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

09.06.2016 - 11.06.2016




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 20.-21. 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

"Philosophy as Translation"

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

17-18 November 2014



In non-American contexts, what would “American philosophy” signify and what kind of role would it play? We are thinking first and foremost of those distinctive forms of philosophy that are found in transcendentalism and pragmatism. But how far are these necessarily American?

In response to these questions, this symposium will address the role of American philosophy in both American and non-American contexts through the dialogue among international scholars (including American, Asian and European scholars).

The conference takes place at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 17-18 November 2014. It is co-organized by Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Kyoto University and the Nordic Pragmatism Network.

For more information and the programme, please see the event webpage at: http://www.nordprag.org/pat.html

Helsingissä järjestetään 21.–22. elokuuta 2014 26. Balttilainen tieteenhistoriallinen konferenssi, jonka teema on tiede professiona. Kongressi järjestetään ensimmäistä kertaa Suomessa ja se tapahtuu Tieteiden talolla.



Eberhard Knobloch (Berlin University of Technology, Germany): Michael Stifel - Alexander von Humboldt: A Comparison of Their Careers and Achievements.

Joseph Agassi (Tel Aviv University, Israel): The Role of Historians of Science in Contemporary Society.

Jãnis Stradinš (Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvia): The Mission of a Scientist in a Little Country: Professional, Cultural, Social. (The paper will be read by Juris Salaks)

Heini Hakosalo (University of Oulu, Finland): Mechanisms of Exclusion and Inclusion in 20th-Century Medical Science: Three Nordic Careers.


Konferenssin järjestää Suomen Oppihistoriallinen Seura yhteistyökumppaneinaan Helsingin yliopisto, Oulun yliopisto, Tekniikan historian seura, Suomen Historiallinen seura, Filosofinen yhdistys ja The Baltic Association for the History and Philosophy of Science.


Toivotamme teidät tervetulleiksi kongressiin!


Konferenssin ohjelma löytyy osoitteesta: http://www.oppihistoriallinenseura.fi/balticconference2014/program.htm



”Science as Profession”, 26th Baltic Conference on History of Science will be organized in Helsinki, House of Sciences, 21. – 22. 8. 2014. 



Eberhard Knobloch (Berlin University of Technology, Germany): Michael Stifel - Alexander von Humboldt: A Comparison of Their Careers and Achievements.

Joseph Agassi (Tel Aviv University, Israel): The Role of Historians of Science in Contemporary Society.

Jãnis Stradinš (Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvia): The Mission of a Scientist in a Little Country: Professional, Cultural, Social. (The paper will be read by Juris Salaks)

Heini Hakosalo (University of Oulu, Finland): Mechanisms of Exclusion and Inclusion in 20th-Century Medical Science: Three Nordic Careers.


The program is available in the following address: http://www.oppihistoriallinenseura.fi/balticconference2014/program.htm

All welcome!

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.

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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