Invited speech at Meaning of Life Conference at Harvard University hosted by the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard:
Inventing new tools of thinking that can enhance people’s capability to live a better life. That’s what Frank’s research is ultimately about.
Frank has been a full-time researcher since 2008, when he started his PhD. The dissertation in applied philosophy and organizational research was finalized in 2012, and investigated caring connections between nurses and residents in a nursing home. He has a second PhD in philosophy, with the dissertation building on pragmatist philosophy, especially the philosophy of John Dewey, to explore how we humans can find life-enhancing and reliable values into our lives. The title of that second dissertation captures nicely what Frank’s activities as a researcher amount to:
A pragmatist inquiry into the art of living.
Here are a few key publications (updated in November 2017):
- Martela, F., Ryan, R. M., & Steger, M. F. (2017). Meaningfulness as satisfaction of autonomy, competence, relatedness, and beneficence: Comparing the four satisfactions and positive affect as predictors of meaning in life. Journal of Happiness Studies, (Advance online publication).
- Martela, F., & Ryan, R. M. (2016). The Benefits of Benevolence: Basic Psychological Needs, Beneficence, and the Enhancement of Well-Being. Journal of Personality, 84(6), 750–764.
- Martela, F., & Steger, M. F. (2016). The meaning of meaning in life: Coherence, purpose and significance as the three facets of meaning. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(5), 531–545.
- Martela, F., & Ryan, R. M. (2016). Prosocial behavior increases well-being and vitality even without contact with the beneficiary: Causal and behavioral evidence. Motivation and Emotion, 40(3), 351–357.
- Organizational Research
- Martela, Frank & Tuukka Kostamo (2017): Adaptive self-organizing: The necessity of intrinsic motivation and self-determination. In Knowledge Management and Complexity. Ed. Anne Eskola. Routledge
- Martela, F. (2015). Fallible inquiry with ethical ends-in-view: A pragmatist philosophy of science for organizational research. Organization Studies, 36(4), 537–563.
- Martela, F. (2014). Sharing well-being in a work community – Exploring well-being generating relational systems. In N. M. Ashkanasy, W. J. Zerbe, & C. E. J. Härtel (Eds.), Research on Emotion in Organizations: Vol. 10 (pp. 79–110). Emerald Group.
- Martela, F. (2017). Meaningfulness as Contribution. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 55(2), 232–256.
- Martela, F. (2017). Moral Philosophers as Ethical Engineers: Limits of Moral Philosophy and a Pragmatist Alternative. Metaphilosophy, 48(1–2), 58–78. https://doi.org/10.1111/meta.12229
- Martela, F. (2015). Pragmatism as an attitude. In U. Zackariasson (Ed.), Nordic Studies in Pragmatism 3: Action, Belief and Inquiry – Pragmatist Perspectives on Science, Society and Religion (pp. 187–207). Helsinki: Nordic Pragmatism Network.
Keynote speak at the Self-determination theory conference Spring 2019 on ‘The curious case of beneficence as a candidate psychological need’:
Speech at the International Meaning Conference in London Summer 2019 on ‘Is the crisis of meaning a modern phenomenon’: