions to the historical and social research and I have tried to develop an approach named critical political anthropology, which would differ both from the political philosophy practiced as normative moral philosophy as also from political science practiced in the form of unreflective positive studies.

Under this general approach I have written and lectured extensively on ancient and modern political thought and theory. Especially on continental political thought and philosophy; on Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and French philosophy and political thought in general, on Hannah Arendt, on Leo Strauss, on Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Walter Benjamin as on Giorgio Agamben and Italian political theory. I have also specialized in the thought of Michel Foucault and wrote my dissertation on the historical structure and limits of his own system of thought.

My longstanding background project, is the History of European Political and Social Thought, which I started in the middle of 1990’s as teaching the history of European political thought in the University. Recently I have also become interested in the modern political ideologies (liberalism, socialism, nationalism, conservatism) understood as politically interrelated and historical changing thought patterns and systems, that had created their own political interpretations on the three fundamental political values of modernity: Liberty, Equality and Solidarity.

Recently, I worked in the project investigating the intellectual heritage of the radical cultural conservatism and now I planning a project on political philosophy of nationalism.

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