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

On the Conceptual History of the Good (CHG)

Third Workshop

Self-interest and Other-regard


University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

November 27-28, 2015

The project On the Conceptual History of the Good organises its third and last exploratory workshop, which pertains to the emergence of the idea that self-interest conflicts with other-regard. As Julia Annas has shown in her seminal Morality and Happiness (1993), a supposition of such a conflict was by no means central in the ancient discussions. Ancient ethics simply does not build on a supposition that self-interest conflicts with other-regard. By contrast, in early modern discussions such a conflict is often (though not without exception) assumed.

The workshop Self-interest and Other-regard takes this as its theme and asks: When and why did philosophers start to assume that self-interest conflicts with other-regard and that it is the latter rather than the former that pairs with morality? Did medieval distinctions between various kinds of goods (especially between pleasure and justice) lead to the idea that the former is merely a self-interested good as opposed to an other-regarding and moral one? If so, was this idea immediately accepted by later generations? If the idea of such a distinction was new, were there some compelling arguments that prompted other philosophers to endorse a new idea? Or was it rather some contingent development that led to the early modern discussions?

Together with this discussion, the third workshop raises the question of how we should in fact understand morality. A simple distinction between self-interest and other-regard has already become subject to criticism as the basis of morally praiseworthy action. If the subject needs to write his or her own interests out from the calculations concerning what actions to perform, does this lead to a credible picture of moral agency? How can morality retain its motivational force that so effortlessly combines with a notion that takes morality to contribute to a good life? We maintain that the historical discussions as such cannot be taken as the basis of a new moral theory. Rather, our conviction is that contemporary theories of virtue ethics cannot be successful in introducing an alternative to modern moral theories without understanding the complicated history through which the conceptual distinctions studied in this series of workshops developed. In our third workshop we also explore into the ways in which such an understanding could be utilised in envisaging new ethical viewpoints that combine some of the historical insights with the current theories.

The workshop is open for all interested.



Friday, November 27

Ancient Philosophy


Eirikur S. Sigurdarsson: Antiphon and Aristotle's animals: On nature and selfishness

Svavar H. Svavarsson: Happiness, other people, and god


Eyjólfur K. Emilsson: Self-interest and other-regard in Plotinus


From Medieval to Early Modern Philosophy


Matthew Kempshall: The common good in late medieval political thought


Juhana Toivanen: Is Socrates permitted to kill Plato? Nicholas of Vaudémont on the relation between private and common good


Anna Becker: Oeconomics and the common good in early modern Aristotelianism


Saturday, November 28

Early Modern Philosophy


Frans Svensson: The possibility of living well: Value, virtue and knowledge in Descartes’s ethical philosophy


Ville Paukkonen: Shaftesbury’s moral internalism and Berkeley’s heteronomous critique


Peter Myrdal: The form of Leibniz´s perfectionism


Valtteri Viljanen: Kant and Schopenhauer on self-interest and other-regard

Closing Panel


Dominic O’Meara: Remarks on the terminology and conceptual field of 'Concern for self and for Others’

General discussion (chair Miira Tuominen)

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


In conjunction with the Collegium Lecture 2014 by Axel Honneth


May 23-24 2014 Helsinki

Fabianinkatu 24, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study


Organized by

The research project "Pathologies of recognition" (The Academy of Finland, University of Jyväskylä).

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study, (University of Helsinki)

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities (University of Tampere)


According to Axel Honneth and other representatives of the ‘recognition-theoretical’ tradition of thought, attitudes and relations of intersubjective recognition (Anerkennung) are of fundamental constitutive significance for distinctively human psychological and social structures. They are also considered to be of fundamental significance for the good functioning of these structures, for the well-being of human persons, and for the moral or ethical quality of their relationships, characters, motives and actions. A great number of philosophers and psychologists working in this tradition agree that humans have an inbuilt need for recognition. This widely agreed upon thought has however not been complemented or contrasted with a systematic account of reasons why recognition can be lacking. Although humans may need intersubjective recognition to exist and flourish as human persons individually and collectively, there are also universally human tendencies to repress or deny recognition, tendencies that are due to the specific kinds of vulnerabilities that recognition-dependence introduces. The seminar, organized in the context of prof. Axel Honneth’s Collegium Lecture, will reflect on both the need for recognition and its ’pathologies’ or dark sides.


more info: arto.laitinen at



10.15 – 10.45 Arto Laitinen (Tampere): Mutual recognition, ideology, and higher-order disorders

10.45 – 11.15 Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW, Sydney): The cost of recognition

11.15 – 12.00 Cillian McBride (QUB, Belfast): Sensitivity to social recognition and vulnerability to domination


13.00-13.30 Nora Hämäläinen (Helsinki): Emotional capitalism and the epistemology of suspicion

13.30-14.00 Federica Gregoratto (Frankfurt): Pathologies of love: Honneth, Illouz and J. Benjamin

- - Brief brake - -

14.30-15.00 Risto Kunelius (Tampere): TBA (on Dewey, public and its problems)

15.00-15.30 Risto Saarinen (Helsinki): Recognition in Religion: A Pre-Hegelian Diagnosis

[16.00 A separate event: The annual collegium lecture; by Professor Axel Honneth (Frankfurt & Columbia), the main building]



Presentations by members of the project ”Pathologies of Recognition”

10.00-10.30 Arvi Särkelä (Frankfurt): Hegel on Scepticism, Stoicism, and Unhappy Consciousness as ideologies justifying domination

10.35 – 11.05 Sari Roman-Lagerspetz (Jyväskylä). Hegel on Women as instruments in the dialectics of the Nation

11.10 - 11.40 Hans Arentshorst (Jyväskylä): Freedom in contemporary capitalism: on Neo-Liberalism and Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition

11.45 - 12.20 Onni Hirvonen (Jyväskylä): Collective pathologies of recognition

12.25 -12.55 Jussi Kotkavirta (Jyväskylä): On 'shame' as a pathology of recognition

12.55-13.00 The End

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

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.


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

12th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter, 2-7th July 2012

Endorsed by the International Society for Humous Studies (ISHS)

Location: University of Eastern Finland, Savonlinna

Interest in both research on humour and practical applications of humour has increased sharply in the past decade. For new research students just beginning their research careers or those already-trained researchers considering a first research project on humour, this course will ensure that they enter the field with a strong foundation in existing theoretical and methodological issues, and are well versed in the pitfalls confronting the scientific study of humour. For those interested in practical applications of humour in a variety of applied settings, the course will introduce them to the kinds of approaches that are being used around the world to put humour to work and to deliver the benefits of humour and laughter.

More information ang programme on website:

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