Academic Work

Here you may find links to some of my published and unpublished articles in philosophy, political economy, semiotics, musicology, etc.

I graduated with a Master’s Degree, in Social and Moral Philosophy, from the University of Helsinki (2015). I have a Bachelor of Arts degree, in English Philology, from the same university (2009).

I am currently writing my PhD in Political Economy at King’s College London (2016-2019).  (Curriculum Vitae, 2015:  download here.)

I have highlighted in bold articles that I consider to be my best.

I have marked with asterisks* the articles which have been published in scientific journals, anthologies, etc.)

1. Philosophy (Social and Moral) and Political Economy

Otto Lehto – The Three Principles of Classical Liberalism from John Locke to John Tomasi: A Consequentialist Defence of the Limited Welfare State (Master’s Thesis in Social and Moral Philosophy, Uni. of Helsinki)

Otto Lehto – Basic Income Around the World: The Unexpected Benefits of Unconditional Cash Transfers (Adam Smith Institute Research Paper)*

Otto Lehto  – The Limited Welfare State as Utopia – The Case for a Libertarian Basic Income

Otto Lehto – Was Adam Smith a Classical Liberal?

Otto Lehto – Reason and Madness in the Holocaust (BA Thesis in English Philology, Uni. of Helsinki)*

Otto Lehto – Performing Culture and Breaking Rules*

Otto Lehto – Comparisons of the Nature of Law and Duty in Hobbes and Kant 

Otto Lehto – Socializing Liberty and Liberalizing Society – Rawls, Sen and Nussbaum


2. Philosophy (General), Semiotics and Metaphysics

Otto Lehto – Studying the Cognitive States of Animals: Epistemology, Ethology and Ethics (printed version)*

Otto Lehto – Nothingness as Nihilism – Karatani Kojin and Nishitani Keiji

Otto Lehto – The Background and Implications of John McDowell’s (2009) Revised Theory of Perception

Otto Lehto – Vapauden illuusion loppu – Spinoza ja radikaali determinismi (Synteesi 2/2010) (in Finnish)*

Otto Lehto – Humanism, Existentialism, Semiotics*

Otto Lehto – The Transparency of Light – Our Crystalline Society

Otto Lehto – Cosmologies of Life after Peirce, Heidegger and Darwin


3. Arts and Aesthetics

Otto Lehto – Music’s Pre-Existence as Ideal Sound: The Pythagorean Legacy in Music*

Otto Lehto – EC Paper – The Collapse and Reconstitution of the Cinematic Narrative: Interactivity vs. Immersion in Game Worlds*

Otto Lehto – Transgressions and Regressions: The Rigidification of Form as Genre-Genesis

Otto Lehto – The Cinema of David Lynch

Otto Lehto – Kommentteja Wagnerista (in Finnish)

Otto Lehto – The Hermeneutics of Kurt Cobain

Otto Lehto – Minimalism, Philip Glass & Electronic Aesthetics

Otto Lehto – Eco, Derrida, Joyce, Borges – Interpretation and Hallucination

Otto Lehto – The Hero Myth and the Apocalypse in Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” 

Otto Lehto – The Ghosts of Derrida

Otto Lehto – Beckett’s Fatal Silence

Otto Lehto – St. David [a short story]


4. Miscellaneous Papers

Otto Lehto – Simo Parpola’s “Tree of Life” theory Revisited – Mysteries and Myths of Assyrian Kabbalah 

Otto Lehto – The Seven Veils of Ishtar and the Ten Sefirot of Israel

Otto Lehto – On The Frontiers of Psychology – A Dialogue on the Practice and Malpractice of Power

Otto Lehto – Imperialism & Perpetual Revolution – The Radical Lure of the Empire

philosopher, political economist, public intellectual, composer and blogger.