Joonas S. Martikainen

Researcher in Philosophy, Social and Political Theory

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Hello! I am a researcher in critical social and political theory. I work on political philosophy and democratic theory, focusing on phenomena such as political poverty, the loss of political agency, and the broader social conditions of political liberty. I make use of a variety of approaches, such as political phenomenology, contemporary critical social and political theory, and theories of deliberative and radical democracy. I also teach political philosophy and theory.

I'm mainly interested in the pre-cognitive, affective aspects of political freedom. My doctoral dissertation "Political Poverty as the Loss of Experiential Freedom" explored the ways that contemporary democratic societies keep some groups from being able to participate as equals in public life. My research investigates the ways that people become informally disenfranchised and unable to effectively participate in democratic processes while remaining ostensibly included in them. I received my Doctorate in Social Sciences in Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki in 2021.

I am currently affiliated with the discipline of Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki.

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