Esa Saarinen

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Esa Saarinen (born July 27, 1953 in Hyvinkää, Finland) is a Finnish philosopher who is currently professor of applied philosophy at Aalto University and co-director of the Systems Intelligence Research Group.

Saarinen completed his Ph.D. degree in 1978 at the University of Helsinki, where he has since held docentship. His extrovert public persona - he became known as the punk doctor - was reflected in his lectures at the university, which drew increasingly large audiences until the late 1990s. Nowadays his lectures at Helsinki University of Technology draw full lecture halls year after year.

Saarinen's philosophical interests have changed dramatically, from early writings in formal logic, to concerns with existentialism and later to media philosophy. The year 1994 saw the publication of Saarinen's most well-known work, Imagologies: Media Philosophy, written jointly with American philosopher Mark C. Taylor. The collage of writings was based on a joint course they ran simultaneously in Finland and USA via conference telecasting - one of the first ever in university education. During the last five years he has been most active in developing the concept of systems intelligence together with professor Raimo P. Hämäläinen.

Since the turn of the century Saarinen's academic lecturing has centered at the Helsinki University of Technology, but he has also continued his business as a coach for Finnish companies and organisations, promoting a doctrine of self-actualization. Saarinen...
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