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PMP Research seminar

[Program for November updated 30.10.2010]

Friday, 5 November, 12-15 (Auditorium IV, Main Building, Unioninkatu  34, 2nd floor) Philosophy of Gender

Juha Sihvola, Aristotle on gender in biology, psychology and politics
Malin Grahn, "Who is this who smells like woman?" The Stoics on the  signs of gender
Ilse Paakkinen, On Christine of Pisa

Please, note also the next seminar, also in November:
Friday, 26 November, 12-16 (Auditorium IV, Main Building, Unioninkatu  34, 2nd floor)
Hobbes, politics, and passions

Timo Airaksinen (Helsinki), Hobbes: The Scandal of Safety and Security  Revisited
Jeffrey Collins (Ontario / Cambridge), Hobbes and toleration
Johan Tralau (Uppsala), Hobbes's use of metaphor and the biological  foundations of beauty
Juhana Lemetti (Helsinki), Hobbes's theory of passions and its  scientific context
For more information, see:
Docent Mirja Hartimo will give a paper titled "Husserl and the algebra of logic"in the research seminar of the philosophy disciplines.

The seminar will convene in A110, Unioninkatu, 40 A (Helsinki), on upcoming Thursday (14. 10.) at 16:15. Everyone's presence is warmly welcomed.
Janus Head Special Issue: Feminist Phenomenology

Janus Head is issuing a special volume on feminist phenomenology in the fall of 2012. Feminist phenomenology is an interdisciplinary endeavor between philosophy, the social and natural sciences, and the literary arts. We encourage submissions from these different areas, and they can focus on foundational feminist issues in phenomenology, feminist phenomenological methods, or applied phenomenological studies that deal with issues related to women and gender through the framework of continental philosophy. The deadline for Submissions is October 15, 2011, and all papers will be peer reviewed. The volume will be edited by Eva Simms, (Duquesne University, Psychology Department) and Beata Stawarska (University of Oregon, Philosophy Department).

Please check submission format at http://www.janushead.org/jhguidelines.cfm, submit all papers to jhinfo(at)janushead.org, and please list Feminist Phenomenology in the subject line. If you have questions, please contact Eva Simms at simms(at)duq.edu.

The essays in Janus Head are widely distributed in print and electronic form and are available for free download as pdf’s. This ensures that contributors’ work is accessible from all around the world.

THE NORDIC SOCIETY FOR PHENOMENOLOGY / Nordisk Selskab for Fænomenologi / holds its 9th annual conference at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, 28‐30 April 2011, under the general theme:


We hereby announce a call for papers on new research in the area of phenomenology, phenomenological philosophy and related philosophical disciplines. We welcome proposals from senior researchers as well as from graduate students.

The accepted papers will be presented in parallel sessions (maximum 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion).

Please submit your proposal in the form of a suggested title and an abstract (maximum 200 words).

We welcome suggestions for joint panels on current topics and recently published books.

Proposals should be sent to Björn Thorsteinsson at bjorntho(at)hi.is.

Deadline for submission: 15 November 2010.

Note that if you are not already a member, you need to register for membership in order to have your proposal considered. Membership is free of charge. Just send an email with information about your affiliation to jussi.backman(at)helsinki.fi.

For more information, see the PDF announcement of the CFP: http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/nosp/Reykjavik%202011%20cfp.pdf
Order of Nature or Matrix of Man?

An international symposium at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.
Friday, October 15th, 2010

Location: Auditorium
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki

Organized by Markus Rissanen

Images and visualizations are essential not only for contemporary art but also for modern science. In spite of amazing technological achievements of last few decades our culture still seems to prefer structures that have their roots in forms and shapes used by humans already since prehistoric ages. Where do these structures come from? How are they used today? What is the role of visual arts in images related to science? This symposium aims to bring together artists and researchers to share their views about these themes.


10.00 Introduction, Markus Rissanen
Squaring Circles and Cultivating Rhizomes

How do we humans choose shapes and forms we use? How much freedom of choice do we have when selecting (or inventing) forms? How much of visualizations are produced only by cultural conventions or is there some universal shapes available independent of human culture?

How humans have comprehended and interpreted nature and its laws thru geometry? How science and 'Philosophy of nature' have used geometry and its shapes as tools for visualizations?

Are emotional experiences and expressive forms exclusive from geometrical visualizations of nature or can they coexist in the fields of science or art? Can we consider (geometric) forms and shapes as ‘images’?

11.00 Hannah Higgins
The Plastic Fantastic: Scalar Grids in Contemporary Art

Grids take characteristic forms in the hands of contemporary artists; these are fractal, taxonomic, and space-time. Of particular interest is the changed association of the grid from a modernist box to its recent association with nature, as seen in its fractal aspects, its use in sorting and differentiating many kinds of information and its use as a space-time constant.  While these three grid forms appear disparate, they share the feature of scaling, meaning each grid form relies on the production of a modular element that is infinitely expandable according to a program of statistical irregularity. Grid scaling, by this account, is a means of linking the regular and the irregular, order and chaos, the universal and the unique, and the known and the unknown with a view toward an ever expanding universe. In contrast to the regularizing grids of artistic modernism as normally conceived, this lecture theorizes the scalar space-time grid form of the contemporary as illustrative of both a paradigm shift associated with the emergence of information architectures and a world popularly imagined as a network as well as an emerging sense of how neural networks function.

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Christoph Fink
A practice, some examples, a position. An introduction to the Atlas of Movements and the body of a work.

Christoph Fink calls his journeys by various means, by bicycle, train, airplane or by foot, ‘movements’. During his travels, Fink almost continuously makes short notations, which he later incorporates in drawings, diagrams, sculptures, and tables. His work consists precisely of documenting the intermediate stages between ‘here’ and ‘there’ and all the impulses received by the traveler on his way. When Fink combines the different notes and routes in diagrams, time lines and maps, he creates a certain perspective on the world of his experiences. He switches between observation and spontaneous reactions of the body and the mind. He touches on things we all experience on our travels, but usually dismiss as minor details or even fail to notice at all.

14.00 João Francisco Figueira
The Colour of Image

In order to make sense of art Aby Warburg privileged the research on a broad array of fields and documents - religion, divination and prophecy, astrology, illustrated pamphlets. Against single, sovereign, determinations, he put forward remarkable rhizomes of cultural references. In order to make sense of the work of art that presents scientific imagery as one main inspiration of activity, I will draw on a large array of problems, fields and objects, ranging from the social history of colour, to painting by Bosch, fauvism, abstract and pop art, early photography by Talbot, textile design, fashion and illustration. I will approach this art in terms of "images"; amalgams of heterogeneous matters, free and resilient to the intentions of their authors.

15.00 Open discussion

PMP research seminar continues next week on Friday with the following  programme:

Friday, 8 October, 12-15 (Auditorium IV, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor, Helsinki)

José Filipe Silva, Imagination as a faculty of soul in Kilwardly

Ritva Palmén, The Concept of Imagination in Richard of St. Victor

please, note also the following seminar in November:

Friday, 5 November, 12-15 (Auditorium IV, Main Building, Unioninkatu  34, 3rd floor)
Philosophy of Gender
Juha Sihvola
Malin Grahn
Ilse Paakkinen

For more information, see:
PhD-position: Ethics of Persuasive Technologies

Eindhoven University of Technology

The Section of Philosophy and Ethics of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a vacancy for a PhD in Philosophy and Ethics of Technology (1.0 fte) within the NWO-project: ‘Persuasive Technology, Allocation of Control, and Social Values – Ethical Aspects of Persuasive Technologies’.

The position is part of a larger research grant in the “Socially Responsible Innovation” program of NWO (Dutch Scientific Council) and will include researchers from psychology, philosophy and mechanical engineering.

Project description

The ethical part of the project addresses moral issues that arise when using persuasive technology. Persuasive Technologies are technologies that are intentionally designed to change the attitude and or behavior of individuals. These types of technologies raise various ethical questions, many of which have to do with a conflict between the individual values of human agents and the social values that these technologies aim to promote. The philosophical part of our research will study the ethical issues of technological ‘persuasion’. The main research question is: What are morally acceptable means of technological ‘persuasion’?

The ethical questions we consider are prompted by the technological case study, which concerns energy-saving in truck-driving. However, most of these ethical issues are of a general nature. The ethical project thus starts from the level of the concrete technological case and moves on to the level of general ethical principles and design guidelines. This will be specifically relevant for the social, political and legal aspects of persuasive technology and for the public debate about it.

Another important dimension of the project is creating and conceptualizing relationships between psychological research, philosophy and design.  For this reason, candidates with an interest in philosophy of psychology or empirical philosophy are encouraged to apply.

(For more information see the extended project description:



The PhD student is expected to do both supervised and unsupervised research, write a PhD thesis and research papers on ethical issues regarding persuasive technologies, and participate in activities of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. A small part of the position may involve teaching in courses offered by the section. Active cooperation in the interdisciplinary setting of the project (which involves research in psychology and mechanical engineering) is required.


·     Your prior studies and current interests prepare you to do research on and write a thesis on ethical issues related to development and usage of persuasive technologies.

·     In particular, you have a Master degree in philosophy, with a proven interest in ethics and technology, or a Master degree in engineering science, with a proven interest in ethical issues.

·     You aspire to further academic development, you possess excellent analytical skills and you know how to make contact outside your immediate working environment.

·     You must have sufficient knowledge of the English language.

Appointment and salary

We offer:

·     a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years;

·     a gross monthly salary of € 2042 during the first year up to € 2612 during the fourth year of the appointment;

·     a holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary and an end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;

·     a PhD program of 1,000 course hours, suited to the specific needs of the candidate;


·     Additional information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Andreas
Spahn <http://www.ethicsandtechnology.eu/people/spahn_andreas/>
a.spahn(at)tue.nl. Further general information: Mrs. Caren van Overdijk pz.ieis(at)tue.nl. More information about the MVI program and the research done at the Section Philosophy and Ethics of Technology may be found at:

·     More information on the research at the 3TUCentre for Ethics and Technology may be found at: http://www.ethicsandtechnology.eu/research/projects/


Applications should be received by 21st  October 2010.

You can apply online
(here<http://jobs.tue.nl/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=3085&p_web_page_id=115688&p_no_apply=Y&p_show=Y&p_seo=noindex>). Please upload your application letter with motivation for application, a recent, detailed Curriculum Vitae, names and contact details of (at least) two referees, and a sample of written work.

Interviews will be held on 29th October 2010 (expected date). As part of an equal
opportunity scheme, women are explicitly requested to apply.