Researcher

Dr Heikki Antero Ossian Ikaheimo

My Expertise

Personhood, interpersonal recognition, social ontology, social critique, and their applications in areas such as social work, inclusive education, disability studies, robotics and intercultural relations.

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Social Philosophy

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Biography

Heikki Ikäheimo has a PhD in Philosophy from University of Jyväskylä in Finland (2003), where he also worked as Assistant and Senior Assistant in Philosophy between 1997 and 2005. As post doc he spent three years in 2005-8 at University of Frankfurt (http://www.ifs.uni-frankfurt.de/english/). Heikki came to Australia in 2008 to take up a Macquarie University Research Fellowship and moved to UNSW in 2012. He was Australian Research Fellow in...view more

Heikki Ikäheimo has a PhD in Philosophy from University of Jyväskylä in Finland (2003), where he also worked as Assistant and Senior Assistant in Philosophy between 1997 and 2005. As post doc he spent three years in 2005-8 at University of Frankfurt (http://www.ifs.uni-frankfurt.de/english/). Heikki came to Australia in 2008 to take up a Macquarie University Research Fellowship and moved to UNSW in 2012. He was Australian Research Fellow in 2011-16 with an Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'The Social Ontology of Personhood - A Recognition-theoretical Account' together with partner investigators from Finland, Germany and Italy. Heikki has been visiting scholar at Westphälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2000-2001 and 2015) and at Paris Nanterre (2014). He has given invited lectures, keynotes and talks in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Heikki's research areas include Hegel, German idealism, theories of recognition, intersubjectivity, subjectivity, personhood, the human life-form, social ontology, critical social philosophy, and applied philosophy. He is best known through his work in the theory of recognition (Anerkennung), including the monograph Anerkennung (De Gruyter 2014), the edited collections Recognition and Social Ontology (Brill 2011) and Recognition and Ambivalence (Columbia University Press 2021), as well as Handbuch Anerkennung (Springer 2021). Heikki's next monograph Recognition and the Human Life-form is forthcoming by Routledge in 2022, and he is finishing a co-authored monograph The Social Ontology of Personhood together with Arto LaitinenMichael Quante, and Italo Testa.

Heikki is founding member of the editorial board of Journal of Social Ontology, as well as a founding member of the International Social Ontology Society and the Australian Hegel Society.

Heikki offers higher degree supervision in his research areas.

Many of Heikki's publications can be downloaded at http://unsw.academia.edu/HeikkiIkaheimo


My Qualifications

PhD in philosophy

Formal qualification as teacher in philosophy and ethical education at secondary and tertiary levels (Finnish law on teacher qualifications, no 452/96 § 1 moment 2)


My Awards

Australian Research Fellow 2011-2016

Macquarie University Research Fellow 2008-2011

Academy of Finland Research Doctor 2005-2008


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Hegel, recognition, personhood, social ontology, critical social philosophy, applied philosophy.


Currently supervising

Paul Tomaszewski. Scientia PhD thesis 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Complexities of complaining for people with intellectual disability and their paid supports'.

Carleton Christensen. PhD thesis 'The Problem of Essential Indexicality and Its Relevance for Theories of Subjectivity'.

Vanessa Arapko. Masters thesis 'The Conception of Communism in Karl Marx’s Economic Manuscripts of 1861-65'.


My Teaching

ARTS1360 Truth and Human Existence (convening)

ARTS1361 Mind, Ethics and Freedom (tutoring)

ARTS2362 Philosophy and Social Critique (convening)

ARTS4249 The Humanities, Then and Now (convening)

Previous courses include: ARTS3368 Advanced Social and Political Philosophy, ARTS3375 Hegel and German Idealism, and others

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