Tapahtumat heinäkuulle 2010

Neo-Pragmatism, Language and Culture
Perspectives on Rorty and Brandom

Oslo, Norway, October 2010
In connection with a visit of Professor Yajun Chen (Nanjing University), the Nordic Pragmatism Network and the University of Oslo will arrange a workshop on neo-pragmatism. The theme of the workshop is Richard Rorty’s and Robert Brandom’s views on world culture and language, emphasizing their commonalities and differences.
The main speaker of the workshop, Professor Chen, studied at Harvard, and has spent the last year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Robert Brandom. He is a distinguished representative of the growing revival of pragmatism in China, which already has important historical connections with the pragmatist tradition. Dewey spent two years in China at the beginning of the nineteen twenties, lectured to huge crowds, and had several pupils who survived the cultural revolution. Today there is a Dewey Centre in Shanghai. Eight decades later, Rorty also went to China (in 2004), for a visit which resulted, among other things, in the publication of Rorty, Pragmatism and Confucianism (edited by Yong Huang, SUNY Press, 2009).
The workshop will take place at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo in 28-29 October 2010 with Prof. Arild Pedersen as the local organizer and workshop secretary. The organizers will make hotel reservations on behalf of the participants. More information about accommodation will be available in later summer, 2010.
Call for Papers
The workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for ”learning by doing”, that is, the composing of articles/essays/books on the subject of the workshop: contributions may take the form of work in progress — even mere abstracts of forthcoming papers are welcome. Each speaker will be assigned 30 minutes including discussion. For those who might wish to participate in the program without presenting work, assignation as moderator or respondent is an option.
The organizers invite paper proposals to the workshop. Please send an abstract of 150-300 words to arild.pedersen(at)ifikk.uio.no by 1 August 2010.
Conference and call for papers:

International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry

4th Annual Conference

Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Friday July 29 – Sunday August 1, 2010

Proposal deadline: 1st of February 2010
ISME encourages paper proposals addressing the entire spectrum of ethical, social, political, historical and ideological problems related to the current economic crisis, drawing on or responding to the works of Alasdair MacIntyre.

Keynote Speakers

Bob Brecher

Center for Research and Development, University of Brighton
Zenonas Norkus
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Vilnius
John O’Neill
School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
Clemens K. Stepina
Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Sciences, University of Vienna

Virtue and Economic Crises

Alasdair MacIntyre once argued that Karl Marx left philosophy and turned to political economy at a time when his philosophical enquiry was still incomplete.  From After Virtue to Dependent Rational Animals MacIntyre’s work has laid a solid philosophical foundation for building an understanding of the nature of human rationality, virtue and practice. This conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary research into the field of ethics, philosophy, political economy, social theory and theology in order to think through the moral and political aspects of the future of economic development. Its underlying presupposition rests in our belief that the orthodox neoclassical economic theory has to be theoretically challenged. A robust Aristotelian social theory and moral philosophy can contribute in rethinking these presuppositions and beliefs.

Possible Questions to Address Include:

* The importance of moral and intellectual virtues for equitable economic development.
* What are the moral and philosophical presuppositions behind the neoclassical economic thought and behind the existing socio-economic order of market capitalism?
* What can economic theory learn from moral philosophy and virtue ethics?
* What is the role of business ethics in times of economic crises?
* What does the current economic crisis tell us about the place of an ethics of social relationships in the economic system of advanced modernity?

Please submit proposals, including title and abstract, of no more than 350 words to: Dr. Andrius Bielskis, Department of Political Sciences, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania, e-mail: andrius.bielskis(at)mruni.eu

For more information on theme please visit
Aino Acktén huvilan filosofialuennot alkavat tiistaina 4.5. klo 19, jolloin filosofi Eero Ojanen avaa Aino Acktén huvilan v. 2010 kulttuurikauden luennollaan Hyvyys. Luento on osa Eero Ojasen luentosarjaa joka toteutetaan Aino Acktén huvilassa touko-lokakuun aikana joka kuukaden ensimmäisenä tiistaina. [Ohjelma alla, pdf: http://www.ainoacktenhuvila.fi/AA_ESITE_2010.pdf]

Aino Acktén huvilan kotisivut ovat avautuneet, osoitteesta löydätte lisäinformaatiota Huvilasta ja kauden kulttuurikalenterimme tiedot

Tervetuloa Huvilaan!
Suvi Olavinen
taiteeellinen johtaja
Aino Acktén huvila

Eero Ojanen:
Filosofian suuria käsitteitä -luentosarja

Aino Ackten huvilan filosofialuennot
Filosofian suuria käsitteitä, Filosofins stora begrepp.
Filosofiaa kauniin luonnon helmassa. Filosofi i naturens sköte.

Eero Ojasen filosofialuennot Aino Acktén huvilassa touko-lokakuussa joka kuukauden 1. tiistai  klo 19.00 (paitsi ti. 6.7. poikkeava kellonaika klo 18.00)

ti 4.5. klo 19                               
Hyvyys, Godhet                                
ti 1.6. klo 19                               
Totuus, Sanning                           
ti 6.7. HUOM klo 18                             
Kauneus, Skönhet 
Runon ja Suven päivä, Eino Leinon päivä, esitelmän jälkeen runo-musiikkiesitys Matkalla niityn yli runoilija Lassi Nummen tuotantoon.
Suvi Olavinen, lausunta ja laulu
Kai Olander, huilut ja sävellys
Leif Karlson, luuttu
ti 3.8. klo 19
Luonto, Naturen

ti 7.9. klo 19
Tieto, Vetenskapen

ti 5.10. klo 19
Henki, Anden
Abraham Anderson
Are the Pyrrhonists a Sect of Liars?

perjantai 2.7.
klo 13-15
U40 so. Metsätalo, sali 11

Abraham Anderson (Columbia University, Ph.D, 1986) teaches philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. He has also taught at American University in Cairo, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Professor Anderson research interests are skepticism in early modern philosophy (Hume, Kant), Descartes on science, method, and knowledge, and the notion of enthusiasm in Kant and Shaftesbury. He has published on Hume, Kant, Descartes and early modern philosophy. In 1997, his book on "The Treatise of the Three Impostors" came out. He has also translated "The Course of Remembrance and Other Essays on Hölderlin" by Dieter Hendrich. Currently Professor Anderson is working on a book on Kant's Awakening.


At the end of the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume asks whether skepticism is really possible and whether skeptics really exist. His answer seems ambiguous; he seems to say that both Cartesian doubt and radical Pyrrhonism are impossible, but also that Pyrrhonism can be useful by tempering dogmatism and leading to a 'more mitigated or academical scepticism.' I will argue that his treatment of this question is a response to Arnauld, who said that 'the Pyrrhonists are not a sect of honest people who maintain an opinion they believe, but a sect of liars.’" Arnauld regarded Pyrrhonism as a strategy for subverting religion, and Hume accepts this view.