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Hei / Dear all (in English below),

Prof. Huw Price (University of Sydney; Cambridge) luennoi Helsingin yliopistossa otsikolla "Rethinking Representationalism" 12-14 syyskuuta 2011.

Kurssin järjestää Nordic Pragmatism Network yhteistyössä teoreettisen filosofian oppiaineen kanssa. Lisätietoja kurssille ilmoittautumisesta, kurssin suorittamisesta sekä materiaaleista on osoitteessa:


Professor Huw Price (University of Sydney; Cambridge) will give a set of six lectures with the title "Rethinking Representationalism" at the University of Helsinki in 12-14 September 2011.

The course is organized by the Nordic Pragmatism Network in cooperation with Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. For more information about enrolment and completion as well as the course materials, please see:


Parhain terveisin / Best wishes,
Henrik Rydenfelt
Professor (em.) ALAN KIRMAN (Université d'Aix-Marseille) will give a lecture on

"The crisis in economic theory"

Thursday, September 1st, 18:15 – 19:15
Small Festival Hall (Pieni Juhlasali), University Main Building

In this presentation I will discuss modern macroeconomic and financial models in the light of the current crisis. Theory has been revealed to be inadequate in its explanation of the origins and the nature of the crisis, as Jean-Claude Trichet the Governor of the European Central bank and his colleagues at other central banks have indicated. Basic macroeconomic models, however sophisticated have continued to be based on the same foundations shown to be wanting in the 1970s and financial market models have continued to use the « efficient markets hypothesis » despite warnings by numerous mathematicians and economists since 1900 as to its unsound foundations. I will not dwell on the details of standard macroeconomic models but will suggest some ways forward. We need to construct models, which may not be able to predict the timing of the onset of a crisis but will encompass the possibility of one. The most promising candidates for such models are those, which view the economy as a complex adaptive system, may use some of the tools of statistical physics and do not necessarily use the standard equilibrium approach. Such models put the interactions between individuals in the centre of the picture, and reveal how major changes in the states of the economy can result, as in many models in physics and in biology, from relatively minor changes in key parameters. Crises are a characteristic of the endogenous dynamics of the system and not the result of some unspecified exogenous shocks.

The visiting lecture is a part of the IX conference of the International Network of
Economic Methodology (INEM 2011), but OPEN FOR ALL.

For further enquiries, please contact paivi.a.seppala(at)helsinki.fi

4th Edition
“Ethical Aspects in New and Emerging Technologies”
October 28-29, 2011
Bucharest, Romania


What are the ethical challenges raised by the new and emerging technologies? How will these technologies affect the way we perceive ourselves and the society at large? Can we establish a common ground for evaluating the moral implications of any new or emerging technology? Should we be more cautious or should we let the chance take its course when we develop a new technology? In a world more and more concerned with the risks of its developments, these questions come to open the public debate on the need for ethical evaluation in technology research, development and implementation.

The 4th edition of the Bucharest Conference in Applied Ethics will provide the platform to make this debate as rich as possible for both specialists and the public. Our aim is to bridge the academic sector with the economic and research sectors and discover the ways ethical evaluation can lead to smoother acceptance of those technologies that best respond to our common ethical concerns.

The BCAE 2011 is being organized by a consortium of organizations with Smart Solutions & Support, Romania, and the Research Centre in Applied Ethics of the University of Bucharest as coordinators. Among our partners are the UNESCO Romanian National Committee and Victor Babeş National Institute of Pathology Bucharest (Romania).

The 2011 edition will be dedicated to ethical explorations in borderline fields regarding new and emerging technologies, with a particular focus on ethical evaluation and the new democratic societies. Five directions of interest have been set up. Each direction is circumscribed by subsequent topics that might guide the specialists interested in delivering presentations or participating with corporate presentation panels:

1. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES & GAMES: privacy issues; piracy and free access to knowledge; digital divide; Information Society and public participation; Informational Capitalism vs. Info-Communism; aesthetic ownership in games; on-line pornography and regulating the Internet; the new Internet security enhancements.
2. MEDICINE & PHARMACEUTICS: BioBanks and Human Genetic Information Security; ethical aspects of Cell Therapies; new drugs research ethical evaluation.
3. ROBOTICS & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: the proliferation of robots in industries and the social impact on labour; the proliferation of robots in home environments; robots, humans and moral agency; robot enhanced reality; interconnected sexual robots.
4. BIOTECHNOLOGIES & ARTIFICIAL LIFE: Bioengineered foods, food safety and moral concerns; seeds and food labelling; bio-terrorism and moral use of biotechnologies; artificial life and moral agency.
5. NANOTECHNOLOGIES: military vs. civil research and usage of nanotechnologies; human enhancement; privacy and freedom in ICT applications of nanotechnologies; ethical responsibilities in nanotechnology research.

To provide an integrative perspective over the ethical aspects and social impact of New and Emerging Technologies in the European Union, we also propose three longitudinal topics covering the five directions. The first topic examines the fairness of technology transfer between Western democracies and those from the rest of Europe. The second one focuses on intellectual property, identity and knowledge control in the era of logical and biological malleability. The last one proposes the mapping of social inequalities and knowledge gaps driven by new and emerging technologies.

The conference will also host a 3 hours public round-table. The topic will be “Experts vs. Participatory Democracy: what kind of policies should we have for new and emerging technologies?” The keynote speakers will be announced by October 1, 2011.

Only one paper per person/research group is permitted and must represent an original contribution, not published or submitted elsewhere. Early submissions are highly encouraged. This way, the prospective participants may receive the acceptance letters sooner. Prospective participants must send a 400 words abstract by August 29, 2011, and final papers by September 19, 2011. Papers will circulate before conference and will be temporarily published on the official website. After the conference, a selection of the presented papers will be published in the BCAE Proceedings. The selection will be determined via a peer reviewing system with the support of the Scientific Advisory Board.

The official language is English and papers must be proofread before submission. All papers must observe the editorial guidelines and must be prepared for blind-review (one Word/OpenOffice file containing the title, author's name, and the academic affiliation + a separate Word/OpenOffice file containing the 400-words abstract with only the title). All correspondence should be sent to: 2011(at)bcae.ro.

Companies and their representatives are encouraged to participate with conference lectures or presentation panels about their technologies and the ethical frameworks they employ in assessing their technologies. Special panel sessions (2 days show cases) and conference open space will be provided to them. Live presentations of their technologies can be set up during the 2 days. Refer to “Company package” from our website. Inquiries should be directed to corporate(at)bcae.ro.

There is no participation fee, but the participants will have to manage on their own travelling and accommodation costs. The organizers will provide a list of hotels (3, 4 and 5 stars), close to the conference hall, that can accommodate the participants.

BCAE has been developed mainly as a debate and experience sharing platform where theorists and practicians meet together and discuss the most important topics in the fields of Applied Ethics. The general aim of these conferences is the advancement of significant solutions for the real word.

Previous Editions:
3rd Edition: “Legislating Ethics”
October 29-30, 2010; University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy
2nd Edition: “Ethics Committees and Other Ethical Tools”
October 30-31, 2009; University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy
1st Edition: “Ethical Management, Corporate Strategy, and Sustainable Development”
October 30-31, 2009; University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy
CFP Nordic Wittgenstein Review

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: Nordic Wittgenstein Review

The new journal Nordic Wittgenstein Review invites submissions.

The journal welcomes original contributions on all aspects of Wittgenstein's thought and work - exegetical studies as well as papers drawing on Wittgensteinian themes and ideas in  contemporary discussions of philosophical problems.

The journal is interdisciplinary in character, and welcomes contributions in the subject areas of philosophy and other human and social studies including philology, linguistics, cognitive science, and others. The journal includes a book review section, and a section in which high-quality seminal works are re-published or where previously unpublished archive materials are made available for the first time.

While we encourage papers on Wittgenstein and Ethics for the first issue of the journal, we would also welcome submissions on other themes.

The journal articles will be interlinked with other online Wittgenstein resources such as Wittgenstein Source (www.wittgensteinsource.org, containing 5000 pages of Wittgenstein Nachlass material). By the help of high quality peer review and indexing, the journal will provide its contributors with academic support and wide visibility.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS: http://www.nordicwittgensteinreview.com

Theme: Wittgenstein-related research
Publication: Nordic Wittgenstein Review, Issue 1 (2012) – Submission
deadline: Dec. 1, 2011
Publication form: Open Access online & Print by Ontos Verlag
Form of peer-review: Double-blind
Range: International
Language: English

Published by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society.