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What’s Wrong (and What’s Right) with Ordinary Language Philosophy?

The 8th Nordic Wittgenstein Society Symposium
Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) May 5-6, 2017
http://www.nordicwittgensteinsociety.org > Conference

The  label “ordinary language philosophy” (OLP) was probably coined by its detractors. Common objections against OLP are that philosophers engaging in it gratuitously limit their attention to the most common ways of using words, that they give current or non-specialized usage normative ascendancy over more sophisticated uses, and that they neglect the need for empirical investigation in settling issues of usage.

In defence of OLP it has been suggested that much of the criticisms are due to misunderstandings of methodologies such as those adopted by Wittgenstein, Austin, and others. The ordinary language philosophers are the ones who intend to approach language without preconceptions, by attending to the way words actually occur in interaction – not so much the language of everyday as the everyday of language. Nor are ordinary language philosophers out to chart maps of current or correct usage: their aim is rather to dissolve worries that arise out of misconstruals of our own ways of speaking. They are not in the business of new discoveries but rather of reminding ourselves of how we speak.

The aim of this closing conference of our research project “The Philosophical Import of Ordinary Language Philosophy: Austin, Ryle, Wittgenstein, and their contemporary significance” (2013-17) is to explore the aspirations and procedures of ordinary language philosophy. Are they unified or diverse? Are they intelligible? Are they defensible?

How do philosophical outlooks that have an apparent affinity with ordinary language philosophy, such as experimental philosophy or various contemporary forms of contextualism, relate to OLP?

Plenary speakers: Avner Baz, Jason Bridges, Niklas Forsberg, Marina Sbisà

We invite submissions from those wishing to present a paper on a topic related to the conference theme. Speakers will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.
Please send an abstract of up to 500 words to by February 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the selection result by March 1, 2017.


The conference is organized by the Nordic Wittgenstein Society and the research project "The Philosophical Import of Ordinary Language Philosophy" [http://www.abo.fi/fakultet/filosofiprojekt], which is financed by the Academy of Finland and coordinated by Professor Martin Gustafsson, Åbo Akademi University. The organizers are Ph.D. Kim-Erik Berts, Professor emeritus Lars Hertzberg, and Ph.D. Phil. Yrsa Neuman.


No membership fee. Applications online:
http://www.nordicwittgensteinsociety.org > Membership

Mind, Nature, and Morality

A Conference in Honour of Lilli Alanen

September 2-4 2016


Venue: Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, Seminar room.

Address: Fabianinkatu 22, Helsinki


Friday September 2

 14.00 Opening words


14.15-15.30 Deborah Brown (Queensland): ”Interpreting the Person: Alanen on Descartes on Mind-Body Unity”

Chair: Pauliina Remes


15.45-17.00 Karolina Hübner (Toronto): “The thinking subject”

Chair: Leila Haaparanta


17.15-18.30 Lars Hertzberg (Åbo Akademi): “Reasons to be good?”

Chair: Harry Alanen


Reception (all attendants are cordially invited)


Saturday September 3

09.00-10.15 John Carriero (UCLA): “Spinoza’s Theory of the Affects: Foundations”

Chair: Peter Myrdal


10.30-11.45 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser): “Spinoza on Desire and Self- Consciousness”

Chair: Miira Tuominen




13.15-14.30 Denis Kambouchner (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne): “Descartes and Spinoza on human love”

Chair: Virpi Mäkinen


14.45-15.45 Frans Svensson (Stockholm/Umeå): “Enjoying Freedom: Descartes on Virtue and Happiness”

Chair: Martin Gustafsson


16.15-17.30 Tomas Ekenberg (Uppsala): "The Problem of Evil, of Error, and of Mere Ignorance: An Augustinian Puzzle"

Commentator: Calvin Normore (UCLA)

Chair: Mikko Yrjönsuuri


Sunday September 4

10.00-11.15 Simo Knuuttila (Helsinki): “Christian Thomasius on passions”

Chair: José Filipe Pereira da Silva


11.30-12.30 Martina Reuter (Jyväskylä): “Poullain de la Barre’s Cartesian Feminism”

Chair: Mika Perälä


Attendance is free and everyone is welcome!


For more information see https://mindnaturemorality.wordpress.com


The conference is organized by some of Lilli Alanen’s students and colleagues, and is funded by the Societas Scientarium Fennica, the Oskar Öflunds stiftelse, and the Ella & Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, and with support from the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.


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Peter Myrdal

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Philosophy

20014 University of Turku


peter.myrdal (a) utu.fi




2400 Years Anniversary 2016


International Multiple Congress in Several Countries

Heidelberg, Padua, Paris, Helsinki, Lisbon, Notre Dame (Indiana), Moscow, Córdoba, Leuven and Athens

10 colloquia approximately 150 lectures


HELSINKI 9th-11th June 2016


The Role of Logic in Aristotelian thinking

Aristotle and Modern Concepts of Intentionality

Nature and Habit

Program: http://www.c-h-o.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Helsinki3.pdf


An initiative of the Centre for Historical Ontology CHO

(Heidelberg – Helsinki – Leuven) in collaboration with the involved Universities and Research Institutes

More info: http://www.c-h-o.eu/aristotle-today/

Voimmeko ymmärtää maailmankaikkeutta jossa elämme?


Luonnonfilosofian seura järjestää Helsingissä toukokuun 21.-22. päivinä kansainvälisen tieteellisen konferenssin ”Scientific Models and a Comprehensive Picture of Reality”, jossa luonnontieteilijät ja filosofit pohtivat maailmankuvamme keskeisiä kysymyksiä alkuräjähdyksestä ajan ja avaruuden olemukseen ja rakenteisiin. Todellisuuskuvamme perusteita tarkastellaan filosofisen ajattelun, havaintojen ja niistä johdettujen tieteellisten mallien pohjalta. Esillä on vaihtoehtoisia ja osin kilpailevia malleja, joita esittämässä ja arvioimassa on kansainvälisesti arvostettuja tutkijoita, kuten prof. Jayant Narlikar Intiasta, prof. James Ladyman ja tri Julian Barbour englannista, prof. Atocha Aliseda Meksikosta sekä Suomesta mm. prof. Ilkka Niiniluoto, prof. Ari Lehto ja dos. Tuomo Suntola.


Program for Friday, May 20, 2016


9:00 Welcome, opening

9:15 Prof. Jayant Narlikar, What Should One Expect from a Cosmological Model?

11:00 Dr. Heikki Sipilä, The Zero-energy Principle as a Fundamental Law of Nature The Zero-energy principle of the universe, history and implications

13:30 Dr. Julian Barbour, The Origin of Time

15:15 Dr. Tuomo Suntola, Restructuring of the Scientific Picture, A Holistic Approach to Relativity, Cosmology and the Essence of a Quantum

16:30 Lic. Phil. Avril Styrman, Economical Unification in Philosophy of Science

17:30 – 18.00 Panel discussion

18:30 Reception at the University of Helsinki main building


Program for Saturday, May 21, 2016

9:00  Prof. Ari Lehto, Period Doubling as a Structure Creating Natural Process

10:15 Prof. James Ladyman, Understanding Philosophy of Science

11:45 Prof. Ilkka Niiniluoto, Science Approximates Reality

14:30 Prof. Atocha Aliseda, What Makes a Logical / Physical System a Comprehensive Picture of Reality? A Logician’s Viewpoint

16:15 Prof. Gabriel Sandu, Identifiability and the Interrogative model of Inquiry

17:30 Panel discussion

18:00 Closing words



Women in the History of Philosophy: Methodological Reflections on Women´s Contributions and Influence

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), Seminar Room 136

June 15–16, 2015


Research demonstrates that many more women than commonly acknowledged have participated in the development of philosophical thought throughout the ages. This conference contributes to an ongoing reconstruction of the canon of philosophy by addressing methodological questions. The aim is to study women thinkers as inventors and developers of ideas and as initiators of new modes of asking philosophical questions. The conference will also ask how the disappearance of female contributions has affected philosophy, and how its reemergence may influence today’s field of academic philosophy, where women are underrepresented.


Organization committee: Professor Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (chair) (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), University of Iceland), Professor Research Leader Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki), and University Lecturer Martina Reuter (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr. Virpi Lehtinen.


Conference website: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/shc-helsinki/2015/03/27/women-in-the-history-of-philosophy-june-15-16-2015



Monday June, 15:  Canon and Methodologies

9:00-9:15 Opening of the Conference by Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir

9:15-10:30 Ruth Hagengruber (University of Paderborn): "Women Rewrite the History of Philosophy - Two Paradoxes to Overcome"

10:30-11:45 Miira Tuominen (University of Jyväskylä): “On the (Methodological) Problems in Studying Women Philosophers in Antiquity”

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-14:00 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University): "What is a Philosophical Canon?"

14:00-15:45 Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania): “The Limits of Contextualist History of Philosophy:  Female Friendship and Education in Cavendish’s Plays”

15:45-16:00 Coffee

16:00-17:15 Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth): ”Context and ‘Fortuna’  in the History of Women Philosophers: a Diachronic Perspective”



Tuesday June, 16: Contributions and Influence

9:00-10:15 Nora Hämäläinen (Helsinki Collegium for advanced studies): "Iris Murdoch on Pure Consciousness - or "An Exercise of Oneself in the Activity of Thought"

10:15-11:30 Robin Wang (Loyola Marymount University): “Kundao: Women Thinkers and Practitioners of Dao in Eleventh Century of China”

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-13:45 Robin May Schott (Danish Institute for International Studies): “Arendt, Natality and Vulnerability”.

13:45-15:00 Naoko Saito (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies/Kyoto University): “Feminism of the father tongue: Replacing the subject of philosophy”

15:00-15:15 Coffee

15:15-16:00 Panel of the Association of Women and Feminist Philosophers in Finland: "Where Are We Now? Recent Perspectives on Rewriting the Canon of Philosophy" with Martina Reuter (moderator, University of Jyväskylä), Aino Lahdenranta (University of Jyväskylä), Erla Karlsdóttir (University of Iceland) and Hanna Lukkari (University of Helsinki)

16.00-16.30 General discussion

"The Good, the One, and the Many"


1st Conference of the Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy,

University of Jyväskylä, 5-7 June 2015


The conference pertains to the relationship between the common good and the private good; to metaphysical unity and plurality; and to the metaphysical underpinnings that affect the discussions concerning the good of an individual and the good of social, political, or religious communities.

The program can be found here: https://nhpnordic.wordpress.com/events/conferences-and-workshops/


Organizers: Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy; On the Conceptual History of the Good (NOS-HS); Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy (University of Jyväskylä); and Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition (Academy of Finland).

Organizing Committee: Juhana Toivanen, Miira Tuominen, Mikko Yrjönsuuri.

For more information, please contact juhana.toivanen[at]jyu.fi

International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Culture, Values and Justice

University of Vaasa, Finland

21–23 May 2014

Mitä tapahtuu, kun kulttuurit kohtaavat mutta arvot eivät? Tästä puhutaan Vaasan yliopistossa järjestettävässä Kulttuuri, arvot ja oikeudenmukaisuus -konferenssissa 21.–23.5.2014. Konferenssiin saapuu asiantuntijoita 14 maasta, muun muassa Yhdysvalloista, Intiasta, Israelista, Australiasta ja Japanista. Pääpuhuja professori Kisor Chakrabarti (USA) on klassisen intialaisen filosofian ja vertailevan kulttuurintutkimuksen asiantuntija.

Lue lisää täältä: http://www.uva.fi/fi/sites/cvj2014/

Konferenssin järjestävät Vaasan yliopisto ja Insitute of Cross-Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange.

Konferenssiin on vapaa pääsy.

Fourth Nordic Conference on Philosophical Practice


Time: 26.-27.4.2014

Place: Lönnrotinkatu 32 B, Helsinki, Finland

Language: English



Saturday 26.4. (Chair: Perttu Salovaara)

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome!

10.15 – 10.45 What philosophical practitioners can learn from the hope discourse in healtcare Research. Henning Herrestad (Norway)

11.00 – 11.30 Can the Philosophical Practice and Psychiatric Rehabilitation advance each other? Hannu Heinänen (Finland)

11.45 – 12.45 Lunch

12.¬45 – 13.15 Does Socratic Dialogue make sense in another culture? Sari Mattila (Finland)

13.30 – 14.00 Viktor Frankl’s Philosophical Theory on Man’s Search for Meaning. Timo Purjo (Finland)

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 – 15.00 The Inherent Value of Neo-Socratic Dialogue. Bernt Österman (Finland)

15.15 – 15.45 Meaning in the Socratic method. Ferdinand Garoff (Finland)

19.00 – Dinner

Sunday 27.4. (Chair: Arto Tukiainen)

10.00 – 10.30 The Inner Compass – Guided Imagery as a Philosophical Tool on our Search for Meaning in Life? Michael Noah Weiss (Norway)

10.45 – 11.15 Could stoic philosophy and way of life give an alternative to good and meaningfull life? Elli Arivaara-Ebbe (Finland)

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00 Nordic Greetings

Important information:

Registration: send to pia.houni at uta.fi by April 12th 2014:


City of residence: .......................

Role in relation to philosophical practice: ......................

(e.g. practitioner, interested, teacher)

Costs: 50 Euro, to cover arrangement costs. Students 25 Euro. Paid in cash at the venue. Extra: travel, hotel, and meals. Only a small lunch snack and coffee on both days are included.

Getting here: You can reach Helsinki by air (Helsinki-Vantaa airport). Finnair City Bus and Airport Bus 615 (620 during night time) operate to and from Helsinki City Center (railway station). For more information: http://www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-airport/to-and-from/bus-service/. A journey by taxi from the airport to the centre of Helsinki takes about 30 minutes and costs around 45 to 50 euros.

Helsinki is also reachable by ferry from Stockholm.

Stay: There is a wide range of acommodation possibilities in city center near the seminar venue. Please explore the possibilities and make your booking when there still are rooms available. http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/stay-and-enjoy/accommodation

Here are some hotels that are very close to our venue:







Meals: At lunch time we offer some small refreshments and snacks at the seminar venue. There are also many restaurants nearby for those who need a proper lunch. We will order tables for the scheduled dinner at the nearby restaurant on Saturday evening.

You are very welcome to Helsinki!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:


Pia Houni

pia.houni at uta.fi



Anu Virtanen

anu.s.virtanen at helsinki.fi





The 12th annual meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology “At the Limits of Phenomenology” will take place in April 24-26, 2014 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Keynote Speakers:

HANNE JACOBS (Loyola University Chicago)
JUSSI KOTKAVIRTA (University of Jyväskylä)
MAO NAKA (Kobe University)
CLAUDE ROMANO (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV)
THOMAS SHEEHAN (Stanford University)
FREDRIK SVENAEUS (Södertörn University Stockholm)


+72 submitted speakers


Tieteiden Talo, Kirkkokatu 6;
Helsinki University Museum Arppeanum (Friday), Snellmaninkatu 3.

Conference is free and open to all!


Program: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/nosp-2014/


Women, Truth, Action

An International Conference in Philosophy


10–12 October, 2013, House of Sciences and Letters (Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki)

Keynote Speakers include: Lilli Alanen (Sweden/Finland), Lisa Folkmarson Käll (Sweden), Lena Halldenius (Sweden), Sally Haslanger

(USA), Alice Pugliese (Italy), Lanei Rodemayer (USA) and Charlotte Witt (USA)

The conference is free and open for all. Welcome!

For further information:

virpi.lehtinen at helsinki.fi (academic issues)
 and  sanna.tirkkonen at helsinki.fi (practicalities)

If you wish to include the conference in your studies and get study credits, please contact Erika Ruonakoski:  erika.ruonakoski at helsinki.fi


Thursday 10 October: Meaning and Objectivity

Venue: The House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), hall 104.

Kirkkokatu 6, 00170 Helsinki

9:30–9:45 Opening: Sara Heinämaa (SHC) and Virpi Lehtinen (NFY)

09:45–11:15 Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire): Essentialism and Intersectionality (presented by Sally Haslanger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

11:15–11:30 Break

11:30–12:05 Marion Godman (University of Helsinki): In What Sense, if any, is Gender Not a Natural Kind?

12:05–12:40 Maj Paanala (University of Jyväskylä): Ontological Realism and Transgender Phenomena

12:40–13:40 Lunch

13:40–14:15 Eyja Brynjarsdottir (University of Iceland): Misogyny’s Object

14:15–14:50 Nora Hämäläinen (University of Helsinki): The Blind Spot of an Ethics of Vision? – Sabina Lovibond, Iris Murdoch and Feminism

14:50–15:25 Susanne Uusitalo (University of Turku): Agency, please! Conceptual Considerations on the Agency of Addicts

15:25–15:55 Coffee

15:55–17:10 Lilli Alanen (University of Uppsala, emer.): Philosophy with a Human Face − a tribute to Annette Baier


Friday 11 October: Subject, Body, World

Venue: The House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), hall 104.

09:00–10:30 Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne University): Gendered Truth: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Sensory Foundations of Truth and the Implications of Gender.

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Alice Pugliese (University of Palermo): Who did this: Otherness in Action

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13.00–13.35 Sara Cohen Shabot (Haifa University): Towards a Phenomenology of Childbirth and Mothering: the Grotesque on Fleshing Out the Mothering Subject.

13:35–14:10 Saara Hacklin (University of Helsinki): Alternative Bodies and Memories: The Implications of Merleau-Pontian Understanding of the Body in Contemporary Performance

14:10–14:30 Coffee

14:30–15:05 Marije Altorf (St. Mary’s University College): Thinking as an Act of Resistance: Arendt and the Practice of Socratic Dialogue

15:05–15:40 Ulrika Björk (University of Uppsala): Political and Subjective Freedom: Reading Hannah Arendt with Julia Kristeva

15:40–16:15 Sara Heinämaa (Univeristy of Helsinki): Phenomenology of Sexual Difference

16:15–16:30 Break

16:30–17:45 Lisa Folkmarson Käll (Linköping University): Intercorporeity and Ambiguities of Being in Common 


Saturday 12 October: Action and Change

Venue: The House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), hall 505.

09:30–11:00 Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Social Structures and Social Change: What Can Moral Theory Contribute?

11:00–11:15 Break

11:15–11:50 Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, Massachusetts): Activity and Passivity in Mary Astell’s Theory of Friendship

11:50–12:25 Carolyn McLeod (University of Western Ontario): Non-Pragmatic Compromise: The Domain of Professional Life

12:25–13:30 Lunch

13:30–14:05 Ari-Elmeri Hyvönen (University of Jyväskylä): Conjuncture, Momentum, Judgment: Re-reading Arendt on the Temporal Context of Action

14:05–14:40 Sanna Tirkkonen (University of Helsinki): Rethinking Political Subjectivity – the Challenge of Populisms

14:40–15:00 Coffee

15:00–16:15 Lena Halldenius (Lund University): Experiencing Unfreedom. What Feminism Does to Republicanism


Organizers: Sara Heinämaa’s Project Ethics of Renewal (HCAS, UH, AF) and The Association for Women and Feminist Philosophers in Finland (NFY)

Sponsors: Finnish Cultural FoundationSubjectivity, Historicity and Communality (SHC); Philosophical Society of Finland (SFY) and Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics Research Unit (PMP)

Organizing Committee: Virpi Lehtinen, Sara Heinämaa, Martina Reuter, Erika Ruonakoski and Sanna Tirkkonen (University of Helsinki)


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