Women in the History of Philosophy: June 15-16, 2015


Women in the History of Philosophy: Methodological Reflections on Women´s Contributions and Influence

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), Seminar Room 136

June 15–16, 2015

Research demonstrates that many more women than commonly acknowledged have participated in the development of philosophical thought throughout the ages. This conference contributes to an ongoing reconstruction of the canon of philosophy by addressing methodological questions. The aim is to study women thinkers as inventors and developers of ideas and as initiators of new modes of asking philosophical questions. The conference will also ask how the disappearance of female contributions has affected philosophy, and how its reemergence may influence today’s field of academic philosophy, where women are underrepresented.

Organization committee: Professor Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (chair) (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), University of Iceland), Professor Research Leader Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki), and University Lecturer Martina Reuter (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr. Virpi Lehtinen.


Monday June, 15: Canon and Methodologies

9:00-9:15 Opening of the Conference by Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studes)

9:15-10:30 Ruth Hagengruber (University of Paderborn): “Women Rewrite the History of Philosophy – Two Paradoxes to Overcome”

10:30-11:45 Miira Tuominen (University of Jyväskylä): “On the (Methodological) Problems in Studying Women Philosophers in Antiquity”

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-14:00 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University): “What is a Philosophical Canon?”

14:00-15:45 Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania): “The Limits of Contextualist History of Philosophy: Female Friendship and Education in Cavendish’s Plays”

15:45-16:00 Coffee

16:00-17:15 Sarah Hutton (University of York): ”Context and ‘Fortuna’ in the History of Women Philosophers: a Diachronic Perspective”

17:30 Catrine Val, “Feminine Wisdom”, opening of exhibition at University of Helsinki Main Library (Kaisa House), Entrance Hall, Fabianinkatu 30, (http://www.catrineval.de/)

Tuesday June, 16: Contributions and Influence

9:00-10:15 Nora Hämäläinen (Helsinki Collegium for advanced studies): “Iris Murdoch on Pure Consciousness – or “An Exercise of Oneself in the Activity of Thought”

10:15-11:30 Robin Wang (Loyola Marymount University): “Kundao: Women Thinkers and Practitioners of Dao in Eleventh Century of China”

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-13:45 Robin May Schott (Danish Institute for International Studies): “Arendt, Natality and Vulnerability”

13:45-15:00 Naoko Saito (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies/Kyoto University): “Feminism of the father tongue: Replacing the subject of philosophy”

15:00-15:15 Coffee

15:15-16:00 Panel of the Association of Women and Feminist Philosophers in Finland: “Where Are We Now? Recent Perspectives on Rewriting the Canon of Philosophy” with Martina Reuter (moderator, University of Jyväskylä), Aino Lahdenranta (University of Jyväskylä), Erla Karlsdóttir (University of Iceland) and Hanna Lukkari (University of Helsinki)

16.00-16.30 General discussion and closing (moderation Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir)



CFP: Husserl Circle 2015 / Helsinki (Updated Jan 19, 2015)



Dear Members and Friends of the Husserl Circle,

The 46th Annual Meeting of the Husserl Circle to Helsinki, Finland, to be held at June 9-12 (Tuesday through Friday), 2015. The meeting will be organized by Subjectivity, Historicity and Communality Research Network and the Philosophical Society of Finland.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015 (12PM EST). Please prepare your submissions for blind review and submit them to: mirja.hartimo@jyu.fi.

Presenters will have approx. 30 minutes (roughly 12-14 pp, double-spaced). Please submit either 1) a full paper accompanied by a short 150-word abstract, or 2) a more substantial abstract clearly outlining the paper (500 words). Preference will be given to full paper submissions. Decisions will be communicated by March 1, 2015.

The social program of the event will include two receptions with buffets. In addition, the Rector of the University of Helsinki has cordially invited the participants to a reception on Thursday June 11.

Early June is busy in Helsinki where numerous other events are also taking place. Hence we recommend making the hotel reservations as early as possible, please, see the list of hotels below. The conference venue is the House of Sciences and Letters (Kirkkokatu 6) within walking distance from numerous other hotels as well.


Should you have any questions regarding the conference, please feel free to e-mail at:mirja.hartimo@jyu.fi


We look forward to seeing you in Helsinki next year!


Mirja Hartimo & Sara Heinämaa



Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Helsinki

Mikonkatu 23, 00100 Helsinki


– Located 10-15 minutes by foot from conference venue, adjacent to central railway station and airport bus terminals.

– Breakfast buffet, free rapid WiFi, gym, room service.

– Average nightly rate for single rooms starting from EUR 220, check current prices and offers at their website. http://www.radissonblu.com/plazahotel-helsinki


Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi Helsinki

Kaisaniemenkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki


kaisaniemi.cumulus@restel.fi / tel. +358 (0)9 172881

– Located 5-10 minutes by foot from conference venue, near central railway station and airport bus terminals.

– Breakfast buffet, sauna, and free WiFi included.

– Conference offer valid until May 18:

Standard single room: EUR 123/ night.

Standard double room: EUR 131 / night.

– Book by e-mail: kaisaniemi.cumulus@restel.fi or phone: +358 9 172881, use reservation code HC2015.

– Check also their list rate of the day and other possible special offers at their website.



Hellsten Helsinki Senate

Kauppiaankatu 5, 00160 Helsinki


– Located 10-15 minutes by foot from conference venue, convenient tram connection.

– Breakfast NOT included, apartments include kitchen. Free WiFi, sauna, and laundromat.

– Conference offer valid until April 30:

Studio Queen Apartment: EUR 99 / night for 1 person, EUR 107/night for two persons.

One Bedroom Queen Apartment: EUR 107 / night / 1 person, EUR 116/night for two persons.

– All apartments include king-size bed, EUR 10 / night for an extra person.

– Book by e-mail: reservations@hellstenhotels.fi, use reservation code HC2015.

tel. +358 9 511 0 5233, http://www.hellstenhotels.fi/Hellsten_Hotel_Apartments/Helsinki_Senate



Linnankatu 9, 00160 Helsinki


– Located 15 minutes by foot from conference venue, convenient tram connection.

– Breakfast NOT included. Breakfast costs EUR 9.  Free linen, towel, and morning sauna. Shared bathrooms and shower facilities.

– Conference offer valid until May 8:

45,70 EUR/ person/night, single room,

52,40 EUR/2 persons/night, double room,

49,60 EUR/person/night for  one person in a double room.

– Book by e-mail: eurohostel@eurohostel.fi or phone: +358 9 622 0470, use reservation code HC2015.


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 (johanna.oksala@helsinki.fi) & Timo Miettinen (timo.pa.miettinen@helsinki.fi)
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!


Laki ja järjestys 13.6.2014

Laki ja järjestys

Poliittisia ja oikeudellisia näkökulmia radikalismiin, konservatismiin ja radikaaliin konservatiivisuuteen

Aika: 13.6.2014

Paikka: Porthania P545, klo 10–18.

Millainen on lain ja järjestyksen suhde? Mitä on järjestys ja mikä on sen suhde epäjärjestykseen? Onko oikeus jo perusluonteeltaan konservatiivista? Miten ja missä olosuhteissa laki – tarkoituksella tai tarkoittamattaan – voi palvella vallankumouksellisia päämääriä? Voiko laittomuus edistää laillisuuden asiaa pitkällä tähtäimellä? Onko oikeutta mahdollista säilyttää lakeja kumoamalla tai lykkäämällä? Seminaarissa etsitään vastauksia näihin ja näitä lähellä oleviin kysymyksiin, jotka nousevat eurooppalaisen poliittisen ja oikeudellisen ajattelun traditiosta.


10:15 Jussi Backman: Olemisen oikeudenmukaisuus: laki ja järjestys esisokraattisilla ajattelijoilla

11:00 Mika Ojakangas: Platon ja oikeus luonnon mukaan

11:45 Tuomas Parsio: Maimonides ja esimoderni laki

12:30 Lounas

13:30 Panu Minkkinen: Demokratiaa Walter Bagehotin tapaan

14:15 Timo Pankakoski: Käsitteet politiikassa ja oikeudessa

15:00 Markku Koivusalo: Väkivallan järjestys

15:45 Kahvitauko

16:00 Timo Miettinen: Talouden lait: fenomenologia ja ordoliberalismi

16:45 Sakari Hänninen: Uusliberalistien ja uuskonservatiivien epäpyhän liiton poliittis-oikeudelliset seuraamukset

17:15 Ari Hirvonen: Vankila


Seminaarin järjestää Suomen Akatemian projekti The Intellectual Heritage of Radical Cultural Conservatism ja Tutkijaliitto

Francesco Hayez, La scarcerazione di Vittor Pisani. (c) Wikimedia Commons

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.