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Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Philosophy Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MTh, MA, and DTh, University of Helsinki
Research Areas: classical Arabic philosophy, Aristotle, Plato
Taneli Kukkonen specializes in classical Arabic philosophy, Aristotle, and the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions from antiquity to the Renaissance. He also has interests in philosophy and pop culture, religious studies, Islamic culture in the classical period, and the early history of science. Taneli is an avid reader of comic books and lives on music and chocolate. He is the author of Ibn Tufayl (Oxford, 2014) and over thirty research articles on Arabic philosophy and the Aristotelian tradition.
Before joining NYUAD, Taneli held standing faculty positions in Philosophy at the University of Victoria (Canada); History at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland); and Religious Studies at the University of Otago (New Zealand).