Tapahtumat syyskuulle 2008

'Political Correctness': Comparative Analysis of Instruments for Purifying the Public Debate
Helsinki 30.09.2008 klo 14:15

PROGRAMME

Keynote lecture:

Professor Lucian Hölscher (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), 2.15 pm,
‘Political correctness’ in Germany 1945–2008

Coffee, 3.15 pm

Comparative remarks:

Professor Hannu Nieminen (University of Helsinki), 3.45 pm,
Self-censorship

Dr. Marja Jalava (University of Helsinki), 4.10 pm,
Be positive

Dr. Ilmari Susiluoto (Foreign ministry of Finland), 4.35 pm,
Normalisation

Professor Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki), 5.00 pm,
The invention of traumas

Final discussion, 5.25 pm

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This Conceptual History and Related Items (COHIRI) seminar is co-organised by the Network for the Study of the Public Sphere at the University of Helsinki (http://www.helsinki.fi/project/julkisuus) and the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS, http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/nordic). Scholars interested in the work of the COHIRI-network and wishing to receive more information of future events, should contact Jani Marjanen, secretary of the network, at jani.marjanen (at) helsinki.fi.

http://www.helsinki.fi/project/cohiri/

Tiedustelut:
Jani Marjanen
jani.marjanen (at) helsinki.fi
Filosofi, professori Pekka Himanen väitteli filosofian tohtoriksi 20-vuotiaana ja hänen teoksiaan on nyt käännetty yli 20 kielelle. Tämä antaa mielenkiintoisen taustan, kun nyt järjestettävässä erikoisluentosarjassa Himanen muun muassa kuvaa, millainen oppimisen filosofia on ajanut häntä opiskeluajoista lähtien. Samalla hän kiteyttää laajemminkin näkemystään oppimisesta ja luovasta elämästä parhaimmillaan perustuen laajoille tutkimuksilleen. Tätä kokonaisteemaa hän kutsuu nimityksellä "Elämä taideteoksena", joka on samalla luentosarjan nimi.

Sarja soveltuu hyvin kenelle tahansa oman oppimisen ja luovan elämän filosofiansa kehittämisestä kiinnostuneelle.

Pekka Himanen pitää luentosarjan Helsingin yliopiston Vuoden alumnin ominaisuudessa. Luentosarja toteutetaan yhteisestä aloitteesta kansleri Niiniluodon kanssa, joka myös avaa luentosarjan.

Luennot pidetään yliopiston juhlasalissa neljänä päivänä: ma 29.9., pe 3.10., ke 8.10. ja pe 10.10. (aina klo 13-16). Koska luentosarjalle on jo ilmoittautunut useita satoja ja juhlasalin tila on rajallinen, niin osallistujia pyydetään ilmoittautumaan etukäteen osoitteessa https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/11822/lomake.html.

Luentojen luonteen vuoksi tarkoituksena olisi, että ilmoittautujat tarkistaisivat voivansa osallistua kaikille neljälle kerralle, koska poissaolot vievät paikan joltakin toiselta. Luentosarjaan ei liity mitään suoritettavia tenttejä tai muita opintosuorituksia.

Lisätietoja: http://www.helsinki.fi/alumni/himanen.htm

Tervetuloa!
 
Avner Baz (Tufts University): "Who Knows? - In Defense of Ordinary
Language Philosophy"
Ämnet filosofi, Åbo Akademi 29.9-3.10.2008

Lähempiä tietoja löytyy tutkijakoulun kurssisivulta
http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/historia/filosofia/tutkijakoulu/kurssit.php
ja kurssin laajahko ohjelma sivulta
http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/historia/filosofia/tutkijakoulu/Baz_Handout.pdf
 
Monday, September 29, 9-12: Introduction, An Initial Characterization
of the Basic Conflict, Strawson on Truth, Austin's 'Other Minds'.
Background reading: Peter Strawson (1949), 'Truth' Analysis, 9: 83-97;
John Austin, 'Other Minds', in Philosophical Papers, Oxford University
Press, 1979.

Tuesday, September 30, 13-16: The Prevalent Arguments against OLP.
Background reading: John Searle, Speech Acts, Cambridge University
Press, 1999, pp. 131-156; Peter Geach (1965), 'Assertion',
Philosophical Review, 74: 449-465; Scott Soames, Philosophical
Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Princeton University Press, 2003,
pp. 115-134.

Wednesday, October 1, 13-16: Must Philosophers Rely on Intuitions?
Background reading: Weinberg et al. (2001), 'Normativity and Epistemic
Intuitions', Philosophical Topics, 29: 429-459;  Timothy Williamson
(2004), 'Philosophical "Intuitions" and Skepticism about Judgment',
Dialectica, 58: 109-153.

Thursday, October 2, 13-16: Contextualism, Anti-Contextualism, and
OLP. Background reading: Charles Travis, The Uses of Sense, Oxford
University Press, 1989, pp. 129-187; Keith DeRose (1992),
'Contextualism and Knowledge Attribution', Philosophy and
Phenomenological Research, 52: 913-929.

Friday, October 3, 9-11: OLP, Skepticism, Kant.
Background reading: David Lewis (1996), 'Elusive Knowledge',
Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 74: 549-567.


Introduction
1.    "[Analytic philosophy is characterized by] a commitment to the
ideals of clarity, rigor, and argumentation" (Soames 2003a: xiii).
2.    "[Analytic philosophy is characterized by] a method that stresses
clarity and rigorous argument" (Byrne and Hall, 2004).
3.    Those who find arid the "technical minuteness of much philosophy in
the analytic tradition" are manifesting "impatience with the long haul
of technical reflection [that] is a form of shallowness, often thinly
disguised by histrionic advocacy of depth" (Williamson 2007: 45).
4.    Ordinary Language Philosophy as defended in the book: A particular
form of critique of the tradition of western philosophy "one that seeks
to alleviate conceptual entanglements and unclarities by means of
consideration of the ordinary and normal uses of the words in
question, and of the conditions that make these uses possible and
against which they acquire their specific significance or point. OLP,
as I understand it, is essentially responsive: its 'reminders' are
assembled for 'a particular purpose' " in attempt to alleviate this or
that particular philosophical difficulty or unclarity (Wittgenstein
1963: remark 127). OLP's reminders are assembled not
"opportunistically", as Soames alleges (2003: 216), but deliberately.
5.    My aim: To defend, not this or that philosopher or text, but OLP as
a general approach at what I take to be its best, and to show that,
persistent rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, it still
constitutes a well-motivated and viable alternative to the
philosophical work that is currently carried out within the mainstream
of analytic philosophy.
FBF:s Filosoficafé
Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tid: den 14 september 2008 kl 17

Inledare: prof. emeritus Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Universitet
Tema: Logik och rationalitet

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Logiken, som läran om följdriktigt och korrekt resonerande, har sedan antikens dagar uppfattats som själva kärnan i allt rationellt tänkande. Det moderna tillägget i synen på rationaliteten är den med vetenskapen förknippade förmågan att förutse och kontrollera händelser i naturen.

En frukt av den vetenskapliga rationaliteten är teknologin. P.g.a. de oroande följderna denna teknologi haft när det gäller de mänskliga livsvillkoren, har man börjat tala om en ’rationalitetens kris’. Men hör logiken till de problematiska dragen i den moderna rationaliteten? Många filosofer svarar nej på den frågan. De har menat att en sådan hållning vore att öppna dörrarna för anti-intellektualism eller irrationalism.

Under senare delen av 1900-talet har den formella logikens ställning ändå ifrågasatts. Enligt kritikerna har den formella logiken som norm för korrekt resonerande varit förknippad med en överförenklad syn på språket.

Föredraget kommer fokusera på ’kärnfrågan’: hur har logiken fått sin särställning i vår syn på rationellt tänkande och vilka filosofiska skäl har angetts för backa upp det här perspektivet. Vi skall belysa dessa frågor bl.a. genom att se på hur skälen förändrats när nya filosofiska idéer vunnit insteg.


Filosoficaféer Hösten 2008

Temaserie: Tänkandets svårigheter, rationalitet, logik, följdriktighet och det goda tänkandet

• 14.9 Inledare: prof. emeritus Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Universitet
Tema: Logik och rationalitet
• 28.9 Inledare: filosof Fredrik Vesterlund, H:fors Universitet
Tema: Inleder serien ”Om tänkande”, rubrik meddealas senare

• 12.10 Programmet öppet
• 26.10 Programmet öppet
• 23.11 Programmet öppet

Temaserie: Om Freud och psykoanalysen

• 9.11 Inledare: filosof Joel Backström
Tema: Inleder serie ”Om psykoanalysen”, rubrik meddelas senare
• 7.12 Inledare: gruppsykoanalytiker Bodil Lindfors, Åbo
Tema: ”Om psykoanalysen”, rubrik meddelas senare

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Alla intresserade välkomna
Fritt inträde

Närmare upplysningar:
Folkets Bildningsförbund | Hagsgatan 12, FIN-20540 Åbo
tel. +358 2 237 4068 | +358 40 757 9159 | fax +358 2 237 9190
E-mail:  FBF(a)kaapeli.fi

OBS! FBF förbehåller sig rätten till ändringar i programmet.
 
28.09.2008 - 02.10.2008
Corporeity and Affectivity
Conference in celebration of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's (1908–1961) 100th birthday


Fifth Central and Eastern European Conference on Phenomenology

28 September – 2 October 2008, Prague


Call for Papers: 
Application (short message including name, institution, preliminary title of the paper) to be sent by e-mail until March 15, 2008 to following addresses:
novotnykcz (a) yahoo.de
merleau_prague08 (a) yahoo.com


PROJECT

In an article written in 1959, in commemoration of Husserl’s 100th anniversary, Merleau-Ponty writes that “with regard to a philosopher whose venture has awakened so many echoes, and at such an apparent distance from the point where he himself stood, any commemoration is also a betrayal” (“The Philosopher and His Shadow”). These words, however, are not meant to prevent us from commemorating a philosopher and his work. Quite the contrary, for Merleau-Ponty this “betrayal” seems to have a positive meaning. In fact it means that, in order to do justice to a philosopher’s work we should not – or perhaps, we could not – merely repeat it. To keep the work of thought alive we should trace and conjure up its “unthoughts”, and the greater the work of a philosopher, the richer the unthought elements in that work. Commemorating Merleau-Ponty’s 100th day of birth in 2008, nearly 50 years after his dead, his work is still alive. Not because his work was unfinished by his sudden death, but because his work was meant to be open and interrogative and thus not to be closed off, it left us with many elements yet to think. This conference aims at bringing into play the topicality of this work with respect to various debates in contemporary philosophy.
Merleau-Ponty (1908–1961) is one of the most important phenomenologists of the 20th century. As one of the main representatives of French phenomenology he has essentially contributed to the further development of phenomenological philosophy founded by Edmund Husserl. Moreover, his phenomenology has not only influenced the phenomenological research but has had also a very strong impact on other sciences. As such Merleau-Ponty has become one of the most fruitful philosophical resources for contemporary modern thinking.
    Along with Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology has turned from transcendental to existential phenomenology. His emphasis on embodiment and lived experience represents one of the most important developments in phenomenological philosophy. His focus on embodied existence has opened space for extensive phenomenological analysis on human existence in its embodied being. Moreover, the body has become a means of our being to the world. As such, it is no longer a hindrance of our being but constitutive for our being. As much as Merleau-Ponty has illuminated the existential role of the body, he has also contributed to the philosophical rehabilitation of the sensible. Sense perception no longer is a mere corporeal function but is itself characterized by rationality. It is here that affectivity comes into play as a serious and important philosophical category. As a form of sensibility, affectivity – the ability of being affected – has become a key-concept of the characterization of human existence.
    Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology is characterized by a great openness to other sciences and the arts. From the very beginning he has devoted his attention to the natural sciences as well as to cultural studies, psychoanalysis, politics, the arts and other fields. It is this specific trans-disciplinary interest that made his phenomenology attractive to other sciences and researchers up to now. For this reason, his phenomenology undoubtedly stands for a key-figure for contemporary modern thinking.
The conference is not only dedicated to Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology. Apart from his individual contribution to phenomenology, the conference also wants to address the great influence of his phenomenology to other phenomenological research. In particular, it wants to illuminate the issue of corporeality and affectivity – key-terms of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology – in the world-wide field of contemporary phenomenological research.


Sections

Phenomenology in Transition

•    Phenomenological Ontology in German and French Tradition
•    Affectivity and Giveness as Conditions of the Ontology
•    Fantasy and Imagination
•    Rehabilitation of the Sensible
•    Phenomenology of Language

Phenomenology and Technology of Life and Nature

•    Phenomenology and Philosophy of Nature
•    Hermeneutics of Lived Being
•    Between Phenomenology and Cognitive Science
•    Cognition and Perception
•    Body and Internal Time Consciousness
•    Constitution of the Lived Space

Phenomenology and Humanities

I. Merleau-Ponty and Psychoanalysis
•    Phenomenology and the Unconscious
•    Phenomenological Psychopathology
•    Self and Other
II. Philosophy and Arts
•    Painting and Perception
•    Phenomenology and Literary Writing
•    Corporeity and Scenic Dramatization

III. Phenomenology and Anthropology
•    Institution in History and Politics
•    Phenomenology of Sexuality
•    Phenomenology of Love and Pain


Paper Submission

Please submit full paper writing samples for one of the above mentioned sections. Submitted writing samples of approximately 6 pages should have no more than 1800 words typewritten and double-spaced. For the publication in the proceedings of the conference, the paper may be extended up to 15 pages. At the conference, speakers will have 20 minutes for presentation, 20 minutes for discussion. Both paper copy and electronic version are kindly requested. Submissions should be addressed to the Conference Organizer (see below). Please, indicate a) the language of the paper, and b) the preferred section. The Conference Organizers (Organization Committee) reserve the right to accept or not accept papers in the basis of criteria of quality and the availability of the sections.


Deadline for Paper Submission

Deadline for contributed papers is June 30, 2008. Paper proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Decisions and Conference Expenses

The authors of the accepted papers are to be informed by e-mail by July 31, 2008. Hotel and meals for them (speakers on the conference or active participants) during the conference as well as the part of their travel expenses are to be paid by the partners of the conference. Other participants have to pay a conference fee (the amount is to be announced July 31, 2008, too) in order to get the same hotels and meals as the active participants.

Conference Language
Conference languages will be: French, German, English. Full paper writing samples can be submitted in one of these languages.


Scientific Board of the conference:
•    Jan Sokol – Charles University in Prague
•    Bernhard Waldenfels – Ruhr Universität Bochum
•    László Tengelyi – Bergische Universität Wuppertal
•    Hans Rainer Sepp – Eugen Fink Archiv Freiburg/ Charles University in Prague
•    Alexej Chernjakov – University of St. Petersburg
•    Dean Komel – University of Ljubljana
•    Ion Copoeru – University of Cluj-Napoca


Confirmed invited plenary speakers:
Mauro Carbone, Lester Embree, Helen Fielding, Shaun Gallagher, Dimitri Ginev, Jean-Christophe Goddard, Sara Heinämaa, Kwok-Ying LAU, James Mensch,  Marc Richir, Pierre Rodrigo, Hugh J. Silverman, László Tengelyi, Bernhard Waldenfels, Dan Zahavi

Organization Committee:
•    Karel Novotný - Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University in Prague / Erasmus Master Mundus “EuroPhilosophie”
•    Alice Kliková - Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague
•    Silvia Stoller - Gruppe Phänomenologie, Wien / University of Vienna
•    Jenny Slatman - University of Tilburg
•    Petr Kouba - Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic
•    Josef Fulka - Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University Prague


Conference Organizer

Karel Novotný PhD
Vice-Dean for Science and Research
Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University in Prague
Fakulta humanitních studií Univerzity Karlovy v Praze
Address:
U Kríže 8
15800 Prague 5
Czech Republic
www.fhs.cuni.cz
Phone: 00420-251080331
Fax: 00420-251080611

E-Mail:
novotnykcz (a) yahoo.de
merleau_prague08 (a) yahoo.com

FM Ville Lähteen filosofian alaan kuuluva väitöskirja Rousseau's Rhetoric of 'Nature' (Rousseaun 'luonnon' retoriikka) tarkastetaan 27.9.2008 klo 12 Tampereen yliopiston Pinni B-rakennuksen luentosalissa B1100, Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere.

 

Vastaväittäjänä on professori Róbert Haraldsson (Islannin yliopisto). Kustoksena toimii professori Leila Haaparanta.

 

Lehdistötiedote on  luettavissa kokonaan osoitteessa:

http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/kirjasto/vaitokset/2008084.html

 

 

Action and Agency, Aristotle and Anscombe
A conference on philosophy of action with an emphasis on the Aristotelian tradition

Uppsala, September 27-29, 2008 at the Gustavianum

This conference will bring together leading philosophers concerned in one way or another with a broadly Aristotelian account of the metaphysics and epistemology of action. The conference is co-hosted by the Uppsala University Philosophy Department and the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) University of Oslo, and is jointly organized by the RJ research program Understanding Agency and the rational agency section of CSMN.

Invited papers by:

    David Charles (Oriel College, Oxford)
    Ursula Coope (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
    Anton Ford (Chicago)
    John McDowell (Pittsburgh)
    Anselm Mueller (Keimyung University, Korea)
    Thomas Pink (King’s College, London)
    Martin Stone (Yeshiva University and the New School)
    Rowland Stout (University College, Dublin)
    Michael Thompson (Pittsburgh)
    Gary Watson (California at Riverside)


Organizing committee:
In Uppsala: Lilli Alanen, Tomas Ekenberg, Martin Gustafsson (Stockholm), Fred Stoutland, Frans Svensson; in Oslo: Olav Gjelsvik, Jennifer Hornsby.

Wish to attend? Registration at the latest August 10, 2008.

Registration and more information:

http://www.filosofi.uu.se/agency/node20

PMP Research Seminar
Autumn 2008


Friday, 26 September, 14-16 ( Auditorium IX, Main Building,  Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor)
The Study of Moral Psychology in History: Methodological Issues
Julia Annas
John Marenbon



Friday, 10 - Saturday, 11 October (Auditorium XI, Main Building,  Unioininkatu 34, 3rd floor)
Ancient Moral Psychology

     Friday,
     10.15: Juha Sihvola, Introduction
     Christof Rapp, Aristotle on the moral psychology of persuasion
     Mika Perälä, Aristotle on Perception and Self-Love

     14.15: Marke Ahonen, Ancient Philosophers on Mental Illness
     Christoph Helmig, Chanting the truth: the concept of epôdê in Plato's                    
     dialogues

     Philipp Bruellmann, Aristotle on music and education (Politics VIII)

     Saturday,
     10.15: Francesca Pedriali, Aspasius' excursus on emotions
     Malin Grahn, Seneca on Poetry and Moral Development
     Miira Tuominen, Ethics and Moral Psychology in the Late Ancient                    
     Commentators

 

Friday, 31 October, 12-15 ( Auditorium IX, Main Building, Unioninkatu  34, 3rd floor)
Ilse Paakkinen, Christine de Pizan on the souls and bodies of men and  women
Martina Reuter, Mary Wollstonecraft on the virtue of modesty
Ville Paukkonen, Berkeley on self-knowledge

Friday, 28 November, 12-15 ( Auditorium IX, Main Building,  Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor)
Juhana Toivanen
Jussi Varkemaa
Minna Koivuniemi
Olli-Pekka Vainio


For more information, visit PMP research unit's homepage:
http://www.helsinki.fi/teol/steol/pmp/
 
Disputation: FL Camilla Kronqvist: "What we talk about when we talk about love".

Filosofi, Humanistiska fakulteten, Åbo Akademi
26.9.2008 12.00-15.00
Auditorium Salin, Axelia, Biskopsgatan 8, Åbo | Piispankatu 8, Turku.

Som opponent fungerar Alice Crary, Associate Professor, (The New School for Social Research) och som kustos professor emeritius Lars Hertzberg (Åbo Akademi).

Finns det skäl för att älska? Kan vi lova att älska någon hela livet? Är ovillkorlig kärlek endast ett ouppnåeligt ideal?

Utgångspunkten för denna begreppsliga undersökning av kärlek är att många frågor som uppstår då vi börjar filosofera om begreppet är uttryck för förvirringar om vad vi talar om då vi talar om kärlek. Inspirerad av Ludwig Wittgensteins senare filosofi föreslår Kronqvist att många av dessa förvirringar kan upplösas genom att man reflekterar kring de olika samtal vi för om kärlek. Genom en sådan reflektion kan även vår förståelse för begreppet fördjupas.
I avhandlingen behandlas olika frågor om kärlekens roll i vårt liv i ljuset av filosofiska diskussioner om (1) känslor (2) personlig identitet och (3) mening och moral. Diskussionen ger vid handen att många av de frågor vi ställs inför i reflektionen kring kärlek utmärks av att de inte kan ges ett för varje enskild människa giltigt, vetenskapligt svar. Istället ställer de oss inför en moralisk fråga: vilken plats är vi beredda att ge kärleken och andra människor i vårt eget liv?

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Voiko ihminen rakastaa, koska hänellä on siihen hyviä syitä? Voimmeko  edes luvata elinikäistä rakkautta? Onko rakkaus ilman ennakkoehtoja vain saavuttamaton ihanne?

Tämän rakkauden käsitteellisen tutkimuksen perusajatuksena on, että kysymykset, joita syntyy alkaessamme filosofoida rakkaudesta usein perustuvat väärinkäsityksiin siitä, mistä oikeastaan puhumme, kun puhumme rakkaudesta. Ludwig Wittgensteinin myöhäisfilosofian inspiroimana Kronqvist ehdottaa, että rakkautta koskevien erilaisten keskustelujemme reflektointi voi ratkaista monia näistä  sekaannuksista. Tällainen tarkastelu voi myös syventää rakkauden ymmärrystämme. Väitöskirja tarkastelee eri puolilta rakkauden merkitystä elämässämme, vetäen yhteyksiä (1) tunteita (2) identiteettiä ja (3) merkitystä ja moraalia koskeviin filosofisiin keskusteluihin. Voidaan todeta, että monet rakkautta koskevissa tarkasteluissamme esiin nousevat kysymykset ovat luonteeltaan sellaisia, ettei niihin voi antaa jokaista  ihmisyksilöä sitovaa, tieteellistä vastausta. Sensijaan ne asettavat meidät moraalisen kysymyksen eteen: minkä aseman olemme valmiita  antamaan rakkaudelle ja toisille ihmisille omassa elämässämme?
Call for papers

Beyond Classical Key Concepts


Research Training Seminar in San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja, Spain. 3-5 December 2008

There is a growing awareness of the need to contextualise and analyse the different uses of concepts that are ideologically loaded but do not live their lives in the immediate core of political theory. New words are entering the political and social language. One can only think of such words as "management" (which is new in a political context) and "health" not to mention "terrorism" and "climate change".
This workshop will move beyond classical key concepts in two ways. It will study the emergence of new political concepts or the transfer of concepts from traditional locations to new politicized ones, and it will extend conceptual analysis to areas where it has not been practised before. The seminar gives students an opportunity to present papers related to their research as well as to receive comments from CONCEPTA Board members and invited scholars.

Papers on concepts belonging to following conceptual clusters are especially welcomed:

1. Other, foreigner, normality
2. Health, sickness, treatment
3. Economics, markets, consumer, nature, environment
4. Information, knowledge, opinion, debate
5. Geographical proper names

Papers on methodological issues are also welcome. Course is multidisciplinary but papers that have a linguistic approach are preferred. There will also be  special Latin American Workshop on Conceptual History.

Please send your application together with the abstract (max. one page) and a short cover letter explaining how you may benefit from the seminar in your further studies or work to:
Sami Syrjämäki: sami.syrjamaki (at) uta.fi;
Nere Basabe: nbasabem (at) cps.ucm.es

Deadline for applications September 25, 2008. The results will be announced in early October. Final papers should be sent to organizers by November 15, 2008.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Johan Edman, Lene Hansen, Jan Ifversen, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Kari Palonen, Javier Fernández Sebastián and Kerstin Stenius

ORGANISERS: CONCEPTA – International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought, CILENGUA – Centro Internacional de Investigación de la Lengua Española, in collaboration with ‘Iberconcepta’, and a Nordic network, sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers, with representatives from four Nordic universities.

REGISTRATION: free
ACCOMMODATION in the student house: free
TRAVEL GRANTS: A number of travel grants will be available to contribute towards students’ travel expenses. Although, students should be aware that these grants might not cover full costs. Those wishing to apply for a travel grant should indicate this in their applications. There will be a free transportation from Madrid to San Millán de la Cogolla and back.

CONTACTS:
Evgeny Roshchin evroshch (at) jyu.fi;
Sami Syrjämäki: sami.syrjamaki (at) uta.fi;
Nere Basabe
: nbasabem (at) cps.ucm.es

Please, see http://www.concepta-net.org/ for more information and updates.
  

Freedom, Desire, and the Other

The Centenary of Simone de Beauvoir


September 22, 2008
University of Uppsala

SALT (Forum for Advanced Studies in Arts, Languages and Theology) celebrates the centenary of Simone de Beauvoir (1908-2008) with an interdisciplinary day, open to all. Three lectures and one text seminar connect de Beauvoir's philosophical, political, and literary work with contemporary discussions on alterity, desire, and post-colonialism.

Time and place: September 22, 2008, 09.15-17.00, Centre of Humanities, English Park Campus, room 16-0043.

Invited speakers: Michel Kail (editor, L'Homme et la Société, France), Sara Heinämaa (philosophy, University of Helsinki), Edda Manga (history of ideas, University of Uppsala)

Program:

9.15 Opening: Ulrika Björk (Uppsala University)
9.45 Michel Kail (editor L'Homme et la Société, France): "Political
Philosophy according to Simone de Beauvoir: the Question of Alterity",
discussant: Ulrika Björk
Break
11.15 Sara Heinämaa (University of Helsinki): "Simone de Beauvoir's
Phenomenology of Sexual Difference", discussant: Lisa Käll (Uppsala
University)
Chair, am: Jonna Bornemark (Södertörn University College/Uppsala University)

LUNCH

14.00 Edda Manga (Uppsala University): "The Desire of the Other:
Internalised Oppression in Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon",
discussant: Stefan Helgesson (Uppsala University)
Break
15.30 Open text seminar on de Beauvoir's essay "Must We Burn Sade?"
(Faut-il brûler Sade?, 1951-1952), room 2-1077
Chair, pm: Petra Carlsson (Uppsala University)
17.30 Reception buffet at the Department of Philosophy, English Park
Campus, building 2

Deadline for registration: September 10

Registration and further information:
petra.carlsson (at) teol.uu.se,
ulrika.bjork (at) helsinki.fi
salt (at) engelskaparken.uu.se
More information: salt.engelskaparken.uu.se
 
FM Jarkko Toikkasen englantilaisen filologian alaan kuuluva väitöskirja The Break of Paul de Man tarkastetaan lauantaina 20.9.2008 klo 12  salissa Pinni B1096.

Vastaväittäjänä on professori Martin McQuillan (University of Leeds) ja kustoksena on dosentti Matti Savolainen.

Väitöstiedote on luettavissa osoitteessa
http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/kirjasto/vaitokset/2008078.html.
 
Filosofian illat Metsossa
Syksy 2008

Teemana:
MUSIIKKI

Musiikki on tärkeimpiä ihmisten itseilmaisun, esteettisen nautinnon ja yhdessäolon muotoja niin arjessa kuin juhlassakin. Kuuloaistin kautta välittyvän mielihyvän tuottajana sillä on perustavanlaatuinen asema yksilön kokemuksessa ja äänellisessä maailmasuhteessa. Toisaalta se on mittavasti yhteiskuntiin vaikuttanut ja nykyään vuolaita rahavirtoja liikutteleva kulttuuri-ilmiö. Näissä molemmissa ulottuvuuksissaan se on myös askarruttanut filosofiaa ja lukuisia filosofeja kiihkeitä kiistojakin nostattaen. Musiikille onkin ominaista, että kullakin meistä tuntuu olevan siitä oma mielipiteensä – ja musiikkimakuun suhtaudutaan usein intohimoisesti. Filosofian illoissa pohditaan, mitä musiikki on, miten se koetaan, miten sitä on älyllisesti ja filosofisesti tarkasteltu, mitä se on historiallisesti merkinnyt ja miten se nykypäivässä vaikuttaa.

Kuluvana vuonna juhlistetaan suomalaisen musiikkikirjastotoiminnan 50-vuotista historiaa. Tampereella on erityistä aihetta muistamiseen, koska ensimmäinen musiikkiosasto perustettiin juuri täällä.

Maanantaisin pääkirjasto Metsossa ls. 1 klo 18:00.

Ma 15.9. klo 18.00, ls. 1
Juha Torvinen, FT, musiikintutkija (Helsingin yliopisto):
”Mitä filosofoitavaa musiikissa voi olla?”


Ma 13.10. klo 18.00, ls. 1
Jukka Sarjala, musiikin kulttuurihistorian dosentti (Turun yliopisto):
”Antautuminen ja tulkitseminen – musiikin ristiriidasta”

Ma 17.11. klo 18.00, ls. 1
Markku Roinila, FT, filosofian tutkija (Helsingin yliopisto):
”Harmoninen ristiriita”


Puheenjohtajana Tuukka Tomperi.
Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!

Järj. Tampereen kaupunginkirjasto ja filosofinen aikakauslehti niin & näin.

Ks.
http://www.tampere.fi/kirjasto/tiedotus/kalenteri.htm
 
FBF:s Filosoficafé
Plats: Restaurant Skolan, Historiesalen, Eriksgatan 18, Åbo
Tid: söndagen den 14 september 2008 kl 17

Inledare: prof. emeritus Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Universitet
Tema: Logik och rationalitet

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Logiken, som läran om följdriktigt och korrekt resonerande, har sedan antikens dagar uppfattats som själva kärnan i allt rationellt tänkande. Det moderna tillägget i synen på rationaliteten är den med vetenskapen förknippade förmågan att förutse och kontrollera händelser i naturen.

En frukt av den vetenskapliga rationaliteten är teknologin. P.g.a. de oroande följderna denna teknologi haft när det gäller de mänskliga livsvillkoren, har man börjat tala om en ’rationalitetens kris’. Men hör logiken till de problematiska dragen i den moderna rationaliteten? Många filosofer svarar nej på den frågan. De har menat att en sådan hållning vore att öppna dörrarna för anti-intellektualism eller irrationalism.

Under senare delen av 1900-talet har den formella logikens ställning ändå ifrågasatts. Enligt kritikerna har den formella logiken som norm för korrekt resonerande varit förknippad med en överförenklad syn på språket.

Föredraget kommer fokusera på ’kärnfrågan’: hur har logiken fått sin särställning i vår syn på rationellt tänkande och vilka filosofiska skäl har angetts för backa upp det här perspektivet. Vi skall belysa dessa frågor bl.a. genom att se på hur skälen förändrats när nya filosofiska idéer vunnit insteg.


Filosoficaféer Hösten 2008

Temaserie: Tänkandets svårigheter, rationalitet, logik, följdriktighet och det goda tänkandet

• 14.9 Inledare: prof. emeritus Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Universitet
Tema: Logik och rationalitet
• 28.9 Inledare: filosof Fredrik Vesterlund, H:fors Universitet
Tema: Inleder serien ”Om tänkande”, rubrik meddealas senare
• 12.10 Programmet öppet
• 26.10 Programmet öppet
• 23.11 Programmet öppet

Temaserie: Om Freud och psykoanalysen

• 9.11 Inledare: filosof Joel Backström
Tema: Inleder serie ”Om psykoanalysen”, rubrik meddelas senare
• 7.12 Inledare: gruppsykoanalytiker Bodil Lindfors, Åbo
Tema: ”Om psykoanalysen” rubrik meddelas senare

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Alla intresserade välkomna
Fritt inträde

Närmare upplysningar:
Folkets Bildningsförbund | Hagsgatan 12, FIN-20540 Åbo
tel. +358 2 237 4068 | +358 40 757 9159 | fax +358 2 237 9190
E-mail:  FBF(a)kaapeli.fi

OBS! FBF förbehåller sig rätten till ändringar i programmet.
FILOSOFI OCH BOTANIK
12-13 september 2008

Ett symposium till minne av Ivar Segelberg

Lokal: T302, Olof Wijksgatan 6 ("Gamla hovrätten"), Göteborg

Ivar Segelberg, professor i filosofi vid Göteborgs Universitet 1951-1979, var en originell och inflytelserik tänkare med fenomenologi, ontologi och medvetandefilosofi som sina främsta intresseområden. Han var också en internationellt erkänd botanist, specialist på Medelhavsländernas flora. Nu anordnas ett symposium kring Segelbergs filosofiska och botaniska gärning. Det bjuder på intressanta föredrag av flera av Ivars kollegor och elever och många tillfällen till diskussion av filosofiska och andra vetenskapliga frågor.

Fredag 12/9  12.00-18.00        Session 1: Ontologi
Lördag 13/9  10.00-12.45        Session 2: Botanik
Lördag 13/9  13.45-17.45        Session 3: Medvetandefilosofi

Deltagande kostar 250:- inklusive moms (session 2 är dock kostnadsfri). Deltagarantalet är begränsat och förhandsanmälan rekommenderas.
För detaljprogram, registering etc. se http://phil.gu.se/segelberg

Konferensen sponsras av Vetenskapsrådet (Dnr: 426-2008-5990/TAU)