Tapahtumat helmikuulle 2008

Forskarseminarium i filosofi/The Philosophy Research Seminar
Åbo Akademi

Mondays/Måndagar 18-20
Auditorium Westermarck, Arken, Fabriksgatan/Tehtaankatu 3, Åbo/Turku

11.2 Kim Berts (Åbo):
"Om matematiska bevis"


Detaljprogram och förhandstexter/Programme and texts:
web.abo.fi/fak/hf/filosofi/index.php

Filosofian illat Metsossa

Kevät 2008


Teemana:

Lapset ja lapsuus


Pedagogi ja feministi Ellen Key nimesi täsmälleen vuonna 1900 ilmestyneen kirjansa otsikossa 1900-luvun ”lapsuuden vuosisadaksi”. Nimityksen taustalla oli ajatus, että aika oli vihdoin kypsä lasten ja lapsuuden erityisluonteen tunnistamiselle. Päättynyt vuosisata toikin mukanaan ainakin lapsuutta käsittelevän puheen, instituutioiden ja asiantuntijoiden määrän valtavan lisääntymisen esimerkiksi yleisen oppivelvollisuuden, päivähoidon ja lapsipsykologian muodossa. Miten lienee 2000-luvun laita?


Filosofian illoissa pohditaan lapsia ja lapsuutta eri näkökulmista. Alustajina ovat filosofiaa lapsille -menetelmän suomalainen asiantuntija, aiheesta hiljattain väitellyt Hannu Juuso (väitöskirja Child, Philosophy and Education), filosofista praktiikkaa tutkinut Antti Mattila, joka on mm. suomentanut kirjan Filosofisia keskusteluja lasten kanssa ja kirjoittanut kirjan Näkökulman vaihtamisen taito, lasten ja nuorten poliittista sosialisaatiota tutkiva Tuukka Tomperi (mm. oppikirjat Dialogi tiedosta ja maailmankuvista ja Dialogi yksilöstä ja yhteisöistä), sekä kasvatusta aikalaiskriittisesti tarkasteleva professori Veli-Matti Värri, jonka väitöskirja Hyvä kasvatus – kasvatus hyvään on suomalaisen kasvatusfilosofian ja -etiikan perusteoksia.


Ohjelma:


Ma 11.2. klo 18.00, ls. 1
KT Hannu Juuso: "Filosofiaa lapsille"


Ma 17.3. klo 18.00, ls. 1
LT, lääkäri, filosofi Antti Mattila: "Filosofia, lapset ja näkökulman vaihtamisen taito"


Ma 14.4. klo 18.00, ls. 1
Tutkija Tuukka Tomperi: "Lasten ja nuorten yhteiskuntakäsitykset: poliittista sosialisaatiota ja kansalaiskasvatusta"


Ma 12.5. klo 18.00, ls. 1
Professori Veli-Matti Värri: "Lapsen arvo ja kasvatuksen merkitys hyödyn maailmassa"

Puheenjohtajana Tuukka Tomperi.

Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!


Järj. Tampereen kaupunginkirjasto ja filosofinen aikakauslehti niin & näin.

 
CALL FOR PAPERS
LIMITS OF PERSONHOOD

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Conference dates: 6–8 June 2008

 
Invited Speakers
José Luis Bermúdez,
Michael Quante,
Ralf Stoecker,
Tim Thornton,
+ TBA.
 
Deadline for abstracts: February 8th
Length of abstracts: ca. 500 words
Send abstracts to jpkaukua (at) cc.jyu.fi
Notifications of acceptance: February 15th
Conference dates: 6–8 June 2008
 
 
The theme of the conference

Although the line between persons and non-persons may seem relatively
clear in everyday life, advances in the experimental and theoretical
sciences have shed a different light on the issue. There is more and
more evidence to suggest that non-human animals, predecessors of the
species Homo sapiens, and even some artificial creatures, possess or
have possessed many of the features often considered unique to human
persons.

With regard to the knowledge supplied by neurosciences, biology,
developmental psychology etc., it has become increasingly difficult to
distinguish persons from non-persons. And even clear cases, paradigmatic
persons, have their personal capacities dependently on sub-personal
mechanisms, which seem to be governed by the same laws that govern the
rest of nature – so perhaps persons are not that unique after all? The
criteria applied by modern philosophy, which focus on distinctive forms
of rationality and self-consciousness shared by persons, are no longer
as evident as they used to be. New scientific findings also compel us to
reconsider the moral status of non-human animals. It is the task of
philosophers to try to bring conceptual clarity to the field by
assessing the principal consequences of the growing knowledge concerning
the features that are taken to explain the differences between living
persons and non-persons.

The aim of the conference is to explore and reconsider the borderline
between persons and non-persons. The topics of the conference involve
the following features which are central as regards the borderline:
intentionality, self-consciousness, autonomy, emotions, rationality,
normative and moral relations, and recognition from others. The general
starting point of the conference is the observation that these features
seem to allow degrees and therefore provide no easy demarcation between
persons and non-persons. Yet most of the contemporary theories of
personhood make a simple dichotomy between persons and non-persons by
using these features as criteria.       

We welcome papers that analyse the ways in which the features in
question allow degrees, and examine where and how the line between
personal and sub-personal, and personal and non-personal, should be
drawn. We also encourage papers discussing the history of views
concerning the limits of personhood and the graduality of the central
features – if possible, there will be special section(s) devoted to
historical treatments of the features pertinent to the topic of the
conference. Naturally, we also encourage papers (historical and other),
which suggest an approach which could avoid the problems related to
determining the limits of personhood.
 
 
The questions to be addressed in the conference include:

• Are there actual non–human persons?
• If the following three claims contradict, which one should we drop or
revise: 1) the moral status of persons is based on a certain set of
characteristics C, 2) all humans do not in fact have characteristics C,
3) all humans have the moral status of persons.
• What is the relation of sub-personal mechanisms and personhood? How do
the sub-personal layers enable or constitute personal-level phenomena?
• In what ways do the features of personhood allow degrees and in what
sense do humans share them with non-humans? To what extent and in what
precise form does this overlapping vary from feature to feature?
• In what ways are the features inter-connected? How does a transition
within one feature indicate transitions in other features, perhaps in
all of them?
• In what ways is the gradualitheories of personhood (mis)recognise
their graduality?
• What consequences regarding moral and legal statuses should be drawn
from the fact that the capacities central to personhood come in degrees?
• In what sense do changes in the interplay of actual life forms,
articulated scientific knowledge and ontological and epistemic
commitments influence the limits of personhood?
 
 
Practicalities
 
The conference will take place in Jyväskylä, 270 km north of Helsinki.
International flight connections to Helsinki are good and there is a
one-hour connecting flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä. There are also
some (cheap) international flights to Tampere, 150 km from Jyväskylä.
The arrival is scheduled for Thursday 5th, the workshops and talks will
take place from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, leaving time for
departure on Sunday evening. More information about practicalities will
be available later.
 
The conference is organized by the “Limits of Personhood" research
project run by the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy,
University of Jyväskylä, and financed by the Academy of Finland. More
information about the project can be found at
 
http://www.jyu.fi/yhtfil/fil/limits/index.htm.
 
The members of the organizing committee are Jussi Kotkavirta, Mikko Yrjönsuuri, Arto Laitinen, Petteri Niemi, Jari Kaukua, Vili Lähteenmäki, Heikki Ikäheimo, Mimosa Pursiainen, Juhana Toivanen and Pessi Lyyra.
 
 
Arto Laitinen
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Fabianinkatu 24 (P.O. Box 4)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Finland

 
 
STUDIA GENERALIA 2008: NAPPAAKO TEKNOLOGIA IHMISEN?

Yleisölle avoin luentosarja Helsingin yliopistossa keväällä 2008 Porthanian
luentosalissa PI paitsi 6.3. luentosali PII (Yliopistonkatu 3).
Luennot pidetään torstaisin klo 17.00-19.00. Luentojen yhteydessä on varattu
aikaa kysymysten esittämiseen ja keskusteluun.
Tilaisuuksiin on vapaa pääsy.


7.2. GEENIEN MUOKKAUS

Professori Leena Palotie: Geenitutkimuksessa edetään nyt vauhdilla
Professsori Kari Alitalo: Geeneistä uutta terapiaa syöpään ja
sydän-verisuonitauteihin

14.2. KYBORGI-IHMISKONE
Filosofian tohtori Markku Soikkeli: Tieteiskirjallisuus nykyhetken peilinä
Professori Tari Haahtela: Milloin ihminen muuttuu koneeksi - lääketiede
näyttää tietä

21.2. YKSI TUHANNESMILJOONASOSA
Professori Kai Nordlund: Atomikoon palasista suuria sovelluksia
Vt. professori Marjo Yliperttula: Nanoteknisiä täsmäohjuksia lääkehoidossa

28.2. VÄRÄHTELYSTÄ YKKÖSIIN JA NOLLIIN
Professori Martti Mäntylä: Digimaailma - taivas vai helvetti?
Diplomi-insinööri Panu Harmo: Kumpi ohjaa; koti ihmistä vai ihminen kotia?
      
6.3. ILMASTON MUUTOS (Luentosali PII)
Professori Atte Korhola: Kiehuuko maapallo kuiviin?
Filosofian lisensiaatti, MEP Eija-Riitta Korhola: Ilmasto- ja
energiapolitiikan paradokseja

13.3. KORVAAKO TEKNOLOGIA IHMISEN?
Professori Göte Nyman: Tunnetaanko tulevaisuuden ihminen?
Dosentti Sara Heinämaa: Viekö teknologia hyvän elämän?


Järjestäjä: Helsingin yliopiston vapaan sivistystyön toimikunta, PL 27,
00014 HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO, www.helsinki.fi/vst, vst@helsinki.fi
Lisätietoja: professori Harri Westermarck, p. (09) 191 58055 Luennot voi
katsoa myös yliopiston videopalvelimelta: video.helsinki.fi/studia
 
 
 
Workshop on Theology and Early Modern Philosophy

Collegium of Advanced Studies, Helsinki, ground floor
 
 
 
7 February 2008 Thursday
 
1. Philosophy in Post-Tridentian Catholic Theology

15.00 M.W.F. Stone (Leuven): Philosophy in Early Modern Thomist and Scotist Theology
16.00 P. Dvorak (Prague): Philosophy in Jesuit Theology
17.00 Coffee
17.30 J. Armogathe (Paris): Seventeenth-Century French Augustinianism
 

 
8 February 2008 Friday
 
2. Philosophy in Protestant Theology
 
9.15 S. Knuuttila (Helsinki): Philosophy in Seventeenth-Century Lutheran Theology
10.15 Coffee
10.45 S. Lalla (Berlin): Philosophy in Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics
11.45 L.O. Nielsen (Copenhagen): Philosophy in Anglican Theology
12.45 Lunch

3. Philosophers on Revealed Truths

15.00 T. Schmaltz (Durham, North Carolina): Revealed Truths in Descartes, Malebrance and other Cartesians
16.00 S. Hutton (Middlesex): Cambridge Platonists
17.00 Coffee
17.30 M.-R. Antognazza (London): Leibniz on Trinity and Incarnation 

 
 
9 February 2008 Saturday morning
 
4. Scepticism, Toleration, Science
 
9.15 P. Byrne (London): Matthew Tindal and Tolerance: Some Lockean Themes
10.15 Coffee
10.30 I. MacLean (Oxford): Certainty and Uncertainty in Early Modern Theology and Natural Philosophy
11.30 J. Israel (Princeton): Spinoza and Radical Enlightenment
12.30 Lunch
 
5. Philosophers on Revealed Truths
 
14.00 R. Jakapi (Tartu): Berkeley on Revealed Religion
15.00 J.-L. Solere (Boston): Bayle
16.00 T. Aho (Helsinki): Hobbes on Religion
 
 
The workshop is open.
 
 
More information: Pekka Kärkkäinen
Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Religion
Department of Systematic Theology
Faculty of Theology
P.O.Box 33 (Aleksanterinkatu 7)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
tel. +358 40 5930736
pekka.karkkainen@helsinki.fi
 
 

Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Seminar (updated on 18 December 2007)

 

Spring 2008

 

Friday, 25 January, 12-15 (Auditorium IX, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor)

Presentation of the Research Plans by the Team Leaders

 

Thursday, 7 – Saturday, 9 February (University Main Building)

Theology and Early Modern Philosophy (1550-1750), seminar organized by The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters 

 

Friday, 29 February, 12-15 (Auditorium IX, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor)

Rhetoric and politeness in early modern political thought

                      Mikko Tolonen

                      Markku Peltonen

 

Friday, 14 March, 12-15 (Auditorium IX, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor)

Rights Discourse in Late Medieval and Early Modern Period

                      Siegfried Van Duffel (State University of Singapore)

                      Jussi Varkemaa

 

Friday, 11 – Saturday, 12 April (place still open)

Nordic Centre of Excellence Workshop

 

Friday, 23 May, 12-15 (Auditorium IX, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor)

Medieval and Renaissance Moral Psychology

Ilmari Karimies

Taina Holopainen

Jari Kaukua

 

  

The seminar is open.

Inquiries: Jussi Varkemaa, tel. 09- 19122521, e-mail:

Department of Philosophy (University of Helsinki)
Research Seminar

Spring 2008

Meetings at the seminar room of the Department of Philosophy
(Siltavuorenpenger 20 A, sh 222) on Thursdays 4-6 pm. unless stated
otherwise.

The seminar is open to everyone interested.

7.2.2008
Prof. Dermot Moran (University College Dublin)
"John Searle's Critique of Phenomenology: A Reply"

28.2.2008
Thomas Wallgren (Helsinki):
TBA
27.3.2008
Prof. Anthony Steinbock (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)
TBA
Friday 28.3.2008 (room 303)
Prof. David Carr
TBA
3.4. Sirkku Ikonen (Helsinki): "Ernst Cassirer and the methodology of
cultural sciences."
24.4. Virpi Lehtinen: TBA
8.5.2008
Hartley Slater (University of Western Australia):
"Why 2 + 3 = 5"
15.5.2008
Krista Johansson (Helsinki)
TBA
29.5.2008
Prof. Douglas Anderson (Southern Illinois University Carbondale):
TBA

See the seminar web page for further information and changes :
http://www.helsinki.fi/filosofia/tutkijaseminaari.htm
 
History of Philosophy Research Seminar
Spring 2008

The seminar meets on following Tuesdays
5.2.-20.5.

University of Helsinki
Building Porthania, room P318, 2-4 pm

Schedule:

5.2. Miira Tuominen (Helsinki)
"Psychology" --- a chapter in the Introduction to the Philosophy of the
Ancient Commentators on Plato and Aristotle.

12.2. Martina Reuter (Helsinki)
Mary Wollstonecraft on Education and the Virtue of Modesty
19.2.
26.2. Sirkku Ikonen (Helsinki)
Lebensphilosophie and Its Implications
4.3. Arto Laitinen (Helsinki/Jyväskylä)
"A Secular Age" by Charles Taylor
11.3.
18.3. Peter Myrdal (Uppsala)
Leibniz on Personhood, Rights, and "The Place of the Other"
25.3.
1.4. Markku Roinila (Helsinki)
Yleinen ja erityinen Malebranchen ja Leibnizin ratkaisuissa teodikean
ongelmaan
8.4. Juhana Toivanen (Jyväskylä)
Practical Reasoning and Action in Olivi
15.4. Kari Saastamoinen (Helsinki): Pufendorf on Natural Equality,
Human Dignity and Self-esteem
22.4.
29.4. Toni Kannisto (Tampere)
Kant on Matter/Form Distinction
6.5.
20.5. Malin Grahn (Helsinki)
Sekstos Empeirikos ja onnellisuus vailla uskomuksia

(Empty dates are open for new propositions.)

See the seminar webpage for additional information and changes:
http://www.helsinki.fi/filosofia/reseseminar.htm
3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture

Building - Designing - Thinking

August 30-31, 2008
Jyväskylä, Finland

CALL FOR PAPERS

In the introduction to his essay on architecture, Abbé Laugier claims that "
in those arts which are not purely mechanical it is not sufficient to know
how to work; it is above all important to learn to think." But how should
one then think about architecture, or rather, think in architecture? Is
there a specific architectural way of thinking, as opposed to, say, an art
historical way of looking at a building? Can design be a form of thinking?
Or does it all boil down to subjective taste?

The 3rd International Meeting on the Research of Modern Architecture,
organised by the Alvar Aalto Academy, examines the points of contact, the
influences and effects, the interactions and affiliations, the correlations
and cross-fertilisations, the bonds and links between thinking, designing,
and building.

Chaired by Kari Jormakka, the meeting takes place in August, 2008, in
Helsinki and Jyväskylä, Finland, bringing together practicing architects and
architectural pedagogues, philosophers and art historians, sociologists and
cultural theorists. In addition to presentations by distinguished invited
speakers, as

Farshid Moussavi, Foreign Office Architects, London, England / Harvard
University, Cambridge MA, USA

Bernard Cache, Objectile, Paris, France

Jane Rendell, Bartlett, London, England

Leslie Kavanaugh, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Kimmo Lapintie, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Gareth Griffiths, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Contributions are sought for five paper workshops.

*************

Conference proceedings will be refereed and published.

oAbstracts of 250 words are due 4 February by email to the address
. Paper Format Guidelines will be sent upon   request
and upon receipt of abstract. (Referee advice will be progressively
circulated.)

oNotification of acceptance by 25 February. Drafts due 28 April.

oFinal deadline for completed and accepted papers (of 4000 words maximum)
are due 2 June by email to the address academy@alvaraalto.fi.

Publications:

oAccepted papers will be published in a pre-conference publication.

oKeynote speaker presentations and selected papers will be published and
distributed after the conference.


Dates to Remember:

4 February 2008 Deadline for Abstracts

25 February 2008 Notification Acceptance Abstract. Invitation to Full Paper
Submission

28 April 2008 Deadline for Draft Papers

2 June 2008 Deadline for Final Papers

30-31 August 2008 International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture

www.alvaraalto.fi/conferences/2008/
Forskarseminarium i filosofi/The Philosophy Research Seminar
Åbo Akademi

Mondays/Måndagar 18-20
Auditorium Westermarck, Arken, Fabriksgatan/Tehtaankatu 3, Åbo/Turku

4.2 Göran Torrkulla (Åbo):
"Om vikten av att inte förvanska filosofin genom att överdriva dess anspråk"

11.2 Kim Berts (Åbo):
"Om matematiska bevis"

Detaljprogram och förhandstexter/Programme and texts:
web.abo.fi/fak/hf/filosofi/index.php
The Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University presents:
Themes from Wittgenstein
An international workshop in honour of Gunnar Svensson

1 February 2008, 10-18, Geovetenskapens Hus U 26

Speakers:
Marie McGinn, York
Bill Child, Oxford
Peter Pagin, Stockholm
Martin Gustafsson, Stockholm
Kathrin Glüer & Åsa Wikforss, Stockholm

The workshop is open to everyone interested. For more information, and
the program, go to

http://www.philosophy.su.se
or
http://people.su.se/~kgl/Wittgenstein/Wittgenstein.htm