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Hej/Moi/Hello/Привет! I'm glad you found here. I'm Karoliina Pulkkinen, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Helsinki.  I am a philosopher of science with an interest in values in science. At the Aleksanteri Institute, I am researching the role of values in science in the Soviet Union with the aim of determining how past science can inform our normative frameworks regarding the management of social, political, and epistemic values in scientific practice more broadly.

Alongside my interest in values in science, I also do work on philosophy and history of chemistry, and philosophy of climate science. My previous postdoc concerned the role of values in climate modelling. The project Values, Choices, and Uncertainties in Climate Modelling was a collaboration between philosophers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and climate scientists at Stockholm University.  My PhD research focussed on epistemic values in the development of periodic systems of chemical elements, including the system of the Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev. The results of the research have been published in Philosophy of Science, Ambix, and Centaurus. I defended my PhD in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge in 2019.

If you are a student at KTH, you might recognise me as the principal instructor of Ethics of Medical Technology 2020-21 and an occasional seminar instructor for the Tamos course. I was also a seminar supervisor for Philosophy of Science and Ethics and Politics of Science and Medicine at University of Cambridge.

I am also one of the editors and co-founders of Jargonium, the blog for history and philosophy of chemistry. I also edit Chemical Intelligence newsletter for Society of History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC).

Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions. My email is karoliina.pulkkinen [at]

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