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Artificial Intelligence and Human Sciences; Generative AI in Education; Logic, Language, Information; Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Science and Technology; History and Philosophy of Science; Pragmatism; American Philosophy; Clinical Reasoning; Human Mind and Its History; Semiotics; Creative, Critical, Design Thinking.


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PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2002.


  • Editor-in-Chief, Peirceana, De Gruyter
  • Biosemiotic Achievement Award for the Year 2021
  • Lecturer of the Year 2020 (TalTech)
  • Clarivate Analytics Citation Rank, Highly Cited Researchers 2020 (Philosophy & AI)
  • President, Charles S. Peirce Society (2018-2019)


  1. Logic, Language and Information
  2. Philosophy of Science, Cognition, Artificial Intelligence
  3. Pragmatism; Charles S. Peirce
  4. Clinical Reasoning

Teaching Areas:

  • Human Mind and Its History
  • Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Science, and Technology
  • Life & Death
  • Logic, Language and Information
  • Semantics & Pragmatics; Meaning; Semiotics

Current Projects:

  • Peirce’s Late Manuscripts on the Logic of Existential Graphs
  • Abductive Inference, AI and Cognition

Selected Outputs:

  • Medianovskyi, K. & Pietarinen, A.-V., 2022. On Explainable AI and Abductive Inference. philosophies 7, 35.
  • Pietarinen, A.-V. & Stanley, D. E. 2022. Precision medicine and diseases as natural kinds: An epistemological dilemma. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 28, 835-842.
  • Pietarinen, A. V. & Beni, M. D. 2021. Active Inference and Abduction. Biosemiotics 14, 499-517.
  • Beni, M. D. & Pietarinen, A. V. 2021. Aligning the free-energy principle with Peirce’s logic of science and economy of research. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11, 94.
  • Chiffi, D., Pietarinen, A. V. & Grecucci, A. 2021. Meaning and Affect in the Placebo Effect. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 46, 313-329.
  • Carrara, M., Chiffi, D., De Florio, C. & Pietarinen, A. V. 2021. We don’t know we don’t know: asserting ignorance. Synthese 198, 3565-3580.
  • Pietarinen, A.-V. (ed.). 2021. The Logical Tracts. Vol.2.2 of Logic of the Future: Peirce’s Writings on Existential Graphs. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter.
  • Pietarinen, A.-V. (ed.). 2021. The 1903 Lowell Lectures. Vol.2.1 of Logic of the Future: Peirce’s Writings on Existential Graphs. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter.
  • Pietarinen, A.-V. (ed.). 2020. History and Applications. Vol.1 of Logic of the Future: Peirce’s Writings on Existential Graphs. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter.
  • Bellucci, F. & Pietarinen, A.-V. 2020. Peirce on the justification of abduction. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 84, 12-19.
  • Ma, M. & Pietarinen, A.-V. 2020. Peirce's Calculi for Classical Propositional Logic. Review of Symbolic Logic 13, 509-540.
  • Pietarinen, A.-V. & Shafiei, M. (eds.) 2019. Peirce and Husserl: Mutual Insights on Logic, Mathematics and Cognition. Cham: Springer.

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • What AI Needs. Milan Polytechnic, June 2022.
  • Abduction and Fundamental Uncertainty. Milan Polytechnic, June 2022.
  • Peirce’s Last Graphs (Presidential Address), Peirce Society, American Philosophical Association Eastern Meeting, Philadelphia, Jan 2020.

Selected Research Grants:

  • Academy of Finland (2013-2017), Diagrammatic Mind: Iconicity in Logic, Language and Cognition.
  • Estonian Research Council (2013-2018), Abduction in the Age of Fundamental Uncertainty.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Theoretical Philosophy, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 1 Mar 2002

Master, Master of Science in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Turku

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997


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