Tapahtumat marraskuulle 2006

Filosofian lohdutus-luentosarja


Yliopiston päärakennuksella, auditorio XIII (Unioninkatu 34, vanha puoli) kolmena tiistai-iltana klo 18-20.


ti 28.11. Dialogi filosofisessa praktiikassa, FM Sebastian Slotte


Vapaa pääsy. Järj. Kriittinen korkeakoulu

Höstens Filocaféer drar igång söndagen 1.10 med temat


"Individ och politik"

Programmet ser ut som följande:

26.11 Aija Salo: "Mångfaldiga medborgare - ett jämlikhetsperspektiv på politiskt deltagande"

Platsen och tiden är Luckan i Helsingfors, Simonsgatan 8, klockan 15-17. Fritt inträde. Inledningarna är svenskspråkiga men finska och engelska inlägg välkomnas i diskussionen.


Hjärtligt välkomna önskar er

Interbaas rf. i samarbete med Kriittinen korkeakoulu

Gramsci, politiikka ja kansalaistoiminta
- Demokraattisen sivistysliiton 20-vuotisjuhlaseminaari

Lauantaina 25.11. klo 10.30-15.30
Työväen keskusmuseo, Väinö Linnan aukio 8, Tampere

Demokraattinen sivistysliitto juhlistaa 20-vuotista olemassaoloaan 25. marraskuuta Tampereen Työväen keskusmuseolla järjestettävällä seminaarilla, jossa syvennytään italialaisen marxilaisen filosofin Antonio Gramscin aatteelliseen ja poliittiseen perintöön.

Ensi vuonna tulee kuluneeksi 70 vuotta siitä, kun Gramsci menehtyi
vaikeaan sairauteen vietettyään lähes vuosikymmenen Mussolinin
fasistivallan vankina. Gramsci kirjoitti vankilavuosinaan niin
sanotut Vankilavihkot sekä kävi mittavaa kirjeenvaihtoa. Näissä
dokumenteissa esitetyt teoriat ja näkemykset nostavat hänet Leninin
ja Rosa Luxemburgin ohella yhdeksi merkittävimmistä 1900-luvun
marxilaisista ajattelijoista.

Seminaari teemasta alustavat filosofi Mikko Lahtinen, professori Jari
Heinonen, yliopistonlehtori Juha Koivisto, tutkija Kari Paakkunainen,
toimittaja Marko Korvela sekä hall.yo. Mirva Tossavainen.
Puheenjohtajana toimii Tiina Sandberg.

Seminaariin on vapaa pääsy.

Practice, Thought and Judgment - Hannah Arendt 100 years: Anniversary

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in cooperation with the
Department of Political Science, The Christina Institute for Women's
Studies, The Department of Philosophy and The Department of Social and
Moral Philosophy

Date: November 24 - 25, 2006
Location: University of Helsinki, Finland

Hannah Arendt is one of the most prominent philosophers and political
theorists of the 20th century. Her writings cover many diverse topics of
which the most known are the Christian caritas, the critique of
totalitarianism, the analysis of practice, freedom and authority, the
question of the banality of evil, the nature of the faculties of thinking,
willing and judging, the history of philosophy, and the relationship
between natality and indeterminism. As a thinker of multidimensional
argumentation Arendt draws inspiration from Aristotle, Augustine, Kant,
Nietzsche, Marx, Jaspers, Heidegger and Kafka just to mention a few.
Moreover, her thought has had a great impact on various contemporary
philosophers and thinkers, such as Jürgen Habermas, Alasdair MacIntyre,
Seyla Benhabib, Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Nancy, Adriana Cavarero, Julia
Kristeva, Richard J. Bernstein and Grace M. Jantzen. The amount of interest
in her theories is remarkable in Finland as well, not only among political
scientists but also among philosophers, jurisprudents, sociologists,
anthropologists, feminists and theologians. The reason for this interest is
simple: Arendt's innovative concepts and conceptual distinctions have not
lost their significance and are thus highly useful for the analyses of
contemporary philosophical, social and political questions and problems.
For these reasons, we organize a symposium to celebrate and honour the
100th anniversary of Hannah Arendt.

Free admission, welcome!


Friday, 24 November 2006

Morning session at the University Main Building, Auditorium XIII
(Unioninkatu 34)

10:15 am. Opening words
Professor Juha Sihvola, Director of The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced
University of Helsinki

Plenary lecture and discussion:

Hannah Arendt:  the Autonomy of the Political Reconsidered
Dana Richard Villa, Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory
University of Notre Dame (USA)

12:00 - 1:15 pm.    Lunch

Afternoon Session at The Collegium for Advanced Studies (Fabianinkatu 24,
Seminar room 136)

Chair: Sara Heinämaa, Ph. D., research fellow at The Collegium for Advanced
University of Helsinki

1:30 pm.
Plurality as Fact and Value in Arendt's Political Philosophy
Kristian Klockars, Ph. D., Docent, University lecturer, Department of
Social and Moral Philosophy
University of Helsinki

2:15 pm.
(Im)mortal Action: Arendt and Aristotle
Jussi Backman, M.A., D.E.A., researcher, Department of Philosophy
University of Helsinki

3:00 pm.
Arendt's Conception of the Sense of Realness
Julia Honkasalo, M.A., Department of Philosophy
University of Helsinki

Coffee service at the Collegium

4:15 pm.
The Abyss of Freedom and the Totalitarian Lure
Iivi Masso, D. Soc. Sc., researcher

5:00 pm.
The Janus Faced Juno of Arendt's Politics of Life
Markku Koivusalo, researcher, Department of Political Science
University of Helsinki

6:00 pm.
Reception dinner party at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Saturday, 25 November

Morning session at the University Main Building, Auditorium XIII
(Unioninkatu 34)

10:15 am.
Plenary lecture and discussion:

What St. Augustine Taught Hannah Arendt about "how to live in the world":
Caritas, Natality
and the Banality of Evil
Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott, Professor of Political Science
Eastern Michigan University (USA)

12:00 - 1:15 pm.   Lunch

Afternoon Session at The Collegium for Advanced Studies (Fabianinkatu 24,
Seminar room 136)

Chair: Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, M.D., Ph. D., research fellow at The
Collegium for Advanced Studies
University of Helsinki

1:30 pm.
Hannah Arendt and the Question of Conscience
Mika Ojakangas, D. Soc. Sc., Docent, Academy research fellow/The Collegium
for Advanced Studies
University of Helsinki

2:15 pm.
Infinity and Unpredictability: Descartes and Arendt on Will and Action
Martina Reuter, Ph. D., Academy research fellow/Department of Systematic
University of Helsinki

3:00 pm.
Perspectivism and Corporeality - Nietzschean Themes in Arendt
Krista Johansson, M.A. degree student, Department of Philosophy
University of Helsinki

Coffee service at the Collegium

4:15 pm.
Between Action and Existence. On Meaning and Finitude in Arendt and
Miika Luoto, Phil. Lic., researcher, Department of Aesthetics, Institute
for Art Research
University of Helsinki

5:00 pm.
Arendt on the Sublime
Susanna Snell, researcher, Department of Social and Moral Philosophy
University of Helsinki

Closing of the Symposium


Professor Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott from Eastern Michigan University holds a visiting lecture at the Christina Institute for Women’s Studies on 23rd of November.

Arendt Against Kristeva: Modernist Narrative as Action
(University Main Building, Auditorium IX, at 14.00 -16.00)



Julia Kristeva (2001) famously reads Arendt as a theorist of “narrative rebirth.” I will argue that what Kristeva terms the feminist “genius” of Arendt’s “natality” through narration, as expressed in her classic studies, such as Origins of Revolution, and her journal essays, can more usefully be read as part of a radical genre of writing common in the middle decades of the 20th century--abstract expressionist modernism. Contrary to Kristeva’s reading, Arendt wrote as if a work of literary art could, under the extraordinary circumstances of 20th century events, constitute a “political space.” Her Modernist literary genre was an avant-garde medium of both distanced abstraction and intense, colored prose, a heady mixture of conceptual word play and detailed historical reference, of distanced irony and moral outrage. Hers was a common radical language which she shared and shaped in New York City as one of its very few eminent women practitioners. Kristeva’s angle of vision, therefore, is only partially helpful, and certainly wide of the mark when she argues that Arendt did “not appreciate…the need for revolt that led the avant-gardes…to re-evaluate” the modes of action through expression. If nothing else, Arendt’s unique writerly style as a woman in mid-century America was a direct and intentionally radical response to what she termed, “ the shock of experience.”


Introduction of the guest lecturer:

Professor Joanna Vecchiarelli Scott from Eastern Michigan University is a highly acknowledged political theorist and Europeanist interested in the cross-fertilization of European and American political culture in the 20th century, with a particular focus on Hannah Arendt and her generation of philosophers, social theorists, writers, and artists. Her areas of concentration include feminist theories, the history of political thought, cultural politics and questions of ethnicity and ideology. She is also engaged in research on contemporary reinterpretations of medieval political theories of identity and power. Previously, she has taught at California State University, Long Beach, where she served for three years on the General Education Governing Committee and was elected "Outstanding Teacher" in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Scott published Hannah Arendt: Love and Saint Augustine (with Judith C. Stark, 1996, University of Chicago Press) and is completing a second study on Arendt which explores her emergence as an American political theorist and cultural critic in New York City in the middle decades of the 20th century. Scott's other publications include book chapters, book reviews, and articles in political science journals such as “The Journal of Politics”, “Polity”, “New York Times” and “The American Political Science Review”, as well as in the multidisciplinary venues, “Augustinian Studies”, “New German Critique”, and the “Hannah Arendt Newsletter”, just to mention a few.

Professor Dana Richard Villa, from the University of Notre Dame (USA)
holds a guest lecture for the Department of Social and Moral Philosophy,
University of Helsinki, on November 23, 2006. University lecturer Kristian
Klockars will open the lecture and introduce the speaker.

Arendt and Heidegger, Again
(University Main Building, lecture hall 10, at 12.00-14.00)

Professor Dana R. Villa (Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory,
University of Notre Dame) is one of the most significant contemporary
Arendt scholars. He is specialized in contemporary political theory and
the history of political thought. Professor Villa is the author of
Socratic Citizenship as well as two books on Hannah Arendt, Arendt and
Heidegger: The Fate of the Political, and Politics, Philosophy, Terror:
Essays on the Thought of Hannah Arendt. In addition, he has contributed to
the contemporary international research on Hannah Arendt by editing The
Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt and publishing articles in such works
as Hannah Arendt - Twenty Years Later and Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem.
Professor Villa has taught at Amherst College for ten years. He has also
held a professorship at Princeton and Santa Barbara and has received
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American
Council of Learned Societies, the University Center for Human Values
(Princeton University), the Institute for Advanced Study, and the American
Academy in Berlin. He has also published several articles on Arendt,
Nietzsche, Weber, Socrates, and Tocqueville in journals such as Political
Theory, Constellations, American Political Science Review, and the Revue
Internationale de Philosophie. He is currently working on a study of Hegel
and Tocqueville.
18.11.2006 - 19.11.2006

PYHÄ SEKSI 18.-19.11.
2006 Humanismin päivät, Humanistiliitto

Helsingin ruotsinkielinen työväenopisto,
Dagmarinkatu 3, Helsinki


Lauantaina 18.11.
Pyhyys ja seksi

13.30 Avaus Suomen Humanistiliiton puheenjohtaja Pekka Elo
13.35 Sukupuolten välinen taistelu biologin silmin, tietokirjailija Osmo Tammisalo
13.50 Uskonnot ja seksuaalisuus, filosofi ja uskontotieteilijä FM Janne Vainio,
14.30 Kahvitauko
15.00 Kielletyt laulut, M. A. Nummisen ja Pedro Hietasen konsertti Yleisradion 1960-luvulla kieltämistä lauluista
16.15 Vuoden 2006 humanistisen kunniamaininnan osoittaminen
16.30 Mariat ja Magdalenat - miksi Humanismin päivien järjestäjät tilasivat esitelmän otsikolla "Kaikki kaupan", seksitutkija YTM Anna Kontula
17.15 Ensimmäisen päivän päätös
(17.30 Liittokokous; 18.30 alkaen jäsentapaaminen)

Sunnuntai 19.11.
Arjen seksi

10.00 Seksin totuus ja Totuus seksistä, politiikantutkija VTT Markku Koivusalo
10.30 Mitä koulun pitää ja saa opettaa, nuorisotyöntekijä, ympäristöinsinööri Dennis Holm
11.00 Epäluonnollista seksiä. Queer-teoria ja seksuaalisuuden luonnollistamisen kritiikki FT Annamari Vänskä
Filosofi Juha Savolainen kommentoi edellisiä esityksiä
12.00 Kahvitauko
12.30 Seksin elämäntavat ja uskonto, kansalaisaktivisti Gun Winter
12.50 Seksuaalinen tasa-arvo, filosofi ja uskontotieteilijä FM Janne Vainio
Kommentti filosofi, tutkija FM Kaisa Luoma
13.45 Sadomasokistisen seksin pyhyys ja kivun kauneus, vapaa toimittaja & kirjoittaja Taru Höykinpuro
14.15 Pornografian etiikasta, filosofi Tommi Paalanen
14.45 Mikä on skandaali, mikä on sensaatio, professori Timo Airaksinen, Keskustelu
15.30 Humanismin päivien päätös


Lauantai 20 e, sisältää lipun M. A. Nummisen konserttiin, sunnuntai 10 e. Kahdelta päivältä 25 e. Humanistiliiton ja FETO:n jäsenet, opiskelijat ja työttömät puoleen hintaan.


"Thinking Worlds":
An International Symposium on Philosophy, Politics, and Aesthetic Theory

Dates: November 17-18, 2006

Venue: Moscow, Polytechnic Museum

Co-organizer: The Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, The
Moscow Biennale Art Foundation, Russian Institute for Culturology.

Speakers: Giorgio Agamben, Boris Kagarlitsky, Chantale Mouffe, Molly
Nesbit, Jacques Rancière, Mikhail Ryklin, Saskia Sassen, Bernard Stiegler.

The symposium "Thinking Worlds" starts off from the general idea of a
biennial as a meeting place between different worlds, geographical,
cultural, and professional, and extends this to fundamental questions
bearing on the state of philosophy, aesthetic theory, and politics. The
different "worlds" or spheres of philosophical reflection, that we find
for instance in Kant's division between the theoretical, the practical,
and the aesthetic, have for a long time provided the philosophical
reflection of modernity with its substructure. A fundamental questioning
of the present must ask to what extent these three fields still exist as
separate domains, what kinds of intersections exist between them, and if
one of them can be seen as the foundation of the other or if we have to
accept a plurality of parallel discourses. Thinking "worlds" would then
imply a reflection on the unity and difference of these three domains, and
especially so if seen in the light of contemporary politics. The question
of whether there is one world that could serve as a promise for thought,
or if it is an irrevocable condition that "Thinking Worlds" exists today
only in the plural, is more pressing than ever. Taking its cue from this
historical framework, the symposium is divided into three subsections.

Philosophy and the construction of concept. What is the role of philosophy
in relation to the sciences and the arts? Should philosophy create new
concepts, and if so, how should it relate to its tradition(s)? Does
philosophy have an autonomy of its own, or does it relate only
to the other spheres (science, politics, art) as a form of "reflection,"
i.e., occupying a second order position?

Universality, reason, contingency. What happens to identity, citizenship
etc, in a global world, and what challenges do these changes pose for how
we conceive political theory? What are the possibilities under which the
arts can engage or challenge our present condition?

The limits of aesthetics. How should we conceptualize contemporary art
today and what tools should be used to analyze it? What is the meaning of
a term such as "aesthetic theory" today (a concept that Adorno already
judged to be outmoded at the end of his life), and is there place for the
activity of critical judgment in a world that has been characterized as
a "society of the spectacle"?

The conference is organized by Joseph Backstein, Daniel Birnbaum, and Sven-
Olov Wallenstein, and will be moderated by Sven-Olov Wallenstein.

Preliminary program of the Moscow Conference "Thinking worlds"

8 participants / 3 panels
1) Philosophy and the creation of concepts: Bernard Stiegler, Giorgio
2) Universality, reason, contingency: Jacques Rancière, Saskia Sassen and
Chantal Mouffe
3)The limits of aesthetics: Molly Nesbit, Boris Kagarlitsky and Mikhail

November 17

First day: two panels - 5 participants
10.00 – 10.20 Opening of the conference
10.20 – 11.00 first talk of the first panel (Bernard Stiegler)
11.00 – 11.40 second talk of the first panel (Giorgio Agamben)
11.40 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 12.30 open discussion of the first panel
12.30 – 13.10 first talk of the second panel (Jacques Ranciere)
13.10 – 14.40 Lunch
14.40 – 15.20 second talk of the second panel (Saskia Sassen)
15.20 – 16.00 third talk of the second panel (Chantal Mouffe)
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17.00 open discussion of the second panel

November 18

Second day: third panel – 3 participants + final discussion
11.30 – 12.20 first talk of the third panel (Molly Nesbit)
12.20 – 13.00 second talk of the third panel (Boris Kagarlitsky)
13.00 – 13.20 Coffee break
13.20 – 14.00 third talk of the third panel (Mikhail Rykhin)
14.00 – 14.30 open discussion of the third panel
14.30 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 17.00 final discussion

Filosofian illat Tampereen kaupunginkirjasto Metsossa

Syksy 2006


(Kuva)taide ja filosofia

Länsimaisessa aatehistoriassa (kuva)taide ja filosofia on usein erotettu toisistaan jyrkästi: taidetta on pidetty visuaalisen ja elämyksellisen, filosofiaa kielellisen ja käsitteellisen toiminnan alueena.

Taiteessa tällainen jako ei ole ollut selvä enää aikoihin. Taidetta on tehty yhtä lailla ajattelemisen kuin elämysten herättämiseksi, taiteilijat ovat purkaneet taidetta koskevia oletuksia, tehneet taiteesta käsitteellistä, kommentoineet filosofiaa ja tiedettä sekä saaneet niistä innoitusta.

Taiteen ja filosofian suhteiden moninaisuus on kuitenkin vanhempaa perua. Monet vakiintuneilta vaikuttavat käsitykset taiteen luonteesta ovatkin vasta eurooppalaisen modernin aikakauden varsin tuoreita luomuksia. Eikä mikään taiteen laji liene kiinnostanut viime vuosisatoina filosofeja yhtä paljon kuin kuvataide.

Syksyn sarjassa pohditaan alustajien johdolla taidetta, todellisuutta ja yhteiskuntaa, taiteen filosofiaa ja politiikkaa.


Ma 18.9. klo 18:00, ls. 1

Taiteilija, taiteiden tohtori Teemu Mäki: Mitä tekemistä taiteella on filosofian ja politiikan kanssa? 

Ma 23.10. klo 18:00, ls. 1

Visuaalisen kulttuurin teorian lehtori Max Ryynänen: Terrorismin estetiikkaa

Ma 13.11. klo 18:00, ls. 1

Taiteilija, professori Jyrki Siukonen: Nykytaiteilija ja hermeneutiikan helpotus

Ma 4.12. klo 18:00, ls. 1

FT, esteetikko Anita Seppä: Kriittinen taide ja todellisuus

Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!

Järj. Tampereen kaupunginkirjasto ja filosofinen aikakauslehti niin & näin.