Jaanika Puusalu

Department: Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Research Centre/Unit: Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences

Project Summary

My research project is a philosophical study of the human condition in the contemporary social world, with the working title: “Connectedness: alienation and identity creation in the contemporary social world”.

The working thesis of the project is that contemporary communication means have altered the way in which people relate to their own communication, and through that, the social world that they live in. In this way, the project suggests, new technology has brought about a significant change in the human condition.

To explore this line of thought, the thesis draws upon the work of Rahel Jaeggi and the Critical Theorists to develop a contemporary account of ‘alienation’. Motivated by my previous work as school teacher, the thesis includes a case-study of cyberbullying to further illustrate the alienating conditions that arise by way of the new communication culture.

Supervisory Team

I am supervised by Professor Christine Hauskeller and  Professor David Inglis

Wider Research Interests

My interest in philosophy has always been related to theorising human situatedness in the world and the interdependent relation to the social that determines this. In particular, I am interested in possible tensions (and distortions) that might occur in this relationship, and the impact it has on both society and the human being. In this light, I have interests in Existentialism, Marxism, and Critical Theory, including the work of Axel Honneth and Juergen Habermas, as well as political philosophy more generally. The focus of my current research on new communication technologies has also led to an interest in philosophy of technology, post-phenomenological and sociological approaches to identity and subjectivity, as well as philosophy of language.