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Prize Competition

"Universality vs. Relativity of Interpretations of Self and World - Opposition, Difference or Unity?"
Goethe-Institut's Award for Young Philosophers
2011 Edition in Intercultural Philosophy
Munich (Germany)

The Goethe-Institut’s Award for Young Philosophers

The Goethe-Institut has initiated a sponsorship award for young philosophers within the framework of the XXIIth German Congress of Philosophy. The prize will be awarded for the first time in Munich in 2011, within the broader context of the congress.

By offering this award for innovative next-generation philosophers, the Goethe-Institut seeks to contribute to empowering philosophy as a field of activity in international cultural and educational policy, and at the same time to clearly situate philosophy once again as a potential field of production for societal orientation.

The focus for 2011 is on the area of Intercultural Philosophy. Postdocs addressing issues of Intercultural Philosophy as outlined in what follows are encouraged to participate:

Universality vs. Relativity of Interpretations of Self and World – Opposition, Difference or Unity?

The accelerated transformation of cultures and forms of knowledge is generating mutually opposing movements world-wide. Numerous renaissances of traditional value horizons and interpretations of the world in various non-European philosophies are pointing up an unresolved problem. While western modes of interpretation of self and world are losing their orientative function and are paying for advances in knowledge with a loss of orientation, the various non-European philosophies of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, as well as Hinduism and Islam, are claiming a renewed authoritativeness and definiteness of ultimate value horizons.

Concomitant with these developments, both tradition and breach with tradition count among the decisive challenges of a world in the process of accelerating coalescence. If both sides are to avoid persisting in unstable and potentially hostile antagonisms, transparency of premisses and respective delineation of the one side’s arguments and the other’s are necessary. At the same time, the current conflict between universal values and the concept of culturally relative value horizons can be reduced to fundamental questions concerning not only the relationship of cultures to each other, but also the cultures’ own, innermost cores. Tradition can turn dogmatic if it is believed that it may claim validity solely on the basis of its provenance. Breach with tradition can produce scepticism and relativism if it is believed that anything that eludes rational argumentation must be a priori suspect.

How can philosophy meet this challenge? Can it discover topoi of rapprochement or mediation between the relativity and scepticism of our scientific knowledge and the unquestionable authoritativeness of primary value horizons, between universality and relativity or particularity?

Clarification of these questions can be achieved only in philosophical contexts. And since universalistic and particularistic positions are to be found in equal measure in all world philosophies, this opposition per se is the issue to be investigated. What – the questions might run – are the potentials and limitations of both approaches? In what ways are both positions in fact internally linked and interrelated? How is rapprochement above and beyond the oppositions possible?

(Prof. Dr. Claudia Bickmann, Universität zu Köln)

Conditions for Entry

The call for papers is aimed at junior researchers, primarily post-docs, but is also open to doctoral and habilitation candidates and junior professors. There is no age limit.

Participation is expressly not limited to German-speaking philosophers. The prerequisite is the submission of a contribution in German or English that formulates new philosophical approaches to the topic area outlined above, and/or offering the prospect of initiating debates in an international context.

The Goethe-Institut has a fundamental interest in imparting science and scholarship to the public. It is therefore desirable for philosophical impulses to be developed in ways that are as much aligned as possible with actual practice in accordance with the perception of reality as living process.

Submission of Contributions

Contest contributions can be submitted through Monday, January 10 2011 to:

Frau Anja Riedeberger
Bereich 31 - Wissenschaft und Zeitgeschehen
Goethe-Institut, Zentrale München
Dachauer Str. 122
D-80637 München
Tel: +49 89 15921-446
Fax: +49 89 15921-237
Email: riedeberger(at)goethe.de

Your contribution should be no longer than 20 pages (47,000 characters), and fulfill internationally accepted standards and requirements. You must also include a CV and a statement that your contribution was authored independently by you and was composed using only those resources that you have listed separately.


Selection from among the contributions submitted will be carried out by a jury chosen for this purpose. Among the members are representatives of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Cologne, the Advisory Council on Science and Current Affairs of the Goethe-Institut, and representatives of the Goethe-Institut itself. The selection of the award winner for 2011 will be concluded by April 15 of the same year.


The award consists of a total of 3000 € earmarked as a subsidy for publication costs or project funding. The Goethe-Institut must be expressly mentioned in the publication or in the context of the project. An unearmarked disbursal is not possible.

The chosen candidate will be invited to the XXII. German Congress on Philosophy at the expense of the Goethe-Institut.

At the same time, the Goethe-Institut will endeavour to provide contacts with its institute branches abroad, to the extent that programmes in the framework of the Federal Government’s Department of International Cultural and Educational Policy are planned there that intersect with the award winner’s area of research.

Furthermore, the awardee will be given the option to register with the Alumniportal Deutschland for the purpose of “securing and expanding contacts and expertise and of using them for their personal and professional development“.


Kant and contemporary moral philosophy

The KANT YEARBOOK is now accepting submissions for its fourth issue in 2012. The KANT YEARBOOK is an international journal that publishes articles on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. It is the KANT YEARBOOK’s goal to intensify innovative research on Kant on the international scale. For that reason the KANT YEARBOOK prefers to publish articles in English, however articles in German will also be considered. Each issue will be dedicated to a specific topic.


All papers discussing Kant’s moral philosophy from the point of view of contemporary philosophy are welcome. “Moral philosophy” is to be understood in Kantian terms as covering both ethics and jus. The KANT YEARBOOK practices double-blind review, i.e. the reviewers are not aware of the identity of a manuscript’s author, and the author is not aware of the reviewers’ identity. Submitted manuscripts must be anonymous; that is the authors’ names and references to their work capable of identifying them are not to appear in the manuscript. Detailed instructions and author guidelines are available at http://kantyearbook.uni.lu/. For further information contact the editor or the publisher Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/New York (www.degruyter.com). Paper submissions should go to dietmar.heidemann(at)uni.lu

Deadline for submission is: July 1, 2011

Editor: Dietmar H. Heidemann (University of Luxembourg). Editorial Board: Henry E. Allison (University of California at Davis), Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame), Gordon Brittan (Montana State University), Klaus Düsing (University of Cologne), Daniel O. Dahlstrom (Boston University), Kristina Engelhard (University of Cologne), Hannah Ginsborg (University of California at Berkeley), Michelle Grier (University of San Diego), Thomas Grundmann (University of Cologne), Paul Guyer (University of Pennsylvania), Robert Hanna (University of Colorado at Boulder), Lothar Kreimendahl (University of Mannheim), Georg Mohr (University of Bremen), Angelica Nuzzo (Brooklyn College/CUNY), Robert Stern (Sheffield University), Dieter Sturma (University of Bonn), Robert Theis (University of Luxembourg), Ken Westphal (University of Kent), Marcus Willaschek (University of Frankfurt). Publisher: De Gruyter Berlin/New York
**** Filosoficafé 12.12 - Vidskepelse och Makt ****

Inledare: Filosof Fredrika Spindler, Södertörns högskola, Stockholm

Tid: Söndagen 12.12.2010 kl. 17.00
Plats: Restaurang Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tema: Vidskepelse och makt. Förhållandet mellan religion och politik hos Spinoza.

Folkets bildningsförbunds filosoficafé gästas nu på söndag av den svenska filosofen Fredrika Spindler som är verksam vid Södertörns högskola.
Spindler har skrivit bland annat om filosofer som Nietzsche och Spinoza. Hon skriver inte filosofihistoria utan vill använda tänkare som Spinoza genom att lyfta upp hans idéers omvälvande potential för vår samtid.

Läs mera om Fredrika Spindler via länkarna här under. Varmt välkomna till söndagens filosoficafé!

Jonas Ahlskog

Folkets Bildningsförbund
Hagsgatan 12
20540 Åbo
tel 050 5147297
e-mail fbf (@) kaapeli.fi

Synopsis för filosoficafé:

Frågan om förhållandet mellan religion och politik ställs på ett utmanande sätt av Spinoza: mot merparten av den filosofiska traditionen hävdar han, på ett sätt som är unikt för 1600-talet, att religionens plats måste vara underordnad politikens, och att en av de viktigaste frågorna för politiken handlar just om att hindra kyrkans företrädare att utöva makt över folket. Men frågan gäller inte bara om den praktiska fördelningen av makt i samhället: snarare ligger hans poäng i att analysera hur behovet av religion uppstår hos människan, och på vilket sätt detta behov riskerar både att göra henne till slav under sina egna villfarelser och möjliggöra maktövergrepp både från statens och kyrkans företrädare. Detta gör Spinoza aktuell för oss idag: genom hans analys kan vi ställa frågan om vilka förhållanden mellan okunnighet, vidskepelse och makt vi bör vara uppmärksamma på i vår egen tid, hur de påverkar oss och, inte minst, vad vi kan göra för att bryta dem.

Om Fredrika Spindler:



Filosofiska institutionen vid Stockholms universitet utlyser en forskarassistenttjänst i praktisk filosofi. Sista ansökningsdatum är 31 januari 2011. Se
Normativity and Metaphysics
A workshop
26 November 2010
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies,
Fabianinkatu 24, 1st floor Seminar Room [Helsinki]

10.00 Kent Hurtig (Uppsala, Stirling): Wrong kind of value
11.20 Sami Pihlström: Fact-value entanglement
12.00  L U N C H
13.00 Teemu Toppinen: Metanormative expressivism and metaphysics
13.40 Antti Heikinheimo: Minimal normativity of mental content - A case against
14.20  B r e a k
14.40 Henrik Rydenfelt: Naturalism and normative science
15.20 Arto Laitinen: Aye, aye, Searle!? On deontology, institutions and two directions
of fit

Organized by the project Ethical Grounds of Metaphysics (Academy of Finland)
For more info: arto.laitinen(at)helsinki.fi
Phenomenology of teaching and learning

Workshop, 6th of December 2010
Arranged by Center for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University
Room ME 452

How do teachers and pupils understand the meaning of education and their own involvement in it? What is the subject’s perspective on her own educational processes? How can we understand education as self-formation and “Bildung”?

The purpose of the workshop is a discussion of the issues of teaching and learning from the perspective of phenomenology, hermeneutics and ethnology. Both perspectives take education to be a process of acquisition and mediation of meaning in concrete intersubjective situations rather than a transmission of information or knowledge. Education is a practice that takes place between subjects with certain expectations, moods, habits, dispositions, in certain historically, culturally, socially, intellectual formed situations. Yet, education as “Bildung” also focuses on the subject’s ability to (critically) transcend the pragmatic dimension. In this perspective, subjects are not only participants of practices, but are able to relate to them in a reflective way.

The workshop aims to establish a dialogue between philosophical approaches on the issues at stake and empirical studies that hermeneutically reconstruct concrete situation of teaching and learning (student essays, interviews). Discussing empirical material from an educational as well as a philosophical perspective, we want to contribute to an urgently needed mediation between educational practice and theory.

The workshop is s open to all interested parties. Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration is required (before 1 of December). For registration and further information please contact Eva Schwarz (eva.schwarz(at)sh.se)


9.30-9.45    Welcome

9.45-10.15    “Phenomenology of teaching and Learning,” Eva Schwarz, Södertörn University

10.15-10.45    “Being and becoming through ‘Bildung’,” Jonna Bornemark, Södertörn University

0.45-11.00    Coffee break

1.00-11.30    “Being and becoming in the classroom,” Beatriz Linqvist, Södertörn University

11.30-12.00    “Passions of Wonder and Desire: Exploring the Conditions for Understanding and Learning,” Lisa Käll, Uppsala University

12.00-13.30    Lunch

13.30-14.30    “On didactical reconstructions of instructional appropriation,” Marion Pollmanns, Frankfurt University

14.30-15.00    Open Discussion

15.00-15.30    Coffee break

15.30-16.30    “Education and Transformations of Intergenerational Relations in Post-traditional Societies”, Tatiana Shchyttsova, Vilnius University

16.30-17.00    “Being and becoming a teacher,” Lotte Alsterdal, Södertörn University

17.00-17.30    Open Discussion
Research Seminar of the Philosophy Disciplines
2.12.2010, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. [Note: date updated 24.11.2010!]

Professor Björn Ramberg, University of Oslo, will give a paper titled "Meaning and

The seminar will convene in A110, Unioninkatu, 40 A [Helsinki], on Thursday 3.12. Everyone's presence is warmly welcomed.
The Future of Political Community: Beyond Universalism and Particularism

Conference organized by the Network for European Studies project “Rethinking Cultural Diversity in Europe”

Date: 10-11 December 2010

Place: University of Helsinki

As a result of the contemporary cultural diversification of societies, the traditional European affirmation of universalism, both religious and secular, has become increasingly contested as hegemonic or imperialist. However, this contestation of universalism from particularistic or multicultural standpoints does not take into account that European universalism emerged historically as a solution to the problems of exclusion and violence posed precisely by the emergence of multicultural societies. The abandonment of universalism therefore does little more than reactivate and intensify these problems. The alternative to such a scenario consists in going beyond the very opposition between universalism and particularism and rethinking political community as neither exclusionary nor hegemonic. What is the real relationship between universal principles and particular identities? Is it possible to think of a universal political community? Is such a community realizable? Does not the very being of beings entail exclusion? What kind of concept of political community would be able to overcome this eternal conflict of identities? The aim of this conference is to address these questions both in genealogical inquiries into the history of political community and philosophical investigations of alternative perspectives on this problem.


Fri Dec 10
Place: Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki (address: Arkadiankatu 7)

13.15 Opening remarks

13.30 Keynote talk:
Veronique Pin-Fat: “In Defence of Universality.”

15.00 Break

15.15 Panel 1:
Sergei Prozorov: “Politics of the Void: Rethinking the World Community.”
Susanna Lindberg: “Lacking a Future World.”
Ari Hirvonen: “Europe: A Universal Community?"

16.45 Break

17.00 Panel 2:
Mika Ojakangas: “A Political Community of Whosoever.”
Lauri Siisiäinen: “Deliberation and Listening to the Other: the Past and Future of Political Community.”
Markku Koivusalo: “Michel Foucault and the Singular Political Experience of the Universal Man.”


Sat Dec 11
Place: University Main Building, University of Helsinki, seminar room XIII (address: Unioninkatu 34)

09.15 Keynote talk:
Louiza Odysseos: “Community, Tradition and Critical Belonging in Heidegger’s early
Thought: Inspiration from an unlikely Source?”

10.45 Panel 3:
Jussi Backman: “The Dangers and Possibilities of a Politics of Singularity: Heidegger and Arendt.”
Timo Miettinen: “Universalism as an Infinite Task.”
Sofia Anna Näsström: “Justifying Who ‘We, the People’ Are.”

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Round table discussion

Keynote speakers:

Veronique Pin-Fat is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Manchester, UK. She is the author of Universality, Ethics and International Relations (London: Routledge, 2009), the co-editor of Sovereign Lives: Power in an Era of Globalisation (Routledge, 2004) and Sovereignty and Subjectivity (Lynne Rienner, 1999), and the author of numerous articles on political philosophy and international relations.

Louiza Odysseos is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of The Subject of Coexistence: Otherness in International Relations (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007), the co-editor of The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt (London: Routledge, 2007) and Gendering the International (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) and the author of numerous articles on political philosophy and international relations.
Research Seminar of the Philosophy Disciplines
25. 11.2010

Professor Raffaella de Rosa, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University will give a
paper titled "Locke's Critique of Innatism".

The seminar will convene in A110, Unioninkatu, 40 A [Helsinki], on Thursday 25. 11.  Everyone's presence is warmly welcomed.
The Goethe-Institut’s Award for Young Philosophers

The Goethe-Institut has initiated a sponsorship award for young philosophers within the framework of the XXII. German Congress of Philosophy. The prize will be awarded for the first time in Munich in 2011. By offering this award for innovative next-generation philosophers, the Goethe-Institut seeks to contribute to empowering philosophy as a field of activity in international cultural and educational policy, and at the same time to clearly situate philosophy once again as a potential field of production for societal orientation. The focus for 2011 is on the area of Intercultural Philosophy: Postdocs addressing issues of Intercultural Philosophy as outlined in what follows are encouraged to participate: Universality vs. Relativity of Interpretations of Self and World -– Opposition, Difference or Unity?

Conditions for Entry

Participation in the Goethe-Institut’s philosophy contest is expressly not limited to German-speaking philosophers. The prerequisite is the submission of a contribution in German or English that formulates new philosophical approaches to the topic area outlined above, and/or offering the prospect of initiating debates in an international context. Candidates should also demonstrate a clearcut interest in international philosophical discourse, whereby a referencing of Germany or its presence abroad in this context should be evident. The Goethe-Institut has a fundamental interest in imparting science and scholarship to the public. It is therefore desirable for philosophical impulses to be developed in ways that are as much aligned as possible with actual practice in accordance with the perception of reality as living process.

Submission of Contributions

Contest contributions can be submitted through Monday, January 10 2011 to:
Frau Anja Riedeberger
Bereich 31 -Wissenschaft und Zeitgeschehen
Goethe-Institut, Zentrale München
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 München
Tel.: 089-15921-446
Fax: 089-15921-237

Your contribution should be no longer than 20 pages (47,000 characters), and fulfill internationally accepted standards and requirements. You must also include a statement that your contribution was authored independently by you and was composed using only those resources that you have listed separately. Participants will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of receipt in the Goethe-Institut Head Office.


Selection from among the contributions submitted will be carried out by a jury chosen for this purpose. Among the members are representatives of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Cologne, the Advisory Council on Science and Current Affairs of the Goethe-Institut, and representatives of the Goethe-Institut itself. The selection of the award winner for 2011 will be concluded by April 15 of the same year.

The award consists of a total of 3000 € earmarked as a subsidy for publication costs or project funding. The Goethe-Institut must be expressly mentioned in the publication or in the context of the project. An earmarked disbursal is not possible. The chosen candidate will be invited to the XXII. German Congress on Philosophy in Munich at the expense of the Goethe-Institut. At the same time, the Goethe-Institut will endeavour to provide contacts with its institute branches abroad, to the extent that programmes in the framework of the Federal Government’s Department of International Cultural and Educational Policy are planned there that intersect with the award winner’s area of research. Furthermore, the awardee will be given the option to register with the Alumniportal Germany (http://www.alumniportal-deutschland.org/) for the purpose of “securing and expanding contacts and expertise and of using them for their personal and professional development“ (APD).

Alexandra Stang
Assistentin Kulturprogramm
Goethe-Institut Finnland
Mannerheimintie 20 A
Tel. +358 9 68035520
Fax +358 9 604377

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a permanent position as associate professor in philosophy beginning 1 February 2012 or as soon as possible hereafter.

AOS: Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind

More information about the position can be found here:

Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine

Call for proposals:

Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine
May 18-21, 2011
Uppsala, Sweden

Phenomenology and much feminist theory and philosophy investigate lived experiences and affirm the role of embodiment for human meaning-making. Furthermore, both unveil and scrutinize taken-for-granted and in this sense ‘hidden’ assumptions, beliefs and norms that we live by, that we strengthen by repeated actions and that we also resist, challenge and question.  Whereas there is a growing area of feminist phenomenology dealing with concrete issues of embodiment and situatedness surprisingly little work focuses on topics/phenomena related to medicine and health. Whereas phenomenologists have made valuable contributions to the analysis of the nature of medicine, the meaning of illness and health as well as clinical practice, there have been comparably few analyses of such issues that combine insights from feminist theory and philosophy with phenomenology.
This conference is based on the conviction that facticities of human life, such as birth, illness, sex and death benefit from being examined in the light of feminist theory and phenomenology. More and more often, these facticities are managed in medicine, through medical treatment and medical technology.  We want to approach both the facticities of human existence and the different ways in which these are being medicalized through the perspectives of feminist phenomenology. By doing this we want to bring to light the role of bodies in different human experiences and in subjective and intersubjective meaning-making. We want to examine taken-for-granted assumptions about bodies that inform and structure medical practices and lived experiences in medicine as well as in everyday life. We further want to raise questions of how the relation between phenomenology and feminism can be understood in a fruitful and mutually enriching way and how phenomenon such as birth, illness, sex and ageing can and does inform feminist phenomenology as a theoretical framework.
We welcome contributions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives dealing with the overarching topic of feminist phenomenology and medicine. Topics can include (but are not limited to) phenomenological analyses and/or approaches to:

- ethics
- suffering and pain
- disability
- birth and death
- embodiment of subjectivity
- sexualities and sexual identities
- medical practices
- medical diagnosis
- bodily movement
- health

300-word proposals are due December 15, 2010.

Direct any questions you might have to Kristin Zeiler (kristin.zeiler(at)liu.se) and Lisa Folkmarson Käll (lisa.kall(at)gender.uu.se).

Register here!

Submit Abstract here!

Most welcome!

The conference is a co-arrangement between the Body/Embodiment group within the framework of the GenNA-program at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and the research network Humanities Forum: Gender and Health, based at the Division of Health and Society, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden.
Kuolema ja identiteetti/Död och identitet:
Monitieteinen seminaari kuolemasta/Tvärvetenskapligt seminar om död

CFP: Kuolema ja identiteetti.

Kuolema – oma tai toisen – on muutos, jonka myötä suhde itseen, omaan kulttuuriin ja niihin yhteisöihin, joihin yksilö kuuluu voi muuttua, ja identiteetti joudutaan neuvottelemaan uudelleen. Pohjoismaisten kuolematutkijoiden verkosto (Nordic Network of Thanatology, NNT) Suomen jäsenistö järjestää 12.–13.5.2011 Helsingissä seminaarin, jossa tarkastellaan ihmistieteiden näkökulmasta identiteettiä ja sen suhdetta kuolemaan, kuolemiseen, kuolleisiin, kuoleviin ja sureviin sekä kuolemaan liittyviin henkisiin ja materiaalisiin arvoihin, rituaaleihin ja prosesseihin. Seminaari on monitieteinen ja pyrkii tuomaan keskenään dialogiin suomalaisia kuolemaa tarkastelevia tutkijoita ja asiantuntijoita eri aloilta.

Seminaariin toivotaan esityksiä seuraavista teemoista ja niiden suhteesta identiteettiin:

- läheisen ihmisen, kuten lapsen, vanhemman tai puolison kuolema
- lyhyt- ja pitkäaikaiset sairaudet ja kuolema
- media ja globalisoitunut kuolema
- virtuaalikuolema ja -sureminen
- kuolemanrituaalit ennen ja nyt
- kuolemanpelko
- kipu, kärsimys ja kuolema
- kuolleet ja edesmenneet
- käsitykset kuolemanjälkeisestä elämästä
- kuoleman materiaalinen kulttuuri

Esitykset voivat käsitellä teemoja myös suhteessa erilaisiin kuolemisen tapoihin (esimerkiksi sankarikuolema, marttyyrikuolema, itsemurha, kuolemanrangaistus, väkivaltainen kuolema, aborttikuolema, eutanasia).

Seminaarin valittavien esitysten tulee olla argumentaatioltaan tieteellisiä ja keskustelevia, mutta samalla myös suurelle yleisölle avautuvia. Esityksiä toivotaan myös työnsä puolesta konkreettisesti kuoleman tai palliatiivisen hoidon kanssa tekemisissä olevilta ammattilaisilta.

Esitysten abstraktit (max 200 sanaa) pyydetään lähettämään 15.1.2011 mennessä Anna Haveriselle,  anna.haverinen(at)utu.fi. Lisätietoja seminaarista voi kysyä myös Ilona Kemppaiselta, ilona.kemppainen(at)helsinki.fi.

Tietoa seminaarista saa levittää, sillä kaikki asiasta kiinnostuneet ovat tervetulleita kuuntelemaan! Toivomme myös suuren yleisön runsasta osanottoa!

CFP: Död och identitet.

Döden – antingen ens egen eller någon annars – är en förändring. Med döden förändras ens förhållande till sig själv, identitet och ens egen kultur och de gemenskaper man hör till. Nordiska dödforskarnas nätverk (Nordic Network of Thanatology, NNT) kommer att arrangera 12.–13.5.2011 i Helsingfors ett seminarium med syftet att diskutera identitet och dess förhållande till död och döende, de döda och de döende eller sörjande människor, och till dödsrelaterade mentala och materiella värden, ritualer och processer. Seminariet är tvärvetenskapligt. Ett viktigt syfte är att skapa kontakter och möjligheter för dialog mellan forskarna och experter som studerar död på olika ämnesområden.

Vi välkomnar papers med följande teman

- nära anhöriges, liksom barnens, förälders, makans eller makens död
- kort- och långvariga sjukdomar och död
- media ja globaliserad död
- virtuell död ja sorg
- dödens ritualer förr och nu
- dödsfruktan
- smärta, lidande och död
- de döda och avlidna
- kulturella uppfattningar om liv efter död
- dödens materiella kultur

Presentationer kan också handla frågorna i relation till olika döendesätt (till exempel hjältedöd, martyrdöd, självmord, dödstraff, våldsam död, abortdöd, eutanasi).

Vi önskar vetenskapligt argumenterande presentationer som samtidigt öppnar sig mot den breda allmänheten. Vid sidan av forskare önskas presentationer också från de experter som arbetar konkret med död eller inom palliativt vård.

Abstrakt (max 200 ord) kan sändas till Anna Haverinen, anna.haverinen(at)utu.fi, senast än 15.1.2011. För ytterligare information om seminariet var vänlig och kontakta Ilona Kemppainen, ilona.kemppainen(at)helsinki.fi.

Vi hoppas att ni sprider ut information om seminariet. Välkomna!
Nu tar vi emot anmälningar till filosofidagarna 10 - 12 juni 2011 i Göteborg.

Själva konferensen är avgiftsfri för både talare och åhörare. Däremot kommer vi att ta ut en kostnad motsvarande självkostnadspris för konferensmiddagen. Detaljerna kring middagen och pris är ännu inte helt klart så vi återkommer om det.

I anmälan vill vi ha följande uppgifter:
Institution, universitet

Om du vill hålla ett föredrag, ange titel och bifoga ett abstract på max 500 ord + ev referenser. Ange även vilket tema som du helst vill tala under. Om inget av våra teman passar så kom med ett eget förslag.

Vi vill gärna ha abstract i ett worddokument döpt efter principen "Efternamn, Förnamn Anmälan FD2011.doc" senast 28 februari 2011. Anmälan och abstract kan skickas till: filosofidagarna(a)flov.gu.se

Gemensamma aktiviteterna under konferensen är:

Fredag 10 juni:
Theoriaföreläsning: Nancy Cartwright - "Laws, Powers and Predictions"
Öppningsmottagning med dryck och lättare förtäring på kvällen i Börshuset

Lördag 11 juni:
Svenska filosofisällskapets årsmöte

Konferensens teman:

Beslutsteori & riskfilosofi
Empiriskt inriktad filosof
Genus, etnicitet, sexualitet & funktion
Logik (Per Lindström-symposiet)*
Normativ etik
Politisk filosofi
Tillämpad etik

Per Lindström-symposiet är en vanlig sektion med logikbidrag som tillägnas Pelle

med vänlig hälsning

Peter Johnsen
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.
History of Philosophy Research Seminar

Research seminar on Ancient to Early Modern philosophy arranged by the members of the ”Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics” Centre of Excellence Research Programme. It is open for researchers and students interested in the area, but does not give students credits.

Time: Tuesdays 14:15-15:45
Place: Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki) Seminar room 344.

28.9 Ivars Neiders (Riga Stradins University): “Notes on Socratic Egoism”

Note that there is no advance paper this time. However, here is a summary of the talk:

Notes on Socratic Egoism

Ivars Neiders
(University of Latvia / Riga Stradins University)

At the end of Plato's Phaedo the eponymous narrator of the dialogue describes Socrates "the best and also the wisest and the most upright (dikaiotatos)" man he has ever known. And there is no reason to think that the author of the dialogue would disagree. However, some notorious readers of Plato (e.g. Prichard) have implied that Plato's judgment might not square well with Socrates' ethical views. They have pointed out that Socrates' (the same is said about Plato and Aristotle as well) moral theory is a variety of egoism and this in a way disqualifies it as a proper kind of theory of morality. To determine whether this objection is justified one would naturally turn to Plato's texts to evaluate the evidence. However the evidence is famously inconclusive.

Different passages of Plato's Socratic dialogues seem to indicate that Socrates wants to have it both ways. In some passages he stresses the fact that virtues should always benefit the agent and at the same time there are passages in which he seems to take an anti-egoistic stance. As a consequence there are at least two strategies of how to deal with the tension between egoistic and altruistic passages – one can either disqualify one set of statements by denying them the status of evidence, or one can try to soften the tension by showing how Socrates can say everything he actually says and not contradict himself. I think that the second option corresponds better with Socrates egoistic theory of desire and action. Some would consider such outcome unfortunate as in this case we would have to admit that Socrates was an egoist after all. But this reaction is motivated by particular assumptions about morality according to which to be moral is the same as to be an altruist.

In the first part of the presentation I will suggest that this is not how Socrates saw the issue. According to the view I will propose the Kantian style egoism / altruism debate is not the most important ethical issue from Socratic pint of view. In the second part of the presentation I will suggest that we can ascribe to Socrates a kind of weak psychological egoism (similar to that defended recently by M. Mercer). According to this theory we can have concerns that - although being egoistic from a certain point of view - can be described as other-regarding as well. That, moreover, would explain the existence of seemingly contradictory evidence in the dialogues.

Forthcoming events:

12.10 Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): Hume's Argument for the Ontological Independence of Simple Properties.

26.10 Mikael Melan (Turku): Aristotle and Aquinas on the Explaining Actions.

9.11 Olof Pettersson (Uppsala): Becoming Authentic: on Discourse and Deception in Plato’s Phaedrus.

23.11 Miira Tuominen (Jyväskylä / Helsinki): knowledge and love in Plato's symposium.

7.12 Eero Salmenkivi (Helsinki): TBA.

Please note that the seminar is based on discussion. The participants are expected to read the papers in advance. They are usually made available about four days in advance. Please contact Ville Paukkonen(at)helsinki.fi to receive the papers.

All interested are welcome!

POLiTeUma, Politiche e Teorie dell’Umano, University Of Verona, Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology, and The Finnish Center of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change


The Politics and Aesthetics of Non-violence

International Symposium
University of Verona, Italy, June 2-4, 2011.

Call for Papers:
Globalization has dispersed along several different lines of action and counteraction the once stable notions of war and enemy. Yet globalization has also changed the way in which victims are hit, killed, figuratively and symbolically produced. In other words, both active and passive ways of dealing with violence today have dramatically changed, especially in their relationship with politics. One of the most striking aspects of the global era is that the instrumental function attributed by politics to violence has ceased to produce ordering effects.

To put it differently, our ways of practicing and enduring/undergoing violence has changed, dramatically, yet it has only slightly affected our ways of thinking about it, and/or thinking against its unavoidability.

In the midst of a global scenario that seems to accept violence as the sole destiny for humans, we are convinced that what is urgently needed, at least from scholars that deal with the human and social sciences, is a radical reflection on the relationship between violence and politics from the viewpoint of the possibility, both theoretical and practical, of non-violence.

From a theoretical point of view, one of the main problems of non-violent political research is its terminological poverty: there is in fact, in Western thought, no proactive word to define and conceptualize non-violence. Only Gandhi proposed the word satyagraha, and crucially his background was not Western.

The conceptual framework of politics is therefore still strongly colonized by the “viewpoint of the duel” and the “ethos of the warrior”. How can we deconstruct this paradigm and uncover or re-invent politics as separated, even alien to violence? If, according to Hobbes, peace is simply the time in which war is suspended, the time devoid of war, (Leviathan, XIII, 8), how can political philosophy and theory imagine peace differently? How can we frame politics in ways that do not need to justify themselves in a negative relationship to violence? How can we, in other words, proactively imagine and theorize non-violence? Finally, how can art – in its diverse expressions - help us in mobilizing new concepts, in broadening the political imagination, in abandoning the apparently legitimate standpoint of realpolitik?

Several are the questions we would like to pose, from several different standpoints within the broad fields of philosophy, politics, art:

1.The first set of questions is ‘ontological’: At the end of a long (and often extenuating) history of  deconstruction of the subject, thanks to the precious work of some key feminist theorists (Butler 2004, 2009; Honig 2007, 2009; Cavarero 2009), violence is thematized as an effect rather than as an action, and it becomes the frame into which the human is re-thought and re-imagined. Yet this frame is not a violent one; instead it seriously questions the ‘viewpoint of the warrior’ and the military paraphernalia that shape our political imagination in order to find new ways to think politics and ‘the human’. From this intellectual (and gendered) horizon emerges the possibility to imagine the human as a subject that is primarily defined by her relationship with vulnerability, namely by the possibility of becoming injured. If, as Judith Butler has put it, violence plays a central role in the (re-)shaping of the subject and it is the task of critical thinking to elaborate ways of dealing with this ineludible violence, we would like to know whether, at the ontological level, can non-violence play a central role as well? We would like to question, in other words, the ‘natural aggression’ hypothesis and verify to what extent an opposite approach to the human would have political effects.

2.The second set of questions is historical or ‘begriffsgeschichtlich’: Western political thought – in the course of its long history – has often questioned itself on the issue of the legitimacy of violence. Yet it has hardly questioned itself on its illegitimacy. In mainstream political thought there is a general disregard for this issue, and this is why we would like to pose the question of the thinkability of the illegitimacy of violence. Are there historical examples (both theoretical and empirical) that sustain this perspective? Is there a non-violent heritage that needs to be uncovered and enhanced within the Western tradition? Moreover, is there a possible interaction between the State and non-violence? Or can non-violence be thought of only outside the borders of the State? Does globalization offer a chance to thematize a different relationship between violence and politics? Is there a possible institutional future for non-violence?

3.The third set of questions is practical: are there forms of action (both real and imagined) that, even if traditionally impolitical, can transform our way of conceiving politics by providing illuminating examples of non-violent yet effective activism? Can  ‘mere life’ issues (related to ‘life’ as bare zoe) transform into ‘more life’ instances of civic and public life (Honig 2009) and thereby broaden the sphere of ‘social change’? Can political research provide examples of non-violent activism that are able to “transcend the cycles of violence that bewitch our human community while still living in them?” (Lederach 2005). How, in other words, and to what extent can non-violence qualify as an effective form of political action?

4.The fourth is aesthetical: is there a privileged way in which aesthetics can theorize and analyze the relationship between politics and non-violence? After all, is not the question of an ontology of non-violence strictly connected to the way in which we feel and perceive our bodies and the bodies of others? Can these categories of perception be analyzed and revised in the light of an ontology of vulnerability? Moreover, can art, as a way of organizing and enhancing human perception, broaden our imagination and thinking in order to criticize the justifiability of violence, its unavoidability and even its ‘naturalness’? Finally, how can art – from literature to sculpture, from poetry to photography – as a form of ‘social activism’ implement non-violence?

In particular, we welcome papers which analyze works of art from the perspective of resistance to violence and which thematize the contribution of the arts as regards political theory of non-violence. Moreover, we welcome papers that tackle, from the different viewpoints of political theory, history of political ideas, peace-studies, social-movement studies, cultural studies, aesthetics, history of art, gender and women’s studies, the possibility – past, present and future – of both the theoretical and practical attainability of non-violence.

A short abstract (max. 200 words) of the paper should be sent by March 31st 2011 to
olivia.guaraldo(at)univr.it or lorenzo.bernini(at)univr.it
Olivia Guaraldo, Lorenzo Bernini
Lecturers in Political Philosophy, University of Verona.
Janne Vanhanen, MA will publicly defend his dissertation

Encounters with the Virtual: The Experience of Art in Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy

at Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki on Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 12.15 o’clock. The examination is held in Auditorium XIII at University’s Main Building (Unioninkatu 34). Professor Claire Colebrook (Penn State, USA) will act as the opponent.

All welcome!

Next philosophy research seminar (Seminar room A 110, Metsätalo, Helsinki):

23. 9. Hanne Appelqvist: Apocalypse Now. Wittgenstein's early remarks on eternity.

Everybody interested in the topic is welcome.
Konsten att handla – konsten att tänka

Symposium vid Södertörns högskola
Fredag 1 oktober 2010 kl. 9.00–17.00 i Moas Båge, MA636


Ulrika Björk: Handling och existens
Bernt Skovdahl: Att göra världen sammanhängande. Hannah Arendts syn på idéernas roll i totalitarismen


Stefan Jonsson: Hannah Arendt i Weimarrepubliken. Massan, mobben, folket och
totalitarismens ursprung

Maria Bexelius: Hannah Arendt och rätten till rättigheter
Julia Honkasalo: Arendt och feminismen – en självmotsägelse?


Shamal Kaveh: Arendts storstädning av det politiska rummet
Victoria Fareld: Temporalt ansvar mellan minne och glömska. Förlåtelse och skuld hos Arendt
Gustav Strandberg: Med Arendt, bortom Arendt. Jan Patočkas läsning av Arendt


Anders Burman: Tankens fenomenologi
Sven-Olov Wallenstein: Arendt och Lyotard som läsare av Kant
Cecilia Sjöholm: Arendt och konsten


För vidare information kontakta Anders Burman, anders.burman(at)sh.se, 08–608 45 79. Evenemanget, som finansieras av CBEES och Idéhistoria vid Södertörns högskola, är öppet för allmänheten och kräver ingen anmälan. Fri entré. Varmt välkomna!
Helsinki Metaphysical Club 16.9.

David Hildebrand (University of Colorado):

"Dewey and Objectivity"

Professor David Hildebrand will give a paper at the meeting of the Helsinki Metaphysical
Club in Vironkatu 1, lecture room 4b (446) on Thursday, 16 September at 2 pm.

David Hildebrand is Associate Professor at University of Colorado Denver. His books include "John Dewey: A Beginner's Guide" (Oneworld Press, 2008) and "Beyond Realism and Antirealism: John Dewey and the Neopragmatists" (Vanderbilt University Press, 2003).

Updated information about the upcoming programme will be published on the Club webpage at http://www.helsinki.fi/peirce/MC/.
The logic seminar on the 17th of September, 10-12, in A110 (Metsätalo, Helsinki).

Guest speaker: Prof. Chiaki Sakama (Kyoto University)

Title:  A Logical Account of Lying

Abstract: This study aims at providing a formal account of lying - a dishonest attitude of human beings. We first formulate lying under propositional modal logic and present basic properties for it. We then investigate why one engages in lying and how one reasons about lying. We distinguish between offensive and defensive lies, or deductive and abductive lies, based on intention behind the act. We also study two weak forms of dishonesty, bullshit and deception, and provide their logical features in contrast to lying. We finally argue dishonesty postulates that agents should try to satisfy for both moral and self-interested reasons.  (The paper will appear in JELIA 2010.)

Short introduction of the speaker:
Chiaki Sakama graduated from Kyoto University in 1985 and received a Dr. Eng. degree in computer science in 1995. He worked at Toshiba and joined the Fifth Generation Computer Project in Japan. He has been at Wakayama University since 1995 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer and Communication Sciences. He has been engaged in research on logic programming, nonmonotonic reasoning, and machine learning. His recent research interests involve in theoretical foundations of multiagent systems.
Research Fellowship for 18 months starting on 1 January 2011 in the project Foundations of Logical Consequence:

Dr. Mathias Neuber from the Department of Philosophy of Tuebingen University will give a  talk on Feigl's scientific realism in the research seminar of the philosophy unit on Thursday 9.9, at 16.15. (Seminar room A 110, Metsätalo, Helsinki)

This paper considers the evolution of Herbert Feigl’s attempt at establishing a stable  form of scientific realism. I will argue that Feigl’s work in that area should be  appreciated for two reasons: (1) It represents a telling case against the dichotomous  view of there being an unbridgeable ‘analytic-continental divide’ in the context of  twentieth-century philosophy. (2) It directly contradicts the widespread idea that  scientific realism is fundamentally at odds with logical empiricism. In particular, it  will be shown that Feigl actually developed his scientific realist position from within  the logical empiricists’ ‘Vienna Circle’. This, in turn, necessitates a fresh and more well-balanced approach toward the contemporary scientific realism debate.

Everybody interested in the topic is welcome.
Philosophy at School

More information can be found at the conference web page including the conference program in Finnish, Swedish and English:

Helsingin yliopiston opettajankoulutuslaitos järjestää yhdessä Oulun yliopiston filosofiaa lapsille keskuksen, Interbaas ryn, Suomen Filosofisen Yhdistyksen, niin & näin -lehden, Suomen UNESCO ASP-kouluverkon, Nifin – Suomen Suomen Pohjoismaiden instituutin ja Filosofian ja elämänkatsomustiedon opettajat (FETO) ryn kanssa kansainvälisen konferenssin filosofian opetuksesta koulussa. Konferenssi kokoaa Helsinkiin keskustelevan opetuksen ja lasten kanssa filosofoinnin johtavia kansainvälisiä asiantuntijoita (Oscar Brenifier Ranskasta, Beate Börresen Norjasta, Liza Haglund ja Bo Malmhester Ruotsista sekä Brynhildur Sigurdardottir, Islannista). Kotimaisia esiintyjiä ovat muun muassa opetusneuvos Pekka Elo, KT Hannu Juuso ja professori Sami Pihlström. Konferenssi ei kuitenkaan puhdas akateeminen seminaari, vaan siihen kuuluu akateemisia esitelmiä enemmän käytännön työpajoja niin oppilaiden kanssa kuin tapahtuman osallistujien kesken. Näin se antaa hyviä valmiuksia keskustelevaan opetukseen ja lasten kanssa filosofointiin.

Institutionen för lärarutbildning vid Helsingfors Universitet organiserar i samarbete med Centret för Filosofi med Barn vid Uleåborgs Universitet, Interbaas rf, Finlands Filosofiska Förening rf, tidskriften niin & näin, det finländska UNESCO-ASP skolnätverket, Nifin – Nordens institut i Finland samt föreningen för Filosofi- och Livsåskådninglärare (Feto) rf, en internationell konferens om undervisning i filosofi i skolan. Konferensen i Helsingfors för nu samman flera ledande internationella experter inom Filosofi med Barn -rörelsen (Oscar Brenifier, Frankrike, Beate Börresen, Norge, Liza Haglund och Bo Malmhester, Sverige, samt Brynhild Sigurðardóttir, Island). Inhemska experter innefattar bl.a. undervisningsråd Pekka Elo, doktor Hannu Juuso, samt professor Sami Pihlström. Konferensen är inte enbart ett akademiskt seminarium utan innehåller så väl akademiska föredrag som praktiska workshops, t.ex. demonstrationer i små grupp med skolelever som deltagare.


Keskiviikko  20.10.

16.15        Luento: opetusneuvos Pekka Elo ja IPO-koordinaattori  Juha Savolainen Filosofian olympialaiset ja UNESCOn työ filosofian opetuksen hyväksi. Luentoon sisältyy filosofian olympialaisia käsittelevän teoksen julkistamisen: IPO: Helsinki, Finland 2009. Publications of Finnish National Commission for UNESCO 85.

Torstai 21.10.

8.45          Kokoontuminen Siltavuorenpenkereellä niille, jotka haluavat apua Lönkaniin siirtymisen

9.30          Työpajoja oppilaiden kanssa  (9.45-10.45 ja 11.30-12.30, Oscar Brenifier englanniksi ja Bo Malmhester ruotsiksi), Högstadieskolan Lönkan, Sandelsinkatu 3, Töölö, Helsinki

14.15        Yhteinen työpaja kaikille osallistujille, Oscar Brenifier englanniksi.

15.45        Kahvi

16.15        Luento: Professori Sami PIhlström: Voiko etiikkaa opettaa?

Perjantai 22.10.
Aamupäivällä kaksi rinnakkaista ohjelmaa:

A: Latokartanon peruskoulu, Viikki

8.30          Kokoontuminen Siltavuorenpenkereellä niille, jotka haluavat apua Latokartanon peruskouluun siirtymisen

9.30          Työpaja oppilaiden kanssa (Ritva Tuominen suomeksi ja Oscar Brenifier englanniksi)

B: Helsingin Yliopisto, Siltavuorenpenger

9.30         Sokraattinen dialogi, vetäjänä Ferdinand Garoff (ruotsiksi, max 15 henkeä)

12.30        Lounas (omakustanteinen)

Ohjelma jatkuu yhdessä Siltavuorenpenkereellä

14.15        2 vaihtoehtoista työpajaa osallistujille: Oscar Brenifier englanniksi ja Bo Malmhester ruotsiksi

15.45        Kahvi

16.15        2 vaihtoehtoista työpajaa osallistujille: Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir englanniksi ja Beate Børresen ruotsiksi

Lauauntai 23.10.

9.00 Kaksi vaihtoehtoista työpajaa osallistujille: Oscar Brenifier englanniksi ja Liza Haglund ruotsiksi

10.30        2 rinnakkaista ohjelmaa

A: Englanninkielisiä esityksiä filosofisesta dialogista opetuksessa

- 15-20 minuutin alustusten jälkeen on aikaa keskusteluun

B: Sokraattinen dialogi, vetäjänä Ferdinand Garoff (suomeksi, max 15 henkeä)

12.30        Lounas (omakustanteinen)

13.30        Paneelikeskustelu filosofiasta, ajattelusta ja keskustelusta koulussa Oscar Brenifier, Beate Børresen, Liza Haglund, Hannu Juuso, Bo Malmhester ja Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir

15.00        Konferenssin päätös

9.9.2010 klo 10

Quine's Critique of Modal Logic and his Conception of Objects

FM Antti Keskisen filosofian alan väitöskirja tarkastetaan Tampereen yliopistossa, Pinni B:n salissa 1097.

Vastaväittäjä toimii professori Susan Haack (University of Miami) ja kustoksena professori Leila Haaparanta.




The Metaphysics of Leibniz and Resemblance Nominalism
Sunday, October 24, 2010.

An International workshop at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and
Philosophy,University of Turku.

Lecture room 150, Publicum, Assistentinkatu 7.

09:30         Opening words: Olli Koistinen (University of Turku)

09.40        Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (University of Oxford): Leibniz on Accidents

12.10        Lunch

13.30        Arto Repo (University of Turku): Leibniz's Metaphysics of Concepts

14.30        Peter Myrdal (University of Uppsala): Leibniz on Action and Ends

15.30        Coffee break

16.00        Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki): Leibniz and Locke on Resemblance: a Genuine Disagreement?

17.00        Markku Keinänen (University of Turku): Against Resemblance Nominalism

18.00        Closing


The workshop is organized by the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS) and the Academy of Finland research project "Tropes, change and dispositional essentialism".

Further information: Markku Keinänen, markku.keinanen[at]utu.fi.
E.J. Lowe's Metaphysics
Saturday, October 23, 2010.

An International workshop at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy,University of Turku.

Lecture room 150, Publicum, Assistentinkatu 7.

09.30        Opening words: Markku Keinänen (University of Turku)

09.40        E. J. Lowe (University of Durham): Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics: An Exposition and Defence

12.10        Lunch

13.30        Heikki J. Koskinen (University of Tampere): Notes on Persons as Primitive Substances

14.30        Anssi Korhonen (University of Helsinki): How should factualists build their facts?

15.30        Coffee break

16.00        Tim De Mey (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Could everything have been anything else, even nothing at all?

17.00        Jani Hakkarainen (University of Tampere) & Markku Keinänen (University of Turku): The Problem of Trope Individuation

18.00        Closing


The workshop is organized by the Academy of Finland research project "Tropes, change and dispositional essentialism".

Further information: Markku Keinänen, markku.keinanen[at]utu.fi.
“In a storied world: Wittgenstein, Barad, emotions, and the human”

Professor Naomi Scheman (Departments of Philosophy and of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota and guestresearcher at Umeå University) will be visting Åbo Academy University on 20-22 September. During her visit she will lead a workshop in philosophy and give two talks at the research seminars in philosophy and women’s studies. More information about the different events below.

1. “Ontology after Wittgenstein and Quine: Breaking free of atomism”
Research seminar at the Department of Philosophy, Monday 20th September 2010, 18.15: (Arken,  Fabriksgatan 2, Auditorium Westermarck, C101)

2. “The material turn, or: Why would a feminist theorist be obsessed with stones?" Research seminar at Department of Women’s Studies, Wednesday 22nd September, 10-12, (ASA, Fänriksgatan 3, Lilla auditoriet, C122)

3. “In a storied world: Wittgenstein, Barad, emotions, and the human”
Workshop with Professor Naomi Scheman, Department of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, Monday 20th - Tuesday 21th September 2010

Description of the theme of Scheman’s lectures

One way of distinguishing emotions from ("brute" or "raw") feelings is that emotions are "feelings plus"; they are meaningful, interpreted, contextual, and, as such, distinctively human. Taking this thought as a (problematic) starting point, I want to bring together things Wittgenstein says in his later work about emotions and about the human to help think about both and about the relationships between them.

My suggestion will be that we think about emotions as socially constructed, specifically as stories, but that we go on to think about stories not just as human artifacts, but as, literally, what the world is made of. This thought is reminiscent of Wittgenstein's claim, in the Tractatus, that "the world is the totality of facts, not of things." I want to ask what becomes of such a thought when we free ourselves--as the later Wittgenstein teaches us to do--from the conception of philosophical analysis that led, in the Tractatus, to an untenable atomism.

The work of the physicist and feminist theorist Karen Barad models a rejection of atomism in favor of a fundamentally relational conception of the world, and I want to draw on this model to suggest ways of thinking about the world as "storied" and about the places of emotions and of the human in such a world.

The workshop is arranged as a part of the research project Emotions in Dialogue: Perspectives from the Humanities.

Program for the workshop

Monday 20th September

10-13  Lecture by Naomi Scheman (Arken, Lecture room: Saussure, M128)

14-16  Presentations by participants (20-40 minutes depending on the number of participants)(Arken, Lecture room: Saussure, M128)

18-20  Research seminar at the Department of Philosophy (Arken, Lecture room: Westermarck, C101)

Tuesday 21st September

10-13  Presentations by the participiants (Arken, Lecture room: Camera Obscura, E201)

14-16  Lecture by Naomi Scheman (Arken, Lecture room: Tolstoi. M120)

16-17  Concluding discussion (Arken, Lecture room: Tolstoi, M120)

Register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to camilla.kronqvist(at)abo.fi,  by September 13. Include whether you are interested in giving a presentation.

The research seminars do not require registration.

Camilla Kronqvist
Department of Philosophy
Åbo Akademi University
Fabriksgatan 2
20540 Åbo

Tel. 02-2154392
E-mail: camilla.kronqvist(at)abo.fi

The Burman Lectures started in 1996, on the initiative of Prof. Inge-Bert Täljedal, the Mayor of Umeå and later Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.  The lectures commemorate Eric Olof Burman (1845-1929), who was born and raised in Umeå and later became professor of practical philosophy in Uppsala 1896-1919.  Burman is nowadays mostly remembered as the teacher of Axel Hägerström.  A presentation of Erik Olof Burman (in Swedish), written by Inge-Bert Täljedal, is available online at


September 27-29


Tim Crane, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge

Lecture 1: Existence, Being and Being-So
September 27, 15.15-17, Hörsal E, Humanities Building

Lecture 2: Existence and Quantification Reconsidered
September 28, 13.15-15, Hörsal F, Humanities Building

Lecture 3: The Singularity of Singular Thought
September 29, 12.15-14, Hörsal E, Humanities Building

The Philosophical Society: Discussion with Tim Crane
September 28, 19.15-, Room C 204, Humanities Building

All interested are invited to participate in this discussion, where one can raise
issues that concerns the Burman Lectures, and/or aspects of Prof. Crane's work.

What is it for something to exist, or have being? Contemporary analytic philosophy has not had much to say about this question, on the basis either that 'exists' has a straightforward logical analysis, or that it is too simple or fundamental to be further explained or analysed. These lectures will argue that consideration of the representation of the non-existent shows that more needs to be said about existence itself. The lectures will discuss the following questions: what is the relationship between existence and having properties ('being-so')? What is the relationship between our talk about existence and our talk about quantity (quantification)? What is it for a thought to be 'singular' and can there be singular thoughts about things that do not exist? It will be argued that some things do not exist, but these things do not have a nature, and that it is possible to have singular thoughts about things that do not exist.

Arranged by:
The Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Umeå University

The Fall and Rise of the Roman World c. 200–700 CE
XIX Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity
Tvärminne, 15-16 October, 2010


9.00 Departure by coach from Helsinki
11.00 Arrival and accommodation
11.30 Lunch
12.30 Opening of the Symposium
12.45 Friday session I: Family
- Kate Cooper (Liverpool): The Transformation of the Roman Household at the End of Antiquity
- Christian Laes (Bryssel/Antwerp): Disabled Children in the Ancient World. Disability History and Late Antiquity Narrative
- Mariachiara Giorda (Torino): Retelling the Family: Blood Ties in Ancient Monasticism (IV-VI centuries)
14.30 Coffee break
15.15 Friday session II: Living Conditions
- Chris Wickham (Oxford): Rural realities: Spain and Sicily around 600
- Kalle Korhonen (Helsinki) Did the Fifth-Century Bishops of Rome Have a Language Policy? The Case of Paschasinus, Bishop of Marsala
- Margherita Carucci (Helsinki) Domestic Life in the Vandal Carthage
- Zbigniew T. Fiema (Helsinki) Rome Beyond the Frontiers: the Excavations at Mada’in Salih (ancient Hegra) in the Saudi Arabian Hijaz

08.00 Breakfast
09.30 Saturday session I : Religious Life
- Leslie Brubaker (Birmingham): Embedding Sacred Images in Everyday Life: Representation and Transformation of Culture in Byzantium
- Risto Auvinen (Helsinki) The Jewish Revolt of Egypt in 115-117 and the Rise of Egyptian Christianity
- Rita Lizzi (Perugia): The origin and the development of defensor ecclesiae
11.30 Lunch
12.30 Saturday session II : Philosophy and Literature
- Christophe Erismann (Helsinki) New Ways of Doing Philosophy in Late Antiquity
- Katarina Petrovicova (Brno) Seven Arts - Seven Maidens. Popularization of the Cycle of Liberal Arts in De Nuptis Philologiae et Mercurii by Martinus Capella
- Closing words and feedback
14.00 Coffee
14.30 Departure
c. 16.30 Arrival in Helsinki

The XIX Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on October 15-16, 2010. The aim of the symposium is to bring together students and scholars with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines. This year, we explore the aspects of depression, recovery and renaissance related to the every-day life and literate culture. Our main aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between philology, archaeology, history, theology and other disciplines that deal with Late Antiquity. The symposium will be organized in the premises of a zoological research station operated by the University of Helsinki at a beautiful location at Tvärminne on the southern coast of Finland. Its organizers are the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Greek Written Sources together with an interdisciplinary organizing committee (Ville Vuolanto, Maijastina Kahlos, Päivi Vähäkangas). The seminar fee of 50 euros will cover transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and back, as well as accommodation, meals, coffee and sauna at Tvärminne. Especially for the PhD students it is possible to apply for a reduced conference fee of 25 €. The seminar fee is charged on the coach on the way to Tvärminne. For persons not needing transportation and not staying the night at Tvärminne, no fee is charged. Upon applying for participation, you are kindly asked to update your contact information and to inform us about food allergies and special diets etc. If you choose to act as a commentator (see
below), let us know of this also.

The Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity is organized annually since 1992. It started as a Finnish-language seminar for postgraduate students. However, over the years, more and more papers were presented by established scholars. This year, for the second time, we have not only invited speakers, but have had an international CFP. In keeping with the symposium’s traditions, we encourage not only senior, but also junior scholars and postgraduate students to participate. As usual, commentators for the presentations will be recruited amongst the registrated participants. There is room for c. 25 persons, and precedence in attending the seminar is given to those, who are willing to comment on the papers – to read one of the presentations before the seminar and prepare a couple of well-pondered questions for the speaker. No exhaustive expertise on the topic of the paper is demanded.

In order to registrate as a participant for the seminar, contact the conference secretary Riku Partanen (rikudotpartanenathelsinkidotfi).
Helsinki Metaphysical Club 10.9.

Susan Haack (University of Miami):
"Belief in Naturalism: An Epistemologist’s Philosophy of Mind"

Professor Susan Haack (University of Miami) will give a paper at the next meeting of the Helsinki Metaphysical Club in Porthania P724 on Friday, 10 September at 2 pm. The paper can be downloaded from the Metaphysical Club webpage at: http://www.helsinki.fi/peirce/MC/

Susan Haack is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. Her work ranges from philosophy of logic and language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, Pragmatism—both philosophical and legal—and the law of evidence, especially scientific evidence, to social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature. Her books include Philosophy of Logics; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate; Defending Science – Within Reason; Pragmatism, Old and New; and most recently, Putting Philosophy to Work (2008), Ciencia, Sociedad y Cultura (2008), and the second, expanded edition of her internationally-acclaimed Evidence and Inquiry (2009). She has also published a very large number and great variety of articles, in philosophical, legal, literary, scientific, and general-interest journals—including a good many so highly-regarded that they have been reprinted several times.

Also, please note that the following meeting will be already on 16 September with another international visitor, David Hildebrand (University of Colorado). For further information, please see the Metaphysical Club webpage at

Best wishes,
Henrik Rydenfelt
”Virtuous Agency: On the Development and Practice of the Virtues”
Uppsala 9-10.9.2010

Workshopen ordnas inom ramen för det av RJ finansierade forskningsprojektet
Understanding Agency.

Alla intresserade är varmt välkomna! (Vi kan tyvärr inte erbjuda ersättning för eventuella rese- eller boendekostnader, men alla är välkomna till Receptionen vid Filosofiska institutionen i Uppsala på torsdagskvällen där det kommer att serveras gratis buffé och dryck.

Vänligen meddela Frans Svensson (frans.svenssona(a)filosofi.uu.se), om ni vill delta vid Receptionen.)

Schemat ser preliminärt ut på följande sätt:

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Torsdagen 9/9 (Sal I, Universitetshuset)

9.00-9.15: Inledning

9.15-10.45 Daniel Farnham (College of St. Benedict/St. Johns University): TBA


11.00-12.30 Hallvard Fossheim (Oslo Universitet): “Strategies, Self-Help, and Virtue Ethics”


14.00-15.30 Daniel C Russell (Wichita State University/University of Arizona): “The Unity of the Virtues: How and Why I Believe It”


15.45-17.15 Gösta Grönroos (Stockholms Universitet): ”Vice and Mental Conflict in Aristotle”

17.45 Reception vid Filosofiska institutionen (Thunbergsvägen 3H, Engelska Parken)

Fredagen 10/9 (Sal VIII, Universitetshuset)

9.00-10.30 Johan Brännmark (Lunds Universitet): “Grades of Rightness: A Virtue-Ethical Account”


10.45-12.15 Uri Leibowitz (Nottingham University): TBA


13.45-15.15 Joel Martinez (College of Lewis & Clarke): “Aristotle and Practical Wisdom”


15.30-17.00 Anne Baril (University of Notre Dame): TBA


17.15-18.45 Frans Svensson (Uppsala Universitet): ”Descartes on Happiness, Wellbeing and Their Relation to Virtue”
Set Theory, Model Theory, Generalized Quantifiers and Foundations of Mathematics: Meeting in Honor of Jouko Väänänen's 60th Birthday

The conference takes place 16-18 September 2010
There will be two tutorials 13-15 September 2010

Pieni Juhlasali, Main Building of the University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki, Finland.

This meeting, organized by the Helsinki Logic Group, is in honour of Professor Jouko Väänänen's sixtieth birthday. Topics include model theory, set theory, foundations of mathematics, logic in computer science, semantics of natural language, games, generalized quantifiers, infinitary languages, and abstract logic.

Further information:
Models in physics and cosmology
Helsinki 27-28.9.2010

The Finnish Society for Natural Philosophy arranges a two day International seminar on "Natural philosophy and the philosophy of sciences" with special theme "Models in physics and cosmology". The seminar will take place in Helsinki on September 27-28, 2010 at Tieteiden talo (The House of Sciences), Kirkkokatu 6.

Seminar language is English. Registration fee is 50 € /person (30 € for
students and for members of the Finnish Society for Natural Philosophy).

Invited speakers:

Dr. Akira Kanda, Omega Mathematical Institute, Toronto
Dr. Peter Rowlands, University of Liverpool
Prof. C. S. Unnikrishnan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Doc. Ismo Koponen, University of Helsinki
Prof. Kari Rummukainen, University of Helsinki
Prof. Arto Annila, University of Helsinki
Dr. Tarja Kallio-Tamminen, Physics Foundations Society
Dr. Tuomo Suntola, Physics Foundations Society

The full program will be found at

Eino Kaila 120 Years

Porthania, Lecture Hall P722, Thursday, September 2, 2010

Department of Philosophy, History, Culture, and Art Studies, University of Helsinki     & Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies


10.00-10.10    Opening
10.10-11.00    Matthias Neuber (University of Tübingen): From Carnap to Kaila – A Neglected Transition in the History of Philosophy
11.00-11.45    Juha Manninen (University of Oulu): From “Carnap’s Circle” to the Book on Human Knowledge
11.45-13.00    lunch break
13.00-13.45    Jaakko Hintikka (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies & Boston University): Invariance and Causality: On the Conceptual Background of Kaila’s Ideas
13.45-14.30    Matti Sintonen (University of Helsinki): Kaila on the Aristotelian and the Galilean Traditions in Science
14.30-15.00    coffee break
15.00-15.45    Ilkka Niiniluoto (University of Helsinki): Kaila’s Critique of Metaphysics
15.45-16.30    Anssi Korhonen (University of Helsinki): Eino Kaila’s Scientific Philosophy
16.30-16.45    break
16.45-17.30    Sami Pihlström (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies & University of Jyväskylä): Kaila on Pragmatism and Religion
17.30-18.15    Mikko Salmela (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): Kaila on Ethics

Free entrance!

An international conference on the problems of the methodology of Stalinism research arranged by Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki), Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor

3rd—4th of September, 2010

The Aleksanteri Institute is arranging a symposium on the phenomen of Stalinism in Helsinki in the first week of September (Week 35, 3.—4. 9. 2010). In recent times, the discussions about the nature of the Stalin rule in the Soviet Union from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and the impacts of Stalinism in the international agenda have been resurfing, partly no doubt because the end of the Cold War and the demise of ideological clichés connected with it, partly thanks to the opening of Soviet archives, which makes the concrete assessment of Stalinist policy and the amount of its victims more reliable. The ”totalitarism theory”, which hitherto has been prevailing in the West as an explanation of the Stalinism phenomen, has been increasingly criticised as insufficient and superficial, although it undoubtedly did grasp some aspects of the Stalin regime. However, no consensus as regards to the causal and historical explanation of Stalinism has yet been achieved, but there are many concurring interpretations, starting from the heterodox Marxist attempts to interpret the USSR of the Stalin period as a ”state capitalist” or ”developmental” dictatorship, to recent American analyses of Stalinism as a form of civilization sui generis. In the symposium we intend to focus on the different explanatory models of Stalinism as a political, sociological and cultural phenomen and discuss the methodological approaches to it.

The symposium will be accompanied by two open lectures for a wider public, held in Swedish and Finnish.


10.00 KATALIN MIKLOSSY (Dr., Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki) – Opening words

10.15 – 10.45 MIKHAIL MASLOVSKIY (prof., Nizhni Novgorod State University) – Towards A Neo- Weberian Historical Sociology of Stalinism

10.45 – 11.15 LENNART SAMUELSON (doc., Östekonomiska institutet, Stockholm) – Interpretations of Stalinism: Historiographical Patterns since the 1930s and the Role of the ”Archival Revolution” since the 1990s

11.15 – 11.45 IAIN LAUCHLAN (prof., University of Edinburgh) – Feliks Dzerzhinskij and the Origins of Stalinism

11.45 – 12.15 Discussion

12.15. -- 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – Discussion continues


Lecture Room XII, Main Building of the Helsinki University

17.00—18.00 LENNART SAMUELSON (doc., Östekonomiska institutet, Stockholm) – Vad har de ryska arkivens öppnande sedan 1900-talet betytt för vår kunskap om Stalin och stalinismen?

18.00—19.00 MARKKU KANGASPURO (Dr., Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki) – Neuvosto-Karjala – vaihtoehtoinen malli stalinismille?


(The papers will be presented in two parallel sections)

  Sectio I
10.00 – 10.30 ELENA HUBER (Dr., Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien) – Pro-women-policy or the Renewed Appreciation of Feminine Styles in the Stalin period

10.30—11.00 TOMI HUTTUNEN (Dr., University of Helsinki) – Russian Culture and Stalinism

11.00 – 11.30 ELINA VILJANEN (Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki) – Towards Stalinism: Methodology of Sovietization of a Musical Academician



14.00 – 14.30 A. JAN KUTYLOWSKI (Dr., Polish Academy of Sciences and University of Oslo) – Stalinism from the Viewpoint of Sociosciences: Reflections on the Origins, Underlying Intertemporal Factors, Decay and Fall

14.30 – 15.00 MARKKU KANGASPURO (Dr., Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki) – Stalinism as a Structural Choice of the Soviet Society and its Alternatives

15.00 – Discussion

  Sectio II
10.00 – 10.30 VALENTIN NICOLESCU (Dr., National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest) – Defining Stalinism: An Ideological Approach

10.30 – 11.00 JUTTA SCHERRER (Dr., Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) – Interpretations of Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History Schoolbooks Today

11.00—11.30 Discussion


14.00 – 14.30 CARLOS REBELLO DE MENDONCA (Prof., Rio de Janeiro State University) – Trotsky’s Thermidor Thesis: A Necessary Reassesment

14.30 – 15.00 VESA OITTINEN (prof., Aleksanteri Institute) – Stalin as ”World Spirit Embodied”: the Hegelian Interpretations of the Phenomen of Stalinism in Lukács and Bukharin

15.00— Discussion

Minor changes in the programme are yet possible

You are welcome to the presentation of the just published Russo-Finnish symposium volume on the Enlightenment culture, The Northern Lights – Facets of Enlightenment Culture, which will be held at the Aleksanteri Institute in Tuesday, 31. 8. from 14.00 o’clock on. The Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki and the St. Petersburg Centre for the History of Ideas (Russian Academy of Sciences) started last Autumn to collaborate in research of Enlightenment and the culture of the 18th century in the Northern Countries and in Russia. The first publication from this co-operation consists of contributions of five Finnish and four Russian scholars. The book and the collaboration project will be presented by Prof. Tatiana Artemyeva and Prof. Mikhail Mikeshin from St. Petersburg, by Prof. Vesa Oittinen from Helsinki and Dr. Oili Pulkkinen from Jyväskylä. The presentations will be in Finnish and English. The event, which is open for all interested, will be held at the Meeting Room in the 2nd floor of the Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33). Snacks and wine will be served!


Tervetuloa valistusajan kulttuuria esittelevän suomalais-venäläisen kirjan julkistamistilaisuuteen Aleksanteri-instituutissa tiistaina 31. 8. klo 14.00 alkaen! Helsingin yliopiston Aleksanteri-instituutti ja Venäjän tiedeakatemian alainen Aatehistorian tutkimuskeskus Pietarissa käynnistivät viime syksyllä pidetyn seminaarin myötä yhteistyön valistuksen ja 1700-luvun kulttuurin tutkimiseksi Venäjällä ja Pohjoismaissa. Tilaisuudessa esittelemme tuoretta englanninkielistä seminaarijulkaisua The Northern Lights – Facets of Enlightenment Culture, johon sisältyy viiden suomalaisen ja neljän venäläisen tutkijan kontribuutiot. Tilaisuudessa puhuvat prof. Tatjana Artemjova ja prof. Mihail Mikeshin Pietarista sekä prof. Vesa Oittinen Helsingistä ja tri Oili Pulkkinen Jyväskylästä. Tilaisuus on suomen- ja englanninkielinen. Virvokkeita tiedossa. Kaikki kiinnostuneet ovat tervetulleita paikalle. Tilaisuus pidetään Aleksanteri-instituutin 2. kerroksen kokoushuoneessa (Unioninkatu 33, sisään pihan kautta).

Suomen Filosofinen Yhdistys ry järjestää 10.–11.1.2011 Turun yliopistossa perinteisen ”yhden sanan kollokvion”, jonka teemana on tällä kertaa YMMÄRRYS. Kutsuttujen esitelmien lisäksi ohjelmaan sisällytetään myös tarjottuja suomen- tai ruotsinkielisiä esitelmiä. Kutakin esitelmää varten on varattu aikaa 20 minuuttia sekä 10 minuuttia keskustelulle. Valikoima esitelmistä pyritään julkaisemaan vuoden 2011 aikana.
Esitelmissä voidaan käsitellä esimerkiksi seuraavia teemoja:
  - ymmärrys ja sen historialliset ulottuvuudet
  - ymmärtäminen ja tieto
  - ymmärryksen ehdot ja rajat
  - ymmärtäminen ja selittäminen
  - tieteellinen ymmärrys
  - uskonnollinen ymmärrys
  - ymmärtäminen ja toiseus
  - itseymmärrys

Esitelmän pitämisestä kiinnostuneilta pyydämme alustavaa otsikkoa ja noin 400 sanan (yhden sivun) abstraktia 15.10.2010 mennessä. Tarjotut abstraktit arvioidaan. Otsikon ja abstraktin pyydämme lähettämään Valtteri Viljaselle (Käyttäytymistieteiden ja filosofian laitos, 20014 Turun yliopisto; sähköposti: valvil(at)utu.fi).

Hyvää loppukesää toivottaen,

Helena Siipi, Matti Sintonen ja Valtteri Viljanen


Filosofiska Föreningen i Finland rf ordnar vid Åbo universitet 10.–11.1.2011 sitt traditionella ”ett ords -kollokvium”. Temat för denna gång är på finska YMMÄRRYS. Förutom inviterade föredrag inbjuder vi också andra att lämna in förslag till föredrag, på svenska eller finska. För varje föredrag reserveras 20 minuter och 10 minuter för diskussion. Ett urval av föredragen kommer enligt planen att publiceras under år 2011.

Föredragen på kollokviet kan behandla bl.a. följande områden:
  - förståndet och dess historiska dimensioner
  - förståelse och vetande
  - förståndets betingelser och gränser
  - förståelse och förklaring
  - vetenskaplig förståelse
  - religiös förståelse
  - förståelse och annanhet
  - självförståelse

De som är intresserade av att hålla ett föredrag ombeds skicka en titel och ett abstrakt på ca 400 ord (1 sida) senast 15.10.2010. Abstrakterna kommer att värderas. Titeln och abstraktet ska skickas till Valtteri Viljanen (Käyttäytymistieteiden ja filosofian laitos, 20014 Turun yliopisto; e-post: valvil(at)utu.fi).

Vänliga sommarhälsningar,

Helena Siipi, Matti Sintonen ja Valtteri Viljanen
Lunds universitet ledigförklarar härmed en ettårig anställning (med ev. möjlighet till förlängning sex månader) som postdoktorsforskare i praktisk filosofi med placering tills vidare vid Filosofiska institutionen, avdelningen för praktisk filosofi.
Ref nr: 1666
Tillträde: 1 januari 2011

Upplysningar om anställningen: prefekt Christian Balkenius (046-222 32 51,
Christian.Balkenius(a)lucs.lu.se) och/eller professor Wlodek Rabinowicz (046-222 75 95, wlodek.rabinowicz(a)fil.lu.se).
Upplysningar om personal- och lönefrågor: personalansvarig Lena Kandefelt
(046-222 7224, lena.kandefelt(a)kansliht.lu.se).

Vid Filosofiska institutionen bedrivs forskning och utbildning i tre ämnen:
Kognitionsvetenskap, praktisk filosofi och teoretisk filosofi. Avdelningarna är till stor del självständiga med avseende på forsknings- och utbildningsinriktning men det finns också täta samarbeten mellan dem. En gemensam ambition för samtliga forskare vid institutionen är att bidra till forskningsutvecklingen genom publikationer i refereegranskade internationella tidskrifter och böcker vid internationella förlag, samt genom att samarbeta med forskare vid andra institutioner och lärosäten i Sverige och
andra länder.

Praktisk filosofi kan definieras som studiet av filosofiska grundvalar för "praktiskt tänkande", med speciell tonvikt lagd på värderingar, livshållningar och handlingsnormer.

Lunds praktiska filosofer har under senare år fått externa medel till ett flertal
forskningsprojekt inom olika delar av ämnet. Projekten spänner över följande teman: filosofiska teorier om värde, teorier om skäl och normativitet, välfärdsbegreppet, kollektivt ansvar, genetik, etiska aspekter på databanker och dynamiskt beslutsfattande. Ser man mer generellt på forskningen inom ämnet vid institutionen är det fem områden som i nuläget drar till sig den största forskningsaktiviteten: moralfilosofi, axiologi (= värdeteori), politisk
filosofi, beslutsteori och social ontologi. Forskningen är starkt internationellt orienterad och enskilda forskningsinsatser har tilldragit sig internationell uppmärksamhet.

En kortfattad beskrivning av institutionens forskningsinriktningar finns i institutionens självvärdering: http://backweb.signalera.se/documents/1101DAA8-15AD-4DC7-ACE0-240678059BBF.pdf
Anställningen omfattar i huvudsak forskning och avser arbete på heltid. Forskaren förväntas också under anställningstiden planera och undervisa på en veckas intensivkurs (inom ett av forskaren valt område) för doktorander inom det nationella nätverket för kursgivning i filosofiämnena.

Som en del av forskningsskyldigheten ska innehavaren delta i och bidra till
forskningsmiljön inom praktisk filosofi, bl. a. genom att aktivt delta i de
forskningsseminarier och andra forskningsrelaterade aktiviteter som pågår inom ämnet.

Innehavaren förväntas bedriva sin forskning i huvudsak på arbetsplatsen i Lund. Anställningen som postdoktorsforskare utlyses för disputerade forskare.
Som grund för bedömning av den sökandes meriter kommer att ligga dels tidigare forskning med anknytning till forskningsinriktningen, dels en projektbeskrivning av forskning som är tänkt att utföras inom anställningen (max tre sidor). Vid bedömningen kommer särskild vikt att fästas vid vetenskaplig skicklighet.

Behörig att söka är den som avlagt doktorsexamen högst tre år före ansökningstidens utgång och som inte tidigare haft anställning som forskarassistent/postdoktorsforskare. Om examen har avlagts tidigare ska intyg om föräldraledighet, sjukdom el dyl. insändas i samband med ansökan.
Ansökan ska innehålla följande i två exemplar:
- Undertecknat fullständigt curriculum vitae (CV) samt vidimerad kopia på doktorsexamen.
- Publikationsförteckning (inklusive ISBN- och ISSN-nummer)
- Undertecknad plan över forskningsprojekt som sökanden önskar arbeta med under tiden som postdoktorsforskare om högst tre sidor (exklusive litteraturlistor).
Hela ansökan i två exemplar skall ställas till Rektor för Lunds universitet, Box 117, 221 00 Lund, ett exemplar ska vara i original och ohäftad. Ansökan ska vara inkommen registrator senast onsdagen den 15 september 2010. Referensnummer ska anges i ansökan.

Mot bakgrund av universitetets jämställdhetspolicy ser vi gärna kvinnliga sökande till anställningen.
Theoria fyller 75 år – något för oss svenska filosofer att fira!

[For more information in English, contact registrator.pah(a)abe.kth.se]

 År 1935 grundade Lundaprofessorn Åke Petzäll Theoria, som snabbt utvecklades till en viktig internationell filosofisk tidskrift. Tidskriften har publicerat artiklar av Donald Davidson, Nelson Goodman, R.M. Hare, Carl G. Hempel, Jaakko Hintikka, Saul Kripke, Henry E. Kyburg, Isaac Levi, David Lewis, Otto Neurath, W.V. Quine, Ernest Sosa, Robert C. Stalnaker och Georg Henrik von Wright – för att nu bara nämna några i raden. Hempels konfirmationsparadoxer, Ross deontiska paradox, Montagues universella grammatik och Lindströms teorem är bara några av de bidrag till filosofin som först publicerats i Theoria.

 Nu är Theoria inne på sin 75:e årgång. Kom till jubileumsfirandet den 1-2 oktober i Sollentuna!

Vi har bjudit in framstående filosofer som också är redaktörer för en filosofisk tidskrift. De ska alla hålla ett föredrag om något som engagerar dem själva. Dessutom deltar de alla i ett rundabords-samtal om publiceringen av filosofi. Allt sker givetvis på engelska. Så här ser konferensens schema ut:

Fredag 1 oktober
9.30-9.37 Welcome

    “75 years in 7.5 minutes – a brief history of Theoria” (Sven Ove Hansson)

   Pauline Jacobson (Linguistics and philosophy) "Direct Compositionality:  Montague's Legacy and Beyond"


   Anthonie Meijers (Philosophical Explorations) “'Ought to Be' and 'Ought to Do'.”


 Henry S Richardson (Ethics) "Creating New Moral Norms"

  Søren Holm (Journal of Medical Ethics) “Status quo bias in ethics and the intuition that harming is worse than not benefiting”


  Hans Rott (Erkenntnis) "On the rationality of some allegedly irrational choices in decision making and defeasible reasoning"

  Roundtable on philosophy publishing Bengt Hansson (chair), Hans van Ditmarsch, Pascal Engel, Sven Ove Hansson, Vincent Hendricks, Søren Holm, Pauline Jacobson, Anthonie Meijers, Henry S Richardson, and Hans Rott.


Lördag 2 oktober

    Pascal Engel (Dialectica) “What's wrong with epistemic expressivism”


    Hans van Ditmarsch (Journal of Philosophical Logic) “Moore, Fitch, and dynamic epistemic logic”

    Vincent Hendricks (Synthese) "Pluralistic Ignorance in Epistemic Logic"


    Sven Ove Hansson (Theoria) “Representing a finite mind”


Konferensen ordnas med bidrag från Riksbankens jubileumsfond, Vetenskapsrådet och Wiley-Blackwell.

Praktiska arrangemang
Konferensen äger rum på Bergendal i Sollentuna, 13 km norr om Stockholm, med utmärkta förbindelser också från Arlanda. För vägbeskrivning och information om fasta avtalspriser med taxi mm, se www.bergendal.se.

Ingen konferensavgift utgår. Theoria bjuder på lunch och pausfika samt fredagens konferensmiddag.

Konferensanläggningen erbjuder även boende. Priset för ett enkelrum natten mellan 1 och 2 oktober är 1028 SEK. I dubbelrum är priset 668 SEK per person. (Väljer man att anlända dagen före konferensen är priset för natten mellan 30 september och 1 oktober 1680 SEK respektive 1080 SEK i enkelrum.)

Stipendier som täcker resa och logi finns för ett begränsat antal doktorander. (Information om detta finns hos prefekterna vid filosofiinstitutionerna i Lund, Göteborg, Linköping och Umeå.).

Anmälan sker via e-post till registrator.pah(a)abe.kth.se. Uppge namn, adress, e-post, hemuniversitet, önskemål om boende (vilka nätter; om dubbelrum ange också vem du vill dela med) samt ev. önskemål om kost och huruvida du kommer att vara med på konferensmiddagen.

Om du anmäler dig senast den 16 augusti kan vi reservera rum åt dig på Bergendal.
Between Bodies

– emotion • sense • affect –

The second Uppsala University Body/Embodiment Symposium

November 18-19, 2010

Emotion and affect lie at the very heart of our understandings of the world: subjectivity is embedded and embodied and bodies, in their very being, are transgressive and transgressed as the ‘self’ and ‘the world’ bleed into one another through the various porosities of the senses. Such sensory immediacy highlights both the temporal primacy of our senses in understandings of the world but also the way in which particular senses demand attention at particular times in particular contexts. Thus not only are the senses, emotions, and affect, primary to our perception of the world, but they also operate within personal, cultural and political orderings dependent on the positioning of the individual, collective, species. Thus, affecto-emotional registers foster attachment to place, are dependent on space, cultures, technologies; they delineate, reinforce, undermine and are dependent on the material and cultural boundaries which we hold as significant. They are overarched by the multiplicity of approaches, theories and conceptual frameworks that decide which sense(s), emotion(s), affects are significant and how they should be (re)presented. Further, the endemic anthropocentricism of these frameworks has shaped which sensory immediacies are prioritised along the strata of animality, with concepts of sense, subjectivity and emotion simultaneously deployed to police the various divides between human and animal, and also to create the contact zones where human-animal encounters become most apparent.

The symposium takes its point of departure from the role of the body as a centre for emotions, sensations and affectivity. It enquires into the relation between inner emotions and their expression in outer forms of behavior. It questions the role of emotion and affectivity as foundational for intellectual life, for thinking, rationality and communication. It highlights the vast milieu of meetings between human and animal, nature and technology, self and other and places focus on bodily boundaries, points of meeting/melting/tension, kinship and skinship between bodies; making manifest the interrelationality of drawing boundaries and constituting singularities, differences and commonalities. Confirmed Key note speakers are Eva Hayward (University of New Mexico) and Myra Hird (Queens University).

We welcome papers from both within and beyond academia on a wide range of topics within the scope of the overarching theme of the symposium. Please send one page proposals by August 31, 2010 to body(at)gender.uu.se. For questions or further information, please contact the conference organizers Jacob Bull (jacob.bull(at)gender.uu.se) and Lisa Folkmarson Käll (lisa.kall(at)gender.uu.se).

Göteborgs universitet, 4:e september 2010

Filosofer använder sig i allt större utsträckning av empiriska metoder för att ta ställning till metaetiska påståenden, exempelvis påståenden om moraliska omdömens innehåll, pålitligheten hos moraliska intuitioner eller den begreppsliga relationen mellan moraliska omdömen och motivation.

Utvecklingen har väckt metodologiska frågor om de metaetiska påståendenas art och relevansen av olika empiriska resultat för teser som av tradition bedömts från den filosofiska länstolen.

Den här workshopen syftar till att fördjupa tänkandet kring dessa metodologiska frågor genom att sammanföra praktiserande "empiriska filosofer" och kritiker och ge stort utrymme för diskussioner.

Presentationer av:
                        Shaun Nichols (Arizona)
                        Antti Kauppinen (Dublin)
                        Folke Tersman (Uppsala)
                        Gunnar Björnsson (Linköping, Göteborg)
                        Ragnar Francén (Stockholm)

Ytterligare information om föredragens titlar, schema och lokal kommer anslås på http://maya.phil.gu.se/mmer/MMER/workshop.html.

Deltagande är kostnadsfritt men vi uppskattar anmälan per e-post till
gunnar.bjornsson (a) gu.se före den 23:e augusti för att kunna anpassa lokalen.

Workshopen organiseras av VR-projektet MMER och Institutionen för
Filosofi, Lingvistik och Vetenskapsteori vid Göteborgs universitet.

Virtuous Agency: On the Development and Practice of the Virtues, Workshop at Uppsala University, September 9-10, 2010

Speakers: Johan Brännmark (Lund University), Daniel Farnham (College of St. Benedict/St. John's University), Hallvard Fossheim (Oslo University), Gösta Grönroos (Stockholm University), Uri Leibowitz (Nottingham University), Joel Martinez (College of Lewis and Clarke), Daniel C Russell (Wichita State University), and Frans Svensson (Uppsala University)

Over the past 40 years or so, there has been a growing interest in virtue-based alternatives to various forms of consequentialism and deontology within analytic moral philosophy. To a great extent, this interest has manifested itself in work devoted to either highlighting certain flaws of consequentialist and deontological theories, or showing how an ethics of virtue might handle the kind of issues that consequentialists and deontologists have traditionally been most interested in (in particular, developing accounts of right conduct and of value). Much work remains to be done, however, with respect to exploring the nature of virtue itself. This international workshop, organized within the framework of the Uppsala-based research project Understanding Agency, will consist of papers aiming to make progress in this latter respect, both from a contemporary and from a historical perspective.

There are two broad themes for the workshop. First, how do we acquire a virtuous character? And second, how should we conceive of the practice or exercise of virtue (or the virtues)? A number of more specific topics fit under these two general themes. E.g., to what extent is the acquisition of a virtuous character dependent on one’s upbringing and the social and cultural conditions in which one is raised? What role (if any) do rules or principles play in the development of virtue? What kind of knowledge (or intelligence) is characteristic of the virtuous agent? Are the virtues unified in any interesting sense (should we, e.g., accept the Aristotelian thesis that if an agent has one virtue in full, then he or she must also have all the other virtues as well; could it even be the case that what we ordinarily refer to as different virtues are ultimately reducible to just one thing, such as knowledge of good and evil)? What is involved when someone acts out of character? How serious is the so called situationist critique of virtue ethics?

Any questions about this event should be addressed to the main organizer, Frans Svensson, at frans.svensson (a) filosofi.uu.se

Workshop on Berkeley’s Social and Moral Philosophy

University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies, in co-operation with Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit

August 27-28 2010
Helsinki, Unioninkatu 40 (Metsätalo), lecture room 10

Friday 27th

Chair: Roomet Jakapi (Tartu)

09:30-10:00 Ville Paukkonen: Introduction

10:00-11:00 Matti Häyry (Manchester/ Helsinki): George Berkeley’s Sermon on Passive Obedience as a Dissertation in Applied Political Philosophy

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Dan Flage (James Madison University): Berkeley's Ethics in Passive Obedience

12:30-13:30 Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): Is Berkeley’s Moral Knowledge Notional?

13:30-14:30 Lunch

Chair: Matti Häyry

14:30-15:30 Laurent Jaffro (Sorbonne): Berkeley and Shaftesbury on Punishment and Desert

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 Daniele Bertini (Parma): Berkeley and Free Will

Saturday 28th

Chair: Mikko Tolonen

09:30-10:30  Bertil Belfrage (Lund): George Berkeley’s Fundamentalism: A Passing Phase in his Moral Philosophy (1712-1730)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Marta Szymañska (Kraców): Patriotism and Berkeley's Philosophy

11:45-12:45 Juhana Lemetti (Helsinki): Berkeley and Hobbes on Active and Passive Obedience

12:45-13:45 Lunch

Chair: Juhana Lemetti

13:45-14:45 Eric Schliesser (Ghent): Berkeley and Smithian Political Economy

14:45-15:45 Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki): Bernard Mandeville's Answer to Berkeley

15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Tom Jones (St. Andrews): Making Sense of our Daily Practice: the Quotidian, the Ordinary and the Practical in Alciphron

For further information please contact Ville Paukkonen (ville.paukkonen(at)helsinki.fi)
Embodiment, Intersubjectivity and Psychopathology

International Conference, University of Heidelberg 30 Sept.-2 Oct. 2010

Website, program and early registration (before 15th of August):

During the last decade, the concept of embodiment has become a key paradigm of interdisciplinary approaches from the areas of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. The body is no longer merely considered as an interesting input for the brain or mind. The new trend is to link embodiment, cognition and emotion in a deeper way, and this has particular repercussions for understanding our social engagements. This in turn has implications for psychopathology and psychotherapy, because embodied and intersubjective views on mental illness can offer new insights useful for diagnosis and remediation.

The conference is aimed at creating an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas on the themes of embodiment, intersubjectivity and their role in psychopathology. It brings together worldwide experts from the fields of developmental psychology, philosophy, and psychopathology, in order to advance on some key questions for this research area, among them:

    * What is embodied intersubjectivity? In how far is our relationships with others mediated by the body?

    * What is the role that embodied intersubjectivity plays for the development of social cognition?

    * How can mental illness be conceived from an embodied and enactive point of view?

    * What is the use of the notion of embodiment for therapy and training?

The conference is also intended to inaugurate the recently established Karl-Jaspers-Chair for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg.

Main Speakers:
Ezequiel Di Paolo, Matthew Ratcliffe, Beata Stawarska, Dan Zahavi (Philosophy)
Peter and Jessica Hobson, Vasudevi Reddy, Colwyn Trevarthen, Ed Tronick (Developmental Psychology)
Jonathan Cole, George Downing, Giovanni Stanghellini (Neurology, Psychology, Psychiatry)

The conference is conceived as an event that is more-than-usually intersubjective in its organisation. Apart from the keynote presentations delivered by experts, we have dedicated about half the time to specialised workshops. This will allow all participants to actively engage with and discuss the topics of the main talks.

We are looking forward to an interesting exchange of views on one of the key questions of current research.
Contact:                        eip-conference2010(at)uni-heidelberg.de
Further information:    www.eip-conference2010.unitt.de
Venue:                           Old Lecture Hall, University of Heidelberg
SOCIABILITY AND HUMAN NATURE: An International Symposium
12–14 August, 2010 Helsinki

Organized by Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), the Finnish Academy Centre of Excellence in Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics and the Department of World Cultures.

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, lecture room, Fabianinkatu 24, 1st floor


THURSDAY 12, August

9.30 Welcome, Sami Pihlström (Director of HCAS)
9.45–11.15 Plenary
Prof. Noel Malcolm (Oxford): Hobbes on Sexual Desire
11.30 –12.15 Siegfried van Duffel (Hong Kong): Will and Rights in Hobbes and Suaréz
13.15–14.00 Juhana Lemetti (Helsinki): Sociability in Hobbes’s Reaction to Aristotle’s Essentialism
14.15–15.00 Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): Sociability in Berkeley’s Moral Philosophy
15.30–16.30 Eva Piirimäe (Tarto): German Enlightenment Debates on Sociability, Patriotism, and Love of Mankind
17.30–18.30 Reception (Helsinki Collegiumfor Advanced Studies)

FRIDAY 13, August

9.30–11.00 Plenary
Prof. Sarah Hutton (Wales): Sociability, Philosophy and Early Modern Female Philosophers: the Case of Damaris Masham
11.15–12.00 Martina Reuter (Helsinki): Sociability in Mary Wollstonecraft
13.15–14.00 Ericka Tucker (Atlanta): Between Metaphysics and Politics: Spinoza’s Social Philosophy
14.15–15.00 Ville Lähde (Tampere): The Ambigious Nature of Natural Men in Rousseau’s Second Treatise
15.30–16.30 Christopher Brook (Cambridge): The Foundations of Sociability in Gerson and Rousseau

SATURDAY 14, August

9.45–11.00 Plenary
Prof. Kinch Hoekstra (Berkeley): Hobbes from Equality to Sociability
11.15–12.00 Kari Saastamoinen (Helsinki): Locke, Natural Equality and Basic Equality
13.15–14.00 Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki): Change in the Conception of Sociability and Human Nature in the Works of Bernard Mandeville
14.15–15.00 Markku Roinila (Helsinki): Leibniz on the Other
15.30–17.00 Plenary: Catherine Wilson (New York): Rousseau and Lucretius and the State of Nature

More information:
The metaphysics of causality, causal powers and dispositions
Monday, August 30, 2010.

An International workshop at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku.

Lecture room 150, Publicum, Assistentinkatu 7.


Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham):
Spoils to the Vector

Rani Lill Anjum (University of Nottingham & University of Oslo)
Causal production without necessitation


Panu Raatikainen (University of Helsinki):
Causal powers and reduction

Jussi Jylkkä (University of Turku):
Categoricalism, dispositionalism and the question of intrinsic nature

Markku Keinänen (University of Turku):
Natural kinds of powerful particulars


Valtteri Viljanen (University of Turku):
Aristotelians, Spinoza, Leibniz, and the two paths to intrinsic power

Jani Hakkarainen (University of Tampere):
Why does Hume think that power is unknown?



The workshop is organized by the Academy of Finland research project "Tropes, change and dispositional essentialism".

Further information: Markku Keinänen, markku.keinanen[at]utu.fi

Conference on Stalinism, September 3-4, 2010

An international conference on the problems of the methodology of Stalinism research arranged by Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki) 3rd—4th of September, 2010 The Aleksanteri Institute is arranging a symposium on the phenomen of Stalinism in Helsinki in the first week of September (Week 35, presumably 3.—4. 9. 2010).

Program pdf: http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/news/events/2010/stalinism.pd...

In recent times, the discussions about the nature of the Stalin rule in the Soviet Union from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and the impacts of Stalinism in the international agenda have been resurfing, partly no doubt because the end of the Cold War and the demise of ideological clichés connected with it, partly thanks to the opening of Soviet archives, which makes the concrete assessment of Stalinist policy and the amount of its victims more reliable. The ”totalitarism theory”, which hitherto has been prevailing in the West as an explanation of the Stalinism phenomen, has been increasingly criticised as insufficient and superficial, although it undoubtely did grasp some aspects of the Stalin regime. However, no consensus as regards to the causal and historical explanation of Stalinism has yet been achieved, but there are many concurring interpretations, starting from the heterodox Marxist attempts to interpret the USSR of the Stalin period as a ”state capitalist” or ”developmental” dictatorship, to recent American analyses of Stalinism as a form of civilization sui generis. In the symposium we intend to focus on the different explanatory models of Stalinism as a political, sociological and cultural phenomen and discuss the methodological approaches to it.

The symposium will be accompanied by two open lectures for a wider public, held in Swedish and Finnish.

The language of the symposium is English, with two papers in German (but with English summaries). The symposium is accompanied by two open lectures for a wider public, the one in Swedish by Dr. Samuelson, who will speak of the different paradigms of Stalinism research and the impact of the "archives revolution" in the 1990's; the other is in Finnish by Dr. Kangaspuro, who will analyze the Soviet Karelia of the 1920's and early 30's as a possible alternative to Stalinism. The "Karelian experiment" was led by red Finnish emigrants and was repressed in the mid-30's as a "deviation".

For additional information, please contact Vesa Oittinen  (vesa.oittinen [at] helsinki.fi) or Elina Viljanen (elina.viljanen [at] helsinki.fi).
Lunds universitet utlyser en fyraårig tjänst som forskarassistent i kognitionsvetenskap, med placering vid Filosofiska institutionen. Sista ansökningsdatum 30 augusti 2010.

Länk till utlysningstext:
The Academy of Finland research project The Possibility of Metaphysics in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Philosophy organizes an international conference at the University of Tampere on


25 – 27 August 2010


Wed 25 August [Pinni B1097]

10.00 – 10.15    Opening words, Leila Haaparanta
10.15 – 11.45    Dan Flage (James Madison University): On Lockean Ideas
11.45 – 13.00    Lunch
13.00 – 13.40    Tim De Mey (University of Ghent): TBA
13.40 – 14.20    Mirja Hartimo (University of Helsinki): Husserlian phenomenology and contemporary trends in philosophy of mathematics
14.20 – 15.00    Leila Haaparanta (University of Tampere): Judging, Judgment and Being: A Constructivist Point of View
15.00 – 16.00    Coffee
16.00 – 16.40    Valtteri Viljanen (University of Turku): Activity and Passivity in Spinoza's Substance Monism and in Leibniz's Substance Pluralism
16.40 – 17.20    Omri Boehm (LMU Munich / New School for Social Research): Kant’s Regulative Monism
17.20 – 18.00    Jani Hakkarainen (University of Tampere): Hume's Argument for the Ontological Independence of Properties

Thu 26 August [Paavo Koli Hall]

10.15 – 11.45    Michael Della Rocca (Yale University): Playing with Fire: Hume, Rationalism, and a Little Bit of Spinoza
11.45 – 13.00    Lunch
13.00 – 13.40    Susanna Lindberg (University of Helsinki): The Remains of Romantic Philosophy of Nature: Being as Life or the Plurality of Living Beings
13.40 – 14.20    Sami Pihlström (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies): William James’s Pluralism
14.20 – 15.00    Anssi Korhonen (University of Helsinki): "The comfortable pluralism now so often taken for granted"
15.00 – 16.00    Coffee
16.00 – 16.40    Markku Keinänen (University of Turku): Against Determinable Universals
16.40 – 17.20    Antti Keskinen (University of Tampere): Quine's Critique of Modal Logic and his Conception of Objects
17.20 – 18.00    Jenni Tyynelä (University of Tampere): Fictional Metaphysics: On the De Re Modalities of Fictional Characters

Fri 27 August [Paavo Koli Hall]

10.15 – 11.45    Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham): The Interrelatedness of Powers
11.45 – 13.00    Lunch
13.00 – 14.30    Rani Lill Anjum (University of Oslo & University of Nottingham): Causation, Dispositions and Modality
14.30 – 15.30    Coffee
15.30 – 16.10    Heikki J. Koskinen (University of Tampere): Notes on Persons as Primitive Substances
16.10 – 16.50    Hanne Appelqvist (University of Helsinki): Apocalypse Now. Wittgenstein's Early Remarks on Immortality
16.50 – 17.00    Closing

For further information concerning the event, contact Heikki J. Koskinen, Department of History and Philosophy, 33014 University of Tampere, Finland (e-mail: heikki.j.koskinen(at)kolumbus.fi).
Abraham Anderson
Are the Pyrrhonists a Sect of Liars?

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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.
Rhetoric of Science Workshop
Tuesday August 24th 2010
Aalto University School of Economics
Arkadia Building, Lapuankatu 6 [Helsinki], Lecture Room E-128


9.45-10.00 Morning Coffee

10.00-11.00 Ricca Edmondson (Senior Lecturer, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway, Ireland): Mediating Experience through Rhetoric in Social Sciences

11.00-12.00 Ricca Edmondson: Rhetoric in Creating Reliability in Narrative Research

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-14.00 Olivier Ratle (Lecturer, Department of Organisation Studies, University of West England, UK): The Relevance of Rhetoric in Analysing Paradigm Disputes

14.00-14.15 Coffee Break

14.15.-15.00 Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila (Professor, Aalto University School of Economics) and Antti Kylänpää (Student in Philosophy, University of Helsinki): What Does a Scientific Article Represent?

For coffee, please, confirm your participation to Mikko Rummukainen at laserkaraoke(at)gmail.com

Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila
Professor in Philosophy of Management
Aalto University School of Economics

About the speakers:

Ricca Edmondson is the author of books including Rhetoric in Sociology, Rules and Norms in the Sociology of Organisations, and Ireland: Society and Culture. She has written the article on rhetoric in the Sage Handbook of Social Science Methodology. She is now working on books on the history of wisdom and on ageing as a process of meaning-creation.

Olivier Ratle works within the field of organisation studies, and has an interest for meta-theoretical and methodological debates within that field. His PhD dissertation, titled 'Rhetoric and the Intellectual Structure of Organisation Studies', paid attention to the rhetorical strategies featured within a series of paradigm disputes.

Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila has written on Aristotle’s dialectic, rhetoric, and conception of science and applied these ideas to contemporary issues in philosophy of social science.

Antti Kylänpää has a wide interest in various aspects of philosophy, including history of philosophy, rhetoric of science, and logic. He is the co-author with Kakkuri-Knuuttila of the article Luottamus, retoriikka ja tieteen rationaalisuus (Trust, rhetoric and rationality in science).
Folkets Bildningsförbunds Korpo filosofidagar 27-28.7. 2010
Tema 2010: ”Maktens dimensioner”
Plats: Skärgårdscentrum Korpoström, 21710 Korpo
Fritt inträde | Alla välkomna!


Tisdagen den 27.7

kl. 16-18 Inledare: Forskare och teolog Malena Björkgren, Åbo Akademi
Tema: Maktbegreppet och våld i parrelationer.

kl. 18-20 Inledare: Chefredaktör Torbjörn Kevin, Åbo Underrättelser
Tema: Makt, mäktigare, mediast.

kl. 20-> samtalen fortsätter under fria former

Onsdagen den 28.7

kl. 12-14 Inledare: Samhällsfilosof Kristian Klockars, Helsingfors universitet
Tema: Makten, välfärden och friheten.

kl. 14-16 Inledare: Statsvetare Iivi Masso, Helsingfors
Tema: Makten, minnet och historien.

Övernattningsmöjligheter i Korpo:

Skärgårdscentrum Korpoström, Hotell-, restaurang- och gästhamntelefon 0400 599 319. Verksamhetsledare Pia Relanto pia.relanto(at)centret.fi, Telefon: 02-46 31 700, Postadress: Korpoström 21710 Korpo.

Rumarstrands gäststugor: Restaurang Rumar Strand tel. 02-4645 200

Se www.matkahuolto.fi för bussförbindelser till och från Korpo.

Vid eventuella spörsmål kan ni även vända er till Christina Joelsson tel. 044 2779798

Korpo filosofidagar 2010: "Maktens dimensioner"

En bärande tanke i alla demokratier är att den samhälleliga maktutövningen alltid bör diskuteras och kritiseras. Vad innebär då en grundläggande kritik av maktrelationer och maktutövningen i samhället? Vad borde medias roll vara i en sådan kritik?

Under filosofidagarna i Korpo sommaren 2010 skall vi diskutera frågor rörande maktens dimensioner och betydelser både för våra samhälleliga och personliga relationer. Vi kommer att samtala om hur maktrelationer i samhället kan kritiseras och åskådliggöras, samt vad det kan betyda filosofiskt och moraliskt att mänskliga relationer beskrivs i termer av makt.

Folkets Bildningsförbund
Hagsgatan 12, FIN-20540 Åbo
tel. +358 2 237 4068 el. +358 50 5147297
E-mail FBF (a) kaapeli.fi
Hemsida: www.fbf.fi

Studia Phaenomenologica Vol XI (2011): Concepts of Tradition in Phenomenology

The 2011 issue of Studia Phaenomenologica is dedicated to the topic: Concepts of Tradition in Phenomenology. As it is commonly known, Husserl’s phenomenology demanded at its first breakthrough a total refutation of all uncertified knowledge, theory or meaning inherited from the past. However, the development of phenomenological inquiry gradually resulted in a more ambiguous attitude towards history and tradition. On the one hand, history and tradition are necessary but still unfortunate distortions, which hinder phenomenological research in its strive for original self-givenness; on the other hand, they become themselves universal phenomena that must be explored as such.

As recent publications of late Husserlian manuscripts have revealed, Husserl himself became more and more aware of these topics in his last decade, as he was finally inclined to interpret the Life-world itself in its full concreteness as a “generative tradition”. Tradition in this sense pertains to all meaning sprung from earlier acquisition. Therefore, the concept obviously exceeds its ordinary meaning, exclusively related to inter-subjective historical inheritance, by gaining a fundamental importance for all areas of phenomenological analysis, as they all have the characteristic of “traditionalizing”. Thus, there is “tradition” at work in all action or bodily movement, in every instance of a given situation and in any relation to another thing or being.

Understood in this broad sense, the term does not address only the genetic fact of sedimentation, but also a specific, “habitual” quality that things allow to see through themselves, as bearers of a past. Hence, the theme marks an intersection of various problematic strata in Husserlian phenomenology, starting from the correlation of genetic and static phenomenology, following through different aspects of phenomenological methodology, and up to several ground-themes of phenomenological research, such as historicity, memory, language, bodily existence, inter-subjectivity, life-world and others.

The same twofold relation to tradition – of growing thematic interest, on the one hand, and utter criticism, on the other – shows in the post-Husserlian phenomenology as well. Heidegger, for instance, is from his early beginnings convinced that history should be the true guideline for phenomenological research, while at the same time pleading for a systematic destruction of the philosophical tradition. A similarly ambiguous position defines his later project of transcending metaphysics, and certainly other examples can be found as well.

The aim of our 2011 issue is therefore to explore the two fundamental poles that define the phenomenological approach of tradition: the task of understanding the problem of tradition thematically, on one hand, and the necessity of confronting it methodically as a residual distortion, on the other hand.

We welcome all submissions addressing either one of these two landmarks. Contributions to the late Husserlian topic of “tradition”, in its universal acceptation or in some concrete life-worldly application, are particularly encouraged, as well as submissions dealing with other, post-Husserlian, phenomenological approaches to the concept of “tradition”.

Contact: The texts can be submitted to the address:

The texts have to be prepared in accordance with the formal rules indicated in our website http://studia-phaenomenologica.com/?page=submit

The languages accepted for publication are: German, English, and French.

Deadline for submission: November, the 15th, 2010.

In each volume of Studia Phaenomenologica, there is a section of Varia. Therefore, articles that do not fit the topic of our calls for papers, can be submitted to the editors, following the formal rules indicated in our website http://studia-phaenomenologica.com/?page=submit, at the email address: editors(at)phenomenology.ro.
Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
June 5-6, 2010
Uppsala University
Seminar room, Eng 2-1022
Uppsala, Sweden

Saturday 5 June: Metaphysics and Modality

  9:00  Introduction
  9:15-10:15  Valtteri Viljanen (Turku): "Spinoza on Eternity and Temporality"
  10:45-11:45  Mogens Laerke (Aberdeen): "Leibniz on Substance and Modes in Spinoza"
  11:45-12:45  Omri Boehm (Munich): "The Principle of Sufficient Reason, the Ontological Argument and the Is-Ought Distinction: Kant against Spinozists"
  2:15-3:15  Henry Alexander Henrysson (Reykjavík): "A World is not Enough: Christian Wolff on Modals"
  3:15-4:15  Toni Kannisto (Oslo): "Kant and the Possibility of Possibility"
  4:45-5:45  Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): "A Third Type of Distinction in Hume"

Sunday 6 June: Mind and Agency
  9:00-10:00  Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): "Locke on Substance and Immortality"
  10:30-11:30  Marcel Quarfood (Uppsala): "Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgement"
  11:30-12:30  Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä): "Obviousness of Consciousness: Some Early Modern Views"
  2:00-3:00  Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley on the Activity of the Mind"
  3:00-4:00  Markku Roinila (Helsinki): "Locke and Leibniz on the Balance of Reasons"
  4:30-5:30  Peter Myrdal (Uppsala): "Leibniz on Final Causality"

Contact: Erik Åkerlund (erik.akerlund(at)filosofi.uu.se)
PHILIP MIROWSKI (University of Notre Dame, USA) will be visiting TINT (http://www.helsinki.fi/tint/index.htm) and will give a talk that deals with a very topical theme: today’s university and science under commercial pressures.

Time: Monday, 7 June, 14:15 pm.
Place: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Room 14

The title of the talk is
"Has the Modern Regime of Commercialization Harmed Science?"

The talk derives from Mirowski’s new book ScienceMart (Harvard University Press, in
press). If you are interested in some background materials, please contact uskali.maki(at)helsinki.fi.

Professor Mirowski is a multidisciplinary social theorist, historian and philosopher, with areas of specialization in the history and  philosophy of economics, and the economics of knowledge, with subsidiary areas in evolutionary computational economics, the economics of science and technological change, science studies and the history of the natural sciences. His books include The Effortless Economy of Science (2004), Science Bought and Sold (2001), Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes Cyborg Science (2001), More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as nature’s Economics (1989).

His talk will be of interest to all concerned about contemporary higher education and scientific research, including not just philosophers, economists and sociologists of science, but also university administrators, students and scientists themselves, in all fields.

All are welcome to join the debate (or just watch it)!
8th Annual Collegium Lecture

Prof. Vivian Sobchack (UCLA):
"Fleshing Out the Image: Phenomenology, Pedagogy, and Derek Jarman's BLUE"

Time: Wednesday, 16 June 2010 at 4.15pm
Venue: University main building, Small Assembly Hall (pieni juhlasali), Fabianinkatu 33 [Helsinki].

Free admission! Welcome

Organised by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, www.helsinki.fi/collegium

Abstract of the lecture:

Framed from a pedagogical perspective in relation to both film studies and philosophy, the presentation focuses on existential phenomenological philosophy and method as they illuminate the cinematic experience of Derek Jarman's seemingly "monochromatic" Blue (1993), an "extreme" instance of filmic perception and expression made when the filmmaker was dying of AIDS and losing his sight. In turn, Blue illuminates (and makes palpable) basic precepts of phenomenology: the film's supposed "deprivation" of the spectator's sight is revealed not as empty blindness but as rich and multisensual "insight."

Short biography of Vivian Sobchack:

Vivian Sobchack was the first woman elected President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute. Her essays have appeared in journals such as “Quarterly Review of Film and Video,” “Film Comment,” “camera obscura,” “Film Quarterly” and “Representations.” Her books include “Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film;” The Address of the Eye: A Phenomenology of Film Experience;” and “Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture. She has also edited two anthologies: Meta-Morphing: Visual Transformation and the Culture of Quick-Change; and The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television, and the Modern Event.” Her research interests are eclectic: American film genres, philosophy and film theory, history and phenomenology of perception, historiography and cultural studies.

Philosopher's guide to cinema

Seminarium i Hangö den 20.8. - 22.8.2010

Sommaren närmar sig och naturen lockar somliga av oss att lämna alla böcker och glömma filosofin; att leva det verkliga livet! För er som trots allt tänker vända tillbaks till tankens värld, eller ni som aldrig lämnade den, erbjuds en ypperlig möjlighet att påbörja det nya läsåret på ett mjukt och avkopplat sätt. Interbaas rf. ordnar nämligen även i år ett icke-akademiskt seminarium i Hangö den 20.8. - 22.8.2010. Evenemanget börjar på fredag kväll ca kl 18 och slutar någon tid på söndag förmiddag. 

Temat för i år kommer att vara film. På programmet står två långfilmer, diskussion kring dem samt reflektioner kring en av Slavoj Zizecks filmanalyser. I övrigt bjuder skärgårdens sensomriga atmosfär på fruktbara diskussioner och fritt umgänge.

Tillfället är gratis och inkluderar även kvällsmat på fredag, morgonmål och lunch på lördag och söndags brunch. På lördag kväll söker vi oss till en restaurang vid Hangö kaj, där man får äta en god middag till självkostnadspris.

Om du är intresserad så anmäl dig till
Meddela gärna även dina vänner – evenemanget är öppet även för dem som inte studerat/studerar filosofi.

Hjärtligt välkomna
Interbaas rf
Fifth Annual Summer seminar:
The art of questioning

July 12th-18th 2010

Every year in July, in the little village of La Chapelle St André (Burgundy - France), gather about 20-30 persons involved in philosophical practice (students, teachers, professors, counselors, trainers) in order to reflect on their work and improve professionally. For seven days, in English, these philosophy practitioners coming from the five continents will participate to different workshops, run workshops, analyze and evaluate them, theorize about the different issues involved.

In this context, philosophy is not any more an academic activity centered on the history of ideas, and one does not come simply to narrate what he does in his home country, but get acquainted with the many ways that philosophizing is an activity constitutive of the mind and the self. Philosophy with children, philosophical consultation, philosophy workshops, Socratic dialogue, etc., one is introduced to the many forms and variants of such an endeavor. It is not so much knowledge that is at stake here, but acquiring and developing skills. How to conceptualize, how to problematize, how to deepen understanding of given ideas, and especially how to create a situation where this activity can be induced, is the main focus of the work.

Of course, Socratic maïeutics is a key methodological point, but as well dialectics, analytics, community of enquiry, constitute as many entries and matrices to define the work. If they wish so, participants can facilitate a workshop, a situation which provides an occasion for a practitioner to show how he works and get some critical feed-back on his work and his methodology, so one becomes more conscious of his own options and activity. Since the atmosphere of this seminar is open, inclined to both rigor and openness, it creates a context where one can really express his view instead of hiding behind the usual pseudo-consensus where "everything is fine and we are all great". In this sense, the idea is to recreate the context of antique philosophical schools, or the gymnasium as described by Plato, where one could challenge other's ideas and himself be challenged. In the peaceful atmosphere of a small French village, accompanied with good food and good wine, walks in the beautiful surrounding woods and visit to the medieval site of Vezelay, one can truly devote himself to philosophical encounters and reflection.

The duration will be one whole week, from July 12th to 18th, and the cost will be 500 EUR, including the workshops, food and accommodation in a private room. For people who are on a tight budget, this can be reduced to 300 EUR if you accept "camping style" accommodation. Our Institute can accept some people free of charge who have financial difficulties, but are highly motivated.

This seminar does not require previous philosophical training. It can be an initiation to philosophical questioning, or a deepening of the practice. Participants come from different parts of the world, and come for professional or personal reasons, to work on a practice that is applicable to many contexts: teaching, management, N. G. O. activities...

On the Website, www.brenifier.com, you can read texts and watch videos
of the practice. For more information : i.millon(at)club-internet.fr

Free philosophical consultations service through Skype:

The Institute of philosophical practices is organizing a line of philosophical consultation, free of charge, through the Skype system. This implies preferably the use of a computer camera for both audio and visual communication. If you either want to receive or to give such consultations, just contact the I. P. P.

For inquiry : alcofrib(at)club-internet.fr
We recommand to watch videos of philosophical consultations on our website before making a demand.

Gottlob Frege Lectures in Theoretical Philosophy 2010

Stephen Stich (Rutgers): Experimental Philosophy & The Bankruptcy of the "Great Tradition", June 28-30

From Plato to the present, appeal to intuition has played a central role in philosophy.  However, recent work in experimental philosophy has shown that in many cases intuition cannot be a reliable source of evidence for philosophical theories.  Without careful empirical work, there is no way of knowing which intuitions are unreliable.  Thus the venerable tradition that views philosophy as a largely a priori discipline that can be pursued from the armchair is untenable.

The first two lectures will survey some of the ways in which intuition is used in philosophy, give an overview of the growing body of evidence indicating that intuition is often unreliable, and develop the argument that this evidence undermines the tradition of armchair philosophy.  In the third lecture, the focus will be on gender.  There is now a substantial body of evidence indicating that men and women have significantly different intuitions about a number of philosophically important thought experiments.  These differences, it will be argued, are part of the explanation for the serious under-representation of women in academic philosophy. 

More information on the event here:



CRB söker en doktorand i bioetik

Vi utlyser en doktorandtjänst i projektet "Factors associated with participation in phase 1 and phase 3 oncology trials". Sista ansökningsdag: 18 juni.

Centrum för forsknings- & bioetik (CRB) är ett universitetsgemensamt forsknings- och utbildningscentrum med samarbeten över flera ämnes- och metodområden. Centret är knutet till Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap. I samverkan med ämnet vårdvetenskap och Institutionen för onkologi, radiologi och klinisk immunologi har vi sökt och fått anslag från Cancerfonden för ett projekt där vi ska undersöka patienters uppfattningar om och attityder till att medverka i kliniska prövningar av läkemedel.

Doktoranden skall arbeta i projektet "Factors associated with participation in phase 1 and phase 3 oncology trials". Projektet involverar kvalitativ metod-- intervjuer med svårt cancersjuka patienter som tillfrågats om deltagande i fas 1 studier -- och kvantitativ metod -- enkät till patienter som tillfrågas om deltagande i fas 3 studier -- samt etisk analys.

Läs annons :
Projektbeskrivning :

Josepine Fernow, koordinator
Centrum för forsknings- & bioetik (CRB)
Uppsala universitet
Box 564
751 22 Uppsala
Tel 018-471 62 22
Fax 018-471 66 75
E-post: josepine.fernow (at) crb.uu.se
Webb: www.crb.uu.se
University of Twente. A place where talent emerges and develops. Students and staff are our valued core.

Approximately 3300 scientists and professionals work together on groundbreaking research, relevant innovation and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students.

The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences offers the following Bachelor programmes: Educational Science (OWK), Communication Studies (CW) and Psychology (PSY), the following Master programmes:
Educational Science and Technology (EST), Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS), Communication Studies (CS), Psychology (PSY) the Research Master Social Systems Evaluation & Survey Research and two Masters for Teachers.

Most of the faculty's research is carried out within the Institute for Behavioral
Research (IBR), and focuses on the themes Health and Safety, Labor and Organization, Knowledge and Education and Communication and Media. Furthermore research is carried out within the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (MIRA), Mesa+ and the Institute for Information and Communication Technology (CTIT).

The department of philosophy within the faculty specializes in philosophy of technology. It also participates, together with the philosophy departments of TU Delft and TU Eindhoven, in the 3TU. Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Technology.

For the department of philosophy we are looking for:

Assistant professor in philosophy of technology full-time (38 hr/wk) with an emphasis on IT and a specialization in ethics or philosophy of mind and cognition

You teach within the two-year master program Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) and do service teaching for at least two of the following four programs: psychology, computer science, communication science and electrical engineering, plus possible additional service teaching. Within the PSTS program you are involved in master thesis supervision in the area of philosophy and ethics of IT, philosophy of AI and philosophy of mind and cognition in relation to technology. You also teach and are involved in supervision within the PhD programs in Ethics and Technology and Human-Centered Interaction Technologies. You also participate within the research program Interpretive and Normative Investigations of Technology and Technological Culture of the department of philosophy that was recently rated as excellent by an international committee. This program will be updated in 2011. Within the program you do research directed at ethical and cognitive-philosophical aspects of information and communication technology. You also actively apply for external research funding. Your research will also be embedded in the multidisciplinary Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) of the University of Twente. The ethical component of your research will be embedded in the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu).

You have a PhD with a specialization in either ethics or philosophy of mind and cognition, and are competent in both areas. You have a demonstrable interest in (information) technology and have engaged in research and/or teaching in which information technology plays an important role. You have outstanding achievements in research, including refereed publications and relevant international experience. You also have extensive experience in teaching, preferably in programs in philosophy, behavioural science, computer science or engineering, and you have good didactic skills. You are prepared to move to the region, and you are prepared to eventually learn the Dutch language.

You receive a temporary appointment as assistant professor for the duration of two years. A continuation of your contract after this period is a possibility. The University of Twente has a tenure track policy, and very well-qualified candidates will be appointed on a tenure track position. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4.970,00 gross per month, depending on experience, plus vacation benefits and end-of-year bonus.

Information and application:
More information about the research and teaching of the department of philosophy can be found on its website, (http://www.gw.utwente.nl/wijsb/). More information about the vacancy and the department can be obtained from the chair, prof. dr. Philip Brey (tel. +31-53-4894426, e-mail: p.a.e.brey(at)utwente.nl).

You letter of application can be sent by May 23rd to the University of Twente, addressed to dr. ir. J.F.C. Verberne (e-mail: p&o-gw(at)utwente.nl), operations manager of the faculty of Behavioural Sciences, under vacancy number 10/058. We would like to receive, along with your letter, a CV, a summary and table of contents of your PhD thesis, two relevant publications and the name and telephone number of two referees.

Job interviews will be held in the week of May 31st.
Joint Nordic Use of VWA Helsinki and WAB Bergen (JNU VWAB) (2008-2011)

Sixth call for proposals (published 9.5.2010, deadline for applications 7.6.2010)

The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki and the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen are pleased  to announce the sixth call for proposals for researchers and research groups in the Nordic and Baltic region.

You can apply for financial assistance for short-term (up to 1,5  months) projects to be conducted at the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives in Helsinki (WWA) or the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB). The projects should contribute to research related to Wittgenstein, digital editing or both.

For further information, see
On Society and the Self
A Symposium on Politics, Morality, and Psychology

21 May 2010, 10 am.17 pm
University of Jyväskylä, Lecture room D109

Filosofisen psykologian, moraalin ja politiikan tutkimuksen huippuyksikkö järjestää perjantaina 21. toukokuuta symposiumin "On Society and the Self". Symposiumissa tarkastellaan yhteiskuntafilosofian, moraalifilosofian ja filosofisen psykologian välisiä yhteyksiä filosofian historian näkökulmasta.

Tilaisuus on avoin kaikille.

First Session
10:00   Opening (Mikko Yrjönsuuri)
10.15   Presentation of ongoing research projects in Jyväskylä

Second Session
11:00   Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge): The Concept of Power in Molina's De iustitia et iure
12:00   John Marenbon (University of Cambridge): The Debt of Abelard to Anselm in Ethics
13:00   Lunch

Third Session
14:00   Jari Kaukua: First Personality and the Concept of Soul: Avicenna and Abu al-Barakat al-Baghdadi
14:30   José Filipe Silva: Medieval Theories of Active Perception.
15:00   Break
15:15   Juhana Toivanen: Political Authority and Conflicting Emotions: The Case of Aquinas
15:45   Susanna Niiranen: Biophilia in Late Medieval and Renaissance Medical Thought
16:15   Break
16:30   Vili Lähteenmäki: On Being Conscious of One's Actions
17:00   Closing

For futher information, please contact:
Juhana Toivanen
(014) 260 2838
PMP research seminar (http://www.helsinki.fi/teol/pro/pmp/index.htm)  continues on next Wednesday with the following  programme:

Wednesday, 12 May, 12.45-16

(Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies,  Fabianinkatu 24 [Helsinki], Seminar Room 136, ground floor)

Hopes of an enlightened civilisation

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm     1st Session
Chair: S-J Savonius-Wroth
T. J. Hochstrasser (LSE, London) – ‘Leibniz and Pufendorf revisited:  natural law theory and confessional reunion’

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm     Coffee & Tea

2:20 pm – 4 pm     2nd Session
Chair: Markku Peltonen
Kari Saastamoinen (Helsinki) – ‘Locke and basic equality’

Chair: Virpi Mäkinen
Petter Korkman (Helsinki) – ‘Love and law in the early Enlightenment’

For more information, please contact: Sami Savonius-Wroth

Please, note also the seminar in June:

Wednesday, 2 June, 12-14
(Auditorium II, Main Building, Unioninkatu  34 [Helsinki], 2nd floor)

Justin E.H. Smith (Montreal), Ethnolinguistics as Theodicy in  Leibniz's Correspondence with Peter the Great
[see our calendar entry http://filosofia.fi/node/5253 for more details on Smith's presentation, updated 10.5.2010]
Stockholm June Workshop in Philosophy 2010:
Ethics and Epistemology
Thursday 3 June, D207, 10 am - 5 pm, room D207


10.00   Welcome
10.05   Brian McElwee (Oxford): ‘The Structure of Demandingness Objections’. Commentator: Katharina Berndt (Stockholm).
11.05   Coffee
11.20   Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm): ‘What Justifies Beliefs about One's Own Beliefs?’ Commentator: Sara Packalén (Stockholm).
12.20   Lunch
13.40   Karl Karlander (Stockholm): ‘The Varieties of Pain’. Commentator: Jonas Olson (Stockholm).
14.40   Break
14.45   Jonas Åkerman (Stockholm): ’Referential Intentions’. Commentator: Emma Wallin (Stockholm).
15.45   Coffee
16.00   Chris Heathwood (UC Boulder): ‘Could Morality Have a Source’? Commentator: Jens Johansson (Stockholm).

Organizers: Jens Johansson and Jonas Olson
jens.johansson(at)philosophy.su.se; jonas.olson(at)philosophy.su.se

Attendance is free of charge and registration is not required. Papers will be posted at the workshop website (see www.philosophy.su.se) on 20 May.
Who is Calling?
Responsible Hermeneutics - Hermeneutics of Responsibility


International Conference at Aarhus University, June 3-4, 2010

Organized by the Research Group in Philosophical Hermeneutics (PHH) at IFI, AU

-- Aims and Topics --

The aim of the conference is to explore the status or role responsibility within philosophical hermeneutics. The speakers will do this by discussing this concept within a philosophical-hermeneutical framework, focusing on the problem of responsible subjectivity, on the problem of responsible thinking, or on the relation between the two.

-- List of Senior Speakers --

Richard A. Cohen, Buffalo
Georg Bertram, Berlin
Santiago Zabala, Baltimore
Søren gosvig Olesen, Copenhagen
Adam Graves, Denver
Jay Mootz III, Las Vegas
Aïcha Liviana Messina, Santiago
Ejvind Hansen, Aarhus

In addition to the senior speakers, there will be a ph.d.-section with 4 ph.d.-students
presenting their research.

-- Organizers --

Research Unit for Philosophical Hermeneutics (PHH at IFI, Aarhus University) Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, Aarhus University
Jon Utoft Nielsen, Ph.d.-student, Department of Philosophy, Aarhus

-- Contact --

For further information please contact Jon Utoft Nielsen (filjun(at)hum.au.dk).
Prior registration is necessary. Please register at http://www.ifi.au.dk/whoiscalling
A detailed program will also be made available on the conference webpage.

Vetenskapens framtid?

Finsk Tidskrift bjuder in till ett öppet diskussionsseminarium.
Tid: 12.5 kl. 13.15
Plats: Aud. Panorama, Arken (Åbo Akademi)
Fabriksgatan 2, Åbo

Forskningens villkor i Finland och i världen överlag förändras på flera och genomgripande sätt. Många anser att utvecklingen är oroande och att den väcker viktiga frågor.

Vilka är de egentliga förskjutningarna? Vilka är deras konsekvenser inom och utanför universiteten? Hur kan vetenskapssamfundet och enskilda forskare bidra till att skydda vetenskapens väsen? Finns det utrymme för akademisk integritet, reflexivitet och kritiskt tänkande? Vilken är vetenskapens framtid?

Finsk Tidskrift bjuder in till ett öppet diskussionsseminarium där
forskare ger sina bud.

Arr: Granskaren rf, Forskarföreningen vid Åbo Akademi rf, Folkets Bildningsförbund rf

13.15 Välkomstord av Peter Nynäs och Jutta Ahlbeck-Rehn. Nynäs är
tidigare chefred. för Finsk Tidskrift och prof. i religionsvetenskap,
ÅA, och Ahlbeck-Rehn är ny chefredaktör för Finsk Tidskrift, PD, och
forskare i kvinnovetenskap, ÅA.

13.30 - 15.00 Diskussionsinlägg av...
Tage Kurtén, prof. i teologisk etik och prefekt för teologiska fakulteten, ÅA
Lars Hertzberg, prof. em. i filosofi, ÅA
Martina Reuter, akademiforskare, HU

15.15 - 16.30 Diskussionsinlägg av...
Patrick Sibelius, FD och universitetslärare i IT, ÅA
Nils Erik Villstrand, professor i nordisk historia, ÅA

16.40-17.20 Paneldiskussion med vin
I panelen medverkar talarna samt Peter Nynäs och Yrsa Neuman. Neuman är
FL, forskare i filosofi och viceordf. för Forskarföreningen vid Åbo Akademi rf

17.20-19 Diskussionerna fortsätter under fria former med vin och ost
Finsk Tidskrift och Granskaren rf, Forskarföreningen vid Åbo Akademi rf,
Folkets Bildningsförbund rf.


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Friday 14 May

10:30 Coffee
11:00 Caj Strandberg (Lund): An Internalist Dilemma
12:00 Debbie Roberts (Reading): “Thick Evaluation”
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Stefan Schubert (Lund): “Making sense of the coherence of inconsistent sets”
15:30 Bryan Weaver (Reading): tba
16:30 Coffee
17:00 Maximilian de Gaynesford (Reading): “Rationality and Situatedness: On McDowell's Evans”
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18:00 Dinner for participants

Saturday 15 May

10:00 Erik Olsson (Lund): "Knowledge and Its Value: Proliferation, Stability and Credit"
11:00 Coffee
11:15 Alex Gregory (Reading): “The Moral Problems”
12:15 Cathrine Felix (Lund): “Making Knowledge and Making Mistakes”
1315 Lunch
14:30 Fritz-Anton Fritzson (Lund): “Reasons Without Values? Desire-based vs.Value-based Theories of Normative Practical Reasons”
15:30 Bart Streumer (Reading): “Can We Believe the Error Theory?”
16:30 Coffee
European Artistic Research Network in Helsinki
Tables of Thought
-Exhibition and Seminar 28.-29.4.2010

Auditorium and Gallery
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki

Tables of Thought is an exhibition and symposium organised by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA) and the European Artistic Research Network (EARN). The exhibition takes place in the gallery of the FAFA. Participating artists include: Maria Finn, Daniel Jewesbury, Susan Pui San Lok, Katrin von Maltzahn, Lauren O'Neal, Michael Stevenson, Nina Stuhldreher and Lars Wallsten.

Keynote speaker Denise Robinson will start the seminar by screening and discussing Susan Hiller's work The Last Silent Movie. The program continues with both theoretical and performative inputs.  Tim Stott, Janine Marchessault and Keynote speaker Ekateria Degot will provide critical and contextual presentations, and artists Jeremiah Day and Johan Thom will make performative interventions during the symposium.

Tables of Thought has been developed by Jan Kaila and Henk Slager, and focuses on the paradoxical tension within current debates on artistic research between the urge for disciplinary knowledge and the constant subversion of this by artistic thinking. The exhibition and symposium programme of Tables of Thought plays both with the taxonomic impulse integral to disciplinary practices and with the mercurial and destabilising flows of artistic thinking and research.

Tables of Thought is part of an ongoing and unique trans-European experiment in arts research organised by EARN in association with Centrifugal and led by GradCAM, Ireland. This second phase of the project builds upon, and extends, the examination and critical contestation of the archival paradigm in artistic research and curatorial practice initiated at the exhibitions Critique of Archival Reason  (curated by Henk Slager, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2010) and Re: Public (curated by Daniel Jewesbury, TBG, Dublin, 2010) which were held in conjunction with the conference Arts Research: Publics and Purposes  (www.gradcam.ie, Dublin, February 2010).

The Helsinki phase of the Artist as Citizen project is co-organised by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network). Further phases of the project will take place in Brussels (Sint-Lukas) and Zagreb (Centrifugal) in summer 2010.

EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established in 2004 and exists to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research. Tables of Thought will also see the launch of EARN's new website resource for artistic research www.artresearch.eu

This project is in part funded by the EC-EACEA Culture 2000–2007: Artist as Citizen project coordinated by Mick Wilson (GradCam, Dublin).


Wednesday 28th of April

10.00- Jan Kaila, Professor at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA) and Mick Wilson, Dean of Graduate School in Creative Arts and Media: (GradCAM), Dublin: Opening Words

10.30-12.00 Keynote Speaker Denise Robinson, Curator, Writer and Lecturer and Visiting Fellow,Tate Britain, London: On Susan Hiller Including the Screening of The Last Silent Movie –moderator Jan Kaila

12.00-13.00 Janine Marchessault, Research Chair at York University, Toronto: Archiving the Human: Erkki Kureniemi’s Post-Humanist Vision - moderator Sami van Ingen, Doctoral Student at FAFA

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Susan Pui San Lok, Artist and Writer, London: Archives, Tactics, Gestures -moderator Mick Wilson

14.30-15.00 Johan Thom, Doctoral Student at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London: Decoy –moderator Henk Slager, Dean at the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design)

15.00-15.30 Nina Stuhldreher, Artist, Germany: Counter-Intuitive, Pre-Visual, Extra-Territorial: Why Artistic Research Needs (Natural) Sciences to get the Whole Picture -moderator Gertrud Sandqvist, professor at Malmö Art Academy, Lund University

15.30-16.00 Lars Wallsten, Doctoral Student at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg: Lack of Evidence -moderator Tuula Närhinen, Doctoral Student at FAFA

16.30- Jeremiah Day, Doctoral Student at the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design: MAQUI, slide-show Performance at the opening of the exhibition

16.30- Opening, Gallery Kaiku at Fafa

Thursday 29th of April

10.00-10.30 Tim Stott, Associate Researcher at GradCAM : And What if We Too See Nothing? Thoughts towards a Generic Archive -moderator Terike Haapoja, Doctoral Student at FAFA

10.30-11.00  Lauren O`Neil, Doctoral Student at FAFA: Sensorial Archives: Subjectivity beyond Visuality – Counter-Choreographic Practices in the Work of Xavier Le Roy, Nell Breyer, and Anna Schuleit -moderator Roger Palmer, Professor, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds

11.30-12.00 Coffee

12.00-12.30  Michael Stevenson, Artist, New-Zealand/Germany: The Library of Man -moderator Mika Hannula, Professor at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg

12.30-13.00  Maria Finn, Doctoral Student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen: Images between the Word and Film -moderator Annette Arlander, Professor at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Daniel Jewesbury, Visiting Fellow at the GradCAM,: Approaches to Narrative and Place in Experimental Film Practice -moderator Mika Elo, Researcher, Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Department Art and Media, Pori

14.30-15.00 Katrin van Maltzahn, Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig: Drawing as Data-Collection -moderator Päivikki Kallio, Professor at FAFA

15.00-16.00 Keynote Speaker Ekateria Degot, Curator at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow: Speaking in Archives -moderator Kimmo Sarje, Research Coordinator FAFA, Helsinki

16.00-16.30  Henk Slager and Jan Kaila: Closing Words
An international congress on philosophical questions related to literature and the study of literature, at the University of Vaasa, Finland, 27–28 May 2010.

Venue: The Auditorium Nissi in the Tritonia building


May 27, 2010
Coffee & Registration 8:30–9:20 am
Welcome Address 9:20
Professor Merja Koskela, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Vaasa

    Session 1
Chair: Tommi Lehtonen, University of Vaasa

Poetry Clarifies Meaning – Seneca on Tragedy and Moral Developments, Malin Grahn, University of Helsinki

Arguing Against Dummies – Hypothetical Simple-minded Opponents in Philosophical Dialogue, Sami Jansson, University of Vaasa

Possible Worlds in Literary Theory, Jenni Tyynelä, University of Tampere

Idealization and Exemplification as Tools of Philosophy – A Panel Discussion with Malin Grahn, Sami Jansson, and Jenni Tyynelä, chaired by Tommi Lehtonen

    Session 2
Chair: Charles Norman Todd, University of Chicago
Keynote Address

Poetic Meaning, Kisor K. Chakrabarti, Davis & Elkins College

Lunch Break 12:00–1:00 pm

    Session 3
Chair: Tiina Mäntymäki, University of Vaasa

Heidegger and Aesthetic Knowledge: On the Construction of Literary Hermeneutics and Phenomenological Ontology, Evan Smith, University of St. Andrews

Romantic Exteriority: On the Construction of Literature in Jean Paul and P.B. Shelley, William Coker, Bilkent University

Ethics, Literature, the Emotional Link, Lykke Guanio-Uluru, University of Oslo

    Session 4
Chair: Robert Hughes, Ohio State University

Literary Metaphysics: The Case of Sufism, Ezgi Ulusoy Aranyosi, Bilkent University

Poetizing Nonduality, Kimiyo Murata-Soraci, Tama University

Beating the Ground at the Yi River: Philosophical Aspects of Shao Yong, 1012–1077, Martin Doesch, University of Erlangen

    Session 5
Chair: David Bartholomae, University of Pittsburgh

Philosophical Thought in Ancient Greek Tragedy, Christopher Vasillopulos, Eastern Connecticut State University

The Path of Passion in Seneca’s Phaedra, Panos Eliopoulos, Olympic Center, Athens

George Bataille’s Politics of Unreason and His Position between Philosophy and Literature, Angelos Evangelou, University of Kent

    Session 6
5:30–7:30 pm
Chair: Panos Eliopoulos, Olympic Center, Athens

Benjamin and Scholem Interpreting Kafka, Enrico Lucca, University of Milan

Thought Experiments in Philosophy of Fiction, Iskra Fileva, University of Nevada

Thesis, Antitheses, Godot: Adorno, Beckett, and the Impossibility of Sublation, Markku Nivalainen, University of Jyväskylä

Literature in Philosophy, or How the “True Friedrich Nietzsche” Finally Became a Fable? – The Story of an Error”, Kristóf Fenyvesi, University of Jyväskylä

May 28, 2010
Coffee & Registration 8:00–8:30 am

    Session 1
Chair: Janice Schuetz, University of New Mexico

Language of Mystics, Chandana Chakrabarti, Davis & Elkins College

The Traumatized Hero Story: Representations of Magical Recovery, Melissa Burchard, University of North Carolina, Asheville

Sharing Expectations, Humberto Brito, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Lacanian Aesthetics and the Uncanny, Robert Hughes, Ohio State University

The Body as a Place of Resistance in Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop, Tiina Mäntymäki, University of Vaasa

Genre and Voice in Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety, Andrew J. Burgress, University of New Mexico

Harry Potter & Company - Friendship Incorporated, Diana Abad, University of Dortmund

Lunch Break 12:00–1:00 pm

    Session 2
Chair: Carsten Fogh Nielsen, University of Copenhagen

The Conception of Life in Works of Boris Patternak and Mr. Henry, Tatiana Guschina, Research Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Okot p’Bitek and Richard Rorty’s Critique of Universalism, Gerald Porter, University of Vaasa

Readings of Galileo, Gereon Wolters, Universität Konstanz

    Session 3
Chair: Kimiyo Murata-Soraci, Tama University

Personal and Literary Apocalypse – The Impossible Heap, Diana Adela Martin, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin

Modernism’s Romantic Roots, Irina Ruvinsky, University of Chicago

Philosphy as Literature: Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities, Mette Block, University of Roskilde

    Session 4
Chair: Gerald Porter, University of Vaasa

Cultivating Vice: Taking Pleasure in the Bad in Dorian Gray, Charles Norman Todd, University of Chicago

Virtue as Disease, Ana Almeida, University of Lisbon

Breathing a Different Air of Life: The Ethical Demand on Wittgenstein’s Reader, Jonathan Beale, University of Reading

    Session 5
5:30–7:30 pm
Chair: Diana Abad, Dortmund University

Other Weapons: Fragmentation, Configuration, and the Ethical Life, Minerva Ahumada Tores, Northeastern Illinois University

Philosophical Approach of John Neumeier to Othello by William Shakespeare, phenomenological perspective, Elizabeth Koldzak, University of Lodz

Homesick for the Chains: The Burden of Freedom in Russian Literature and Thought, Alicja Gescinska, Ghent University

Beyond the Myth/Philosophy Dichotomy: Foundations for an Interdependent Perspective, Omid Tofighian, Leiden University

The Best and the Law: Kantian Thesis in Terry Prattchet’s, Carsten Fogh Nielsen, University of Copenhagen
Guest lectures by Ole Hjortland in Helsinki:

Ole Hjortland from St Andrews (Department of Logic and Metaphysics) will be visiting the department [department of philosophy, Helsinki] next week. Three lectures and a more informal discussion are scheduled, hosted by the persons on whose regular teaching hours Ole's guest lectures take place:

Wednesday April 28: Proof-theoretic harmony.
This lecture takes place in the Main Building (new side, Fabianinkatu) at 14-16, lecture room 21, and is chaired by Michael von Boguslawski.

Thursday April 29: Paradox and truth-preservation.
Main Building, Senate square side, at 10-12, lecture room I, chaired by Jan von Plato.

Friday April 30: Proof-theoretic semantics and categoricity.
Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40A), basement floor of the south wing, at 10-12, seminar room A 110. Chaired by Sara Negri.

There will after the last talk on Friday a possibility to discuss more informally with
Ole, with traditional First-of-May snacks and drinks by Dr. BYOD. This is at the department, room A633 (Metsätalo south wing, 6th floor).
The Appeal to Animals and Slaves in Wollstonecraft's Defense of Women's Rights

Penelope Deutscher, Professor, Department of
Philosophy, Northwestern University, Chicago III, USA

Christina Research Seminar
Tuesday 28 April 2010 at 4--6 pm
Topelia D112 (Unioninkatu 38, Helsinki)


When Mary Wollstonecraft decried women's trivial values, feeble education, low aspirations, and subordinate role in marriage, she worried these factors made animals of women. Or perhaps women were being made childish (impious, comic, and useless) and if not that, perhaps (in her imaginary) Islamic.

"And this desire making mere animals of them, when they marry, they act as such children may be expected to act: they dress; they paint, and nickname God's creatures. Surely these weak beings are only fit for the seraglio!" (/Vindication of the Rights of Woman, /1792)

Wollstonecraft appealed to multiple arguments and rhetorical devices in defense of
women's claims. In the light of the complex circulation of argument, analogy and metaphor intertwined with Wollstonecraft's politics and morality of perfectibility, the paper considers the role of a feminist imaginary of slavery, animality and the brutish. Interrogating Wollstonecraft's literal appeal to biological facts, and her sense of their qualified mutability, I look at the interaction of such references with a more flexible metaphorical level of reference to animals, metaphorical animality, brutishness and different races. 

Christina research seminar is chaired by prof. Tuija Pulkkinen. It pays tribute to Gender Studies, and the history of Queen Christina's name connected to this field of studies at the University of Helsinki. The seminar is open to everybody with an interest in research questions related to gender studies.
Due to the cancellation of flights from New York to Helsinki this week, Alexis Burgess's talks in the philosophy department at the University of Helsinki are cancelled.

John Burgess's two lectures in the mathematics department, which were to be given April 21st and April 26th, are cancelled.
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.
Call for Papers
International Conference “Existential Philosophy and Ethics”
Freie Universität Berlin, March 10-12, 2011
Deadline for abstracts (max. 1 page): Mai 15, 2010

For the German / French version, see:

The question of whether a system of ethics can be developed from existentialist principles has been long debated. One common objection to Kierkegaard, for example, is that he would close himself off from any form of sociability through a closed-off individual communication with God; he even speaks of a “suspension of the ethical.” In Being and Time, Heidegger famously denies the possibility of an ethical interpretation of human existence. In a similar way, Sartre admits in Being and Nothingness that from the perspective of the ontological description of human being, ethical consequences can only be derived in the mode of the “as if.”

But the actual course of existential philosophy tells a different story. From the beginning, existential thought opposed itself to narrowly self-directed academic philosophy and sought to apply itself to the concrete praxis of human life, as well as to related questions of moral philosophy. Although they differ in many ways, the various approaches of particular existential philosophers all center on the concept of human freedom, which Schelling described as the “faculty of good and evil.” This faculty stands as the condition of the possibility of any ethical system.

The conference is concerned with the paradox that existential philosophy either contains a strong connection to ethics or has a great distance from it – depending on the perspective chosen. Accordingly, we hope to address the following questions: How can we explain the fact that, despite its praxis-oriented approach, no significant ethical tradition has developed out of existential philosophy? Does the specific approach of existential philosophy preclude the possibility of discussing ethical questions? Or is existential philosophy measured against an excessively narrow concept of ethics, which it seeks to overcome? Should the concept of ethics be enlarged? Could this indicate the impossibility of developing an ethics in the traditional sense? Can positive social arrangements be derived from considerations about successful individual-to-self relationships? How does authenticity relate to social engagement?

In the spirit of existential philosophy, we wish to extend the discussion from the theoretical to the practical. All existentialists agree that freedom must always be understood as something practical, as an engagement of the individual with the world. This could be discussed through examples. We will address the question of whether the concrete social interactions of fraternity and violence can be justified within the framework of existentialism. Despite their seemingly obvious opposition to each other, both concepts appear equally in the existential tradition. Are they perhaps less contradictory than they seem at first glance, or do they really exclude each other? Does their equal status indicate the arbitrariness of ethical conclusions in existential philosophy? The concrete ethical engagement of individual existentialist philosophers can be also be critically examined in this regard. We are seeking contributions which deal with the systematic foundations of existentialistic ethics and which relate to one of the following topics.


1) - Existential philosophy compared to traditional ethics
2) - Is there an existentialistic ethics?
- Application to concrete values / attitudes:
3) - Can authenticity be established as a value?
4) - Can fraternity and/or violence be justified within existentialism?

Presentations should last no longer than 30 minutes and may be given in German, English or French. A publication of the contributions is planned. Abstracts should be sent to Manuela Hackel Manuela.hackel(at)fu-berlin.de

- German Sartre Society
- Institute of Philosophy (department of the History of Philosophy), FU Berlin

Manuela Hackel (FU Berlin): manuela.hackel(at)fu-berlin.de
Applications are invited for a Professorship in the field of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

For more information, see:

Narratives of Health and Illness

September 16-17, 2010

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health in collaboration with The Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health invites submissions for the symposium Narratives of Health and Illness that will take place at Uppsala University, Sweden on September 16-17, 2010. We welcome submissions for papers, panels, poster-presentations, workshops and different forms of art-work approaching issues within the overarching theme from a broad range of disciplines and fields of research.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

·        Narratives of Health vs. Narratives of Illness

·        Relations between Narrators and Narratives

·        Narrating Bodies

·        Narrative Coherence and Narrative Disruption

·        Narrative Medicine

·        Scientific Narratives

·        Narratives of Power/Powers of Narrative

·        Narratives of Sex and Gender

·        Narratives and Intersections of Identity

·        Autobiography, Subjectivity and Self-Representation

·        Narrative, Memory and History

·        Expression of Narrative and Narrative Expressivity

·        Narrative Forms and Media

One page abstracts are due July 1, 2010. Please submit your abstracts to
body(at)gender.uu.se and state clearly the form of your proposed contribution.

For further information, please contact Lisa Folkmarson Käll, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University (lisa.kall(at)gender.uu.se).


The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health is based at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. With the aim of achieving productive interdisciplinary work on issues concerning gender, body, and health, the network gathers researchers and practitioners from a number of diverse fields such as medicine, comparative literature, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, sports- and health sciences, psychiatry, social psychology, and history of science. More information about the network: www.genna.gender.uu.se/genderbodyhealth
Post doc position in Evidence and Neuroscience

The Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas invites applicants for a three year post doc position in evidence and neuroscience. The aim of the project is to map forms of knowledge in relation to the new brain sciences and to understand how they are translated across and outside of the scientific realm. This will allow to place current developments in the neuro – and cognitive sciences in a broader context of medical philosophy, sociology and/or anthropology. In the assessment of applicants for the position, emphasis is placed on research qualifications in anthropology, sociology and/or philosophy concerning implications of and evidence in the new neurosciences. The position is funded by the MINDLab initiative at University of Aarhus. It is expected that the person appointed will engage actively in the research environment at the Department (including the research centre Health, Humanity and Culture) and at MindLab. 

For more information please contact  Uffe Juul Jensen, filujj(at)hum.au.dk

Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Aarhus. It offers BA and MA programmes in philosophy and in the history of ideas. In addition, the department is among the largest suppliers in the humanities of supplementary courses, Master’s courses and of Continuing Education. The total number of students at the department is 750. The productive research and teaching environment at the department consists of thirty tenured researchers, a dozen Postdoc/assistant professors and project employed researchers, twenty research students and a secretary staff of seven. MINDLab is a multi-disciplinary research initiative under the Danish UNIK program, see details at www.mindlab.au.dk.

Applicants without any knowledge of Danish would be expected, if appointed, to acquire within two years a sufficient level of proficiency in the language to be able to participate in all the activities of the Institute.

All are invited to apply, regardless of age, gender, race, religion and ethnicity.

It is expected that the person appointed will be present at the department on a normal daily basis.

The Faculty of Humanities refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

The application must include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities,

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Unions.

The publications, 3 copies of a maximum of 5 to be considered in the evaluation should be sent to the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideastudies, Aarhus University, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7, DK-8000 Århus C, Denmark, marked with the number mentioned below.

Ansøgningsfrist/Application deadline:
Alle ansøgninger skal være lavet online og modtaget senest:
**** Filosoficafé -'Om att läsa och skriva poesi' ****

Inledare: Författare & psykoterapeut Bodil Lindfors & författare Heidi von Wright.

Ordförande för diskussionen: Filosof Hannes Nykänen

Tid: Söndagen 18.4.2010 kl. 17.00

Plats: Restaurang Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo

Tema: Om att läsa och skriva poesi

Filosoficafét ordnas i samband med Åbo poesidagar 15-18.4.2010.

Se denna sida för poesidagarnas program:

Fritt inträde & Alla välkomna!!

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The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a


for a fixed term from 1.8.2010 to 31.5.2013 (substitution).
For more information in English, see: http://www.helsinki.fi/recruitment/index.html?id=11811

Helsingin yliopiston filosofian, historian, kulttuurin ja taiteiden tutkimuksen laitos hakee


määräaikaiseen työsuhteeseen 1.8.2010 - 31.5.2013 (sijaisuus).
Lisätietoja löytyy osoitteesta: http://www.helsinki.fi/rekrytointi/index.html?id=11811

Institutionen för filosofi, historia, kultur- och konstforskning vid Helsingfors universitet söker


i tidbundet arbetsavtalsförhållande 1.8.2010 - 31.5.2013 (vikariat).
För mera information på svenska, se: http://www.helsinki.fi/rekrytering/index.html?id=11811
ADRIAN WALSH (University of New England, Australia) will be visiting TINT and will give a talk on GOOD SOCIETY on Monday, 12 April, 2:15 pm.

Professor Walsh is the co-author of The Morality of Money (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) and numerous journal articles in the areas of Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics, and Philosophy of Economics, dealing with issues such as the limits of the market, social justice, the nature of work, and the commercialisation of medicine and natural resources (see http://www.une.edu.au/staff/awalsh.php).

His talk will be of interest to philosophers, political scientists, economists, and others. Please find an abstract below. In case you wish to see the paper in advance of the seminar, please contact me.

All are welcome.
uskali mäki


Time: Monday, 12 April, 2010, 14-16 hrs
Place: University Main Building, Room 14, Helsinki

Adrian Walsh, UNE

“Against Virtue Parsimony: An Imperfectionist Defence of the Role of Partial-but-Virtuous Agents in the Good Society”


It is a commonplace that the good life and the good society are intimately interconnected.  In order to maximize our chances of living well, we require a well-ordered polity; and this is one of the fundamental challenges of politics.  Typically we regard a good society as, amongst other things, a society that has well designed institutions. 

One crucial aspect of the ‘design challenge’ concerns itself with the relationship between individual virtue and such political institutions.  Is it is in general a good idea to prefer those institutions that demand from participating individuals a virtue-rich input?  Alternatively, in the interests of human flourishing, should we prefer those institutions that are thrifty with respect to the ‘virtue inputs’ demanded of those who inhabit them – even, to demand no virtue inputs at all?

Although the latter claim of virtue parsimony might seem counter-intuitive at first sight, it has many defenders who suggest we should economize on virtue.  We see this especially in debates over the expansion of the market into areas hitherto unknown to it.  One source of appeal is the success of what appear to be virtue parsimonious social institutions such as the market.  Another such source of appeal is the failure in the 20th century of what we might call virtue-rich social movements.  Although I share with the tradition of virtue parsimony a concern about virtue-rich forms of social organization, this does not mean that virtue parsimony is the only plausible alternative to the virtue-rich nor does it mean that the success of markets need be understood in terms of the ideal of virtue parsimony. 

My aim then is to defend, what is perhaps, the rather unsurprising suggestion that moral virtue still has a place in the project of developing the good society.

Är du intresserad av frågor om kön och sexualitet? Har du sysslat med genusvetenskapliga frågeställningar?

Studiecirkel 8 Kön i Norden, vid Nordiskt sommaruniversitet, har publicerat Call for Papers för inkommande sommarsession i juli. De efterlyser fördrag om genusrelaterade ämnen från de olika nordiska länderna, antingen om teoretiska positioner eller empiriska undersökningar.

Se CFP i slutet av detta mail

Nordiskt sommaruniversitet (NSU) är en internordisk samarbetsorganisation vars syfte är att främja nordiskt samarbete inom forskning o.d. NSU stöder i synnerhet tvärdisciplinaritet, innovation och nya foskningsämnen.

Organisationens verksamhet bygger på s.k. studiecirklar eller kretsar som vanligtvis varar i 3 år. Deltagarna samlas 2 ggr årligen för att diskutera och hålla presentationer, en gång på vintersymposium endast med sin egen krets och en gång på sommaren på NSU:s årliga sommarsession.

I år hållls somarsymposiet i Finland, på Majvik konferenscenter i Masaby (Kyrkslätt) den 24-31.7. Förutom det akademiska arbetet som sker i kretsarna, erbjuder sommarsessionen ett varierat kulturprogram, key note föredrag av välkända vetenskapsmän (Mladen Dolar och Andrew Gibson), och framför allt gemytlig social samvaro i en naturskön miljö. Den sociala sidan hör till NSU:s absoluta trumfkort.

Etablerade forskare, forskarstuderande och studerande är alla välkomna!

Studiecirkel 8, Kön i Norden, är nu inne på sitt andra år. Till sommarsessionen önskas deltagare från de olika nordiska länderna för att diskutera dels aktuella teoretiska positioner i ett eller flera av de nordiska länderna och empiriska studier. Vi välkomnar gärna flera finländska medlemmar, för att garantera den nordiska prägeln.

Mer information om sommarsessionen finns på www.nsuweb.net

h, Andrea Hynynen


Theoretical positions and empirical studies [2010/3]

Kjønn i Norden

Welcome to Study Circle VIII, Gender in the Nordic Countries, at Nordic Summer University, Summer session the 24. of July - 31. of July 2010 in Finland.

Køn i Norden
Summer symposium 2010: Call For Papers
The purpose of Study Circle VIII at the Nordic Summer University is to bring together scholars interested in different perspectives and thoughts concerning gender and feminism. The Circle proposes to look at the significance of thinking about gender for the development of the Nordic culture(-s), society(-ies) and research.

What kinds of similarities and differences can be found in the Nordic countries with regards to gender-related issues?

The Circle invites to an inter-Nordic and interdisciplinary discussion about the structures that manage thinking about gender today, on a societal level as well as in academic research.

These structures could be reflected upon within (intellectual) history, philosophy, literature, education, politics, sociology or in comparative thinking.

The summer session 2010 is centered on two lines of interrogation. One purpose of the summer session 2010 is to examine the various theoretical positions within gender studies and how they interact in the Nordic countries. Theoretical positions that operate with gender and power can be feminist theory, queer theory or intersectionality.

How are these theoretical positions used in studies in the Nordic countries? This question can be addressed in various ways according to interest. For instance can literature, historical events, theatre plays, social organizations or legislation be the object of studies.

Another purpose of the summer session 2010 is to have empirical studies represented. It can for example be studies with a gender perspective on Nordic welfare countries, the financial crisis, neoliberalism or other themes relevant to this circle, as such studies can offer an opening for understanding and discussing the conception of feminism.

We welcome both theoretically orientated presentations and studies of activism and/or different practices.

Those interested in attending or in presenting a paper at the session are invited to send an abstract of 150-300 words, preferably no later than May 1th, 2010 to nsugender(at)gmail.com.

For more information about the Nordic Summer University and the upcoming
summer session at Majvik in Finland see the website: www.nsuweb.net

Kind Regards,
the coordinators for Circle VIII
Andrea Hynynen, PhD-student in French Literature, Åbo Akademi, Finland
Inger Nørgård, master in History and Gender studies, University of
Århus, Denmark
IX. International Leibniz Congress
Nature and Subject

September 19–23, 2011, Leibniz University Hannover
First Circular

PDF: Erstes Rundschreiben (mehrsprachig) / First Circular (multilingual):

Leibniz’s importance for the present, as well as his historical standing in philosophy and in the sciences, are to be the focus of the congress. Since the previous congress six volumes of the Academy Edition have appeared; four further volumes will be published before the congress takes place. Furthermore, since the previous congress hundreds of pages of previously unpublished texts have been made available in provisional form on the internet.

Leibniz composed a series of important philosophical texts in dialogue form. It is intended that the congress should, in the sense of such a “Dialog of Reason”, bring together and confront existing investigations, elucidate consensus and controversy, ascertain what has been achieved and identify research desiderata. These could also include such hitherto, if at all, implicitly conducted methodological controversies. To what extent could texts composed at intervals of many years be mutually illuminating? Is our present picture of Leibniz’s philosophical development precise enough for such an approach?

The motto “Nature and Subject” is to constitute a focal point of the congress. In recent years Leibniz’s views of biology and the living body have become more and more the center of attention; the role of the “machines of nature” has been more exactly investigated. In addition, the debate concerning corporeal substance has gained increasing attention. Leibniz attributes subjectivity or subjective experience in the broader sense not exclusively to the spiritual monads. Naturally the motto also encompasses the dimension of epistemology and philosophy of science.
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Society invites all interested researchers, specialists and friends to participate. Announcement of papers is requested by February 1, 2011; of the accepted contributions a file or a reproducible paper copy (camera-ready, maximum length 8 pages) is required by May 1, 2011, since the contributions are to be available in a bound volume at the congress opening.
Detailed information about the congress program and the preparation of contributions will be made available in further circulars and on the congress homepage at:
http://www.Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft.de/Veranstaltungen/Kongress/ . Queries should be addressed to: kongress(at)Leibnizgesellschaft.de or Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft, Waterloostr. 8, D-30169 Hannover; Tel. +49 511 1267-331 or -327; Fax +49 511 1267 202.
Call for papers (open until May 15., 2010):

Dynamics of Knowledge Creation in Wikis

A session in The 2nd International Power & Knowledge Conference,
Tampere, Finland. September 6-8, 2010

The collective knowledge creation on various wiki-sites, including the massively popular Wikipedia, is having a profound effect on the social and epistemological conditions of public information. Distributed collaboration, possible anonymity, radical equality and global reach of wikified information lead to a situation that at the same time democratizes knowledge production by leveling hierarchies of expertise and increases the postmodern condition of reflective uncertainty. Everybody knows that the Wikipedia can not be trusted in the same way as, say, the Encyclopedia Britannica, yet over 100 million people utilize the Wikipedia daily. The 'edit' and 'history' buttons ever present on wiki pages are already starting to exert pressure on information presented elsewhere. For instance, the negotiations on what information to include and how the information should be presented in various Wikipedia entries constitute a huge experiment in the use of public reason à la Kant. Consequently, the dynamics of collective collaboration also bring out questions on the nature of rationality and plurality of knowledge. Wikis provide ready made windows into the dialectical interplay between knowledge creation and issues of identity, social inclusion, authority, and the interface between information and politics. The session invites contributions discussing these themes through theoretical reflection and/or empirical case studies. Abstracts should be between 150-200 words of length.
Abstract submission: http://tinyurl.com/yk98dgk

Organizers & more information:
Tere Vadén, tere.vaden(at)uta.fi , Teemu Mikkonen, teemu.mikkonen(at)uta.fi,
Juha Suoranta juha.suoranta(at)uta.fi

For exact times and locations
see http://www.math.helsinki.fi/logic/opetus/burgess4.html



ABSTRACT: One textbook may introduce the real numbers in Cantor's way, and another in Dedekind's, and the mathematical community as a whole will be completely indifferent to the choice between the two. This sort of fact about mathematical practice, famously called to the attention of philosophers by Paul Benacerraf, has motivated the development of a distinctively "structuralist" philosophy of mathematics. I will argue that structuralism is a mistake, a generalization in the wrong direction, resulting from philosophers' preoccupation with ontology.



ABSTRACT: Fictionalism about any arbitrary subject matter seems to require realism about other subject matters. Even if there is a coherent fictionalism about fictional characters, for example, it's hard to make sense of fictionalism about fictions themselves. Hence the modal fictionalist's concern that prefixes like 'According to the tall-tale of extreme modal realism...' may turn out to be ineluctably modal. Fictionalism about truth would therefore seem to be a non-starter---not because fictions are intuitively false, but because the notion of truth seems to be implicated in the semantics of fictionalization prefixes. Yet something like the revolutionary fictionalist stance toward alethic discourse would be a sensible reaction to the inconsistency theory of truth (which Matti Eklund and others have argued convincingly is an attractive response to the semantic paradoxes). The purpose of this paper, then, is just to make the world safe for alethic fictionalism, by showing that the most promising versions of fictionalism in general provide for a coherent fictionalism about truth in particular.



Inferentialists are divided over deflationism about representational notions like truth and reference. Inferential- or conceptual-role semantics provides a more "substantive" theory of reference than the sort of anaphoric account on offer in Brandom. This opposition obscures an alternative in the theory of reference available to deflationists and inflationists alike (provided we abandon the correspondence theory of truth constitutive of referentialism). The alternative emerges upon recognition of the fact that the theory of reference involves two separable projects, usually run together: to specify the referent of an arbitrary term, and to explain what it takes for a term to refer in the first place. In the general spirit of conceptual-role semantics, I develop an explanation of referential success that essentially involves the notion of truth (coupled with a familiar, deflationary specification of referents). Very roughly, the idea is just that an expression refers iff it can be used to state a truth. The most troubling objection to this style of view arguably has to do with the phenomena of referential indeterminacy. Dealing with this objection leads to a speculative resolution of the problem of the many, and a diagnosis of the urge to posit vagueness in the world.



ABSTRACT: Attempts since Tarski to characterize a consistent and mathematically respectable notion of truth in the face of the well-known paradoxes have faced a choice of how to proceed: by propounding an explicit definition, by describing a model or class of models, or by advancing a list of axioms. I will describe some recent successes (and failures) in the axiomatic tradition, and their relation to work of Kripke, Feferman, and Friedman.
**** Filosoficafé -'Att veta och att inte veta vad en människa är' ****

Inledare: Filosof Niklas Forsberg (Uppsala universitet & Åbo Akademi)

Tid: Söndagen 11.4.2010 kl. 17.00
Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tema:  "Att veta och att inte veta vad en människa är. Om Iris Murdoch och frågan om hur vår människosyn formar vårt tänkande."

Niklas synopsis:

Med utgångspunkt i Iris Murdoch filosofi kommer jag att reflektera över hur vår självförståelse leds av specifika bilder av vad de innebär att vara människa. I Murdochs efterföljd vill jag mena att vi idag leds av en bild av vad en människa är som är vilseledande. Man kan säga att vi lever i en typ av konflikt, där våra självbilder inte harmoniserar med vår verklighet. Med dessa tankar som utgångspunkt vill jag sedan visa att det är viktigt att vi inte låser vårt begrepp om människan, utan söker att låta det begreppet vara så öppet och mångskiftande som den mänskliga verkligheten är, också i våra självreflekterande verksamheter (som t.ex. filosofi och politik).

Fritt inträde & Alla välkomna!!


Folkets Bildningsförbund
Hagsgatan 12, FIN-20540 Åbo
tel. +358 505147297
FBF (snabel a) kaapeli.fi
XI International Kant Congress
Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense
Pisa May, 22-26, 2010

The 11th International Kant Congress of the Kant-Gesellschaft is entitled “Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense”: taking Kant’s concept of philosophy as its starting point, the Congress aims to promote reflection on the function and meaning of philosophy in relation to man’s deepest interests. The Congress, which will be organized in plenary sessions and thematic sessions, will welcome contributions on all aspects of Immanuel Kant’s thought.

For more information, see:
Jean-Luc Nancy in Helsinki
Wednesday 14 April 2010

13.00 -13.45
Book release event with artistic contributions (in Finnish)
Moderator: Esa Kirkkopelto

On the occasion of Jean-Luc Nancy’s first ever visit to Finland Gaudeamus Books will release Filosofin sydän ["Philosopher's heart"]. The volume, which is put together on the initiative of the Figures of Touch -research project, includes Nancy’s L’intrus and Corpus in Finnish. Translations Susanna Lindberg, Kaisa Sivenius, and Elia Lennes. Forewords Susanna Lindberg and Sami Santanen.

14.00 -16.30
Lecture (in English)
Jean-Luc Nancy: “Body as Theatre”
Moderator: Esa Kirkkopelto

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-00100
Helsinki, Finland

Free admission

The event is organized by
Figures of Touch research project
Rethinking cultural diversity in Europe research project
Aalto University / Department of Art and Media Pori
in cooperation with
Kiasma and Gaudeamus


Jean-Luc Nancy vierailee Helsingissä keskiviikkona 14.4.2010

Ranskalaista filosofia Jean-Luc Nancya (s. 1940) pidetään dekonstruktion edustajana. Hän on Strasbourgin yliopiston emeritusprofessori ja omaperäinen ajattelija, jolla on laaja filosofinen tuotanto. Nancy sairastui vakavasti 1980-luvun lopulla ja hänelle tehtiin sydänsiirto 1990-luvun vaihteessa. Raskaana toipumisaikana hän jatkoi kuitenkin kirjoittamista ja julkaisi monia parhaita töitään. Nyt Nancy on kansainvälisesti aktiivinen ja suosittu luennoitsija.

Jean-Luc Nancy vierailee huhtikuussa ensimmäistä kertaa Suomessa Kosketuksen figuurit -tutkimushankkeen kutsumana. Nancy pitää yleisöluennon Kiasmassa keskiviikkona 14.4. aiheenaan “Body as Theatre”. Ennen luentoa julkistetaan Filosofin sydän -teos yleisölle avoimessa tilaisuudessa, jonka yhteydessä nähdään myös Julius Elon ja hänen työryhmänsä tilaisuutta varten luoma performanssiesitys.

Filosofin sydän (Gaudeamus 2010) sisältää kaksi filosofian ja ruumiin suhdetta tarkastelevaa teosta, Corpuksen ja Tunkeilijan. Corpuksessa Nancy hahmottelee filosofiaa, joka voisi puhua ideoiden maailman sijasta ruumiiden maailmasta. Tunkeilijassa hän pohtii omaa sairauttaan, identiteetin hajoamista ja moninaistumista. Tunkeilija julkaistaan nyt ensimmäistä kertaa suomeksi. ”Nancyn teksti on yhtä aikaa sydäntäsärkevän kaunista ja käsittämättömyyteen asti nopeaa, hellää ja kiivasta, iloista ja tuskaista”, kuvailee Corpuksen suomentanut Susanna Lindberg. Filosofin sydän julkaistaan Suomen Akatemian Kosketuksen figuurit -tutkimushankkeen aloitteesta.

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Jean-Luc Nancy Kiasmassa keskiviikkona 14.4.2010

13.00-13.45 Filosofin sydän (julkistamistilaisuus)
Tilaisuudessa nähdään Julius Elon ja hänen työryhmänsä performanssiesitys.

14.00-16.30 “Body as Theatre” (yleisöluento)

Jean-Luc Nancy luennoi englanniksi.

Iltapäivää isännöi Esa Kirkkopelto.

Tilaisuuksiin on vapaa pääsy. Tervetuloa!
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'Externalism challenged? Externalism vs. internalism today.'

Workshop, 4-5 maj 2010, Stockholms universitet.

Katalin Farkas (CEU, Budapest)
Brie Gertler (University of Virginia)
Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University)
Jesper Kallestrup (The University of Edinburgh)
Åsa Wikforss (Stockholms universitet)

The detailed program will be found here (later):
För detaljer kontakta Åsa Wikforss (asa.wikforss(at)philosophy.su.se)

Alla intresserade välkomna!
Lektorat och vikariat, Umeå universitet

Ett lektorat i filosofi med inriktning mot praktisk filosofi
Sista ansökningsdag 19 april.

Två vikariat som universitetslektor finns utannonserade på institutionens hemsida

2 vikarierande lektorer i filosofi (100% vardera), ht 2010 med eventuell möjlighet till

Vikariat 1: Innehållet i det ena vikariatet består av undervisning i
främst etik (inklusive metaetik och tillämpad etik) och politisk filosofi. Utöver detta
tillkommer undervisning inom det breda ämnet filosofi.

Vikariat 2: Innehållet i det andra vikariatet består av undervisning
i främst argumentationsanalys, logik, medvetandefilosofi och kunskaps- och
vetenskapsteori. Utöver detta tillkommer undervisning inom det breda ämnet filosofi.

För vikariaten är sista ansökningsdag 9 april.

Wed 31 March 2010
University of Helsinki
Department of Philosophy, History, Culture, and Art Studies

room A217 (Metsätalo Building, Unioninkatu 40, 2nd Floor, A-wing, Istuntosali A217)


Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen
Professor of Semiotics, University of Helsinki

The Institute of Logic and Cognition at Sun Yat-Sen University
Ju Shier
Professor, Director, Institute of Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou

NP-Logic Systems and Model-Equivalence Reductions
Dr Shen Yuping
Institute of Logic and Cognition, Sun Yat-Sen University

Diagrammatic Mind
Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen

Lunch Break

Abduction and Inverse Problems
Ilkka Niiniluoto
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Chancellor, University of Helsinki

Abductive Argumentation
Dr Sami Paavola
Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki

Tea Break

Independence-Friendly Logic
Gabriel Sandu
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Helsinki

Intuitionistic Dependence Logic
Fan Yang
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki



To access the room, take the main entrance to Metsätalo building and turn left, go to the 3rd floor, walk through the corridor to the A-wing, go one floor down (to Classical
Philology), and the room A217 (Istuntosali) is soon on your left.
Current Trends and Developments in Digital Publishing in the Humanities, with special reference to Wittgenstein’s Nachlaß 

A colloqium organised by the von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives (WWA) at the University of Helsinki, 14th April 2010

Venue: Hall 5 (PR 5), University of Helsinki, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33

9.00 Coffee and tea served
9.30 Chancellor's address: Ilkka Niiniluoto, Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, professor of theoretical philosophy
9.45 Opening words, professor Jan von Plato
10.00 Juha Hakala, Director of IT Development, The National Library of Finland: Standards of digitization and long-term preservation of digital content
10.30 André Maury, adjunct professor: Von Wright's work on the Wittgenstein papers
10.50 Risto Vilkko, adjunct professor: Bibliotheca Wrightiana: von Wright's correspondence and scientific home library
11.10 Bernt Österman, University of Helsinki: Von Wright’s donations to the University of Helsinki and the new parts of the collection at WWA
11.30 Thomas Wallgren, University lecturer, University of Helsinki, Director of WWA: Current projects and future prospects of WWA nationally and internationally
11.45 Discussion
12 noon  - 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 p.m. Alois Pichler, Director of the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen: Wittgenstein Source and other Wittgenstein Nachlaß Web resources
1.45 Sakari Katajamäki, Managing Editor, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature (Finnish Literature Society): Digital Aleksis Kivi - Archive vs. critical edition
2.15 Coffee, tea
2.30 Sami Syrjämäki, University of Helsinki: The philosophy portal in Finland
3.00 Mats Dahlström, University lecturer, The Swedish School of Library and Information Science: Digitized collections as research data
3.30 Discussion
4.00 Closing of the proceedings

The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives belong to the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki. For further information see:
Final call for papers

Re-thinking synonymy: semantic sameness and similarity in languages
and their description

SKY (The Linguistic Association of Finland) organizes a symposium
‘Re-thinking synonymy: semantic sameness and similarity in languages
and their description’ in Helsinki, October 28-30, 2010. The official
website of the symposium, with the Call for Papers and other
information (to be added/updated later), is found at:

Traditionally, synonymy refers to a situation where a language has two
(or more) linguistic forms for expressing one meaning. Synonymy is by
no means uncommon in languages, exemplified also by the large number
of synonym dictionaries and thesauri. However, it is important to note
that the existence or lack of synonymy is largely a matter of
definition. On one hand, if we define synonymy as (very close)
semantic similarity or (essentially) identical reference, it
definitely exists to some extent in all languages. On the other hand,
if we confine the notion to absolute synonymy (comprising not only
reference, but also, for example, stylistic and sociolinguistic
factors as well as contextual preferences), it becomes less clear
whether synonymy really exists.

Many theories of grammar (such as Cognitive Grammar and some versions
of Construction Grammar) do not acknowledge the concept of synonymy at
all. Synonymy seems to militate against the expected relation of
meaning and form: a difference in form should always and necessarily
correspond to a difference in meaning. However, within these theories
(and within linguistics in general), a recurring topic of study is
lexical, constructional, functional and formal similarity. In
addition, current research seems to steer clear of synonymy (and
sameness), but at the same time puts a great deal of emphasis on
similarities, e.g. when and why two or more constructions with
seemingly similar meanings are used as each other's alternatives. But
where does the boundary lie between the two, i.e. when do we cross
over from synonymy to mere similarity, or vice versa, and, moreover,
how different can two constructions or expressions be and yet still be
considered similar in terms of their meaning/
function? Do all synonymous expressions share a common conceptual
(abstract) schema, and are the formal differences merely
‘coincidental’? What is the relation between these schemas and lexical
(i.e. ‘traditional’) synonymy?

The idea of the symposium is to challenge linguists both to re-think
the synonymy and sameness of linguistic expressions and to approach
the concept of synonymy from a broader perspective. What we propose is
that synonymy is best seen as sameness or similarity of forms and
functions – whether words, constructions or syntactic structures – not
only as a notion related to lexical semantics. For example, many
languages, such as Finnish and Estonian, allow the expression of
location through both cases and adpositions, and many languages have
both intransitive and transitive reflexive forms; these expressions
may be identical in meaning in certain contexts, but upon closer
examination they also display differences.

In brief: Does a difference in form always correspond to a difference
in meaning/function? If so, is there any justification for the
validity of the notion of synonymy in linguistic description? If
synonymy really exists on some level, do we need to broaden the
concept of synonymy and if so, how? What does the way that synonymy
has been studied tell us about language and, perhaps as interestingly,
about linguistics?

We welcome contributions dealing with synonymy from various
perspectives and backgrounds (including theoretical, empirical and
experimental approaches), ranging  from studies of lexical, functional
and formal synonymy to studies of synonymy within and across
languages. Possible topics for talks include (but are by no means not
restricted to) the following:

- The role of synonymy in linguistic theory
- Corpus-based studies of (lexical/functional) synonymy
- Psycholinguistic studies of synonymy/processing of synonymy
- Seemingly synonymous/similar categories across languages (e.g.
dative, reflexive, person, tense, deixis etc.), comparability of
functions across languages
- The role of synonymy in lexical typology: do ‘identical’ lexemes in
different languages express identical/similar meanings?
- Translatability of lexemes
- The development of synonymy; competition of synonymous forms in
- Synonymy in different theories of grammar
- The relation between lexical (‘traditional’) synonymy and functional
- Potential differences between sameness and similarity; is the
distinction meaningful or necessary?
- What does synonymy (at any level/in any form) reveal about language?
- What motivates the use of seemingly synonymous forms? Context,
meaning, sociolinguistic factors, disambiguation, verbal semantics etc.
- The synonymy of syntactic structural variants (e.g. differences in
comparative constructions)
- Synonymy of constructions within and across languages
- Semantic vs. pragmatic synonymy

The deadline for submission of abstracts (in English; max 500 words
excluding data, tables and references) is April 16, 2010
. Please
submit your abstract by e-mail to the address of the organizing
committee (synonymy-2010 /at/ Helsinki.fi). Send your abstract as
attachment to an e-mail message (in both .pdf and .doc formats).
Please indicate clearly whether your abstract is intended as a poster
or a section paper. The abstracts will be evaluated by the organizing
committee and by the members of the scientific committee (see below).
Participants will be notified about acceptance by May 15, 2010. The
book of abstracts will be published on the web pages of the symposium


Body of the message should include the following information
(preferably in this order):

Name of the participant
Title of presentation
E-mail address
Is the paper meant as a section paper or, a poster, or a workshop


The deadline for submitting workshop proposals was March 15.


- Presentations by invited speakers
- Presentation by other participants
- Posters
- Workshops

Confirmed invited speakers

Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven)
Martin Haspelmath (MPI, Leipzig)
Beth Levin (Stanford University)

Scientific committee

Antti Arppe (University of Helsinki)
Peter Austin (SOAS, London)
Denis Creissels (University of Lyon)
Dagmar Divjak (University of Sheffield)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
Stefan Gries (UCSB)
Tuomas Huumo (University of Tartu)
Laura Janda (University of Tromsø)
Jarmo Jantunen (University of Oulu)
Silvia Luraghi (University of Pavia)
Sally Rice (University of Alberta)
Anna Siewierska (University of Lancaster)
Bernhard Wälchli (University of Berne)

Organizing committee

Antti Arppe (University of Helsinki)
Seppo Kittilä (University of Helsinki)
Aki Kyröläinen (University of Turku)
Maarit Niemelä (University of Oulu)
Alexandre Nikolaev (University of Joensuu)
Jouni Rostila (University of Tampere)
Turo Vartiainen (University of Helsinki)
Laura Visapää (University of Helsinki)


The registration deadline is October 1, 2010. An on-line registration
form to the symposium will appear on the webpage of the symposium
after the evaluation of abstracts.

Registration fees

General: 100 Euro
Members of the association: 80 Euro
Undergraduate students: 50 Euro

Finnish participants are requested to pay the registration fee to the
SKY bank account when they register for the conference (bank account
number 174530-71243 (Nordea)). Participants from abroad are likewise
requested to pay in advance by bank transfer, if at all possible, to
the SKY bank account in Finland (Bank: Nordea; IBAN: FI76 1745 3000
0712 43, BIC: NDEAFIHH). However, we may also accept payment IN CASH
(only in Euros; moreover, we CANNOT accept credit cards of any sort)
upon arrival in case bank transfer is not possible. If you have paid
via bank transfer from abroad, we would kindly ask you to bring a COPY
of the original transaction receipt with you and present it upon

Conference venue

University of Helsinki


Please send all queries to synonymy-2010 /at/ helsinki.fi

University of Jyväskylä, June 3 – 5, 2010

In Finland as elsewhere in Europe, rapid social change, multicultural
challenges, and the way different kinds of threat are disseminated by the
media for public imagination, have given rise to populist appeals to
cultural values and to populist political movements. Such appeals and
movements are not limited to Europe or to the West, but the main empirical
emphasis in the Summer School will be on Finnish and European forms of

”Populism” is an ambivalent concept. In its etymology, it refers to ”the
people”, and the common definition has it as a particular way of appealing
to the people. It generally has a negative connotation: the populist
appeal is at the same time black-and-white and diffuse, it shuns
difference, it is grounded in mythisized fundamental values, and it unites
by discrimination. Today, this kind of populism is most clearly
articulated in right-wing political movements, but it is not difficult to
find variations of this rhetoric throughout the political spectrum. Thus
populism can be regarded as a special kind of rhetoric which may contain
different cultural values and serve various political agendas.

Populism unites mass appeal with strong exclusions. However, it is part of
the ambivalence of the concept that it has also been used (especially in
the American context) as a designation for radically inclusive democratic
movements such as the civil rights movement. It has been said that
”populism” has no referential unity; rather, it is a social logic, closely
linked with the notion and practices of hegemony, which cuts across
different kinds of phenomena. Understood in this way, critical discussion
of populism tends to move from the mode of persuasion to the specific
contents and agendas themselves, to the meanings and values promoted or
countered with populist rhetoric.

The relationship between ”the popular” and ”populism” also belongs to the
themes of the Summer School. The term ”cultural populism” refers to a
rejection of elitism by adopting a diametrically opposed default position
where no attention is paid to the possible ideological or reifying
elements in popular culture, and where any provided meanings or modes of
appeal are viewed in terms of the consumers' sovereign power.

The Summer School has a multi- and cross-disciplinary orientation. It
invites presentations addressing concrete phenomena or focusing on
theoretical issues arising from the ambiguity or cross-referential nature
of the concept and practice of populism. The main emphasis lies on
contemporary phenomena, but historical perspectives are also welcomed. The
frame of possible subjects comprises multiculturalism and immigration,
nationalist and ethnic agendas, religious allegiances and gender issues.
Within such frames, what kinds of power struggle and protest find
expression in populist movements? In which ways are the elite and the
people, the subjects and the objects of power played against each other in
populist rhetoric? Which ideological and affective discourses are included
in different populist agendas, and how are they rhetorically composed?
What is the relationship between productive and repressive power in this
context? Who is empowered and who is disempowered?


Jim McGuigan is Professor of Cultural Analysis in the Department of Social
Sciences at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK. His interests
cover contemporary social theory, cultural studies and policy, and
television and representation. He has published a number of books, among
them "Cultural Populism" (1992). Currently, he is working on two main
research themes: ‘cool capitalism’ and ‘funny politics’. His most recent
publications include "Cool Capitalism" (2009).

Petri Ruuska is Research Fellow in the Department of Social Research at
the University of Tampere, Finland. Since 2007, he has been an Academy
Research Fellow for "Nationspeak in action" and "Suuri murros 1905 ja
kansapuheen variaatiot" ["The Great Divide 1905 and the Variations of
Nationspeak"]. He is the co-author of the recently published "Kuriton
kansa. Poliittinen mielikuvitus vuoden 1905 suurlakon ajan Suomessa"
["Wayward Nation. Political Imagination and the Great Strike 1905 in
Finland"] (2009).

Chair: Prof. Erkki Vainikkala, the Research Centre for Contemporary
Culture, Department of Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

The seminar sessions are meant for post-graduate students whose work is
related to the topic of the summer school, while the adjoining lectures
are open for everyone. The summer school is free of charge. During seminar
sessions, each paper will be allotted about one hour, out of which 10–15
minutes are reserved for the actual presentation. The teachers will be
giving feedback on the papers, but peer discussion is emphasized.

The language of the summer school is English. Please note that attendance
is required throughout the summer school.

The summer school is part of the activities of the Society for Cultural
Studies in Finland. It is organized by the Research Centre for
Contemporary Culture, Department of Art and Culture Studies at the
University of Jyväskylä. The organizers thankfully acknowledge the support
of the Faculty of Humanities.


Please send your application by Friday, April 16 to:

Kulttuurintutkimuksen seura
c/o Nykykulttuurin tutkimuskeskus
PL 35, 40014 Jyväskylän yliopisto
Society for Cultural Studies in Finland
c/o Research Centre for Contemporary Studies
P.O.Box 35
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

Or by e-mail to:

Your application should include:

• an abstract of 100-200 words, based on the paper you will be presenting
• a short presentation of yourself and  your research topic with its
theoretical orientation, methods and materials

The applicants will be notified of the decision Friday, April 23.

Deadline for papers is May 17.

For more information:

e-mail minna.m.nerg(at)jyu.fi
phone +358 14 260 1317
or visit http://www.jyu.fi/kultut/populism
*** FBF Filosoficafé - Världens kriser och lösningar ***

Forskare Jakob Donner-Amnell, Östra Finlands universitet

Plats: Restaurang Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tid: Tisdagen 30.3. kl. 18.00


På goda grunder kan man säga att många kriser av olika karaktär sätter sin prägel på världsläget och samhällsdebatten just nu. Den ekonomiska krisen får visserligen i många sammanhang mest uppmärksamhet, men om man alls blickar framåt är det uppenbart att många frågor kan förvandlas till kriser förr eller senare: energin, klimatet, naturresurserna, livsmedlen, fattigdomen osv

Det finns förstås många olika uppfattningar om vilka frågor som är viktigast, hur olika frågor hänger ihop och hur de kunde lösas. Sammanlagt handlar det ändå om såpass stora utmaningar också på kortare sikt (5-10 år), att de tvingar alla slags aktörer att omvärdera och förändra sin verksamhet.

Men vilket slags strategier och lösningar kan olika aktörer tänkas gripa till? Vilka aktörer kan tänkas påverka utvecklingen mest - marknadskrafterna, staterna, medborgarna eller det internationella samfundet? Vilka positiva och negativa konsekvenser kan olika lösningar tänkas ha? Hur påverkas världsutvecklingen som helhet av de lösningar som olika aktörer kan tänkas genomföra?

Fritt inträde och alla välkomna!!


Folkets Bildningsförbund r.f.
Hagsgatan 12
FIN-20540 Åbo
tel: 050 5147297
e-mail: fbf (snabel a) kaapeli.fi

Young Researchers Conference on Classical German Philosophy
Centre for German Idealism

VU University Amsterdam, August 27, 2010, Room 13A-11/13.

The Dutch-Flemish Centre for German Idealism (‘Centrum voor Duits Idealisme’) invites PhD students, research master students aiming at starting a PhD project soon and PhDs that have graduated recently to submit a proposal for a presentation at the ‘Young Researchers Conference on Classical German Philosophy’ to be held in Amsterdam on August 27, 2010. The conference aims to offer young researchers the opportunity to communicate their results to a larger community, and for all researchers in the fields to meet and reinforce scientific and personal links.

Presentations should concern Classical German Philosophy from Kant to Hegel, possibly in contrast to or comparison with other thinkers. Their aim should be systematic rather than merely historical-philological.

Presentations should be in English (20 minutes). Presentation will be commented upon by a senior member of the Centre for German Idealism, after which discussion will follow.

Submission deadline of the proposal: May 1, 2010. Proposals (PDF) should contain an abstract of ca. 500 words and a CV. Submissions can be sent to j.t.zinkstok(at)rug.nl. Notification of selection before May 15; papers must be delivered by June 15, 2010.

Christian Krijnen (VU University Amsterdam), Paul Cobben (Tilburg University), Job
Zinkstok (University of Groningen)

Centre for German Idealism
Call for papers:

The Nordic Network for German Idealism:
The Spirit of German Idealism

In the period from 2009 – 2011 the Nordic Network for German Idealism (www.NNGI.org) is arranging various conferences and workshops for researchers and post-graduate students with interest and expertise in the vast and varied field of philosophy, which takes the philosophies of Kant, Fichte Schelling, Hegel and Kierkegaard as its most crucial point of reference.

The third session will be from the 26th to the 28th of May 2010 at the Siemens Stiftung in Munich, Germany. It is a joint venture between the Department of Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University and the NNGI. At the third session there will be a conference on the 26th and 27th with invited speakers and a workshop for students (primarily at the PhD.-level) on the 28th.

The papers for the workshop are not restricted with regards to theme, but they should discuss or deal with the philosophies of Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel or Kierkegaard. Since the general theme for work within the NNGI is Spirit (Geist), we particularly welcome papers that deal with this theme. They may be historically oriented or deal with systematic issues as the authors see fit.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 15th 2010.

Abstracts should be submitted to the following e-mail address:

Practical issues
The NNGI will provide funding for travel reimbursement and accommodation during the conference for all participating students up to a maximum of 5000 DKR (about 660EURO). There is a maximum of 15 participating PhD-students. There will be lunch provided for all participants and an optional conference dinner. More information to come in this regard.
Dr. Azaveli Lwaitama, University of Dar es Salaam, will give a talk on "African Philosophy and the State of African Politics"

Thursday 25th March, 16-18 hours, at Unioninkatu 40A [Helsinki], sr 110.

All welcome.
Helsingin yliopiston Porthaniassa (sali P672, Yliopistonkatu 3, 6. krs) järjestetään
12.4. klo 13-16 varhaismodernia filosofiaa käsittelevä kollokvio Psychology and Morality
in Early Modern Philosophy. Tapahtuma on avoin yleisölle ja se sisältää seuraavat

Roger Ariew (Univ. of South Florida): “Ethics in Descartes and the First Cartesians”

Donald Rutherford (Univ. of California, San Diego): “Spinoza on the Mastery of the
Passions: The Significanceof Ethics IVP8”

Dana Jalobeanu (Western University 'Arad'): “Learned experience and constructed facts:
pedagogical andtherapeutic aspects of Francis Bacon's natural history”

James Harris (Univ. of St Andrews): “Hume's intellectual development 1731-34: the
origins of theTreatise”

Lisätietoja: Juhana Lemetti (juhana.lemetti(at)helsinki.fi).
The Nordic Society for Phenomenology

The Nordic Society for Phenomenology / Nordisk Selskab for Fænomenologi (NoSP)
was founded in May 2001 in Copenhagen. Its aim is to further dialogue and cooperation between phenomenologists in the Nordic countries, and to promote scholarship, teaching, research,and publication affiliated with phenomenology.

The executive committee of the society consists of five members, one from each of the five Nordic countries.

Membership of the Society is free and open to all persons interested in furthering its purposes and in participating in its activities.

The eighth annual meeting of the Society will take place at Södertörn University College in Stockholm, April 22-24, 2010.

POSTER: http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/nosp/NOSP%20affisch.pdf


Thursday 22/4

17.00 MB 416, Registration
17.30 Words of welcome from the University: Rector Ingela Josefson. Music: Jörgen Petterson.
18.00 Ronald Bruzina “Phenomenology’s recovery of nature antecedent to naturalism”
19.30 Reception with buffet at Södertörn University
Chair: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

Friday 23/4

9.30 -11.00 MB 416, Camilla Serck-Hanssen "Critique conceived as Fundamental Ontology; Heidegger's Reading of Kant"
Chair: Hans Ruin
11.30-13.00 Parallel Sessions Section I
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Parallel Sessions Section II
16.30-18.00 MB 416 Jeff Malpas “Nihilism and the Thinking of Place”
18.00-18.30 Board meeting
Chair: Sara Heinämaa

Saturday 24/4
9.30-11.00 MB 416, Panel on Eugen Fink’s Phenomenology
Chair: Sven-Olov Wallenstein
11.30-13.00 Parallel Sessions Section III
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Parallel Sessions Section IV
16.00-17.30 MB 416, Claudia Baracchi “The End of Philosophy and Another Beginning”
Chair: Hans Ruin
20.00 Conference dinner at Restaurant Rival

Parallel Sessions Section I
1a) MC 238, Phenomenology and Ancient Philosophy
Jussi Backman “The Unthought Distinction: Heidegger’s Notion of the First Onset of Western Philosophy”
Charlotta Weigelt: “The hermeneutic significance of Aristotle’s concept of chance”
Antonio Cimino: “Performativity and Philosophy as a Form of Life. New Perspectives on Heidegger’s Interpretation of Plato’s Sophist”
Chair: Hans Ruin

1b) MC235, Merleau-Ponty, Speech, Space, Gender
Anna Petronella Fredlund: “A phenomenology of speech: Merleau-Ponty’s reading of Saussure”
Petri Berndtson: “The Respiratory Constitution of Space and its connection to the Origin of Space”
Linda Fisher: “Gendering Body Memory in Merleau-Ponty”
Chair: Lisa Käll

1c) M243, Space and Orientations
Friederike Rese: “Places, Human Beings and Things”
Denisa Butnaru: “‘Distorted‘ Body, ‘Distorted’ Space”
David Connolly: “Space not spaces: Spatial unities in experiences of pathological synaesthesia”
Chair: Fredrika Spindler

1d) MC 544, Finitude and Responsivity

Anna-Karin Selberg: “Achtung versus wakefulness – Heidegger’s approach to Kant’s practical philosophy”
Thomas Schwarz-Wentzer: “Being responsive – an existentialist reading of the late Heidegger”
Eddo Evink: “A Phenomenology of Surrender”
Chair: Christian Nilsson

1e) MC546, Husserl, Eidetics and Life World
Mirja Hartimo “Husserl and algebra of logic”
Rosa-Maria Lupo: “The eidetic constitution of objectivity between Husserl and Aristotle”
Simo Pulkkinen: “On the Pregivenness of the Lifeworld”
Chair: Jonna Bornemark

1f) MC219, Phenomenology and Aesthetics
Trevor Perri: “The Imaginary and the Work of Art”
Mitha Firth: “Phenomenology and Anonymous Architecture”
Cecilia Sjöholm: “The Aestheticization of public space; art, phenomenology and the feminist revolt”
Chair: Sven-Olof Wallenstein

Parallel Sessions Section II
2a) MC 238, Phenomenology and psychoanalysis
Andrzej Leder: “Can Husserl’s concept of consciousness’ structure serve as a starting point for the development of a theory of not-conscious?”
Johan Eriksson: “Freud the reluctant philosopher – on psychoanalysis and its relation to science and philosophy”
Jagna Brudzińska: “In-depth Phenomenology and the dynamic of the unconscious experiences in the Psychoanalysis”
Nicholas Smith: “Husserl’s late philosophy of science and the Freudian contribution”
Chair: Christian Nilsson

2b) MC 235, Self and Other

Dan Zahavi: ”Shame and the exposed self”
Joel Backström: ”The phenomenology of conscience: turning ethics inside out”
Vivian Bohl & Bruno Mölder: “The directness of the other”
Chair: Jonna Lappalainen

2c) MC 243, Phenomenology of Affectivity
Hanne Jacobs: “Affection and Distance”
Irina Poleshchuk: “Affected intentionality in Levinas’ philosophy”
Christophe Perrin: “Useful but incertain: Heidegger’s critique of Pascal”
Chair: Carl Cederberg

2d) MC 544, Eugen Fink’s Critical Elaboration of Phenomenology
Daniele de Santis: “Fink’s Criticism of the Concept of Evidence”
Peter A. Varga: “Distinguishing between Fink’s and Husserl’s Notion of Phenomenological Philosophy”
Chair: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

2e) MC 546, Agency and Action
Ulrika Björk: “World and worldlessness. Romantic cosmopolitanism in the Varnhagen salon”
Hans Pedersen: “Heidegger’s Critique of Causal Theories of Action”
Martina Reuter: ”Hannah Arendt’s Concept of Personal Responsibility”
Chair: Charlotta Weigelt

2f) MC219, Community and Politics
Lisa Folkmarson Käll: “Community as Space of Sharing and Exposure”
Kristian Klockars: “Political Ontology, its Possibilities and Role”
Timo Miettinen: “Husserl and body politic”
Ramona Rat: “Singular and Multiple”
Chair: Anna-Karin Selberg

Parallel Sessions Section III
3a) MC 238, Intentionality and Hyletic Content
Ingvar Johansson: "How to Situate Fictions in the Spatiotemporal World – Developing Thoughts from Ingarden"
Dalius Jonkus: “Transformation of the Notion of Sensibility in Contemporary Phenomenology”
Helena de Preester: “Hylè and imagination: Sartre’s critique of Husserl”
Luis Niel: “The Fundamental Problem of the Phenomenology of Time: The Phenomenologizing of Primal Phenomenality in Husserl’s C-Manuscripts”
Chair: Johan Eriksson

3b) MC 235, The Spatiality of the Body

Dermot Moran: “Pain takes Place at a Distance from the Ego: The Experience of Inner Spatiality in Husserl and Stein”
Timothy Mooney: “On the Intelligence in Concrete Movement: Merleau-Ponty’s Proper Conclusion”
Rasmus Thybo Jensen: “Is spatial awareness in action conceptual?”
Chair: Carl Cederberg

3c) MC 243, Roundtable on Feminist Phenomenology
Lisa Folkmarsson Käll, Beata Strawarska and Lanei Rodemeyer
Chair: Sara Heinämaa

3d) MC 544, Bodily Reflection

Johan Eckart Hansen:  “Bodily reflection”
Wenjing  Cai: “Phenomenological Reflection and the Possibility of a ‘Phenomenological Language’”
Erika Ruonakoski: “Embodied Situation As the Object of Empathy”
Chair: Nicholas Smith

3e) MC 546, History and Death
Paul John Ennis: “Phenomenology and the Problem of the Ancestral”
Gabriel Malenfant: "'We Do Not Have a Present' Levinas, Wyschogrod, and the Dead Other"
Søren Gosvig Olesen: “The History of Reason”
Chair: Hans Ruin

3f) MC516, Intentionality
Jonna Bornemark: “Beyond naming and non-naming”
Anne Granberg: “Phenomenology of anonymity”
Māra Grīnfelde: “From Erlebnis to Erfahrung: The Quest for a New Understanding of Experience in Contemporary Phenomenology”
Chair: Karl Weigelt

Parallel Sessions Section IV
4a) MC 238, Phenomenology of the Unapparent

Andreea Parapuf: “Phenomenology and Tautological Thinking in the Later Heidegger”
Sinead Hogan: “Shifting grounds… ‘…der satz vom grund klingt an…’”
Fredrik Westerlund: “The Epiphany of the World: Heidegger’s late phenomenology of origins”
Chair: Fredrika Spindler

4b) MC 235, Phenomenology and Music
Peter Hanly:  “Dark Celebration: Heidegger and the Song”
Erik Wallrup: “The phenomenon musical space”
Jessica Wiskus: “Listening: On Phenomenological and Musical Form”
Chair: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

4c) MC 243, Indexicality and Intentional Content

James McGuirk: “Indexicality and the First Person Perspective”
Karl Weigelt: “What is in your mind? Phenomenology and theory of content”
Tõnu Viik: “Cultural constituents of intentional objects: towards reading noema as a cultural form”
Chair: Johan Eriksson

4d) MC 544, Technology, Nature and Subjectivity
Sven-Olov Wallenstein: “Husserl, the Earth, and Technology”
Björn Thorsteinsson: “Responsively entangled: Merleau-Ponty meets Niels Bohr”
Joona Taipale: “Husserl and Freud on the Origins of Otherness”
Chair: Anna-Karin Selberg

4e) MC 546, Phenomenology of Body and Organ
Lanei M. Rodemeyer: “Beyond Time: Considering Ecstatic Time through the Living Present and the Body”
Line Ryberg Ingerslev: “Bodily awareness and self-distance”
Fredrik Svenaeus: “What is an organ? Towards a phenomenology of organ transplantation”
Chair: Jonna Bornemark
Big Questions in Free Will:

Grants offered through Florida State University supporting work on the nature, extent, and limits of free will in philosophy and theology.

Fellowship Announcement
The Big Questions in Free Will Program offers major grant opportunities for philosophical and theological investigations of free will. For information about the project and the application process, go to http://www.freewillandscience.com.
Professor John Burgess (Princeton University, Department of Philosophy) will give two talks at the Department of Philosophy (Univ. Helsinki):

First talk, 22.4, 16.30 (!), Room A10: Truth in Fictionalism

Fictionalism about any arbitrary subject matter seems to require realism about other subject matters.  Even if there is a coherent fictionalism about fictional characters, for example, it's hard to make sense of fictionalism about fictions themselves.  Hence the modal fictionalist's concern that prefixes like 'According to the tall-tale of extreme modal realism...' may turn out to be ineluctably modal.  Fictionalism about truth would therefore seem to be a non-starter---not because fictions are intuitively false, but because the notion of truth seems to be implicated in the semantics of fictionalization prefixes.  Yet something like the revolutionary fictionalist stance toward alethic discourse would be a sensible reaction to the inconsistency theory of truth (which Matti Eklund and others have argued convincingly is an attractive response to the semantic paradoxes).  The purpose of this paper, then, is just to make the world safe for alethic fictionalism, by showing that the most promising versions of fictionalism in general provide for a coherent fictionalism about truth in particular.

The second talk, 23.4, 12.30 (!), Room A10: An Alethic Theory of Reference

Inferentialists are divided over deflationism about representational notions like truth and reference.  Inferential- or conceptual-role semantics provides a more "substantive" theory of reference than the sort of anaphoric account on offer in Brandom.  This opposition obscures an alternative in the theory of reference available to deflationists and inflationists alike (provided we abandon the correspondence theory of truth constitutive of referentialism).  The alternative emerges upon recognition of the fact that the theory of reference involves two separable projects, usually run together: to specify the referent of an arbitrary term, and to explain what
it takes for a term to refer in the first place.  In the general spirit of conceptual-role semantics, I develop an explanation of referential success that essentially involves the notion of truth (coupled with a familiar, deflationary specification of referents). Very roughly, the idea is just that an expression refers iff it can be used to state a truth.  The most troubling objection to this style of view arguably has to do with the phenomena of referential indeterminacy.  Dealing with this objection leads to a speculative resolution of the problem of the many, and a diagnosis of the urge to posit vagueness in the world.
"Filosofi som skolämne" består idag av endast en obligatorisk kurs med tre valbara fördjupade kurser på gymnasienivå. Ämnets ställning i de finska skolorna är sålunda fortfarande marginellt. Jämförelsevis få studerande väljer de fördjupade kurserna (där de erbjuds) och bara enstaka abiturienter väljer att skriva studentexamen i filosofi. Å ena sidan uppfattas filosofi som svår och akademisk, å andra sidan som ett flummigt ämne i vilket alla svar verkar vara lika bra.

Men kunde det i denna situation finnas skäl att utvidga filosofiundervisningen i skolorna? Kunde man till och med införa filosofi redan på låg- och högstadiet?

I anslutning till den aktuella omarbetningen av läroplanen tål frågan att ställas.

Birgit Schaffar-Kronqvist
FD i pedagogik och ämneslärare i filosofi


Birgit Schaffar Kronqvist diskuterar frågan med redaktör Dan Lolax i Radio Vega Åboland 16.03.2010. Lyssna på programmet i Yle Arenan:

Boka in Theorias 75-årskonferens

Den 1-2 oktober i år firar vi att Theoria fyller 75 år. Det gör vi genom att anordna en filosofisk konferens i Stockholmstrakten. Som talare har vi bjudit vi in framstående filosofer som också är chefredaktörer för filosofiska tidskrifter. De kommer alla att tala om ett ämne de själva väljer, och dessutom blir det ett rundabordssamtal om filosofisk publicering. Följande talare kommer att delta:

Hans van Ditmarsch (Journal of Philosophical Logic)

Pascal Engel (Dialectica)

Vincent Hendricks (Synthese)

Søren Holm (Journal of Medical Ethics)

Pauline Jacobson (Linguistics and philosophy)

Anthonie Meijers (Philosophical Explorations)

Hans Rott (Erkenntnis)

Henry S Richardson (Ethics)

Vi återkommer med fler detaljer när vi vet mer. Konferensen anordnas med stöd från Vetenskapsrådet och Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Vi räknar med att kunna finansiera resor och uppehälle för några doktorander. Men just nu: Boka in datumen för en spännande filosofisk konferens!

Sven Ove Hansson, chefredaktör för Theoria
Workshop: "Agency and Nature" i Stockholm den 27 och 28 maj.

HEMSIDA: http://www.philosophy.su.se/agencyworkshop.htm

Speakers and Titles:
Andrew Janiak, Duke University, North Carolina
“Agents and their powers in Isaac Newton's philosophical thought”

Lilli Alanen, Uppsala University
“Explaining (away) the passions: Spinoza and the science of the human mind”

Valtteri Viljanen, Academy of Finland
“Force and Striving in Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics”

Charlotta Weigelt, Stockholm University
”A potential origin? Aristotle’s conception of archê in the Physics.”

Marcel Quarfood, Uppsala University
“Kant’s antinomy of teleological judgment”

Martin Gustafsson, Stockholm University
“Anscombe's Bird, Wittgenstein's Cat.”

Ulrika Björk, Uppsala University
“Praxis and Initium: On Hannah Arendt's Conception of Action”

Erik Åkerlund, Uppsala University
"The Four Causes in Suárez - the Transformation of the Aristotelian Causes in Late

Organisatorer: Robert Callergard och Charlotta Weigelt
Umeå universitet söker en universitetslektor i filosofi med inriktning mot praktisk filosofi.

För närmare information, se annonsen på: http://www8.umu.se/umu/aktuellt/arkiv/lediga_tjanster/312-223-10.html

Vid Umeå universitet finns världsledande forskning inom flera områden. Vi erbjuder ett attraktivt utbud av utbildningar och goda studiemiljöer. Campus utgör en inspirerande miljö för de 4 000 anställda och 33 000 studenter som valt oss. För oss är det självklart att sträva efter jämställdhet och mångfald. Vi samarbetar gärna med näringsliv och organisationer i regionen och övriga världen. Tillsammans står vi inför spännande utmaningar och stora möjligheter.

Universitetslektor i filosofi
med inriktning mot praktisk filosofi

Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier, vid Umeå universitets humanistiska fakultet, bedriver utbildning och forskning inom ämnesområdena arkeologi, filosofi, historia, idéhistoria, religionsvetenskap och teologi. Inom filosofi erbjuds utbildningar och examina på grundnivå, avancerad nivå, och forskarnivå. Utöver fristående kurser i filosofi ansvarar institutionen för ett nytt kandidatprogram i filosofi och samhällsanalys, och filosofiämnet deltar även i andra program inom Umeå universitet.

Vi söker nu en skicklig lärare inom området filosofi med inriktning mot praktisk filosofi.

I anställningen kan ingå undervisning på grundnivå, avancerad nivå och forskarutbildningsnivå. Innehållet i undervisningen faller inom det breda ämnet filosofi, och har en huvudsaklig inriktning mot praktisk filosofi: etik (inklusive metaetik och tillämpad etik) och politisk filosofi. Breda ämneskunskaper inom huvudområdet filosofi är dock meriterande.

Undervisning äger rum på campus och nätbaserat. Planering och genomförande av undervisning och examination sker till stor del i lärarlag. Det är därför viktigt att den sökande har god samarbetsförmåga.

För att vara behörig att söka anställningen ska den sökande ha avlagt doktorsexamen i filosofi, praktisk filosofi, eller motsvarande. Som bedömningsgrunder vid anställningen gäller graden av vetenskaplig och pedagogisk skicklighet. Därutöver ligger administrativ skicklighet, förmåga att leda och utveckla personal, att samverka med det omgivande samhället, att informera om forskning samt förmåga till utvecklingsarbete till grund för bedömningen. Behörighet och bedömningsgrunder för anställningen framgår av 4 kapitlet i högskoleförordningen.

I anställningen ingår för närvarande 80% undervisning/administration och 20% kompetensutveckling som vanligen används för forskning. Anställda universitetslektorer kan ansöka om utökad forskningstid genom humanistiska fakultetens system för kvalitetsbaserad resursfördelning.

Arbetsort är Umeå, och hög närvaro vid institutionen är ett krav.

Fullständiga ansökningshandlingar skall bestå av

 *   ansökan, meritförteckning inklusive publikationsförteckning och
sammanställning av pedagogisk verksamhet. Av publikationsförteckningen bör framgå vilka arbeten som särskilt åberopas. Universitetets riktlinjer för dokumentation av pedagogiska meriter skall användas och redovisas i enlighet med de rubricerade punkterna,
 *   redogörelse för erfarenhet av forskning, pedagogiskt arbete,
administration och ledningsuppdrag, samt samverkan
med det omgivande samhället,
 *   vidimerade betygskopior,
 *   erforderligt antal av högst tio särskilt åberopade vetenskapliga och pedagogiska arbeten.

Ansökan kan antingen inlämnas elektroniskt eller i pappersformat. Handlingar som skickas elektroniskt skall vara i pdf-format. Lämnas ansökan i pappersformat, skall den inges i tre exemplar. Redogörelse för och dokumentation av meriter skall struktureras i enlighet med universitetets riktlinjer som finns under adressen:

Ytterligare information om institutionen och filosofiämnet finns på http://www.idesam.umu.se.

Närmare upplysningar lämnas av prefekt Lena Eskilsson, 090-786 62 65.
e-post: lena.eskilsson(a)idesam.umu.se
Facklig information lämnas av SACO, tel 090-786 53 65, SEKO, tel 090-786 52 96 samt ST, tel 090-786 54 31.

Handlingar som skickas elektroniskt ska vara i word- eller pdf-format.

Din ansökan, märkt med dnr 312-223-10 ska vara inkommen till jobb(a)umu.se eller till Umeå universitet, Registrator, 901 87 Umeå, senast 2010-04-19.

Välkommen med din ansökan!
European Humanities University

Research Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
EUROPE 2010: Global and Local

May 15-16, 2010
Valakupių g. 5, Vilnius, Lithuania

European Humanities University is proud to announce its annual student research conference aimed at providing a platform for discussing current issues in politics, law and culture in a European context. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate.

Conference panels include the following:
•        International, European and national law in the legal order of Eastern Europe
•        Belarus and European identity
•        History and culture of Belarus –  past and present
•        Individual and society –  philosophical and sociological aspects
•        Images of modernity in arts
•        Media culture: analysis, interpretation, criticism
•        Current problems in gender theory
•        Politics and society
•        Virtual university: challenges of distance learning

The working languages of the conference are Belarusian, Russian and English. Papers accepted will be published in the conference prospectus. Students with the most interesting presentations will be awarded certificates.

Applications for participation should be sent to studentconference(at)ehu.lt by April 4,
2010 with the subject line “Europe 2010.”

Requirements for presentation abstracts:
Length: should not exceed 3 pages A4
Font: Times New Roman,  12-point font, 1.5 spacing
Name, surname and conference panel in the heading of the presentation abstract

Those prospective participants who need a Lithuanian visa to participate in the conference should also provide the following information: date of birth, passport number (and ID number) and date of issue.  Visa fees will be covered by the conference organizers.

All conference participants will be provided with dormitory housing (May 15-16). Participants from Belarus will receive a travel grant. Please contact the conference coordinator (studentconference(at)ehu.lt) for more information.
Second Graduate International Summer School in Cognitive Sciences and  Semantics

19-29 July 2010

Analytic Pragmatism, Semantic Inferentialism, and Logical Expressivism

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)
David Beisecker (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
Michael Glanzberg (University of California, Davis)
Henry Jackman (York University)
Danielle MacBeth (Haverford College)
Mark McCullaugh (University of Guelph)
Douglas Patterson (Kansas State University)
Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer (University of Leipzig)

The Seminar will focus on three interconnected themes running through  the work of Robert Brandom: (1) Analytic Pragmatism, the project of  giving a rigorous and systematic theoretical account of the relation  between meaning and our discoursive practices, (2) Semantic  Inferentialism, the strategy of taking inference rather than  representation as one’s explanatorily basic semantic category, and (3)  Logical Expressivism, the idea that the fundamental role of logical  terms is to make explicit the inferential relations in our discursive  practices.
Prof. Brandom will be lecturing and leading seminars on all three  topics, while the other members of the faculty will be leading  seminars on historical antecedents and contemporary alternatives/ criticisms of these pragmatic, inferentialist and expressivist positions.

For more details, see:

Please note that applications submitted by 15 April are eligible for a discounted registration fee.

Only applications submitted by 15 April will be considered for partial  scholarships.
Power & Knowledge
The 2nd International Conference, Tampere, September 6-8, 2010
Call for Papers

Inspired by the great success of the first conference (Power: Forms, Dynamics and Consequences, September 22-24, 2008), we carry on probing questions of power. This time the conference concentrates on the links between power and knowledge. As is well known, Michel Foucault argued that power and knowledge are like two sides of the same coin. There are however many other approaches and research traditions that tackle the role of knowledge production in affecting and constituting power relations. What are the roles of science, research and research-based knowledge production in promoting policy models? Does scientific research or evidence-based consultancy save the world and lead us to a better future? What effects does the key role of knowledge production in contemporary societies have on power and politics? How are the established databases and statistical classifications of the public and private organizations constructed and reproduced? What is the role of everyday knowledge in society? What is the relationship between knowledge and resistance? By bringing together scholars who approach these questions from different angles this conference will advance our understanding about power relations in social reality.

Keynote speakers will include:
- Patrick Carroll (University of California, Davis, US)
- Gili S. Drori (Stanford University, US)
- Susan Haack (University of Miami, US)
- Sandra Harding (University of California, Los Angeles, US)
- Sakari Hänninen (National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL, FI)
- Michael Mann (University of California, Los Angeles, US)
- Yuval Millo (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
- Soile Veijola (University of Lapland, FI)


• Authority, Experience & Power
• Bourdieuan Elaborations of Power, Knowledge, Body and Emotions
• Capitalizing Culture. Articulations of Culture, Knowledge and Economy
• Dynamics of Knowledge Creation in Wikis
• Knowledge About the Economy
• Knowledge Production and the Power of the Academic Profession
• Knowledge, Power and the Environment
• Language and Power
• Leadership for Change in Sub-National Governments
• Meaning and the Power/Knowledge of the Social Sciences
• Motives and Powerbases in Group Relations, Strategies and International Economic Relations
• Post-Colonial Theory, Power and the Uses of Knowledge
• Power in Social Work
• Power of Attraction
• The Fall and Rise of Efficiency as a (Restored) Politics of Truth
• The Local-Global Interfaces and Domestification of Transnational Models
• The Politics of Higher Education and Research
• The Power of/over the past: re-politicizing the classics
• The Power of Visual Discourse

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract (150-200 words) by May 15, 2010. To send an abstract and to get more information about the conference and session details, please visit our web pages at http://www.uta.fi/power2010 or contact the organisers by email: power2010(at)uta.fi.
For all interested

A wiki-based site on commentaries on Peter Lombard's Sentences has been set up in:


The site is especially focused on digitized early prints and modern editions, but links to digitized manuscripts are also included whenever possible. All suggestions for additions are most welcome.

Pekka Kärkkäinen
First Annual International Summer School in German Philosophy

"Transcendental Ontology and Issues in Epistemology in Post-Kantian Idealism”

(June 14-25, 2010)


Professor Markus Gabriel
Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Bonn University

Keynote Addresses:

Professor Paul Franks (University of Toronto)
Professor Espen Hammer (Temple University)

Course Description:

One of the aims of the summer school is to argue that the thinkers of Post-Kantian
Idealism defend a new ontology, one which lays out the conditions of possibility for
transcendental, higher-order thought. Despite Kant’s negative verdict on ontology, these conditions appear precisely ontological as soon as the existence of the alleged transcendental subject is confirmed. Since the world cannot be reduced to a strictly ”external world” in the Cartesian sense, the conditions of possibility for referring to determinate objects in the world come to be conceived as themselves determinate objects in the world. With this re-evaluation of the status of ontology in mind, we will read key texts by Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, with specific attention to the relation between epistemology and ontology. Through this ”ontologized” reading, we will attend to certain essential claims of each thinker: Hegel’s thinking not only substance as subject, but the subject as substance, the later Fichte’s re-introducing the notion of being into his Wissenschaftslehre, and finally, Schelling’s ontology of ”ground”, ”existence” and the ”will” in his Freiheitsschrift and Weltalter.

We will first examine the epistemological reasons for this ontological turn in
Post-Kantian Idealism (many of which are consequences of skeptical maneuvers) and then examine some of the basic aspects of this new ”transcendental ontology.” Classes will be seminar-style, with an emphasis on close textual analysis, five days a week in the mornings and evenings. Students will also have access to the Bonn University Philosophy Department Library.


Please send your application in English (CV and a short letter of intent) to
idealism2010(at)uni-bonn.de. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2010. Participants must be graduate students. All texts and discussions will be in English. We will be inviting 50 students in total.


There are some stipends (€800-1000) available, which cover travel expenses and part of the accommodation, for foreign graduate students. To apply for a stipend, please send a short, seperate letter that explains your need for financial support.

Please note that there are no registration or course fees for the summer school.


We will help all participants find accommodation in Bonn (youth hostel, hotel rooms).
More information regarding housing will be made available soon. Students will be
responsible for meals, aside from two conference dinners.
April 8-10, 2010
Politics of the One:
The Limits of Fragmentation and the Chances for Consolidation

Centre d’amitié franco-russe, Smolny Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The European University at Saint Petersburg, The “Chto Delat” group


[PDF for this event can be found here]

The conference will be dedicated to the actual problems of the contemporary political
philosophy. Their focus will be the problematic of unity and multiplicity, of synthesis
and dissolution. These concepts, which may seem highly abstract, from the first sight,
have been, in the last 30 years, central for the continental philosophy, particularly for
the French tradition. Thus, the problems and paradoxes of the one and the many are
thematically discussed in the fundamental works by Gilles Deleuze, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Alain Badiou. Some of them, for example “The clamour of being” by Alain Badiou and the “Being singular plural” by Jean-Luc Nancy, were recently translated into Russian. In the last two years, in Saint-Petersburg there has been working an informal philosophical seminar dedicated to the problems of unity (coordinators: Artemy Magun and Alexey Cherniakov). In this seminar, we study the texts by Hegel, Heidegger, Deleuze, Badiou, which are dedicated to the notion of the one. The subject of the conference is not limited, of course, to these authors. Thus, at a more concrete level of analysis, the theme of the constitution of collective was actively elaborated in philosophy by Jean-Paul Sartre. The issues of the constitution of social unity through the mechanism of identification have been deeply investigated by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Some similar problems have been treated, in the recent years, by the philosophers of other European countries, such as Italy Slovenia, Austria, Finland, and others.

The today’s interest in the concept of uniting the multiple is motivated by the current
socio-political processes. The process of “globalization”, understood as the unification
of the world via the world market and the mass media, does not introduce any working form of unity. This unification is rather negative (in the logical sense) than positive, since it stems from the destruction of the current local socio-political units. The things and the people are united, rather, by the absence, by the disappearance of forms and principles. Simultaneously, the process of society’s atomization is underway, and a subject looses the intermediary levels of reference, finding itself one to one with the totality of the world. Unity appears today in its two modes at once - as a limitless totality and as an excluded, excepted one-as-singularity. Hence the highly popular theme of the universal “state of emergency,” of exception becoming a rule.

Unity of the world is in the process of practical realization – and this is why it reappears as a problem. Some suggest a post-metaphysical abandonment of the one in favor of the multiple: the fulfillment of unity would lead to the overcoming of the one. Some, on the contrary, suggest that the true unity requires an irreducible singularity: the singular one (understood, this time, ontologically and not as exception) should rise against the one-as-a-form. Some, like Jean-Luc Nancy, propose a synthesis (“being singular plural”).

At this juncture, the concept of the one demonstrates its polysemantic and contradictory: it simultaneously means unity as totality, singularity as exception, identity, and privative delimitation. It is this polyvocity which makes it almost indeterminate, but which also puts it into the center of philosophical questioning of the century.

The process of a negative unification brings with itself, not just the negative value of
dissolution but equally, a chance for any democratic reunion of people, beyond all existing classifications and hierarchies. Currently, when, in politics, there comes a crisis of a party-type mass organization and of the parliamentary system of representation, philosophy should elaborate, along with the empirical social sciences and the arts, forms of the possible social synthesis.

The former binary structure of political forces is currently undergoing a deep
transformation. The mutual opposition between the former historical blocks and parties disappeared or became diffuse; objective antagonisms do not disappear but they are, so to say, pulverized in the multitude of social conflicts. Social power acts not any more through the repressive forms of uniformization or exclusion of the antagonistic elements but through the “soft” forms of control and governance and through the emphasis on the plurality and diversity of various identities. In social philosophy this is reflected in the theories of “multiculturalism” and other affirmations of difference and plurality.

If, for the avant-garde philosophy of the last half of the 20th century, the principle of
multiplicity was a call to micro-analysis and an instrument of criticizing the repressive
forms of the One (the political and discursive ones), today, in the new situation, multiplicity often seems to be losing its innovative and critical potential and is
hypostasized as a positive principle which is in accord with the reigning socio-political
configuration. This is why the notion of the One, in its renewed form which expresses and affirms, rather than excludes, the disorder of the multiple, becomes an important stake in the contemporary philosophical work.

As Russian scholars, we are particularly interested in the history of the concepts ofd
unity and multiplicity in the Russian and, later, the Soviet intellectual tradition. One
of the main themes of the Russian philosophy, from the moment of its emergence in the beginning of the 19th century, was the search for the collective models of subjectivity and of the subjectless and synthetic forms of consciousness. While in the early period (the Slavophiles Ivan Kireevsky, brothers Aksakov, A. Khomyakov), this search happened in the religious and religious-philosophical context, accompanied with the critique and revision of the Western Christianity (primarily, Protestantism), in the later years, by the end of the XIX century (Vladimir Solovyev and his circle, Nikolay Fedorov and others) the interest shifted towards the ethical and epistemological problems, and in the final stage (the 1920s, time of Gustav Shpet, Mikhail Bakhtin, LEF and Proletkult) it turned to the aesthetical and political discourse, while criticizing the “bourgeois” philosophy, the Western European culture and art. This tendency found its final expression in the ideological models of the Soviet collectivity.

Thus, against the widespread hypothesis of the idiosyncratic character of the “Russian
philosophy” - of its religious, fideist, intuitive, or “sobornyi” nature, which is supposedly engaged and justified by an idea of the chosenness and of the world’s
salvation, we suggest to analyze, with the contemporary research methods, the social and anthropological experience of unity, the historically cultivated types of community in Russia, in relation to the phenomenon of the Russian power. In particular, it is
important to answer the question of the possible specificity of the idea of collectivity (the “all-unity”, “sobornost’”, “collective”) in the Russian tradition and its place in the world philosophical context.

Thus, the theme of the one and the many lies at the crossroads of the contemporary
philosophical, sociological, and politological discussions. At the conference, we suggest
discussing the philosophical logic of the one as well as the more concrete questions of
unity in the context of globalization and atomization of the society, and of the chances they bring.

The conference program:

Thursday, April 8
The European University at Saint Petersburg (Gagarinskaya, 3)

19.00 The registration

Welcoming addresses:
Artemy Magun, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Oleg Kharkhordin, The European University at Saint Petersburg
Dmitry Vilensky (Saint-Petersburg, Group “Chto Delat”, Laboratory of critical art at the European University at Saint Petersburg).

Opening of the exposition “When one must say “we”. Art and practices of solidarity.”

Friday, April 9

The European University at Saint Petersburg (Gagarinskaya, 3)

09.00  The registration

09.15 – 11.15 Unity and the perspectives of political solidarity
Nina Power (Great Britain). Humanity, Unity and the One.
Alexey Penzin (Moscow). TBA
Gerald Raunig (Wien/Zürich). Condivision, or Towards a non-communitarian concatenation of singularities.

11.15-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.30 The perspectives of political solidarity (protraction)
Alberto Toscano (Great Britain). An Enthusiasm for the Abstract: Fanaticism and the
Politics of the One
Keti Chukhrov (Moscow). The Universal, the General, the Multiple in the perspective of a Political Utopia

13.30 - 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 16.30 Unity and/or community?
Jonathan Flatley (USA). Semblables
Artemy Magun (SPb). Unity and solitude
Boyan Manchev (Bulgaria). The One: Construction or Event? For a Politics of the Becoming

16.30-16.45  Coffee break

16.45 – 19.00 E Pluribus Unum: Res Publica and Community
Oleg Kharkhordin (SPb). How does one constitute the one? Theology of the icon, theory of non-representative art and of non-representative politics
Viktor Kaploun (SPb). The Problem of the Public Sphere
Yves Sintomer (France). Drawing lots in politics: Unity and totality

19.00 -19.30 Coffee break

19.30 - 21.00 Keynote lecture
Jean-Luc Nancy, Plus d’un

10 April, Saturday
Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Galernaya, 58-60)

9.30-11.45 Topic TBA
Igor Tchubarov (Moscow). TBA
Dmitry Fedchuk (Saint-Petersburg). TBA
Boris Markov (Saint-Petersburg). Being and totality. Problem of unity in the German
philosophy of the early 20th century

11.45-12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30 Unity and multitude in nature
Susanna Lindberg (Finland). Elemental Nature as the Ultimate Common Ground of the World Community
Michael Marder (Canada). Vegetative democracy, or the post-metaphysics of plants

13.30-14.15 Lunch

14.15-17.45 The metaphysics of the one

Alexey Chernyakov (SPb). Truth and Infinity in Badiou and Heidegger
Jussi Backman (Finland). Complicated Presence: The Unity of Being in Parmenides and Heidegger
Marcia Cavalcante (Sweden). TBA

17.45-18.00 Coffee break.

18.00-20.30 The praxis of unity and multiplicity: Self-organization in contemporary Russia
Pavel Arsenyev (SPb). TBA
Dmitry Dubrovsky (SPb). TBA
Carine Clement (Moscow). Fighting together: the problem of solidarity

20.30 Closing comments
Postgraduate Course:
Therapy is not enough: Wittgenstein's substantial contributions to philosophy

Dr Danièle Moyal-Sharrock
University of Hertfordshire, UK

Finnish Graduate School of Philosophy
Åbo Akademi University Philosophy Department, Turku, Finland
Monday 24 – Friday 28 May 2010

Enrollment by April 30 2010: Martin Nybom mnybom(a)abo.fi. Anyone is
invited to attend (but PhD-students will be given priority). 5 ECTS for
essay, 2 ECTS for active participation.

Course schedule also at:

*** Filosoficafé - Mytiskt tänkande och den ekologiska krisen ****

Inledare: Filosof Niklas Toivakainen
Tid: Söndagen 14.3.2010 kl. 17.00
Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tema: Mytiskt tänkande och den ekologiska krisen

Fritt inträde & Alla välkomna!!


Niklas Toivakainen är doktorand i filosofi vid Helsingfors universitet. Hans val av tema
är inspirerat av filosofen och miljöaktivisten Arne Naess' förslag att den moderna
(västerländska) civilisationen "innerligt väl behöver odla sin mytiska fantasi". För
Naess hänger odlandet av (och bristen på) denna fantasi ihop med den ekologiska krisen.

Föredraget på filosoficafé den 14 mars, är ett försök att påbörja en utredning om hur vi
kan förstå relationen mellan mytiskt tänkande och människans förhållande till naturen. Detta inbjuder oss att reflektera över vår förståelse av vad mytiskt tänkande innebär (kan innebära) och hurdan plats det kan ha i vår kultur, som så starkt är påverkad av en vetenskapligt orienterad världsbild.

Mytiskt tänkande har sina förbindelser med religiöst tänkande och även med det mystiska. Som sekulära västerlänningar leder dessa förbindelser lätt tanken till dogmatism och konservatism, något som vi ser på med avsky. Å andra sidan skapar det mytiska, det religiösa, det mystiska, en känsla för det heliga. Om t.ex. träd eller skogar sågs som  heliga, skulle då nerhuggningen av regnskogar vara tänkbart?


Folkets Bildningsförbund
Hagsgatan 12, FIN-20540 Åbo
tel. +358 505147297
FBF (snabel a) kaapeli.fi
Visiting lecturer,
University of Helsinki

Professor Lars-Olof Åhlberg (Uppsala Universitet):
Plato, Danto, and Emin on Beds: Ontological Considerations

on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 at 4.15 P.M. in lecture room 16 (Fabianink. 33, Helsinki, 4th floor) at the University’s Main building.

All welcome!
The 4th Christina Conference on Gender Studies Gender, Nature and Culture
Helsinki, Finland 20.-22. May 2010

Registration for the 4th Christina Conference on Gender Studies is now open. For more information, please visit http://www.helsinki.fi/genderstudies/conference/

The 4th Christina conference explores the complex connections among gender, nature and culture. Recent research has increasingly viewed nature and culture as inherently entangled and inseparable, suggesting that nature is often understood through discourses of gender and, conversely, that gender is made sense of through historically contingent assumptions about nature. Building on this growing body of scholarship, the conference asks how this mutual intertwining of nature, culture and gender has been theorized, represented and experienced in the past as well as the present. The conference aims to be a meeting point for researchers from different disciplines.

Keynote speakers:

* Rosi Braidotti. Utrecht University, the Netherlands
* Sarah Franklin, London School of Economics, UK
* Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Linköping University, Sweden
* Priscilla Wald, Duke University, USA


*Early bird *(by 31 March 2010)
Participant 125€
Student (including postgraduate students) 50€

*Full fee* (from 1 April 2010)
Everyone 150€

Please note that the fee does not include Friday night’s conference dinner (additional 35€)
The Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) is pleased to announce a conference on the topic of

Haiti and the Politics of the Universal

The conference is free and open to all.
Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2010

After two centuries of neglect and disavowal, the Haitian Revolution has suddenly become a fundamental reference point for global emancipatory politics, a touchstone for critical philosophers such as Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Susan Buck-Morss, Peter Hallward, and Hardt and Negri. This conference will address this contemporary theoretical turn in Haitian Studies, discussing Haiti’s place in Atlantic Modernity and its central role in political history and theory since 1791. Topics will range from the world-historical significance of the Haitian Revolution to the place of Haiti in the global political order since 2004. The conference will bring together a mix of academic and activist speakers to discuss the broad historical, philosophical, and political implications of Haiti since 1791.

Since 1804, Haiti has named the founding, repressed, ‘legitimate’ violence of Western Modernity in its totality: both our spectral fantasies of slavery, revolutionary violence, and the ‘failed state,’ as well as the site of an eternally disavowed egalitarianism without compromise.

Friday, March 12, 2010  (Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen)

9:00-9:30 AM, coffee

9:30-9:45 Welcome and opening remarks, Christopher Fynsk (Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen)

10-00-10:50 Nick Nesbitt (Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen) ‘ Traversing Haïti, Beyond the Universal Phantasm ’

11:00-11:50 Charles Forsdick (Liverpool University) ‘”Our past, our presents, and our possible futures”: situating Toussaint Louverture’

12:00-12:50 Alberto Moreiras (University of Aberdeen) ‘Historicality and Historiography: Haiti and the Limits of World  History’

1:00-2:00 Lunch break

2:30-3:20  Deborah Jenson (Duke University) ‘Placing Haiti on the Geo-psychoanalytic Map: Hypnose, Pathologies of the Middle Passage, and the Creolization of the Unconscious’

3:30-4:20  Kim Ives (Haiti Liberte) ‘How the Earthquake has affected Haiti’s National Democratic Revolution and International Geopolitics’


4:45-5:45 David Scott (Columbia University) ‘The Theory of Haiti: The Black Jacobins and the Ethos of Universal History'

Saturday, March 13, 2010

9:00-9:30 AM, coffee

9:30-10:20 Andrew Leak (UCL) ‘Haiti's “Nouveau Contract Social” of 2005: a Simulacrum of Citizenship’

10-30-11:20 Chris Bongie (Queen’s University) ‘(Not) Razing the Walls: The Post-Politics of 'World Literature'

11:30-12:20 Patrick Elie (Haitian activist) ‘The Lessons of Haïti’

12:30-1:30 Lunch break

1:30-2:20 John Kranauskias (Birckbeck) 'Haiti's Marvelous Revolution: Reflections on Alejo Carpentier's "The Kingdom of the World"'

2:30-3:20  Valerie Kaussen (University of Missouri) ‘Ghosts of Universal History’


4:00-4:50 Peter Hallward (Middlesex University) ‘Self-Emancipation and the Politics of Violence in Haiti’

5:00-5:30 Discussion and concluding remarks

For more information, please contact Nick Nesbitt (n.nesbitt(at)abdn.ac.uk) or Laura Mackenzie (laura.mackenzie(at)abdn.ac.uk)

Visit us at the Centre for Modern Thought website at: http://abdn.ac.uk/modern/
Styrelsen för Einar Hansens Allhemsstiftelse har beslutat att utlysa två post-dokstipendier för forskare vid humanistiska fakulteten i Lund. Stipendiaterna tillträder senast den 1 januari 2011.

Stipendierna utgår med 180 000 kronor vardera under ett år, med möjlighet till förlängning med ytterligare högst ett år. Allhemsstiftelsen administrerar stipendiet som utgår kvartalsvis i förskott.

Stipendiaterna får samtidigt som de uppbär stipendierna inneha anställning vid Lunds universitet, främst för att skaffa sig erfarenhet av undervisning, som inte får överstiga 25 % av årsarbetstiden.

Behörig till stipendium är den som avlagt doktorsexamen högst tre år före ansökningstidens utgång.

Ansökan, tydligt märkt med dnr HT 2010/47, skall ställas till Carin Brenner, Kansli HT, Lunds universitet, Box 117, 221 00 Lund och vara inkommen senast den 1 april 2010. Ansökan, som inlämnas i ett exemplar, skall innehålla:
-       Redovisning för tidigare och pågående vetenskaplig verksamhet.
-       Plan över det forskningsprojekt sökanden avser att arbeta med under stipendietiden.
-       Bestyrkt meritförteckning.
-       Handlingar och skrifter i övrigt som den sökande önskar åberopa.

Särskild blankett för ansökan finns ej. Ansökningarna bereds av forskningsnämnden vid område HT. Beslut fattas av Allhemsstiftelsen.

Uppgifter lämnas av:
Carin Brenner, 046-222 72 28, carin.brenner(at)kansliht.lu.se

Stipendiaterna förväntas att till Allhemsstiftelsen överlämna ett exemplar av doktorsavhandlingen samt ett exemplar av de publikationer som blir resultatet av forskningen under stipendietiden. Dessa publikationer ingår i en särskild avdelning i Allhemsstiftelsens bibliotek.

I tjänsten

Carin Brenner
Daniela Cutas (Göteborgs universitet) will give a research course in Reproductive Ethics,
distance course, personalised, both at undergraduate and graduate level. This semester.

Course outline available here: http://gu-se.academia.edu/DanielaCutas/Teaching

For more info, contact daniela.cutas(a)filosofi.gu.se

Dr. Daniela Cutas
Postdoctoral Fellow in Practical Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
University of Gothenburg
Box 200, SE-40530 Göteborg, SWEDEN
work: http://www.flov.gu.se/om/personal/daniela_cutas/
Conference Announcement and 2nd Call for Papers:


AUGUST 19-20, 2010

We tend to think of liberal democracy as providing the most ethically defensible way to set up a modern society. A separate yet highly relevant issue is whether liberal democracies also are preferable from an epistemological perspective, i.e., from the point of view of promoting true over false belief, knowledge over ignorance, and so on.
The purpose of this conference -- and of the research project that it is part of -- is to investigate the norms, practices, and institutions that determine how belief and knowledge is acquired and transmitted in liberal democracies. Questions to be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

- Under what conditions is free speech a truth-conducive social arrangement?
- When can we trust each others' testimony?
- What is the proper response to disagreement, including disagreements among experts?
- What is the proper role of scientific expertise in democratic decision making?
- How is the need for expertise to be balanced against the desire for adequate representation?
- What are the epistemological properties of social deliberation?

Speakers include David Estlund (Brown), David Christensen (Brown), Jerry Gaus (Arizona), Stephan Hartmann (Tilburg), Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth), Vincent Hendricks (Copenhagen), Michael Lynch (UConn), and Erik J. Olsson (Lund).

We cordially invite you to submit a 500 word abstract on any topic relevant to the conference theme. Please prepare your abstract for anonymous review. Abstracts should be submitted (as a plain text, MS Word, or PDF file) to cph.epistemology(at)gmail.com no later than April 1, 2010. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made within two weeks.

To register, please e-mail kappel(at)hum.ku.dk with your name and affiliation. There will be a registration fee of 200 DKK ($40, or €25) for faculty, and 100 DKK ($20, or €12) for students. There will also be an option to attend the conference dinner on the evening of August 19 at a cost of 400 DKK ($80, or €50). Please indicate in your registration if you wish to attend. All fees are due in full on the first day of the

The conference is organized by the Social Epistemology Research Group (SERG) at the University of Copenhagen as part of the research project, the Epistemology of Liberal Democracy: Truth, Free Speech and Disagreement, conducted with generous support from the Velux Foundation.

Three PhD and Postdoctoral Stipends in Philosophy and Neuroscience

The unit of Prof. Markus Werning within the Mercator Research Group Structure of Memory invites applications for three PhD or postdoctoral stipends:

D. PhD Stipend in Philosophy of Mind and Language
The candidate will have a strong background in philosophy of mind and language. Knowledge in logic and/or formal semantics is required. Some experience in linguistics, psychology, or computer science would be welcome. The candidate should have a vivid interest in neurophilosophical approaches and be open to integrating experimental work.
E. PhD or Postdoctoral Stipend in Neurolinguistics or Cognitive Neuroscience (EEG)
The candidate will have a strong background in neurolinguistics or cognitive neuroscience. Experience in human EEG is required. 64 and 128 channel EEG systems and an acoustically and electrically isolated EEG cabin will be available. Experience in time/frequency analysis, coherence measurement, and/or beam forming is welcome. Opportunities for collaborations involving fMRI will be given. The candidate should have a vivid interest in the neural processes underlying language comprehension.
F. Cognitive Neuroscience (fMRI)
The candidate will have a strong background in cognitive neuroscience. Experience in human fMRI is required. A 3T human scanner will be available. Opportunities for collaborations involving EEG will be given. The candidate should have a vivid interest in higher cognition and should be open to foundational issues relating to all facets of the human mind.

The Mercator Research Group Structure of Memory investigates episodic and semantic memory processes and their relation to other cognitive functions. It is founded by the Stiftung Mercator, one of Germany´s largest foundations, and comprises a diverse and interdisciplinary team of philosophers and experimental as well as theoretical neuroscientists.

Prof. Werning's unit develops an integrative theory that positions the topic "memory" in wider context of other cognitive functions. On the one hand, the unit explores the
relationship between semantic memory and conceptual representation. A main aspect here is the neural realization of conceptual representation and the role semantic memory plays in the constitution of linguistic meaning. On the other hand, they will investigate the relationship between episodic memory and the experience of time, the envisioning of past and future as well as personal identity.

The main language of communication within the group is English. PhD students will be encouraged to join RUB´s International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN). Postdocs will have moderate teaching obligations. Stipends will be competitive. Please address inquiries and applications to Prof. Markus Werning. To apply please send a letter stating your motivation and your research interests, a complete CV, and the names and email addresses of three referees to mrg1(at)rub.de by March 7th, 2010. The Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with disabilities.
To view the original announcement click here:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Werning
Professor of Philosophy of Language and Cognition
Department of Philosophy
Ruhr University Bochum
44780 Bochum, Germany
Email: markus.werning(at)rub.de
Homepage: www.rub.de/phil-lang
Phone: +49-234-32-24734
Fax: +49-234-32-14463
Secretary: +49-234-32-26739
The Second Annual Online Consciousness Conference has officially begun:


I hope you will join for the next two weeks (February 19th-March 5th) for what promises to be a very exciting conference.

Please post and distribute widely; apologies for cross posting.

"Consciousness Online was founded by Richard Brown and is dedicated to the rigorous study of consciousness. The goal is to bring consciousness researchers together in an online venue to promote widespread discussion and exchanging of views/data related to the scientific and philosophical study of consciousness, broadly construed.

Currently Consciousness Online is home to the Annual Online Consciousness Conference but I hope that it will grow into a monthly symposium. I am currently looking into funding opportunities and welcome inquiries from interested parties."
Här finns utrymme för filosofer med intresse för t.ex. kunskapsteori och
kunskapsanvändning i följande annons. Men det finns även andra vinklingar på den här utlysningen som bör kunna passa en filosof med tvärvetenskapliga böjelser:

Till institutionen för medicin och hälsa (IMH) söker vi nu 5 doktorander inom ett nytt
forskningsprogram kring implementering och lärande inom hälso- och sjukvården.
Forskningsprogrammet har tre teman:

1. Nya arbetssätt
2. Lärande och kunskapsspridning
3. Implementering av riktlinjer, policy och beslut

Vi söker dig som har en kunskaps- och erfarenhetsmässig bakgrund i till exempel medicin, vård, samhällsvetenskap eller humaniora.

Sista ansökningsdag är den 7 mars 2010.

Mer information hittar du på:
Här kan du sedan klicka i vänstermarginalen för att läsa mer om de tre "temana".

(vill du kolla upp avdelningen där filosoferna sitter, tema H, gå in på http://www.imh.liu.se/avd_halsa_samhalle)
The PETAF FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network is pleased to announce seven *3-year pre-doctoral positions in philosophy*:

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the University of Barcelona
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the University of St. Andrews
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the University of Geneva
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the University of London
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at Stockholm University
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the Central European University,  Budapest.

*PETAF* is the first research and training network exclusively in philosophy ever to be financed by the European Commission. It aims to serve as a European research and training platform for joint philosophical research on *perspectival thought, its linguistic expression and its consequences for our conception of objective, mind-independent reality*. PETAF’s research programme, which runs for 4 years, addresses both general issues in metaphysics and in logic and semantics and specific issues in more specialised areas in which perspective-bound cognition plays a pivotal role.

Successful candidates will be recruited by the respective institution under renewable one-year contracts (*starting date: 01 October 2010*). Salaries vary according to the country where the appointing institution is located, reflecting differences in living expenses. Successful applicants will immediately be admitted to the local doctoral programme without having to pay tuition fees. Throughout the time of their appointment, they will pursue research in one or more of the four philosophical subdisciplines covered by PETAF’s research programme, i.e. the philosophy of logic and language, metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the theory of norms and value. They will spend up to 30% of the time of their appointment with other network partners, some of this percentage in secondment at PETAF’s non-academic partners.

This call is open to candidates of all nationalities as long as they comply with the European Commission’s Mobility Requirement (see Further Particulars). Eligible candidates must be in the first 4 years of their research careers, starting at the date of obtaining the degree that would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate in philosophy. The appointing institutions endeavour to ensure a fair female representation by promoting real equal access opportunities between men and women
throughout the selection process.

All applications must be submitted by email to the Coordinator under
petaf.management(at)gmail.com. Applications must include a completed Application Form, an up-to-date CV, a two-page research proposal, a written work sample of preferably no more than 5000 words, and two letters of reference. Candidates should
ask their referees to write to the Coordinator directly. Proof of a master’s degree, or equivalent, in philosopy or cognate disciplines, and proof of English language proficiency must also be provided. Applicants can apply for more than one position, but must provide one application per position applied for and submit a Preference Form. (Only one set of reference letters is required.) *The deadline for applications is 19 March 2010, 12pm (Central European Time)*.

*Further Particulars* can be found under


FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network
c/o Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science
University of Barcelona
Montalegre 6-8
E-08001 Barcelona

Email: PETAF.management(at)gmail.com
Webpage: http://www.ub.edu/petaf/

24th International Baltic Conference on the History of Science
8-9 October 2010
Tallinn University of Technology
Akadeemia tee 3 12618
Tallinn, Estonia

The 24th International Baltic Conference on the History of Science is the first meeting of Baltic historians of science that takes place in Tallinn and the first hosted by Tallinn University of Technology. The conference will take place in the new building of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration on the main campus of Tallinn University of Technology at Mustamäe.

Compared to be analogous conferences before, more space has been offered to Philosophy and Methodology of Science. The organizers are happy about the involvement of several leading historians of science from outside the Baltic and Nordic region in the Programme Committee.

October 2010 is the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the common Association of the History and Philosophy of Science of the Baltic countries. The Association was founded in October 1990 in Riga.

The next step in cooperation will be considered in Tallinn. During the conference, participants from the Baltic States and Nordic countries will discuss the possibility of having joint conferences on the History of Science in the future.


Submission Deadline: 1 May 2010

We are pleased to announce that the 24th International Baltic Conference on the History of Science will be held on 8 - 9 October 2010 at Tallinn University of Technology.

Abstracts should concern one of the following fields in the Baltic and/or Nordic context:

-        philosophy and methodology of science
-        history of medicine and museums
-        history of natural sciences and mathematics
-        history of technology and engineering
-        history of social sciences, humanities and education

The deadline for submitting abstracts (of approximately 500 words) is 1 May 2010. Abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachments in either .doc or .rtf format. Please indicate in which section you would prefer to present your paper. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact the organizers. Decisions concerning the abstracts will be communicated by 30 June, 2010.

The programme of the conference will be announced in early September 2010. Accepted abstracts will be published before the start of the conference. Language of the abstracts and of the presentations is English. Reading time of the papers is 20 minutes (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion).

The abstracts should be sent to Mr. Mait Talts

Conference registration fee is 40€, 25€ for graduate students.
Details of payment will be announced in January 2010.
[see the section Call for Abstracts at http://bchs10.ttu.ee/]

On behalf of the Organizing Committee:

Peeter Müürsepp
Professor of Philosophy and Methodology of Science
Tallinn University of Technology
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Akadeemia tee 3
12618 Tallinn, Estonia
phone: +372 6204116
e-mail: peeter.muursepp(at)tseba.ttu.ee
History of Philosophy Research Seminar
Spring 2010
Time: Tuesdays 14:15-15:45
Place: Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki) Seminar room 31

2.3. Markku Roinila: Locke and Leibniz on single passions (NOTE that the meeting will take place in Fabianinkatu 26 Seminar room 106)

9.3 Malin Grahn: Gender in ancient physics and metaphysics

23.3. Hemmo Laiho (Turku): Kant on perception

30.3 Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): Ideas Are Ideas: Of the Ontological Status of Berkeley's Ideas

6.4 Erik Åkerlund (Uppsala): On Suarez

20.4. Kreeta Ranki (Turku): Meier and Reimarus on Animals

4.5 Tommi Lindfors: Some remarks concerning the political philosophy of Jean Bodin

11.5 Minna Koivuniemi: Spinoza's Imagination
Copenhagen Summer School in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind
Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen
August 23—27, 2010.

This summer school will provide essential insights into central themes within the
philosophy of mind, viewed from a phenomenological perspective.

Topics include: consciousness, intentionality, perception, embodiment, the self, and

The course will consist of a mixture of lectures and seminars (25 hours total), aimed at
advanced MA students and PhD students.

Speakers will include: Prof. Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki), Prof. Hans Ruin (Södertörn), Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Nottingham), Prof. Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen), Dr. Søren Overgaard (Copenhagen).

Space is limited, so please register early. In any case, registration must be completed (in writing) by April 30, 2010.

Students interested in giving a short presentation (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion) must submit an abstract when they register.

Language: English

Venue: University of Copenhagen

We welcome students from all countries. The summer school is free of charge.
To register, or to request further information, please email Dr. Søren Overgaard:

University of Copenhagen
Njalsgade 140-142, 5th floor
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Phone +45 35 32 86 80
Fax +45 35 32 86 81
Email cfs(at)hum.ku.dk


Teater Viirus och Folkets Bildningsförbund

***Kultur och okultur i konstvärlden del II***

      -det andra av tre seminarier om konsten och dess roll i kulturen

Plats: Diana-Scenen, Skillnadsgatan 7, Helsingfors
Tid: Lördag 27.2.2010 kl. 13->

13.00  Inledningsord av Nikolai Enckell

13.20  Leena Kuumola, konstkritiker, ‘Marginalens betydelse i bildkonst’.  Berättar om egna erfarenheter av olika konstarter. Den lilla formen och vad marginalen mellan olika konstarter innebär.

14.40  Lotta Petronella, filmmakare, ‘Werner Herzogs begrepp om ekstatisk sanning’. Vad är skillnaden mellan liv och fiktion? Sakerna vi inte förstår i vårt vardagliga liv måste också behandlas på något sätt. Kan filmen eller konsten undersöka de här sakerna?

16.00  Kaffepaus

16.30  Hugo Strandberg, tf. akademilektor i filosofi vid ÅA, ‘Konsten och livet’. Vad innebär det att tala om konstens autonomi? Vilka samband finns det mellan konsten och livet? Och på vilket sätt är konst alls viktigt för oss?


17.50  Sven-Olov Wallenstein, lärare i filosofi och estetik vid Södertörns Högskola,  ‘Avantgardet och marknaden’. Den moderna konstens utveckling i relation till varusamhället, från mitten av 1800-talet fram till idag, och modernismens förhållande till varan.


19.10  Servering: Kvällssits med soppa och tilltugg, samt drycker till förmånliga priser. 


Teater Viirus tel. 09-440224 måndag-fredag kl.10-17 eller viirus(at)viirus.fi

OBS! Sista anmälningsdagen torsdag den 25.2.2010.

Förfrågningar även till: fbf (at) kaapeli.fi eller tel. 0505147297

Seminariets temaformulering av Nikolai Enckell

"Varför är konsten viktig för oss? Är den verkligen viktig? Den frågan kan också ställas. Hur syns konstens relevans i vårt samhälle? För att svara på dessa frågor måste vi reflektera över vilken roll konsten har i våra liv. Finns det möjligen några konflikter mellan den önskade rollen och den som den nu har? Konflikter finns det säkert – men vilka är de? Frågorna kring konsten är givetvis inte nya men det är viktigt att varje generation själv tar ställning till dem. Att diskutera dem utgör en integrerad del av en vital konstvärld och i diskussionen behövs både filosofisk analys och politisk och samhällelig diagnostik.

Diskussionen är viktig överlag men kanske i synnerhet för den finlandssvenska minoriteten. Inte bara vårt kulturella arv är viktigt för oss, också den finlandssvenska samtidskonsten är viktig för vår finlandssvenska identitet. Verksamhetsförutsättningarna för den finlandssvenska konstutövningen är därför något som vi också har skäl att reflektera över. De har aldrig varit problemfria och är det inte heller idag."


Folkets Bildningsförbund r.f.

Hagsgatan 12

20540 Åbo

tel. 050 5147297

fbf (at) kaapeli.fi



7-8 October 2010, University of Tampere, Finland
Abstract submission dead line: 2 April 2010
Keynote speakers of the conference include: *Kevin Hart* (Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia) and *Shira Wolosky* (Professor of American Studies and English Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


The conference Literary Transcendences welcomes contributions on the contemporary notions and significance of transcendence, be they reinterpretations of literary, philosophical or theological texts and traditions, or novel theoretical openings.

In the wake of the “immanent turns” in philosophy and cultural studies in the 1970s and 1980s transcendence was deemed a relic and a hierarchical concept that established false authority and even spiritual tyranny. In recent years thinkers in diverse fields have turned to transcendence again: not in order to rehabilitate but to rearticulate ‘transcendence’ as a concept for epistemological, literary and aesthetic criticism. It seems that philosophies of all-inclusive immanence repeat the same hegemonic mistakes for which thinkers of transcendence were previously criticised. Hence immanence needs to be radically revised and cracked open—not in order to establish other worlds or any deeper realities with their paramount Others, but so as to reveal ontological and epistemological blind spots unattainable by means of ordinary language and thought.

Despite the common conception of transcendence as a plane beyond language, language is a fundamental locus at which the divide between the immanent and the transcendent is determined. Language is also where the divide itself is always already suspended. Conversely, the very suspension applies to plain immanence too: when the place of transcendence is disputed, the ontology of immanence becomes a matter of negotiation. How, then, is transcendence written today and what is at stake?

The organizers welcome proposals for contributions (max. 400 words, for a 20 minute paper + 10 minute discussion time). The abstract and a short bio-bibliography should be e-mailed to

transcendences(at)uta.fi *by 2 April 2010*.

Speakers will be notified by the end of April. Full conference info will be available by the end of May.

The Project *Literature, Transcendence and Avant-garde* http://www.littravant.eu/
Department of Literature and the Arts (University of Tampere, Finland)
Further information: paivi.mehtonen(at)uta.fi
Culture and Politics

Two presentaions next Friday, 12 February 14-17, University of Helsinki, Porthania, P545:

Sakari Hänninen: Gramsci in Relation to Machiavelli

My aim is to make some sense of Gramsci's possible contribution towards politico-legal analysis. I shall not address those legal scholars (Critical Legal Studies et al) who have taken advantage of Gramsci's idea of hegemony and reworked it, but to start from the context in which Gramsci himself wrote his texts. In this effort I shall also address his reading of Machiavelli which makes sense why Gramsci might offer quite an alternative way of approaching state and law than the tradition anchoring itself to Hobbes and his "admirers".

Mónica García-Salmones: Social and Political Philosophy of Hans Kelsen

Hans Kelsen founded his legal theory upon pregnant intellectual assumptions. A study of his social philosophy might be divided into two. On that field he oscillated between a critique to the discipline of sociology of law and a personal engagement with sociology. Both his rejection of the sociology of law and the fact that, in a mature age, embarked in sociological studies himself contribute to better grasp the legal theory of one of the most celebrated 'Staatsrechtslehrer' of 20th century.

Welcome! Distribute!

Samuli & Sabine

For the whole programme of Culture and Politics seminar, see:

Culture and Politics 2009-2010

This is an ongoing monthly seminar under the auspices of the chair of legal sociology,
Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. The seminar aims at opening a space for
discussing, mapping and developing perspectives of social, political and cultural
theory to legal research; and why not also legal theory perspectives to social, political
and cultural research.

The seminar is led by Sabine Frerichs sabine[dot]frerichs[at]helsinki[dot]fi and
Samuli Hurri samuli[dot]hurri[at]helsinki[dot]fi. Welcome everyone!

Programme (changes and additions are possible)

Wednesday 23 September 14-16 P 545
Sabine Frerichs: Re-embedding Neo-liberal Constitutionalism: a Polanyian Case for
the Economic Sociology of Law

Tuesday 6 October 14-16 P545
Jason Beckett: Foucault's Ghosts and the Shadow of Justice

Monday 9 November 14-16 P545
Zenon Ba kowski: The Space to See: Law and the Ethical Imagination

Wednesday 9 December 14-16 P 545
Dorota A. Gozdecka: From Religion to Culture
[Wednesday 27 January 14-16 P545
Hänninen’s presentation is moved to the 12 February session!!]
[See: on 28-30 January Power of Law workshop,
http://www.helsinki.fi/nofo/exlegpos/. You need to register for this!]

Friday 12 February 14-17(NB: three hours!) P545

Sakari Hänninen: Gramsci in Relation to Machiavelli
Mónica García-Salmones: Social and Political Philosophy of Hans Kelsen

Friday 5 March 14-16 P545
Marjo Ylhäinen: Symbolic Power in the Legal Field

Tuesday 13 April 14-16 P545
Panu Minkkinen: Max Weber's Tragic Modernity

Tuesday 11 May 14-16 P545
Ida Koivisto: Foucault
Samuli Hurri: Foucault’s Subtexts of Law
(1) Where's Your Argument? Informal Logic, Critical Thinking and Argumentation

A Two-Day Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire UK
Monday and Tuesday April 12th & 13th 2010

Frans van Eemeren: The Pragma-Dialectical Approach to Argument
Lars Hertzberg: The Grammar of Inference
Don S. Levi: The Informality of Logic
Michael Loughlin: The "Evidence Based Medicine" Debate
Steven Poole: Unspeak
John Powell: Criteria for Good Argument
Rupert Read: “Reframing” and “Unspeak” or Politics Without Propaganda?
Jamie Whyte: Bad Thoughts and Worse Policies

The conference is FREE to attend, but you must book a place before April 1st 2010. We can arrange discounted accommodation, for a small booking fee.

For information, including details about our CALL FOR PAPERS, Email: whereisyourargument.mmu(a)googlemail.com
Webpage: http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/ids/home/news/whereisyourargument.php
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=261974951403

The conference is supported by donations from the Aristotelian Society, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Mind Association, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies MMU Cheshire & RIHSC MMU Organisers: Ben Cassidy and Phil Hutchinson

(2) Being Frank: Frank Ebersole, Ludwig Wittgenstein & the Enduring Influence of Ordinary Language Philosophy

A Two-Day Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire UK

Thursday and Friday April 15th & 16th 2010
Wes Sharrock
Rupert Read
John Powell
Fred Mosedale
Derek A. McDougall
Don S. Levi
Kelly Dean Jolley
Eugen Fischer

The conference is FREE to attend, but you must book a place before April 1st 2010 We can arrange discounted accommodation, for a small booking fee.

For information, including details about our CALL FOR PAPERS email: beingfrank.mmu(a)googlemail.com
webpage: http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/ids/home/news/beingfrank.php Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=476643365500
Organisers: Ben Cassidy and Phil Hutchinson

The Third Nordic Pragmatism Conference
"Action and Interaction"
Uppsala, Sweden, 1-2 June 2010

The Nordic Pragmatism Network organizes its third conference in Uppsala, Sweden, 1-2 June 2010. The theme of the conference is the pragmatist understanding of action and interaction, as well as its implications in contemporary philosophical reflection on various fields, such as science, religion, ethics, education and anthropology.

The organizing committee invites paper proposals to the conference programme. The deadline for abstracts is 1 April 2010. For more information and a detailed call for papers, please see the conference webpage at: http://www.nordprag.org/npc3.html.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to contacts and mailing lists.

Henrik Rydenfelt
Nordic Pragmatism Network
FBF - Filosoficafé 14.2.2010

Inledare: forskare Ritva Pitkänen
Tema: Suomalaisyhtiöt kansainvälistyivät - kuka hyötyi? (Inledning på finska, diskussion på svenska och finska)
Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tid: 14.2.2010 kl. 17:00

Fritt inträde & alla välkomna!


Folkets Bildningsförbund r.f.
Hagsgatan 12
20540 Åbo
tel. 0505147297
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Åbo Akademi

En uppdaterad lista på forskarseminarierna i filosofi. Notera datumet för Danièle Moyal-Sharrocks forskarkurs.

An updated list of Research Seminars in philosophy. Please note the date for Prof. Moyal-Sharrock's graduate course.


Tid/Time: Måndagar/Mo 18-20
Plats/Venue: Aud. Westermarck, Åbo Akademi/HF/Arken (Fabriksgatan 2, 20500 Åbo).

11.1 Christian Braw: Varför grät Turgenjev? Om den totalitära människan



1.2 Olli Lagerspetz: Descartes misstag. Med hänvisning till Tredje och Fjärde Betraktelsen

8.2 Thomas Nyman: Confusion as a Necessity of Moral Reflection and Action

15.2 Martin Gustafsson: Familiar Words in Unfamiliar Surroundings: Davidson's Malapropisms, Cavell's Projections

22.2 Kim-Erik Berts


8.3 Joel Backström

15.3 Yrsa Neuman

22.3 Ylva Gustafsson

(26-28.3: Nordiska Wittgensteinsällskapets symposium i Uppsala, tema: Language, Ethics and Animal Life)

29.3 Hannes Nykänen (om Wittgenstein & Freud)

(5.4 påsk = easter)

12.4 Iris Wikström: Om Cusanus rättvisebegrepp

19.4 Niklas Forsberg: What is it like to be a corpse?


3.5 Benjamin Alm

(7.5: Phalén-picnic i Uppsala, tema: filosofisk psykologi)


17.5 Antony Fredriksson

24.5 Danièle Moyal-Sharrock: Coming to Language: Wittgenstein's Social 'Theory' of Language Acquisition

(24.5 - 28.5: Danièle Moyal-Sharrock's research course: Wittgenstein's contributions to epistemology, philosophy of mind & language/ Finnish Graduate School of Philosophy, Postgraduate Course)

Upcoming symposium at Södertörn University:

The Ambiguity of the Sacred - Phenomenological Approaches to the Constitution of Community in Religion, Politics and Aesthetics

Symposium at Södertörn University College, Feb 10-12th, 2010, Conference room F11


Wednesday 10/2
16.00-17.30 Donatella Di Cesare, Creation-Reparation-Decreation -  between Heidegger and the Kabbalah

Thursday 11/2
09.00-10.30 Jakob Rogozinski, 'You shall kill the one you love':  Abraham and the ambiguity of God, commentator Elena Namli
10.45-12.15 Muniz Sodré, Sacredness as a Social Strategy, commentator  Mattias Martinsson
13.30-15.00 Fredrika Spindler, Religion, Politics, Passion in Hobbes and Spinoza
15.15-16.45 Päivi Mehtonen, Atheistic Mysticism. The Early avant- garde and Radical Spirituality, commentator Jon Wittrock

Friday 12/2

09.00-10.30 Bettina Bergo, Minimalist Faith, Worlds, and the Body,  commentator Jonna Bornemark
10.45-12.15 Ward Blanton, Apocalyptic Nothings: Of Paul and the Ground of Philosophical Critique, commentator Hans Ruin
13.30-15.00 Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Appearing in Fragility,  the Fragility of Appearing

More information at www.sh.se/filosofi, see "aktuellt", or go  directly:

The symposium is open to all. For registration please contact 
jonna.bornemark (at) sh.se.

Welcome! / Jonna Bornemark
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
Jan Löfström, University of Helsinki
gives a presentation on

Historical apologies as acts of symbolic inclusion - and exclusion?
Reflections on institutional apologies as politics of cultural citizenship

at the CEREN Colloquium on Wednesday, January 27th, 16.15 - 18.00 at Snellmaninkatu 12 (Swedish School of Social Science) [Helsinki], room 210.

Jan Löfström is University Lecturer in Social Studies Education at the University of Helsinki, and Docent in Historical Anthropology at the University of Jyväskylä. His current interests relate to the politics of history and, more specifically, to historical apologies and their implications for the symbolic politics of citizenship. He has authored a number of articles and conference papers in Finnish, Swedish and English that discuss institutional historical
apologies as vehicles for the symbolic construction and demarcation of national communities (Tiede & Edistys 1/2004, Historisk Tidskrift för Finland 1/2005, Historiallinen aikakauskirja 4/2006, Politiikka 3/2007, Citizenship Studies forthcoming in 2011).

Next CEREN Colloquium will be on February 10th at 16-18 with with Carl-Gustav Linden. He will talk about National champions and the media: ethnocentrism and nationalism in the economy.

The Colloquiums are open for everyone interested.


For more information, see their web page:
Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit

Spinoza Day
Perspectives on His Moral Psychology

Monday, 1 March, 9.30-17 (Lecture room 12 (3019), Main Building, Unioninkatu 34 [Helsinki], 3rd floor)


Chair: Virpi Mäkinen, University of Helsinki
9:30 Susan James, Birkbeck College, University of London: Truth, Theology and Philosophy in Spinoza's TTP
11:00 Lilli Alanen, University of Uppsala: The Metaphysics and Cognition of Passive Affects in Spinoza's Ethics

Chair: Juhani Pietarinen, University of Turku
13:30 Olli Koistinen, University of Turku: Spinoza on Value Appearances and Value Judgments
14:30 Valtteri Viljanen, University of Turku: The Metaphysical Basis of Spinoza's Moral Psychology
15:45 Minna Koivuniemi, University of Helsinki: Spinoza’s Concept of Ingenium

All those interested are welcome to attend. For further information, please, contact minna.k.koivuniemi(at)helsinki.fi
Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit

Friday, 29 January, 12-15 (Auditorium XI, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34 [Helsinki], 3rd floor)

Ineke Sluiter (Leiden), Free speech and failing markets
Siegfried van Duffel (Singapore), The Moral Psychology of Natural Rights
Samlingen av Georg Henrik von Wrights texter har öppnats och utökats. Nu finns texter om så skilda ämnen som deontisk logik, Dante och Edvard Westermarck utlagda. von Wright skrev också 1947 en essä om Werner Jaegers numera klassiska Paideia. Jaeger söker efter den klassiska grekiska andan, och von Wright engagerar sig i den europeiska kulturens framtid genom att hos Jaeger söka dess rötter, just efter det katastrofala kriget. Texterna visar von Wrights bredd som filosof och kulturkritiker.

Filosofia.fi:s redaktion är tacksam för publikationslov från von Wrights familj, och samarbetsvilja från förlag och tidskriftsredaktioner. Ta en titt på von Wright-samlingen: Filosofia.fi/vonwright.

Edvard Westermarck and Beyond heter ett forskningsprojekt på Åbo Akademi inom ramen för Kone-stiftelsens satsning på evolutionstanken. Samlingen av Westermarcks brev till vännen Rolf Lagerborg har kompletterats, och breven kan läsas här.

Samlingen Finsk Tidskrift har utökats och fått en egen ingångssida: Filosofia.fi/finsktidskrift.

Inledningen på det nya årtiondet lovar gott för filosofiportalens del. Vi hoppas att snart få publicera texterna ur boken Tankens Vägar (Ajatuksen Kulku), en översiktlig historik över filosofin i Finland. Texterna är författade av finländska filosofer och behandlar hela den finländska filosofins historia, från medeltiden fram till våra dagars internationellt uppmärksammade finländska filosofi.

Persongalleriet med gestalter ur Finlands filosofihistoria kommer också att utökas. I denna långa historia, från etableringen av akademin i Åbo 1640 till idag, har många satt sina avtryck. Kantianen Gabriel Palander gjorde i början av 1800-talet gradmätningar i norra Lappland, ett internationellt intressant företag, men höll också föredrag om Kant och andra. Den excentriske Forsius levde på 1600-talet ett färgstarkt liv vars uppgång ledde rakt in i det svenska hovet och en tjänst som hovastronom, men fallet blev desto djupare. Dessa båda, och många fler, kan man snart läsa om i portalens persongalleri.

Filosofia.fi:s svenska redaktion önskar alla en god fortsättning på 2009, och håll utkik efter nyheter på portalen. Det lönar sig.
Problems of Social Solidarity
International colloquium

Venue: University of Helsinki Main Building, Lecture Hall XIII. Fabianinkatu
33, Helsinki. (NB! CHANGED VENUE) Time: 12th -13th February 2010

The seminar is open for all but pre-registration is required. Please book your place by contacting Ms Kirsi Reyes at kirsi.reyes(at)helsinki.fi. The deadline for registrations is 26th January.

The notion of solidarity has returned to the focus of both social scientists and philosophers. Many recent publications have suggested different definitions and differentiations of the concept, arguing for its relevance (or irrelevance) in different aspects of moral, social and political life. The theme indeed resonates to various aspects of social life: cohesion, friendship, altruism, religion, social capital, terrorism, to mention a few. The forthcoming expert seminar "Problems of Social Solidarity" will gather together social scientists and philosophers who have discussed problems of social solidarity either theoretically or empirically. The focus will be both on the concept and the practices of social solidarity. The seminar is organized by Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, which is a
multidisciplinary research unit within University of Helsinki. The organizing committee includes Arto Laitinen and Anne Birgitta Pessi.


Friday 12 Feburary 2010

10:00 Opening words by Sami Pihlström, Anne Birgitta Pessi and Arto Laitinen

10:30-11:30 Siegwart Lindenberg (University of Groningen): The Importance of Weak Solidarity

11:45-12:45 Mikko Salmela (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies):
Collective Emotions as the 'Glue' of Solidarity

12:45-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-15:15 Carol Gould (CUNY, Hunter College; Grad Center, Ralph Bunche
Institute): Does Global Justice Presuppose Global Solidarity?

15:15-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 Raimo Tuomela (University of Helsinki; University of Munich):
Solidarity and We-thinking

17:00-18:00 Arto Laitinen (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies):
Solidarity and Mutual Recognition

18:15 Vice Rector's reception (all participants welcome!)

Saturday 13 February 2010

10:00-11:00 Pål Repstad (University of Agder, Norway): Social Solidarity,
State Welfare, and Religious Commitment

11:00-12:00 Nicholas H. Smith (Macquarie University, Sidney, Australia):
Work and Solidarity: A Reassessment

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Bente Nicolaysen (University of Bergen): Volunteering, the
Humanitarian Gift to "Distant Suffering" and Solidarity

14.30-15.30 Anne Birgitta Pessi & Arto Laitinen (Helsinki Collegium for
Advanced Studies): Solidarity and Helping Behaviour

15:30-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Simon Derpmann (University of Cologne): What Is Wrong with
Universal Solidarity?

17:00-18:00 Closing Panel
Conference: The Cartesian “Myth of the Ego” and the Analytic/Continental Divide, Nijmegen (The Netherlands), 3-4 September 2010

Cees Leijenhorst & Marc Slors (Department of Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen)

Themes and Objectives
The philosophical scene has been dominated for many years by the analytic/continental divide. This protracted history of antagonism has tended to obscure the fact that at least on one point the two traditions seem to be remarkably close, if not convergent. Despite all the differences in style and choice of topics, both traditions have been strongly shaped by a profound discussion with “Cartesianism”. Obviously, the term “Cartesianism” here does not necessarily refer to the historical positions defended by René Descartes. Quite to the contrary, both traditions seem to battle against a certain image of Cartesianism, broadly understood as the cluster of philosophical convictions grounded upon the supposition that philosophy should start from “the immediate data of consciousness” and not, for example, from human behaviour or man’s practical relation to reality as the existentialists and pragmatists would have it.    

One of the Cartesian doctrines that both analytic and continental philosophers generally found most unacceptable was that of the supposition of a pure Self, a pure Ego.  What we could call the Cartesian “Myth of the pure Ego” stands for a number of theses:  These roughly include two groups of convictions:

1) the metaphysical and epistemological claim that the conscious mind is an inner realm, connected to the outside world via the senses, to which only the ego has privileged access and about which it has incorrigible knowledge.

2) the methodological idea that this self forms the self-evident starting point of a philosophical system.

Cartesian philosophy of mind has been a favourite target for analytic philosophers from the very beginning. Think only of Ryle’s critique of substance dualism as a category mistake. In recent days, Dennett’s use of the term “Cartesian Theater” is a prototypical example of the strawman-like position labelled ‘Cartesianism’. The term is used to denounce the view that consciousness is an inner space in which an ego, homunculus or other fictitious entity watches the data coming in from the ourside world. For its part, the continental tradition only became obsessed with combatting “Cartesianism” after Husserl revived the Cartesian ego in the shape of his transcendental phenomenology. In this sense, Husserl’s “Cartesianism” became profoundly influential exactly because it was so unacceptable to most of his followers. Continental philosophers have portrayed Descartes’s/Husserl’s “pure self” as a “phantastical invention” (Heidegger) or as a linguistic fiction (Derrida).

This colloquium aims at a critical evaluation of the hidden anti-Cartesian consensus between analytic and continental philosophy. In this context, the colloquium will ask both historiographical and philosophical questions. Examples of historiographical questions include: to what extent did Descartes actually defend the “myth of the pure ego”? In other words, to what extent is “Cartesianism” a twentieth-century construction? What philosophical purposes does this construction serve? Is the rift between analytical and continental philosophy as deep as many have portrayed it? Philosophical questions include: which elements of the Cartesian tradition now still seem worth defending? Which ones should definitively be rejected, be it on the basis of insights gathered in analytic or on the basis of continental philosophy? Can philosophy really do without a “pure self”? Are there viable alternatives for a “pure self”? The organizers of this colloqium do not take an a apriori stand on these questions but invite participants to come to terms with “Cartesianism”, both from historical and contemporary philosophical perspectives. It is the hope of the organizers that in this fashion a fruitful dialogue not only between historical and systematic scholarship, but also between analytic and continental perspectives may result.

Confirmed speakers
Tom Sorell, Kathalin Farkas, Dan Zahavi, Shaun Gallagher


Papers are invited on any topic related to the theme of the conference. Please send us a brief summary of your paper (maximum 500 words) and a short CV. Submission deadline: 1 April, 2010. Decisions will be reported by 1 May, 2010. Inquiries and submissions should be directed to: leijenhorst(at)phil.ru.nl. Costs for travel and accomodation will be covered by the organizers. There is no conference fee.
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers:


AUGUST 19-20, 2010

We tend to think of liberal democracy as providing the most ethically defensible way to set up a modern society. A separate yet highly relevant issue is whether liberal democracies also are preferable from an epistemological perspective, i.e., from the point of view of promoting true over false belief, knowledge over ignorance, and so on. The purpose of this conference-and of the research project that it is part of-is to investigate the norms, practices, and institutions that determine how belief and knowledge is acquired and transmitted in liberal democracies. Questions to be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

- Under what conditions is free speech a truth-conducive social arrangement?
- When can we trust each others’ testimony?
- What is the proper response to disagreement, including disagreements among experts?
- What is the proper role of scientific expertise in democratic decision making?
- How is the need for expertise to be balanced against the desire for adequate representation?
- What are the epistemological properties of social deliberation?

Speakers include David Christensen (Brown), Jerry Gaus (Arizona), Stephan Hartmann (Tilburg), Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth), Vincent Hendricks (Copenhagen), Michael Lynch (UConn), Erik J. Olsson (Lund), and Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh).

We cordially invite you to submit a 500 word abstract on any topic relevant to the conference theme. Please prepare your abstract for anonymous review. Abstracts should be submitted (as a plain text, MS Word, or PDF file) to cph.epistemology(at)gmail.com no later than April 1, 2010. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made within two weeks.

To register, please e-mail kappel(at)hum.ku.dk with your name and affiliation. There will be a registration fee of 200 DKK ($40, or €25) for faculty, and 100 DKK ($20, or €12) for students. There will also be an option to attend the conference dinner on the evening of August 19 at a cost of 400 DKK ($80, or €50). Please indicate in your registration if you wish to attend. All fees are due in full on the first day of the conference.

The conference is organized by the Social Epistemology Research Group (SERG) at the University of Copenhagen as part of the research project, the Epistemology of Liberal Democracy: Truth, Free Speech and Disagreement, conducted with generous support from the Velux Foundation.

17.1 ordnar FBF årets första filosoficafé. Inledare är Chefredaktör Arja Alho och temat är "Demokrati och media".

Den som inte känner till Arja Alho kan kolla in hennes webbsida www.arjaalho.fi.

Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tid: Söndagen den 17.1 kl. 18:00.

Fritt inträde | Alla välkomna

Folkets Bildningsförbund | Hagsgatan 12 | tel 040 7579159
e-mail fbf(a)kaapeli.fi | www.fbf.fi
7-8 October 2010, University of Tampere, Finland

Abstract submission dead line: 2 April 2010

Keynote speakers of the conference include: *Kevin Hart* (Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia) and *Shira Wolosky* (Professor of American Studies and English Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The conference *Literary Transcendences* welcomes contributions on the contemporary notions and significance of transcendence, be they reinterpretations of literary, philosophical or theological texts and traditions, or novel theoretical openings.

In the wake of the "immanent turns" in philosophy and cultural studies in the 1970s and 1980s transcendence was deemed a relic and a hierarchical concept that established false authority and even spiritual tyranny. In recent years thinkers in diverse fields have turned to transcendence again, not in order to rehabilitate but to rearticulate 'transcendence' as a concept for epistemological, literary and aesthetic criticism. It seems that philosophies of all-inclusive immanence repeat the same hegemonic mistakes for which thinkers of transcendence were previously criticized. Hence immanence needs to be radically revised and cracked open -- not in order to establish other worlds or any deeper realities with their paramount Others, but so as to reveal ontological and epistemological blind spots unattainable by means of ordinary language and thought.

Despite the common conception of transcendence as a plane beyond language, language is a fundamental locus at which the divide between the immanent and the transcendent is determined. Language is also where the divide itself is always already suspended. Conversely, the very suspension applies to plain immanence too: when the place of transcendence is disputed, the ontology of immanence becomes a matter of negotiation. How, then, is transcendence written today and what is at stake?

The organizers welcome proposals for contributions (max. 400 words, for a 20 minute paper + 10 minute discussion time). The abstract and a short bio-bibliography should be e-mailed to

transcendences(at)uta.fi *by 2 April 2010*.

Speakers will be notified by the end of April. Full conference info will be available by the end of May.

The Project *Literature, Transcendence and Avant-garde* http://www.littravant.eu/
Department of Literature and the Arts (University of Tampere, Finland)
Further information: paivi.mehtonen(at)uta.fi
Call for papers

2nd Uppsala Forum Workshop on Climate Change Policy after Copenhagen: Politics, Policy and Ethics.

March 22, 2010

The workshop will be attended by Uppsala Forum visiting research fellows John Broome (White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford), and Edward Page (Associate Professor in Political Theory, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick). Workshop conveners are Professor Folke Tersman (Department of Philosophy) and Dr Jörgen Ödalen (Department of Government).

Global climate change poses significant risks for human health, wealth and security. Although some regions will escape serious climate impacts, the net impact will almost certainly be adverse, with members of future generations and developing countries being worst affected. At the same time, a consensus has emerged in favour of a co-ordinated, international, response to implement effective policies of climatic mitigation and adaptation. Over hundred countries are now committed to the proposition that avoiding dangerous climate change requires the stabilisation, and later reduction, of greenhouse gases so that global temperature does not rise more than 2°C over its pre-industrial level.

This interdisciplinary workshop is organized around three broad themes which capture a number of issues critical to the emergence of a comprehensive, and stringent, climate regime: Politics, Policy and Ethics. We welcome submissions relating to these themes. Possible topics include; processes and outcomes of COP15; the North–South dialogue and central role of EU—US relations; the selection of instruments and mechanisms to meet the objective of avoiding dangerous climate change; the environmental effectiveness, cost efficiency, and political feasibility of alternative policy instruments; our responsibilities to the interests of future generations; the discounting of future lives; the procedural and distributive aspects of global climate policy, as well as questions of how the burdens of climate change mitigation and adaptation can be distributed in a fair and equitable manner.

If you are interested in giving a paper, please send an abstract of at most 200 words to jorgen.odalen(at)statsvet.uu.se before January 29, 2010. Papers will be selected on the basis of these abstracts, and notices of acceptance will be sent out by February 5, 2010.

Uppsala Forum för Fred, Demokrati & Rättvisa
Uppsala Forum on Peace, Democracy & Justice