Fourth Nordic Conference on Philosophical Practice: "Meaningful Life"; 26.-27.4., Helsinki

Fourth Nordic Conference on Philosophical Practice


Time: 26.-27.4.2014

Place: Lönnrotinkatu 32 B, Helsinki, Finland

Language: English



Saturday 26.4. (Chair: Perttu Salovaara)

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome!

10.15 – 10.45 What philosophical practitioners can learn from the hope discourse in healtcare Research. Henning Herrestad (Norway)

11.00 – 11.30 Can the Philosophical Practice and Psychiatric Rehabilitation advance each other? Hannu Heinänen (Finland)

11.45 – 12.45 Lunch

12.¬45 – 13.15 Does Socratic Dialogue make sense in another culture? Sari Mattila (Finland)

13.30 – 14.00 Viktor Frankl’s Philosophical Theory on Man’s Search for Meaning. Timo Purjo (Finland)

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 – 15.00 The Inherent Value of Neo-Socratic Dialogue. Bernt Österman (Finland)

15.15 – 15.45 Meaning in the Socratic method. Ferdinand Garoff (Finland)

19.00 – Dinner

Sunday 27.4. (Chair: Arto Tukiainen)

10.00 – 10.30 The Inner Compass – Guided Imagery as a Philosophical Tool on our Search for Meaning in Life? Michael Noah Weiss (Norway)

10.45 – 11.15 Could stoic philosophy and way of life give an alternative to good and meaningfull life? Elli Arivaara-Ebbe (Finland)

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00 Nordic Greetings

Important information:

Registration: send to pia.houni at by April 12th 2014:


City of residence: .......................

Role in relation to philosophical practice: ......................

(e.g. practitioner, interested, teacher)

Costs: 50 Euro, to cover arrangement costs. Students 25 Euro. Paid in cash at the venue. Extra: travel, hotel, and meals. Only a small lunch snack and coffee on both days are included.

Getting here: You can reach Helsinki by air (Helsinki-Vantaa airport). Finnair City Bus and Airport Bus 615 (620 during night time) operate to and from Helsinki City Center (railway station). For more information: A journey by taxi from the airport to the centre of Helsinki takes about 30 minutes and costs around 45 to 50 euros.

Helsinki is also reachable by ferry from Stockholm.

Stay: There is a wide range of acommodation possibilities in city center near the seminar venue. Please explore the possibilities and make your booking when there still are rooms available.

Here are some hotels that are very close to our venue:


Meals: At lunch time we offer some small refreshments and snacks at the seminar venue. There are also many restaurants nearby for those who need a proper lunch. We will order tables for the scheduled dinner at the nearby restaurant on Saturday evening.

You are very welcome to Helsinki!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:


Pia Houni

pia.houni at



Anu Virtanen

anu.s.virtanen at