Karen Detlefsen is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She works in history of early modern philosophy, including the relation between metaphysics and the life sciences, early modern women philosophers, and the history of the philosophy of education.

Dr. Robin R. Wang is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of Asian Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is the author of Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012); the editor of Chinese Philosophy in an Era of Globalization, (SUNY Press, 2004) and Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period to the Song Dynasty (Hackett, 2003). She has contributed an essay titled “Yinyang Gender Dynamics: Lived Bodies, Rhythmical Changes and Cultural Performances” in Chinese Philosophy and Gender and is working on an essay “Dao and Feminist Thought” for The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited by Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader, Alison Stone. She has done some fieldworks on contemporary female Daoists in Daoists temples around China. She has regularly given presentations in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is current vice-president (will be the president 2016) for Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.

Ruth Hagengruber earned her PhD at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and is head of the philosophy department of Paderborn University since 2007, counting more than 700 philosophy students. She is founder and director of the teaching and research area History of Women Philosophers and Scientists (, an institute aiming at renewing the long-lasting tradition of women philosophers. In April 2015 the first MA in the history of philosophy, dedicated to the Study of the History of Women Philosophers, will be launched. Hagengruber published various books on the history of women philosophers. She edited The MONIST 98/1 with Karen Green: TheHistory of Women’s Ideas, Oxford University Press. One of her main publications is Emilie du Chatelet between Leibniz and Newton, Springer 2011. In 2006 Hagengruber founded the group: ECOTECHGENDER ( Economics, Technology and Gender are defined as the challenging and decisive factors of the future and are philosophically analysed. Main publications are: Hagengruber, Ruth, Riss, Uwe. (Eds.). 2014. Philosophy, Computing and Information Science. London: Pickering & Chatto; Hagengruber, Ruth, Ess, Charles. (Eds.). 2011. The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures? Münster: MV-Wissenschaft.

Nora Hämäläinen is a research fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, working on the project The Making of The Good Person – Moral Philosophy, Self-help and Technologies of the Self (2013-2016). She has written the monograph Literature and Moral Theory (Bloomsbury 2015, forthcoming), co-edited the book Language Ethics and Animal Life – Wittgenstein and Beyond (Bloomsbury 2013, with Niklas Forsberg and Mikel Burley), and published articles on ethics, philosophy and literature, Iris Murdoch’s philosophy and the methodology of moral philosophy.

Sarah Hutton studied at New Hall, Cambridge and at The Warburg Institute, University of London. She is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York, having previously taught at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Her research specialism is Early Modern and Intellectual History, with special interests in the Cambridge Platonists and Women and Science and Philosophy. Her publications include articles on Margaret Cavendish, Damaris Masham, Mary Astell and Émilie du Chatelet and a monograph, Anne Conway. A Woman Philosopher (2004). She is director of International Archives of the History of Ideas, a member of board of management of The Journal of the History of Philosophy, and editorial board member of The British Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Lisa Shapiro is Professor of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. Her research has concerned various aspects of early modern European conceptions of human nature, in particular those of Descartes, Spinoza, and Hume, as well as the rehabilitation of early modern women philosophers. She is the translator and editor of The Correspondence of Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and Rene Descartes (Chicago, 2007) and editor with Martin Pickave of Emotion and Cognitive Life in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy (OUP 2012). Currently, she is editing a volume on Pleasure for Oxford Philosophical Concepts, and is PI on a recently awarded SSHRC Partnership Development Grant aimed at building New Narratives in the History of Philosophy.

Naoko Saito is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Kyoto and is currently Visiting Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (September 2014 – August 2015). Her area of research is American philosophy and pragmatism and its implications for education. Her academic interests derive in part from her first degree, when she majored in American Studies. Postgraduate studies with Israel Scheffler and Hilary Putnam at Harvard led her to a deep interest in philosophy of education, especially in John Dewey’s democratic philosophy of education. Later studies with Stanley Cavell furthered her interest in the transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson, culminating in her Ph. D from Columbia University in October 2000. Most recently she has been working closely with Paul Standish of UCL Institute of Education, and this has enabled her to expand her research activities on Dewey and pragmatism into continental philosophies and in connection with European scholars. In 2002 she was awarded a Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the American National Academy of Education. In 2007 she won the Ila and John Mellow Prize for her paper, “Philosophy as Translation: American Philosophy, perfectionism and cross-cultural understanding,” and in 2012, the Joseph L. Blau Prize for “Is Dewey more cosmopolitan than Thoreau?”, both at the annual meetings of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. Most recently she has won substantial funding at Kyoto University for her international project, “Philosophy as Translation and the Understanding of Other Cultures: Interdisciplinary Research in Philosophy and Education for Bidirectional Internationalization” (2014-2017). She is a board member for the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and for the International Network for the Philosophers of Education.

She writes in Japanese and English, with a commitment to crossing cultural borders. She is the author of The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson (2005) and Uchinaru Hikari to Kyoiku: Pragmatism no SaiKochiku (“The Gleam of Light: Reconstruction in Pragmatism” (2009), a Japanese adaptation of The Gleam of Light) as well as numerous articles. In collaboration with Paul Standish, she has co-edited the collections Education and the Kyoto School of Philosophy (2012), Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups (2012), Walden in Tokyo: Stanley Cavell and the Thought of Other Cultures (manuscript under review) and Honyaku no Sanaka ni aru Shakai-Seigi (Social Justice in Translation) (to be published in 2015). She is the translator of The Senses of Walden (2005), the first book of Cavell’s to be published in Japanese, and of Beyond the Self: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Levinas and the Limits of Language by Paul Standish (2012).

Robin May Schott is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, in the section for Peace, Risk and Violence. Her more recent book publications include School Bullying; New Theories in Context, co-edited with Dorte Marie Søndergaard (Cambridge, 2014); Birth, Death, and Femininity; Philosophies of Embodiment, editor and co-author (Indiana University Press, 2010); Philosophy on the Border, co-edited with Kirsten Klercke (Museum Tusculanum 2007); and Feminist Philosophy and the Problem of Evil, editor (Indiana University Press, 2007) She works on ethical and political issues related to conflict, war, gender, and sexual violence.

Hanna Lukkari is a PhD student in Social and Moral Philosophy and
currently working at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. She
is preparing a thesis that investigates the tense relations of law,
rights in particular, and politics, with a focus on sensible
experience and embodied subjectivity.


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