Kaarlo Jaakko Juhani Hintikka was born in Vantaa, Finland. He was educated at the Kerava High School, Kerava and Helsinki University and Williams College, America (as an exchange student). He held a Cand. Phil. (Helsinki), Lic. Phil. (Helsinki), Dr. Phil. (Helsinki). He was Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, Professor of "Practical Philosophy", University of Helsinki, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University, Research Professor, The Academy of Finland, Professor of Philosophy, Florida, Professor of Philosophy, Boston. Docent in Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Visiting Professor, Brown University, Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Visiting Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Courtesy Professor, Department of Computer Science, Florida. American Philosophical Association (APA). Vice-President of the Pacific Division, President of the Division, Member of the committee for International Co-operation, International Union of of History and Philosophy of Science, Vice-President of the Division of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science (LMPS), President, Chairman of the Program Committee for the Fifth International Congress of LMPS, Chairman of the Joint Commission, Association for Symbolic Logic, Vice-President, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy of Science Association, Member of the Governing Board, Fellow of the Institut International de Philosophie, Vice-President, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie, Member of the Comité Directeur, Member of the Finance Committee of the same, Chair of the Committee, Co-chair of the American Organizing committee for the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Scientific Advisor and Foreign member of the Internationales Forschungszentrum Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria), Member of the Academy of Science and Letters of Finland, Member of the Council, Fellow of Societas Scientiarum Fennica, Council for Philosophical Studies, Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ernst Lindelöf Prize, University of Helsinki, The John Locke Lectures, Oxford University, W. T. Jones Lectures, Pomona College, Wihuri International Prize, Guggenheim Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa (honorary), Williams College chapter, Hägerström Lectures, University of Uppsala, Honorary Doctorate, University of Liége.Immanuel Kant Lectures, Stanford University, Florida State University Foundation Professor, (renamed McKenzie Professor), Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland, First Class, E. J. Nyström Prize of the Societas Scientiarum Fennica, Erik Ahlman Lecture, University of Jyväskylä, The Grand Prize of Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Finland, Honorary Doctorate, Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Editor-in-Chief, international journal Synthese (Dordrecht), Senior Advisory Editor, Synthese, Editor, Synthese Library (Dordrecht), Managing Editor, Synthese Library, Managing Co-editor, Synthese Language Library (Dordrecht), Editor, Acta Philosophica Fennica, Consulting Editor of over ten journals or series.
Areas of Interest (Research, Teaching, and/or Advising):
-- Philosophy of Language and Theoretical Linguistics:
methodology of linguistics
logic and semantics of questions and of question-based dialogues
semantic information and its varieties
the analytic-synthetic distinction
possible-worlds semantics, etc.).
- Foundations of Cognitive Science (interrogative model of inquiry, differences between information-processing by humans and computers, knowledge representation and reasoning about knowledge, the psychology of reasoning, mental models, etc.
- Philosophical Logic (semantics of intensional logics, game-theoretical semantics, independence-friendly logics, non=standard interpretations of logic, problems of individuation and identification, nature of reasoning, urn models, deductive information, etc.).
- Mathematical Logic and Foundations of Mathematics (distributive normal forms, independence-friendly logic, definability, infinitely deep languages, extremality assumptions in mathematical theories, etc.).
- Philosophy of Science (interrogative models of scientific inquiry, the concepts of experiment and induction, why-questions and explanation, inductive logic, decision-theoretical approaches to theory choice, information as utility, identifiability problems in science, theory structure and the different ingredients of an empirical theory, interplay between history of science and philosophy of science, etc.).
- History of Philosophy and History of Ideas (Aristotle, the general assumptions of Greek philosophy, modal concepts in mediaeval philosophy, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, the history of the method of analysis, the "principle of plenitude" in the history of philosophy, methodology of the history of ideas, etc.).
- Interpretations of Recent and Contemporary Philosophy (Frege, Peirce, Russell, the Bloomsbury Group, Wittgenstein, Husserl, Carnap, Quine, etc.).
- Philosophy of Education (models of instruction, the role of questions and answers in education, etc.).
- Aesthetics (problems of pictorial representation, philosophy and literature, intentionalty and artistic creation, etc.).