On Values. Social Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives

An interdisciplinary symposium:
On Values. Social Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
17-19 March 2014

Further information and programme: http://www.helsinki.fi/collegium/events/on-values/index.html

NB! Registration is free, but required.  To register for this event and for more information, please contact Kirsi Reyes-Anastacio at Kirsi.Reyes-Anastacio@helsinki.fi.


After a period of relative neglect in the social sciences, the topic of values has of late been making a wide-ranging theoretical comeback. And while questions about the nature of values never faded from the scene in ethics and moral philosophy, today they are considered generally pressing, socially crucial and in need of both conceptual and empirical clarification across a wide range of disciplines.

The purpose of this conference is to study the nature, ontological status, structure and constitution of human values and to clarify the role of values in human interaction and sociality. Questions concerning value realism vs. value relativism as well as monism vs. pluralism in respect to values will be addressed. Moral values will be compared to other kinds of values, such as economic values, epistemic value, utility, health, and beauty. Moreover, the relationship of values to institutions and to broader societal structures will have a central position in the discussions.

As an interdisciplinary endeavor, the conference will bring together several theoretical approaches to human values, ranging from anthropology and social theory to philosophy and theology. Given the current interest in values across the humanities and social sciences, it seems that now is a good time to make such an multidisciplinary effort and to work toward a broader discourse on values that transcends the limits of traditional fields of study.


NoSP 2014: At the Limits of Phenomenology

The 12th annual meeting of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology “At the Limits of Phenomenology” will take place in April 24-26, 2014 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Keynote Speakers:

HANNE JACOBS (Loyola University Chicago)
JUSSI KOTKAVIRTA (University of Jyväskylä)
MAO NAKA (Kobe University)
CLAUDE ROMANO (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV)
THOMAS SHEEHAN (Stanford University)
FREDRIK SVENAEUS (Södertörn University Stockholm)

+72 submitted speakers


Tieteiden Talo, Kirkkokatu 6;
Helsinki University Museum Arppeanum (Friday), Snellmaninkatu 3.


The program of the conference will be published in March.


History and Intersubjectivity – Contemporary Discussions in Nordic Phenomenology

History and Intersubjectivity – Contemporary Discussions in Nordic Phenomenology

A symposium with Hans Ruin, Dan Zahavi and Sara Heinämaa

Organized by Subjectivity, Historicity, Communality (SHC)


February 19, 2014
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Fabianinkatu/Fabiansgatan 24
1st floor Seminar room 136



13:00–14:30 Hans Ruin (Södertörn, Stockholm): On the Phenomenology of Memory

14:30–15:00 Coffee

15:00–16:30 Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen): Self and Other: From Primal I to Co-Constituted We

16:30–16:45 Break

16:45–17:45 Sara Heinämaa (Jyväskylä, Helsinki): On the Phenomenology of Embodiment  and Gender

17:45–19:30 Reception (Common Room, HCAS 3rd floor)