2nd Epistemology of Metaphysics Workshop (EMW 2)

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, University of Helsinki

Venue: “Athena”, Room 360 at Siltavuorenpenger 3 A


10.00 Welcome

10.15 David Mark Kovacs (Bilkent): Explanation, unification, and metaphysical understanding

11.15 Break

11.30 Vera Flocke (NYU): No Easy Answers to Ontological Category Questions

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Brian Montgomery (UTEP): The Case against Metaphysical Intuitions

15.00 Break

15.15 Thomas Atkinson (U. of Liverpool): The different sources argument for modal scepticism: imagination and perception

16.15 Break

16.30 Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame): Evidence in Metaphysics

18.00 End


Organized by the Academy of Finland Project The Epistemology of Metaphysics.

Attendance is free and everyone is welcome!



Dr. Tuomas E. Tahko

University Lecturer & Academy Research Fellow

Theoretical Philosophy

University of Helsinki

Workshop on Reflection: Historical, Normative, and Social Aspects

Tampere, August 29–30, 2016


Organized by Self, Other and Community: Besinnung in Husserl’s Phenomenology research group, in collaboration with Degree Program in Philosophy, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere.


University of Tampere, Main building (= päätalo) A2A


No registration needed, the workshop is open for general audience.


Preliminary program:

Monday, August 29

10.00: Opening words

10.15–11.30 David Cerbone, ’Feckless Prisoners of Their Times’: Historicism and Moral Reflection

11.30–12.30 Erna Oesch, Wilhelm Dilthey’s Descriptive and Analytic Psychology and what is wrong with it

12.30–14.00 LUNCH

14.00–15.00 Jaakko Belt, From Description to Critique? Normativity of Phenomenological Reflection

15.00–15.30 COFFEE BREAK

15.30–16.30 Arto Laitinen, Expressing and Finding Oneself in an External Medium

16.30–17.30 Simo Pulkkinen, Self-Constitution of an Embedded Subject: How Husserlian Phenomenology Deals With Historicity


Tuesday, August 30

10.00–11.00 Leila Haaparanta, Suspension of Judgment and the Norms of Assertion

11.00–12.00 Mirja Hartimo, Besinnung and the Normativity of the Exact Essences

12.00–13.30 LUNCH

13.30–14.30 Fredrik Westerlund, Shame and Ethics

14.30–15.30 Joel Backström, Moral Understanding vs. Moral Normativity: The Repressive Dynamics of Sittlichkeit and the Ambiguity of Moral Progress


The workshop will be followed by two-day intensive course “Fundamentals of the Phenomenology of Embodiment” by prof. David Cerbone. For more information:



Mirja Hartimo, Docent

mirjahartimo at


Jaakko Belt, PhD Researcher

jaakko.belt at, +35840-5926971

Theorising on Social and Embodied Aspects of Contemplative Practices. 13 – 14 July 2016, University of Tampere – International workshop.

What new ideas and alternative forms of embodied training could be introduced to the currently narrow field of mindfulness research? How can we conceptualise contemplative practices in a manner taking into account the embodied, methodological, ideological, technological, religious and gendered relations inherent in it? How is fluid self-knowledge of ‘lived body experience’ mediated in meditative mindfulness training?  How does people’s ‘affective’ or ‘lived body’ experience in MBIs diverge from the medical conceptions of soma and psyche found in existing discourse on MBIs? In this two-day workshop, we carry the various discussions forward and answer these questions:   The main speakers specify, discuss, and problematize the various definitions of mindfulness.


Today, mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) are one of the most widespread and widely studied bodily skill in working life and therapy alike. In the last 35 years, international mindfulness and meditation research has focused on medical and psychological aspects of their study. However, there is a dearth of diverse research perspectives on it in the humanities, social sciences and political economics (Cook 2010; Stanley 2012; Purser 2012; Kortelainen, et al. 2014; Barker 2014; Williams 2014; Ferguson 2016; Farias&Wikholm). Various authors have pointed out that the ‘dark side’ of MBIs has not yet been discussed, investigated, or empirically explored in much depth.  This workshop is aimed at developing examination of the new contributions, research-methodology and pitfalls of mindfulness-oriented practices.


Confirmed speakers:

Professor Ronald Purser (San Francisco State University)

Associate Professor Suvi Salmenniemi (University of Turku)

Associate Professor John R. Williams (Yale University)

Lecturer Steven Stanley (Cardiff University)

Dr. and clinical psychologist Catherine Wikholm

Researcher Kristina Eichel (Köln University/ Brown University)

Researcher Marianne Hedegaard (University of Copenhagen)

Docent Timo Klemola (University of Tampere)

Postdoctoral researcher Pessi Lyyra (University of Tampere)

Teemu Kangas (M.F.A, graduated from Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki)

Documentarist Wille Hyvönen (Aalto University)

Dr. Karen Terzano, (Meditation-teacher, psychologist)

Postdoctoral researcher Antti Saari (University of Tampere)

Postdoctoral researcher Ilmari Kortelainen (University of Tampere)


Organising committee:

Posdoctoral researcher Ilmari Kortelainen

Posdoctoral researcher Antti Saari

PhD-student Suvi Lehtonen

PhD-student Jani Pulkki

Researcher Mikko Väänänen



Tapio Santala


Further information:

Antti.w.saari at, ilmari.kortelainen at


Workshop in Facebook


This workshop is funded by University of Tampere and The Finnish Work Environment Fund



University of Turku

Monday 6 June 2016

Publicum (Assistentinkatu 7), Seminar Room 149 (Sh 149)


10:15 Frans Svensson (Stockholm/Umeå)

The Possibility of Living Well: Value and Virtue in Descartes’s Ethical Thought

11:45 Lunch

13:00 Lilli Alanen (Uppsala)

Descartes and Spinoza on the Love of God

14:30 Coffee break

15:00 Valtteri Viljanen (Turku)

Descartes’s Two-Component View of Moral Agency


For more information, please contact Peter Myrdal (peenmy at or Valtteri Viljanen (valvil at

The workshop program is available for download at

Finnish Workshop in Medieval Philosophy


University of Jyväskylä, 20 November 2015

Main campus, lecture hall D 209.

The Finnish Workshop in Medieval Philosophy provides a chance for young and advanced scholars alike to present and test the results of their latest research. It welcomes contributions from any area of philosophy in the broad and long Middle Ages, including Arabic/Islamic, Byzantine, Jewish and Latin philosophy, and encompassing the transitions from antiquity and to early modernity. This inaugural meeting is intended to launch a series of annual events.

The workshop is open for all interested.



9.00 Opening words

9.15 Fedor Benevich (Munich): The Analytic/Synthetic Distinction in Avicenna

10.40 Andreas Lammer (Munich): A Troubled Account of Place: Everyone against Aristotle and Avicenna against Everyone

13.00 Anselm Oelze (Berlin): Do Animals Grasp Universals? Some Medieval Views on Universal Cognition in Nonhuman Animals

14.25 Véronique Decaix (Paris): On Categorical Constitution: Dietrich of Freiberg

16.15 Sonja Schierbaum (Hamburg): Varieties of Voluntarism: Ockham and Crusius



Jari Kaukua & Juhana Toivanen

Eettiset arvovalinnat ovat läsnä kaikessa ilmastoon liittyvässä päätöksenteossa, kulutuspäätöksistä ja taloustieteen metodologisista valinnoista aina kansainvälisiin neuvotteluihin.

Hallitustenvälisen ilmastopaneelin (IPCC) tuorein arviointiraportti hyväksyttiin viikonloppuna Kööpenhaminassa. Raportissaan ilmastopaneeli korostaa ensi kertaa ilmastonmuutokseen liittyviä eettisiä kysymyksiä. Keskustelu ilmastoetiikan ja taloustieteen välisistä suhteista rantautuu Suomeen heti tuoreeltaan, sillä marraskuun 11.-13. järjestetään Helsingin yliopistossa kansainvälinen työpaja 'Ethical underpinnings of climate economics'.

Työpajan toiseksi pääpuhujaksi saapuu yksi IPCC:n raportin kolmannen osan pääkirjoittajista, Oxfordin yliopiston etiikan professori John Broome. Broomen tausta on sekä taloustieteessä että filosofiassa ja hän julkaisi ensimmäisen ilmastonmuutosta käsittelevän teoksensa jo vuonna 1992. Hänen uusin kirjansa Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World (W.W. Norton & Comp) julkaistiin vuonna 2012. Broomen tiistaina 11.11. klo 9.00–11.00 pidettävän luennon otsikko on ”Climate change: life and death”. Luento on Metsätalon salissa 1, Unioninkatu 40.

Toinen pääpuhuja on Manchesterin yliopiston professori John O’Neill. O’Neill on osallistunut useisiin ympäristöpolitiikan arviointihankkeisiin Euroopan Unionissa ja Iso-Britanniassa. O’Neillin luennoi torstaina 13.11. klo 9.00–11.00 otsikolla ”Mapping climate disadvantage”. Luento on Athenan salissa 302, Siltavuorenpenger 3A.

Pääpuhujien luennot sekä keskustelutilaisuus ovat avoimia kaikille. Ei ennakkoilmoittautumista, tervetuloa paikalle kaikki kiinnostuneet! Huomaa, että luennot alkavat tasan yhdeksältä, ilman akateemista varttia.


Tiistaina 11.11. klo 16-18 pääpuhujat keskustelevat AID-tilaisuudessa ilmastotalouden ja etiikan välisestä suhteesta Aalto yliopiston professorin Matti Liskin kanssa. Tilaisuuden otsikko on ”Integrating ethics and economics in climate policy assessment” ja puheenjohtajana toimii akatemiaprofessori Uskali Mäki. Tapahtuma on Metsätalon salissa 6, Unioninkatu 40. Lisätietoja:

Lisäksi O’Neill pitää perjantaina 14.11. klo 12-14 luennon biodiversiteetin suojelun etiikasta. Luento on Metsätalon salissa 6, Unioninkatu 40.

Työpajan järjestää Helsingin yliopiston käytännöllisen filosofian oppiaineessa toimiva 'Climate Ethics and Economics' -hanke yhteistyössä Yhteiskuntatieteiden filosofian tutkimuksen huippuyksikön ( kanssa.

Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy (NHP) järjestää Jyväskylässä 10.-11.4. tapaamisen ja työpajan otsikolla "What is history of philosophy (and how should it be done)?"

Tilaisuuden ohjelma löytyy osoitteesta:

juhana.toivanen at

We are happy to announce a meeting and a workshop of a newly established Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy. The occasion will take place at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Jyväskylä 10-11 April.

All interested are welcome to attend the workshop and discuss about potential avenues for collaboration among Nordic historians of philosophy.

A more detailed program can be found from:

For more information, please contact:
juhana.toivanen at
Workshop on Early Modern Moral Philosophy
5. 8. 2013 University of Helsinki
Main Building, Unioninkatu 34, Aud. VIII, 10-17


10.15 – 11.15 Aaron Garrett (Boston University): The History of the History of Ethics and Emblematic Passages
11.15 – 12.15 Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University):  Was Spinoza a Moral Relativist?


14. 00 – 15.00 Dario Perinetti (Université du Québec à Montréal): Morality and the Historical Point of view: Reading Hume's 'A Dialogue'
15.00 – 16.00 Anik Waldow (University of Sydney): Delimiting the Self – A Humean Account

All welcome!

The Workshop is organized by Ville Paukkonen and Markku Roinila in co-operation with the Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics CoE (Academy of Finland). For more information, contact ville.paukkonen at or markku.roinila at

Workshop, “Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity: Beyond the 'Two Cultures' Debate”

Date: 1-2 February 2013

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24, Helsinki

This international workshop is part of a series of workshops based on the trilateral collaboration, inaugurated in 2011, among the Forum Scientiarum (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen), the Vienna Circle Institute (Universität Wien), and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Through this cooperation the three institutes involved seek to deepen our understanding of fundamental philosophical and methodological issues of scientific inquiry, as well as the place of science in modern culture and society. The workshops in this series are primarily philosophically focused but intended for a wide interdisciplinary audience.

The workshop, "Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity: Beyond the 'Two Cultures' Debate", to be hosted by the HCAS will contribute to the on-going debates on the nature and significance of interdisciplinarity - a key topic for any institute for advanced study. In particular, the "two cultures" debate concerning the relation between science and the humanities will be reconsidered from this perspective.


Friday, 1 February

14:00 Sami Pihlström (Helsinki): Opening of the Symposium

14:15-15:30 Keynote

Chair: Sami Pihlström

·Chancellor Ilkka Niiniluoto (Helsinki): The Challenge of Interdisciplinarity

15:30-16:00 coffee break

16:00-18:00 Session I

Chair: Risto Saarinen

·Friedrich Stadler (Vienna): From 'Methodenstreit' to the 'Science Wars' - On the Interaction and Competition between the Natural, Social and Cultural Sciences

·Uskali Mäki (Helsinki): Interdisciplinary Give and Take: Generalizable Dynamics with Illustrations from the Case of Economics

·Donata Romizi (Vienna): The Question of Scientific Determinism in Philosophical, Historical and Cultural Context: From Newton to Statistical Mechanics

Saturday 2 February

10:00-12:00 Session II

Chair: tba

·Michael Heidelberger (Tübingen): Types of Interdiciplinarity in the Late 19th Century

·Niels Weidtmann (Tübingen): Back to the Phenomena by Means of Interdisciplinarity?

·Sara Heinämaa (Helsinki): The Request of Interdisciplinarity and the Task of Philosophizing

12:00-13:30 lunch break

13:30-16:00 Session III

Chair: tba

·Tarja Knuuttila (Helsinki): Interdisciplinarity at the Grassroots Level: The Modeling Practice of Synthetic Biology

·Giovanni Rubeis (Tübingen): Naturalizing Anthropology. How Science Creates Man

14.45-15:00 Coffee break

·Georg Koridze (Tübingen): William James and Moritz Schlick

·Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau (Vienna): Perceptual Representation in Philosophy and Psychology

Aristotelian Themes in Dependence, Modality, and Essence, Workshop at the University of Helsinki, Saturday, January 26th 2013

Location: University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, room 8


09:00 – 10:30 Lucas Angioni (Campinas, Brazil), ‘Essence, Causality and Necessity in Aristotle's Theory of Scientific Explanation’

10:40 – 12:10 Michail Peramatzis (Oxford), ‘Essence and Necessity in Aristotle’

12:10 – 13:10 Lunch

13:10 – 14:40 Tuomas Tahko (Helsinki), ‘Grounding Modality in Essence’

14:50 – 16:20 Benjamin Schnieder (Hamburg), ‘Grounding and Dependence’

16:30 – 18:00 Mika Perälä (Helsinki), ‘Aristotle on ouk aneu Dependence’

Attendance is free, but we would kindly ask you to e-mail either Mika Perälä (mika.perala at or Tuomas Tahko (tuomas.tahko at if you are planning to attend. Some of the papers will be available for pre-reading, please contact Mika or Tuomas for further details.

The workshop is organized by Dr. Mika Perälä and Dr. Tuomas Tahko and is funded by Mika Perälä’s Academy of Finland project Aristotle on Memory and the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki.


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