Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas international conference

14–15 Decem­ber 2017
Venue: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33

The conference is organized by the Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History and is supported by the Centre of Excellence on Reason and Religious Recognition, HELDIG and the project History, Nature and Empire in Eighteenth-Century Europe.

Registration is free of charge but required for catering.

Here is a link to conference website:

27 November, 14-16, Faculty Hall 524, First Tuomo Mannermaa memorial lecture with Ted Peters

Lived and Learned Seminar Sept. 6–7

Venue: Faculty of Theology, 6 Sept: Faculty Hall and 7 Sept: Hall 531, Vuorikatu 3, 5th floor


9:00 Coffee (included for all participants of the workshop)


9.30–10.15  Keynote: Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): “Alexandria in the Literary Memory of the Rabbis: The Failure of Culture Translation and the Textual Powers of Women”

Hasan-Rokem’s lecture illuminates the regional and cultural differences between Rabbinic textual creativity in Palestine (Galilee, Judea and Caesarea) and in Babylonia. The sum of these voices crosses the main line of the course “between folk literature and canonizing institutions,” eventually breaking down the dichotomy.

10.15–10.30  Response: Panu-Matti Pöykkö (Harvard, USA via Skype)

10.30–11.30  Discussion

11.30–13.30  Lunch (not included to the seminar)

SESSION 2: “una religio in rituum varietate

13:30–15:30 Panel discussion based on the maxim of Nicolaus of Cusa “one religion, variety of rites” in his De pace fidei. Panelists: Anna-Liisa Tolonen, Marika Rauhala, Antti Ruotsala, and Pekka Kärkkäinen; Chair: Virpi Mäkinen


18:00 Dinner (for speakers and respondents)


9:00  Coffee (included for all participants of the workshop)


9:30–10:15  Miira Tuominen: Learning what Justice Is and Living It – The Case of Porphyry’s On Abstinence

10:15–11:00 Janne Mattila: The Animal Fable of the Brethren of Purity in Context – The Moral Status of Animals in Early Islamic Thought

Coffee break

11:15–12:00 Juhana Toivanen: On the Moral Status of Animals in Medieval Philosophy

12:30 Lunch (for speakers)


Literature in Philosophy of Religion Seminar

Monday 12 June, Literature in Philosophy of Religion Seminar, Faculty Hall

10.00 – 10.15 Sami Pihlström Welcoming
10.15 – 11.00 Risto Saarinen Fidelity in Alain Badiou and Riikka Pulkkinen
11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.30 John Cottingham (Heythrop College) Humane philosophy, literature, and religious understanding
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 14.30 Timo Koistinen The Personal in Philosophy of Religion
14.30 – 15.15 Panu-Matti Pöykkö Levinas and the Book
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee
15.45 – 16.30 Hanne Appelqvist (University of Turku) “Feeling the World as a Limited Whole”: Wittgenstein on Religious Faith
16.30 – 17.30 Sari Kivistö (University of Tampere) & Sami Pihlström The Aesthetics of Antitheodicy

Religious Music, Inter-Group Dialogue and Religious Recognition

Friday 19 May, MONTHLY SEMINAR, at 12:15–15:30, venue: Faculty Hall

Religious Music, Inter-Group Dialogue and Religious Recognition

Prof. Tala Jarjour (Notre Dame) speaks about her recent research project concerning the possibilities of music in the progress of religious dialog toward peace in the Syrian conflict.

Tala Jarjour is Associate Professor of Music and Concurrent Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Her research is marked by interdisciplinary study of Near Eastern repertories of sacred music, especially the chant of the Syrian Orthodox Church. She completed her PhD at Cambridge (2011) and MPhil in Music at Cambridge (2005).


For further information of Jarjour, see:

Helsinki Analytic Theology Workshop 2018: Investigating Theological Epistemologies

Investigating Theological Epistemologies
Helsinki Analytic Theology Workshop 2018, 22-23 February

Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
Faculty Room, Vuorikatu 3

Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. William Abraham (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA) and Prof. Victoria Harrison (University of Macau, Macau, China).

Call for Papers

In addition to the two keynotes, the workshop will have approx. five one hour slots for substantial papers that address epistemological questions in religious and theological contexts.

Please send abstracts as a doc-file of a maximum of 700 words to Dr. Rope Kojonen ( by the end of August 2017. The organising committee will make their decisions within two weeks. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer bursaries to presenters. The final manuscript should be sent to Dr. Kojonen by the end of January 2018.
HEAT 2018 is supported by the Centre of Excellence for Reason and Religious Recognition of the Academy of Finland, Faculty of Theology.

For more information:
Olli-Pekka Vainio,

A Seminar on Human Freedom

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Friday 24 March 2017, 10:15–14:00
Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
Room 524, Fabianinkatu 24, 5th floor

10:15–10:30 Risto Saarinen & Sami Pihlström (Helsinki): Opening Words
10:30–11:15 Aku Visala (Helsinki): “Is the Problem of Free Will a Scientific Problem?”
11:15–12:00 Hanne Appelqvist (Turku): “Kant on Freedom and Rules”
12:00–13:00 Lunch Break
13:00–14:00 Thomas Buchheim (LMU Munich): “The Concept of “Human Freedom” according to Schelling’s Treatise on the Essence of Human Freedom”

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Friday 3, DOCTORAL DEFENCE at 12:15, aud. XII (Univ. main building): Heikki Haara on Sociability in Samuel Pufendorf’s Natural Law Theory; Opponent Prof. Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne)

Wednesday 1 at 14:15, GUEST LECTURE by Prof. Dirk-Martin Grube (Amsterdam): “Unearned Privileges? Criticizing Atheist Superiority Claims and their Legitimation by Evidentialist Means”. Venue: Faculty Hall

Helsinki Analytic Theology Workshop (HEAT) 2017
Free Will and Philosophical Theology 
Time: 16. – 17.2.2017
Place: Faculty Hall, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, Vuorikatu 3
Thu 16.2.
14.00 Intro and welcome
14.15-15.45 Timo Nisula: Nec expectes quando uelit – Augustine’s persuations on voluntas
16.15-17.45 Heikki Haara: Samuel Pufendorf on free will 
18.00-19.30 Lluis Oviedo: Free will and contemporary theology: is it still a question?
Fri 17.2.
9.00-10.30 Atle Ottesen Søvik: Free will and the self
11.00-12.30 Aku Visala: Recent work on free will and the sciences of the mind
12.30-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-15.30 Markus Korri: Kevin Timpe on grace and free Will
15.45-17.15 Lari Launonen: Why are some many Christian philosophers libertarians?

Workshop: Pragmatism, Representationalism & Metaphysics

Organiser and Venue

The workshop is organized by the research project Representationalism or Anti-representationalism? Perspectives on Intentionality from Philosophy and Cognitive Science, led by Jonathan Knowles (Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU), the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence, Reasons and Religious Recognition (University of Helsinki) and the Nordic Pragmatism Network, coordinated by Henrik Rydenfelt.

The workshop takes place at the Faculty room (tiedekuntasali) of the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, address Vuorikatu 3 (courtyard), floor 5B.

The workshop is open for all, but the organizers kindly ask for a registration by email in advance (info(at)


Wednesday, 4 January

12.30-13.20 Lunch
13.20-13.30 Opening words
13.30-15.00 Simon Blackburn (Cambridge)
Pragmatism and the common pursuit
15.15-16.15 Henrik Rydenfelt (UEF)
Anti-representationalist (moral) realism
16.30-18.00 Robert Kraut (Ohio State University)
Representation without taxation
20.00 Dinner

Thursday, 5 January

10.00-11:30 Steven Levine (UMass Boston)
Representation and objectivity
11.45-12.45 Sami Pihlström (Helsinki)
Pragmatic realism, recognition, and the possibility of religious metaphysics
12.45-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Cheryl Misak (Toronto)
Walk the line: the pragmatism and minimal metaphysics of Peirce and Ramsey
15.15-16.15 Jonathan Knowles (NTNU)
Thomasson’s pragmatist consolation to metaphysics: a critique and an alternative
16.30-18.00 Chiara Ambrosio (UCL)
What do we need metaphysics for – Peirce’s first rule of reason
20.00 Dinner