Conference and Workshop June 2017

The preparations for the 2017 Conference and Workshop are well under way. The two events are organised in cooperation with the research group Representation and Reality. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition (Gothenburg, Sweden) and the Workshop also with the Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy. The programme of the Conference will be announced in April but for now please look at our Call for Papers:

(you can also find it here: Workshop:


Call for Papers

Workshop on

Perception, Knowledge, and Assimilation

June 12, 2017, University of Helsinki

ʻAll humans naturally strive for knowledgeʼ, Aristotle famously states at the beginning of his Metaphysics. Yet philosophers have wondered ever since what it means to know something and how we can actually acquire knowledge. Can we know anything at all, and if so, where does this knowledge come from? Do we need to have sensory information first and do we have to become like the things we want to know? In the history of philosophy, different answers have been given to these and related questions and in this workshop, we would like to discuss some of them, especially those by ancient, medieval, and early modern philosophers in the Greek, Latin, and Arabic tradition. We warmly welcome papers on any of these periods and traditions with particular focus on the role of perception and/or assimilation in the process of knowledge acquisition.

The workshop is organized by the European Research Council project Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550 ( and the Representation and Reality. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Aristotelian Tradition programme ( as part of the Nordic Network for the History of Philosophy workshop series ( It is intended to bring together junior scholars – doctoral students and early postdocs – from different fields in the history of philosophy. We will select up to 4 papers (25mins each plus 15mins for discussion). We are able to provide meals and accommodation (for 2 nights). Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 500 euros. All participants are very welcome to attend at their own cost the international conference “Knowledge as Assimilation” which takes place at the University of Helsinki immediately before the workshop (June 9-11).

If you would like to submit a paper for the workshop please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to until Friday, March 31, 2017. The organizers will notify you of their decision by the second week of April. For further information, please contact the organizers at



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