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School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Tampere, Finland
June 20-22, 2011


Monday, June 20    Paavo Koli Lecture Theathre (Pinni A Building)

9.15-9.30    Opening
9.30-11.00    Helen Beebee (Birmingham): Humean Metaphysics: An Oxymoron?
11.00-11.45    Philipp Keller (Geneve): Humean Supervenience – not quite dead yet
11.45-12.30    Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki): The Modal Basis of Humean Supervenience
12.30-14.00    Lunch Break
14.00-14.45    Crawford Elder (UConn): The Alleged Supervenience of Everything on Microphysics
14.45-15.30    George Darby (Kent): Humean Supervenience and Quantum Mechanics
15.30-16.00    Coffee Break
16.00-17.30    Markku Keinänen (University of Turku): Against Humean Trope Theory
17.30-18.15    Dolf Rami (King's College/Göttingen): An Axiomatic Bundle Theory of Substance
18.30        Welcoming Reception

Tuesday, June 21    Paavo Koli

9.30-11.00    Jonathan Lowe (Durham): Causal Powers and the Problem of Induction
11.00-11.45    Roberta Ballarin (UBC): Plenitude and Non-Essential Necessary Connections
11.45-12.30    Benjamin Curtis (Nottingham): The Humean Recombination Principle and Quidditism
12.30-14.00    Lunch Break
14.00-14.45    Pasi Valtonen (Tampere): Lewis' Anti-Haecceitism and Questions about Essences
14.45-15.30    Heikki J. Koskinen (Tampere): Anti-Humean Substance Dualism and Person-Body Symmetry
15.30-16.00    Coffee Break
16.00-17.30    Stephen Mumford (Nottingham): Hume’s Argument against Powers
17.30-18.15    Panu Raatikainen (Helsinki): A Somewhat Humean Theory of Causation
20.00        Dinner

Wednesday, June 22    Paavo Koli

9.30-11.00    Donald L.M. Baxter (UConn): Hume on Abstraction and Identity
11.00-11.45    Ferenc Huoranszki (CEU, Budapest): Hume, Powers, and Humeanism
11.45-12.30    Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): Hume's Argument for the Existential Independence of Simple Properties
12.30-13.30    Lunch Break
13.30-15.00    Todd Ryan (Trinity College, Hartford): Hume's Metaphysics of Time
15.00-15.45    Abraham Anderson (Sarah Lawrence College): Hume's Critique of the Conceivability Principle in the Enquiry and Dialogues
15.45-16.15    Coffee Break
16.15-17.45    Don Garrett (NYU): Rethinking Hume's Second Thoughts about Personal Identity
17.45-18.30    Andrew Ward (York): Hume and Kant on the Law of Cause and Effect
19.00-24.00    Conference Dinner and Sauna (Kaupinojan sauna, Kaupinpuistonkatu)

Dr Jani Hakkarainen
+358 40 1904125

The conference is organised by two projects of Academy of Finland:
British Empiricism and Trope Nominalism, and Judgment and Human Rationality
and supported by
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Tampere University Foundation
Aboagora – Between Arts and Sciences

Turku, 16-18 August 2011
Full programme and online registration: www.aboagora.fi

Registration starts 26 April

Participation is free, but the workshops and lunches require registratioen (limited to 100 persons). The agora-keynote lectures are open and require no registration.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Ruth Behar (USA), Prof. Ilkka Niiniluoto (Finland), Prof. Dan Sperber (France)

Aboagora is an event that promotes dialogue between the arts, humanities and sciences, and aims at challenging and breaking boundaries between arts and the scholarly world. Aboagora is a joint effort by the Turku Music Festival, the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku and the Donner Institute, Åbo Akademi University.

In August 2011, Aboagora brings current scholarly debates to Turku and
creates encounters between arts and sciences. Aboagora starts in Turku
during the European Capital of Culture year 2011, and the theme of the
first symposium is “Rethinking Enlightenment”. The programme consists of workshops, keynote lectures and concerts.

Please register at www.aboagora.fi to participate,

Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit

Friday, 29 April, 12-15 (Auditorium III, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, 2nd floor)


Simo Knuuttila, Notes on Mortality in Ancient Philosophy
Risto Saarinen, Death in Petrarch's Remedies
Virpi Mäkinen, Suicide in Late Medieval and Early Modern Moral Philosophy
Sami Pihlström, Human Mortality as a Philosophical Problem

Call for papers (extended)
Moscow, Russia, November 2011

The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics are pleased to announce their international conference "David Hume and Contemporary Philosophy" devoted to Hume's 300th jubilee, to be held November 15-17, 2011.

The special themes of the conference are:
Hume and Epistemology
Hume and Philosophy of Mind
Hume and Scientific Method
Hume and World Philosophy
Hume's Moral Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy

Keynote speakers: E. Agazzi, J.Bricke, J. Conant, B. Stroud, S. Fuller, R. Fogelin, R. Harre, I. Kasavin, J. Klagge, V. Lektorsky, N. Motroschilova, L. Mikeshina, J. Pitt, T. Rockmore, V. Vasiliev

Conference director: Ilya Kasavin, deputy directors: Vadim Vasiljev, Valentin Bazhanov, Aleksey Rutkevich Local organizing committee: Petr Kusliy, Ekaterina Vostrikova, Alexander Antonovsky, Anastasia Yasterbsteva, Andrey Veretennikov, Dmitriy Ivanov, Ruben Apresyan.

Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words max) and must include 100 word (max) abstract and key words.

Papers must be sent to hume2011moscow(at)iph.ras.ru by April, 15, 2011.
Authors will be notified that their submissions have been received. If you
submit a paper and do not receive an acknowledgement by April 30, 2011
please email vostrikova(at)iph.ras.ru.

Papers may be submitted in English or Russian (in the latter case see

There is no conference fee for all participants.

Non-Russian citizens have to apply for visa to travel to Russia. We can provide you with an official invitation to the conference after the acceptance of the paper.

For further information, please contact the committee at:

Models, Mechanisms and Algorithms:
Symposium on Philosophical Perspectives on Synthetic Biology

University of Helsinki

Tentative programme

Monday 2.5.2011:

Fabianinkatu 33, auditorium XII
Open day

10.00 - 10.15     Welcome and Introduction: Gabriele Gramelsberger (Berlin), Erika Mansnerus (London)
10.15 - 11.00     Werner Kogge (Berlin): On the Idea of Engineering Biological Machines
11.00 - 11.45     Axel Gelfert (Singapore): Synthetic biology as thing knowledge
11.45 - 12.15     Coffee break
12.15 - 13.00     Tarja Knuuttila (Helsinki) & Andrea Loettgers (Caltech): The Combinatorial Modeling Strategy of Synthetic Biology
13.00 - 14.00     Lunch
14.00 - 14.45     Georg Trogeman (Cologne): Programmable Material?
14.45 - 15.30     Jane Calvert (Edinburgh): New forms of collaboration: Synthetic biology, social science, art and design
15.30 - 16.00     Coffee break
16.00 - 16.45     Ursula Dam (Weimar): Are engineers inventing the culture of tomorrow?
17.15 - 17.45     Adrian Mackenzie (Lancaster): Re-thinking energy through synthetic biology (venue: lecture room K132, Alexandria)
17.45 - 18.30     Discussion

Tuesday 3.5.2011
Unioninkatu 40, lecture room 10

Closed workshop day for Helsinki and Berlin projects with their guests
More informal presentations on work in progress
10.00 - 10.45     Gabriele Gramelsberger (Berlin): The simulation approach in biology
10.45 - 11.15     Coffee break
11.15 - 12.00     Gry Oftedal: PSBio - A Nordic Project on the Philosophical Foundations
12.00 - 12.45     Veli-Pekka Parkkinen: Gene knockouts and mechanistic understanding
12.45 - 14.00     Lunch
14.00 - 14.45     Jaakko Kuorikoski (Helsinki) & Petri Ylikoski (Helsinki): Why Would a Couple of Philosophers of Social Science Find Systems Biology Interesting?
14.45 - 15.30     Nina Samuel (Berlin): Images as tools
15.30 - 16.00     Coffee break
16.45 - 17.30     Peter Bexte & Kathrin Friedrich (Cologne): ‘Do Not Ever Leave the Pathways’- Graphical Notation in Biology
17.30 - 18.00     Discussion

For more information, see:
The Helsinki Colloquium on Social Ontology
Department of Political and Economic Studies
University of Helsinki, April 14th-15th, 2011

Colloquium Venue: Unioninkatu 40, 3rd floor, Room 10

The Helsinki Colloquium on Social Ontology brings together experts in the philosophy of social science to discuss issues such as the following: What is the mode of existence of social facts? What role do group agents, such as states and corporations, play in the construction of social reality? How do social institutions, such as money and law, depend on implicit or explicit collective acceptance? What is the ultimate relation between individual and collective agency? Does group membership compromise individual agency? Where do collective emotions come in?

Please find attached the program for the event.

Pre-registration required by Tuesday the 12th of April. Please contact:

THURSDAY 14th of April
10.00-10.15 Welcome
10.15-11.15 Michael Schmitz: From we-mode to role-mode
11.15-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.15 Arto Laitinen: Collective acceptance and two directions of fit
12.15-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.00 Beatrice Kobow: Collective perspectives on individual actions
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.00 Matti Heinonen: Collective intentionality: Extending the analogies
19.00 Colloquium dinner (Restaurant Kosmos)

FRIDAY 15th of April
10.15-11.15 David Schweikard: Coordination and Identity
11.15-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.15 Mikko Salmela: The rational appropriateness of collective emotions
12.15-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.00 Raimo Tuomela: Searle’s new construction of social reality
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-15.45 End of colloquium and final discussion
En doktorandtjänst i praktisk filosofi har utlysts vid Filosofiska  institutionen,
Uppsala universitet. Sista ansökningsdatum: 26 april.  Länk:
Lunds universitet ledigkungör härmed följande studiestöd för utbildning på forskarnivå med tillträdesdag den 1 september 2011 med placering vid Filosofiska institutionen:

1 studiestöd i teoretisk filosofi med inriktning mot kognitiva och icke-kognitiva teorier om social kognition och regelföljande.

Studiestödet ingår i ett internationellt projekt, Understanding the Normative Dimensions of Human Conduct: Conceptual and Developmental Issues, finansierat av European Science Foundation. Projektet är tvärvetenskapligt och omfattar forskning i filosofi och psykologi. Syftet är att förklara hur normer lärs in och förstås genom social

Det svenska delprojektet Understanding norms: Cognitive and noncognitive models of social cognition behandlar principerna för normativ förståelse av instrumentella och sociala handlingar. Mångfalden av normativt beteende gör det mindre troligt att en enda modell kan förklara alla typer av regelföljande.

Doktorandprojektet syftar till att undersöka kognitiva och ickekognitiva teorier om normer, utveckling av normer samt hur normativitet beror av situerad och distribuerad kognition.

Utlysningen: http://www.ht.lu.se/o.o.i.s/11295

Upplysningar: Professor Ingar Brinck: http://www.fil.lu.se/persons/person.asp?filpers=694

(Den som redan sökt det ordinarie studiestöd i teoretisk filosofi i Lund som utlysts
tidigare i år måste skicka in ny ansökan för att kunna bli bedömd för detta men måste
inte bifoga alla handlingar igen.)

Björn Petersson,
prefekt Filosofiska institutionen, Lund
Professor Anthony J. Steinbock (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) will present a lecture under the title "The Distinctive Structure of the Emotions" at the University of Helsinki on Monday April 11.

Professor Steinbock is one of the leading experts in phenomenology and Continental philosophy. His best-known books include Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl (Northwestern 1995) and Phenomenology and Mysticism: The Verticality of Religious Experience (Indiana, 2007). He is also the translator of Husserl's monumental work Analyses Concerning Passive and Active Syntheses: Lectures on Transcendental Logic (2001), and the Editor-in-Chief of the Continental Philosophy Review.


In this paper, I investigate whether acts peculiar to the emotional sphere of experience have a unique structure that is independent of epistemic acts. Do acts peculiar to the emotional sphere simply follow the coordinates of the noesis-noema structure of intentionality? Does the emotional sphere, which concerns the person (and not simply the epistemically engaged subject), have an essentially different structure? I limit myself to one example of an emotional experience — trust — examining it with attention to three structural characteristics, namely, otherness, temporality, and the modality of possibility. In this way, I can adduce the extent to which acts of the emotional sphere have a unique structure such that they are not merely modifications of objectivating acts.

The lecture is open to all, including students. Welcome!

Date: Monday, April 11th 2011, 16:15–18:00.

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Fabianinkatu 24),
seminar room, 1st floor.

Organizer: Research project European Rationality in the Break from
Modernity. Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics


For further information contact joona.taipale(at)helsinki.fi

bifogat hittar ni info om konferensen "CFP:Otherness, subjectivity & representation" som
arrangeras lång med HF-krafter och som kommer att hållas här på HF den 21-22 oktober.


Välkomna med förslag till presentationer.


Peter Nynäs
Knowledge in Medicine -Questions in Medical Epistemology

PhD-course/Seminar, Helsinki, Finland

Aim: To introduce central questions in medical epistemology. 

Target group: 1) PhD students in medicine and health sciences, 2) Anyone interested

Time: June 9-11, 2011

Venue: House of Sciences, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki, Finland

Director of the course: Docent Pekka Louhiala, Hjelt institute, University of Helsinki

Organisers: Nordic Network for Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Finnish Society for Philosophy of Medicine, Doctoral Programs in Public Health

Volume:  2 credits: lectures + learning diary + exercise. Instructions about the exercise are sent in advance. (It is possible to participate without completing a learning diary and the exercise).

Preliminary programme:

Thursday, June 9 

17.00-17.15     Introduction – Doc. P. Louhiala
17.15-18.15    Current trends in the epistemology of science – Dr. Jaakko Kuorikoski
18.15-19.15    Medical epistemology: forms of rationality in health care – Prof. B.Hofmann

Friday, June 10

09.00-10.00    Identification and classification of diseases: ontological and epistemic problems - Prof. L. Nordenfeldt
10.00-11.00    Medical epistemology – epistemology of practice? Prof. S.Pihlström
11.00-11.30    Coffee
11.30-12.30    Knowledge in the natural sciences - Prof. M. Sintonen
12.30-13.30    Lunch
13.30-14.30    Knowledge in a clinical encounter – Prof. M. Leiman
14.30-15.30    Knowledge in the medical humanities – Prof. H.M. Evans
15.30-16.00    Coffee
16.00-17.00     Statistical knowledge and clinical knowledge – Dr. J. Nummenmaa

Saturday, June 11

09.00-10.30    Exercise: medicine and philosophy on the map of sciences – Doc. P. Louhiala
10.30-11.00     Coffee
11.00-12.00     Social formation of medical knowledge – Prof. P. Alanen
12.00-12.15    Closing remarks – Dr. R. Puustinen
12.15-              Lunch and departure

General information

Enquiries and registration
: by May 26 to pekka.louhiala(at)helsinki.fi

Registration Fee: The seminar is free for members of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Finnish Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Doctoral Programs in Public Health as well as undergraduate students. For others, the fee if 50 €.    

Travel: By air: several airlines fly to Helsinki. By sea: ferries from Tallinn and Stockholm. Approximately twelve grants are available for junior members of the Nordic Network for Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics (please contact Prof. lennart.nordenfelt(at)liu.se )

Accommodation in Helsinki has to be arranged by the participants themselves. There are several possibilities in all price classes. The centre of Helsinki is small and many hotels are within walking distance from the House of Sciences.  
PMP Research Seminar

PMP Research Seminar continues on Friday:

Friday, 8 April, 12-15 (Auditorium II, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34 [Helsinki], 2nd floor)

Politics and education

Sami-Juhani Savonius-Wroth, Enlightenment and ‘love of truth’

Martina Reuter, Conceptions of Educability in the Thought of Catherine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft

Minna Koivuniemi, Spinoza on Society

Please, note also the following seminar:

Friday, 29 April, 12-15 (Auditorium III, Main Building, Unioninkatu 34 [Helsinki], 2nd floor)

Sami Pihlström
Virpi Mäkinen
Risto Saarinen
Simo Knuuttila