My doctoral research focused on the tragic vision that motivates certain key aspects of Theodor W. Adorno’s philosophy. I reconstructed the tragic vision found in the Dialectic of Enlightenment and used it as a key to understanding Adorno’s mature philosophy. Identifying the tragic themes allows situating Adorno’s work within the context of larger cultural debates, ranging from left communism to grand opera and beyond.


  1. Doctor of Social Sciences (Philosophy), University of Jyväskylä, 2018

  2. Master of Social Sciences (Philosophy), University of Jyväskylä, 2009

  3. Bachelor of Social Sciences (Philosophy), University of Jyväskylä, 2007

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  1. Theodor W. Adorno, Giorgio Agamben ja eurooppalaisen ajattelun itsekritiikki. [With Esko Harni.]
    Tiede & Edistys 45:1 (2020), pp. 14-24.
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  2. On thinking the tragic with Adorno.
    The European Legacy 21:7 (2016), pp. 644–663.

  3. Aikalaiskritiikin mahdollisuus. Etiikka ja estetiikka Theodor W. Adornon kulttuurifilosofiassa.
    Kulttuurintutkimus 32:3 (2015), pp. 3–12.
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  4. Esteettisen teorian esteettinen teoria. Theodor Adornon dialektinen estetiikka.
    niin & näin 19:1 (2012), pp. 102–108.

  5. Godot ja sovituksen mahdottomuus.
    niin & näin 15:4 (2008), pp. 75–76.

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