Thomas Wallgren

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Thomas Wallgren in September 2006

Thomas Wallgren, Ph.D. (born 28 February 1958) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish philosopher, activist and politician. He studied philosophy at the University of Helsinki and where he is a lecturer and docent. [1]

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He was active in the Koijärvi Movement in the 1980s, and opposed Finnish membership of the European Union. [2] In 2015 he signed citizens' initiative of centre-right Keskusta politician Paavo Väyrynen to hold a referendum on Finland's membership of the euro area. [3] He has written about his doubts about the validity of the EU as a postwar "project of peace", arguing furthermore that the EU today suffers from a “democracy deficit”. [3]

Koijärvi Movement

The Koijärvi Movement was a Finnish environmental movement that started in the spring of 1979. Its objective was to prevent the draining of Lake Koijärvi near Forssa, an important bird habitat. The struggle lasted for two years and brought together previously fragmented, small circles of environmental activists to form a national movement. It was one of the most prominent of a wave of environmental actions in Finland at the time that led to the formation of the political party the Green League and the election of Greens to the Finnish parliament and hastened the establishment of a national environmental ministry.

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Wallgren first came to public attention through his "environmental stunts", which included buying shares in large Finnish corporations, such as Nokia, only for the purpose of gaining the right to speak at their shareholders' conferences, where he would then raise the issue of the company's lack of environmentalism.

In 2008, he was elected to the Helsinki City Council as a Social Democrat (SDP), representing its centrist wing. In 2012, he was reelected. He stood as a candidate in the 2019 General Election for the SDP but was not selected.

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Selection of Wallgren books in English

Lilli Alanen is a Finnish philosopher and Professor Emeritus of History of Philosophy at Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden. She specialises in the history of philosophy — with particular interest in René Descartes and David Hume but she has also contributed to feminist philosophy. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she was a student of Ferdinand Alquié, and the University of Helsinki, where she was a student of Ingmar Pörn and Georg Henrik von Wright. In the 1980s she taught at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA and in Helsinki before being named professor of philosophy at Uppsala University in 1997.

Articles by Wallgren in English

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  1. Thomas Wallgren Helsingin yliopiston sivuilla
  2. EU-kritiikin 13 epäonnen vuotta. Ylioppilaslehti
  3. 1 2 Thomas Wallgren, "Cosmopolitan Futures for Europe", University of Helsinki,