Olli-Pekka Moisio

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My main field of interest is twentieth century European philosophy, especially Marxism and its development in Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Ernst Bloch, Freudian Marxism, Critical Pedagogy and Radical Theology. My systematic interests lie in philosophy of education, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion and the philosophy of history. I also do research in the 18th and 19th century background to contemporary European thought: German Idealism and Jewish Thought.

My current research continues in the tradition of Frankfurt School Critical Theory. More specifically, I am interested on the question what motivates the formation of critical thought (in general and in the form on critical theory in particular) and how we can promote such a general motivation as a pedagogical practice. This work I have been doing under the rubrics of Critical Pedagogy and Democracy Education. These theme were also elaborated further in the Kone Foundation research project Utopia as Method: Articulations of the Possibilities for Social Change. I have been also working on the question of do we share the same world with others. This question was the main focus in the project I carried out in connection with the Academy of Finland The Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition which aimed to discover historical patterns and elaborate systematic models of rational recognition and mutual tolerance in religious world-views.

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Utopian thinking, Philosophy of Hope, Jewish Philosophy, Karl Marx, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Jürgen Habermas, Ernst Bloch, Franz Rosenzweig.

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