Between Philosophy, History, and Politics


August 11th 2014, University of Helsinki

(Fabianinkatu 24), room 136 

The symposium explores the productive conjunction between philosophical reflection, the study of history and our understanding of contemporary politics. We will investigate the theoretical tools that phenomenology offers for the study of history. How does history present itself to us, how does it enter our lives, and what are the forms of experience in which it does so?  History is always connected with social and political existence and its past, and so we shall also be posing philosophical questions about the political domain and of its temporality. What are the connections between our understanding of politics and the philosophical investigation of history? What is the political relevance of the study of the history of philosophy?


David Carr (The New School for Social Research and Emory University, USA): Historical Experience – Continuity and Discontinuity
Respondent: Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä)

Lunch Break

Omri Boehm (The New School for Social Research, USA): Enlightenment, Obedience, Revolution


Timo Miettinen (University of Helsinki): Crisis and Revolution
Respondent:  Martina Reuter (University of Jyväskylä)


Contact: Johanna Oksala ( & Timo Miettinen (
Organised by the Research  Network Subjectivity, Historicity, and Communality (SHC), University of Helsinki

Phenomenology / Wittgenstein workshop June 6th

A Workshop with Steven Crowell

Date: Friday, June 6th 2014
Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Seminar room 136, Fabianinkatu 24)


13:15-14:45 Steven Crowell (Rice University): We Have Never Been Animals: Heidegger’s Posthumanism

14:45-15:15 Coffee

15:15-16:00 Thomas Wallgren (University of Helsinki): Wittgenstein’s Relation to Heidegger – Some Remarks

16:00-16:45 Joona Taipale (University of Copenhagen): Norms, Types, and the Social World: Phenomenological Reflections on Empathy

The workshop is organized by Fredrik Westerlund and Sara Heinämaa. It is sponsored by the research community Subjectivity, Historicity, Communality (SHC) and by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

The workshop is open to all. Welcome!