Aktuellt november 2007

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International Workshop on Recognition and Solidarity
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Fabianinkatu 24, seminar room, ground floor.

This workshop will discuss social aspects of human existence, and the topics
of solidarity and mutual recognition at interpersonal, societal and global

Free admission. Welcome!


Monday 17 December
Susanna Lindberg (Helsinki): Mutual Recognition and Heidegger’s Mitsein
Comment: Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki)
Heikki Ikäheimo (Frankfurt/Jyväskylä): Towards a Normative Ontology of
Personhood – Recognition as an Ethical and Ontological Concept

Jonathan Seglow (Royal Holloway, London): Respect and Citizenship
Cillian McBride (Belfast): Respect, Recognition and Liberal Nationalism

Shane O’Neill (Belfast): Recognition and Redistribution in Theories of
Justice Beyond the State
Simon Derpmann (Cologne): Solidarity as a Moral Principle

Tuesday 18 December
10.30 – 13.30
Nick Smith (Macquarie) & Arto Laitinen (Helsinki): Charles Taylor on
Susanne Dahlgren (Helsinki): Charles Taylor and the Middle East
Closing panel: Mutual Recognition and Solidarity?

Further information: Arto Laitinen, arto.laitinen[AT]helsinki.fi

Ikaros nr 4/2007:

Nya medier - nytt innehåll?

Mediefilosofen Lars Lundsten anser att journalister snart är lika utrotningshotade som kossor av finsk lantras.
MacLuhans klassiska verk recenseras av doktorand Birgit Schaffar.
Torbjörn Kevin, chefredaktör för Åbo Underrättelser, diskuterar dagspressens roll i samhällbygget och det goda samtalet som demokratisk idé.
Forskare i masskommunikation vid Helsingfors Universitet Johanna Jääsaari skriver om mediekonsumtion.

IKAROS är den finländska tidskriften om människan och vetenskapen. Ikaros utkommer med 5 nr/år.

Läs artiklarna och beställ nästa nummer på:
Antingen – Eller
Seminarium om författaren, filosofen och teologen Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)
onsdagen den 28 november kl. 14.00 – 17.15
Svenska litteratursällskapets hus, Riddaregatan 5, Helsingfors

Svenska litteratursällskapets ordförande, professor Håkan Andersson

Sammenhængen i Kierkegaards forfatterskab

Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, direktör för Søren Kierkegaard Forskningscenteret ved Københavns Universitet

Kierkegaards betydelse i dagens teologi med särskild betoning på begreppen ”ärlighet” och ”innerlighet”
Stefan Djupsjöbacka, lektor vid Diakoniyrkeshögskolan


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, variationer
Henrik Järvi, piano
Nobu Takizawa, violin

Kierkegaards opfattelse af kærlighedens kraft
Pia Søltoft, lektor vid Søren Kierkegaard Forskningscenteret ved Københavns Universitet

Kierkegaards människosyn: vad är jaget?
Ingmar Pörn, professor emeritus i filosofi vid Helsingfors universitet

Danmarks ambassadör, Niels Kaas Dyhrlund

Mottagning på Kungliga Danska Ambassaden, Georgsgatan 9, 4 vån, med början 17.30

Arr.: Kungliga Danska Ambassaden och Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland

Förhandsanmälning per tfn 09-618 777 senast 23.11.
Föredragen är på svenska och danska.

Agneta Rahikainen
Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
Riddaregatan 5
00170 Helsingfors, Finland
tel. +358 9 618 77 514

Call for Papers
The Philosophy of Computer Games Conference 2008


We hereby invite scholars in any field who take a professional interest
in the phenomenon of computer games to submit papers to the
international conference "The Philosophy of Computer Games 2008", to be
held in Potsdam, Germany, on May 8-10, 2008.

Accepted papers will have a clear focus on philosophy and philosophical
issues in relation to computer games. They will also attempt to use
specific examples rather than merely invoke "computer games" in general
terms. We invite submissions focusing on, but not limited to, the
following three headings:



Papers submitted under this heading should address issues relating to
the experiential, interactional and cognitive dimensions of computer
game play. What is the nature of perceptual experience in game space?
How should we understand the relationship between action, interaction
and space in computer game environments? How should we think about
players' aesthetic, emotive and(/or) rational responses to what goes on
inside the game space?


Ethics / Politics

What are the ethical responsibilities of game-makers in exerting
influence on individual gamers and society in general? What role, if
any, can games serve as a critical cultural corrective in relation to
traditional forms of media and communicative practices, for example in
economy and politics? Also: what is the nature of the ethical norms that
apply within the gaming context, and what are the factors that allow or
delimit philosophical justifications of their application there or


The Magic Circle

Terms such as "fictionality", "virtuality", "simulation" or
"representation" are often used to indicate specific functions of
objects in games. But what is the nature of the phenomena these terms
refer to in the interactive field of game play? And what is the
structure of gaming-processes? What is the mediality of digital games?
We are especially interested in discussions that aim at how the notion
of a self-contained "magic circle" – representing an imagined border
between play and reality, or the internal and external limits of
game-programs – is being challenged by forms of individual action and
social inter action which tend to transcend such limits.


Your paper should not exceed 25 000 characters (excluding blanks) and be
accompanied by an abstract of 300 words. Please specify the primary
focus (topic) of your submission.


Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2008. Send your paper and
abstract to .


All submitted papers will be subject to double blind peer review, and
the program committee will make a final selection of papers for the
conference on the basis of this.

Notification of accepted papers will be sent out by March 12, 2008.

Dieter Mersch
Olav Asheim
Patrick Coppock
Espen Aarseth

The conference is a collaboration between the following institutions:
- Institute for Arts and Media, European Media Studies at the University
of Potsdam, Germany
- Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the
University of Oslo, Norway
- Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Science at the
University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Center for Computer Games Research at the IT-University of Copenhagen,
- Philosophical Project Centre (FPS), Oslo, Norway


For more information, visit www.gamephilosophy.org

International Symposium of Philosophy
The Modernity of Spinoza
Moscow : 15-16 November 2007


Russian Academy of Sciences - Institute of Philosophy
15 November 2007

10h00 : Lorenzo VINCIGUERRA, Andrei MAIDANSKY
 Opening of the Symposium
10h15 : Presentation of the review Logos dedicated to Spinoza with Valeri ANASHVILI director of the review.
10h30 : Nikolay BIRJUKOV (Moscow State Institute of Forign Affairs)
Varieties of Determinism: Spinozist Meditations
11h30 : Vittorio MORFINO (University Bicocca of Milan)
Leibniz vs Spinoza. A contemporary alternative
12h15 : Discussion
12h30 : Lunch
Chairman: Serguei MAREEV (Modern Academy of Humanities, Moscow)
14h30 : Mogens LAERKE (University of  Chicago)
Sketch of a metaphysics of absolute exteriority: some reflections on the theory of causality and the ontology of power in Spinoza
15h30 : François FLAHAULT (CNRS/EHESS, Paris)
About Spinoza and wisdom
16h30 : Coffee break
17h00 : Boris RUDJ (National University of Kiev)
The problem of libertas philosophandi in Spinoza
18h00 : Discussion

High School of Economics of Moscow, Maly Gnezdnikovsky 4/2
16 November 2007
Chairman : Anna YAMPOLSKAYA (Russian University of Humanities, RGGU, Moscow)

10h30 : Andrei MAIDANSKY (Institute of Economics and Management, Taganrog)
The polemics on res cogitans, or how to improve Spinoza’s theory of mind
11h30 : Chantal JAQUET (Université de Paris I - Sorbonne)
La référence à la conception spinoziste des rapports du corps et de l’esprit dans l’ouvrage de Paul Ricœur et Jean-Pierre Changeux : « Ce qui nous fait penser. La nature et la règle »
12h15 : Discussion
12h30 : Lunch
Chairman : Alexei RUTKEVICH (High School of Economics, Philosophy Department, Moscow)
14h30 : Serguei MAREEV (Modern Academy of Humanities, Moscow)
Two traditions in Soviet studies on Spinoza
15h30 : Lorenzo VINCIGUERRA (University of Reims)
Aesthetica sive ethica. A Spinozistic approach to the problem of the essence of art
16h30 : Coffee break
17h00 : Table ronde with Vitali KURENNOY, Valeri ANASHVILI, Alexandre SURMAVA
18h00 : Final discussion
18h30 : Cocktail


Directed by Lorenzo VINCIGUERRA (University of Reims, France) and Andrei MAIDANSKY (Institute of Economy and Management, Taganrog, Russia), supported by the Centre franco-russe des recherches en sciences humaines et sociales de Moscou.
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An International Workshop
November 30 - December 1, 2007
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Fabianinkatu 24 A)
Seminar room, ground floor

Friday, November 30

11.00-11.15 Opening and welcome
11.15–12.15 Pierre Rodrigo (Bourgogne): Aristotle: On Hexis as a Way to Be
12.15–13.15 Malin Grahn (Helsinki, Oslo): The Stoics on the Habituation of
13.15–14.30 Lunch
14.30–15.30 Martina Reuter (Helsinki): Mary Wollstonecraft on Education and
the Virtue of Modesty
15.30-16.30 Claudia Lindén (Södertörn): Does Bildung Have a Gender?
16.30–16.45 Coffee
16.45-17.45 Laura Werner (Helsinki, Jyväskylä): Hegel, Gender and Bildung
17.45–18.45 Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki): Edmund Husserl’s Ethics of Personal
19.00 Dinner

Saturday, December 1

9.30-10.30 Hans Ruin (Södertörn): Bildung and the Enigma of Freedom
10.30–10.45 Coffee
10.45-11.45 Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback (Södertörn): Life in Balance or
Life in Amplitude? Phenomenological Reflections on the Relation between
Bildung and Philosophy
11.45–12.45 Jussi Backman (Helsinki): Bildung: Configuring the Human
12.45–14.00 Lunch
Aristotelianism and the Critique of Modernity
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Fabianinkatu 24 A, Ground Floor, Seminar Room 136
November 23-25 2007

November 23

Session I: Aristotelianism in Science and Natural Philosophy

12:30 Opening
12:45-14:00 Diana Quarantotto (University of Pisa): The Struggle for
Eternity: Aristotle on the Metamorphosis of Living Matter, its Goal and Laws
14:15-15:30 Monte Johnson (University of California San Diego): Aristotle's
Teleology - What It Is and What It Is Not
15:30-15:45 Coffee
15:45-17:00 Sabine Föllinger (University of Bamberg): Aristotle's Biological
Works as Scientific Literature
17:00-17:15 Coffee
17:15-18:30 Miira Tuominen (University of Helsinki): How Do We Know the
Principles? Back to Posterior Analytics II 19
19:15 Rector's Reception

November 24

Session II: Aristotelianism in Ethics and Political Philosophy

10:15-11:30 Fred Miller (Bowling Green State University): Anticipations of
Human Rights in Aristotle and Other Ancient Thinkers
11:30-11:45 Coffee
11:45-13:00 Juha Sihvola (University of Helsinki): Aristotelian Sociability
and Individualism
13:00-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:30 Roberto Lambertini (University of Macerata): The Debate about
Natural Rights in the Middle Ages
15:30-15:45 Coffee
15:45-17:00 Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge): The Question of
Individual Natural Liberty in Early-Modern Aristotelianism
18:30 Dinner

November 25

Session III: Aristotelian Developments in Phenomenology

10:15-11:30 John Drummond (Fordham University): Axiology, Eudaimonia, and
Virtue Ethics
11:30-11:45 Coffee
11:45-13:00 Sara Heinämaa (University of Helsinki): Husserl's Ethics of
Renewal: Persons, Capacities and Virtues
13:00-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:30 Panel Discussion
15:30 Closing

Organising Committee: Miira Tuominen, Virpi Mäkinen, Sara Heinämaa
For further information contact miira.tuominen[at]helsinki.fi