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Dr Veli-Pekka Parkkinen

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Philosophy


Office: Rutherford College, E4.W1


Veli-Pekka is a postdoctoral fellow in the project ‘Grading evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology’. His research in the project focuses on case-studies of mechanistic reasoning in biomedicine and physics, and aims to develop a framework for evaluating the role of mechanistic knowledge, and the quality of diverse evidence of mechanisms in these fields.

Veli-Pekka’s general research interests include philosophy of causality and explanation, philosophy of biology and medicine, and explanatory relations between the social sciences and the life sciences.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Oftedal, G. and Parkkinen, V. (2013). Synthetic Biology and Genetic Causation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences [Online] 44:208-216. Available at:
Strand, A. and Parkkinen, V. (2013). Causal Knowledge in Evidence-based Medicine. In reply to Kerry et al.'s Causation and Evidence-based Practice: an Ontological Review. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice [Online] 20:981-984. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 2 [See all in KAR]
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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 23/11/2015