Ilkka Niiniluoto

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Ilkka Niiniluoto
Niiniluoto listening to a debate in 2007
Ilkka Maunu Olavi Niiniluoto

(1946-03-12) March 12, 1946 (age 73)
Alma materUniversity of Helsinki (PhD, 1974)
AwardsOrder of the White Star
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Helsinki

Ilkka Maunu Olavi Niiniluoto (born March 12, 1946) is a Finnish philosopher and mathematician, serving as a professor of philosophy at the University of Helsinki since 1981. He is currently[when?] on leave from his position, having been appointed as rector of the University of Helsinki on August 1, 2003 for a five-year period. On April 25, 2008, he was chosen to succeed Kari Raivio as chancellor of the University of Helsinki, beginning 1 June 2008.


A significant contribution to the philosophy of science, particularly to the topic of verisimilitude or truth approximation, is his Truthlikeness (Synthese Library, Springer, 1987). Another notable publication is Critical Scientific Realism (Oxford University Press, 2002).

In 1990s, Niiniluoto among other university employees organized a plead to the consistory of the university to abolish ecclesiastic remnants from the university ceremonies.

Ilkka Niiniluoto is editor-in-chief of Acta Philosophica Fennica, the leading philosophical journal of Finland.

From 2008 to 2013, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Helsinki.

In 2011 he gave a Turku Agora Lecture.[1]


  • Niiniluoto, Ilkka; Woleński, Jan; Sintonen, Matti (2004). Handbook of epistemology. Dordrecht Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 9781402019852.


  1. ^ "Agora Lecture – Ilkka Niiniluoto: Progress by Enlightenment". 14 November 2011.

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