The first Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture: Sir Anthony Kenny on ”Anthropomorphism vs. Humanism”; June 17th, Helsinki

The first Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture: Sir Anthony Kenny on ”Anthropomorphism vs. Humanism”, June 17th 2014, Helsinki

Venue: University of Helsinki, Main building/Small Hall (Pieni juhlasali\Lilla festsalen), Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor, June 17th 2014, 14-16 (2-4 pm).

Sir Anthony Kenny

Sir Anthony Kenny has written books on the philosophy of human action and questions concerning free will and determinism. He is also known for his writings on Aristotle, Descartes and Wittgenstein. In addition, Kenny has published a series of books on the history of western philosophy, which are widely used as university course books. Georg Henrik von Wright nominated Kenny as his successor as trustee of the Wittgenstein Nachlass.

Kenny’s lecture ”Anthropomorphism vs. Humanism” will deal with the question of how the use of anthropomorphic concepts in biology, IT, politics and theology undermines genuine humanism, or the study of human beings in human terms.

Kenny will also participate in a public discussion on the life and work of Georg Henrik von Wright and Ludwig Wittgenstein chaired by Ilkka Niiniluoto at Think Corner (Tiedekulma\Tankehörnan), Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki, June 16th, 16-18 (4-6 pm).


The Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture

The Georg Henrik von Wright Lecture is funded by a donation to the University of Helsinki made by the von Wright family 2013. It is intended as a recurring event with the purpose of promoting research and debate relating to the philosophical work of the Finnish philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright (1916–2003).

Additional information is provided by Bernt Österman.

FD Bernt Österman


The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives (WWA)

University of Helsinki