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    Lossi 3, III korrus, 51003, Tartu
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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2 - 116-121, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, III, rooms 309-352, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research and Arts
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003, Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-310, 50090, Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004, Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a, room 29, 50103, Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 4-A315, 51009, Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409, Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307, Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012, Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +(372) 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 51014, Tartu, Eesti
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5-205, 51014, Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46-208, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618, Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi Str 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b-134, 51010, Tartu
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51014, Tartu
Institutions
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51014, Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6000, arvutiabi: 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17-114, 51014, Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, ruum 210, 50090, Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090, Tartu
  • Office of Research and Development
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6192
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III korrus, 51003, Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090, Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 51014, Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51014, Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
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    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Potential MA supervisors in Theoretical Philosophy

 

Bruno Mölder (Associate Professor) has a doctoral degree from the University of Konstanz. His areas of specialisation are philosophy of mind and metaphysics.

Read more about the topics that dr Mölder is ready to supervise.

Alexander Davies, (Research Fellow of Theoretical Philosophy) graduated with a PhD from King’s College, London. His areas of specialisation are philosophy of language and epistemology.

Read more about the topics that dr Davies is ready to supervise.

Vivian Bohl, (Research Fellow of Theoretical Philosophy) graduated with a PhD from University of Tartu. Her philosophy of mind, phenomenology, social cognition.

Read more about the topics that dr Bohl is ready to supervise.

 

Research projects

Below is a list of the research projects that the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy is involved with – these topics are opportunities to offer students hands-on research experience and supervision:

Alex Davies: potential topics of supervision

I am available for supervision on topics within philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. I have current research interests specifically in linguistic context-sensitivity, the interaction between power and language, as well as the interaction between power and knowledge. If you have an idea for something you'd like to write or write about then please email me (davies [ät] ut.ee) and let's discuss it. Below I list some possible readings for some of the topics I have worked on or am currently working on.

Relativism

Crispin Wright, “Relativism about truth itself: Haphazard thoughts about the very idea” in Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. (Oxford: OUP, 2008).
John MacFarlane, “Relativism” in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, ed. Delia Graff Fara and Gillian Russell (New York: Routledge, 2012)

Contextualism

Metalinguistic disagreement

Tim Sundell, “Disagreements about taste” in Philosophical Studies 155(2) 267-288 (2011).
Dan Lopez de Sa, “Presuppositions of Commonality” in Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. (Oxford: OUP, 2008).
Recanati, F. Truth Conditional Pragmatics (Oxford: OUP, 2010)
Travis, C. Occasion-Sensitivity (Oxford: OUP, 2008)

Epistemic Injustice

Miranda Fricker, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing  (Oxford: OUP, 2007).

Silencing

Rae Langton, “Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts” in Philosophy and Public Affairs  22(4) 293-330 (1993).

Speech acts

J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962).

Racial Epithets

Christopher Hom, “The Semantics of Racial Epithets”, Journal of Philosophy 105(8) 416-440 (2008).
Mark Richard, When Truth Gives Out (Oxford: OUP 2010).

Incommensurability

Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Chicago: Chicago University Press 1962).
Rudolph Carnap, “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology,” in Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4 (1950). Reprinted in the Supplement to Meaning and Necessity: A Study in Semantics and Modal Logic, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956).

Communication and semantic externalism

Miranda Fricker, “Powerlessness and Social Interpretation” in Epistemic 3(1-2) (2006).
Sally Haslanger, “Language, Politics, and “the Folk”: Looking for “the meaning” of 'race'” in The Monist 93(2) (2010).
Hilary Putnam, “The Meaning of ‘Meaning’,” in Keith Gunderson (ed.), Language, Mind and Knowledge (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1975); reprinted in H. Putnam, Mind, Language and Reality (Cambridge: CUP, 1975).

Vivian Bohl: potential topics of supervision

I am happy to supervise theses on cognitive philosophy and philosophy of mind. I am also keen on interdisciplinary topics that fall between philosophy and psychology. Below are some examples, other topics and suggestions are available on request.

1. Social cognition and interpersonal relationships

What cognitive processes enable people to interact with, relate to and understand other people? Why do we care about what other people feel or think? Do we ever get other people’s mental states right? How did social cognition evolve and how does it develop in childhood? What is special about human social cognition?

Background reading:
Bohl, Vivian. 2014. How do we understand others? Beyond theories of mindreading and interactionism. Tartu: University of Tartu Press.

2. Self and self-consciousness

Does being conscious imply being self-conscious in some sense? How to explain our sense of self? Do we really have selves and if so, in what sense? Are selves socially constructed?

Background reading:
Gallagher, Shaun & Zahavi, Dan. 2014. Phenomenological Approaches to Self-Consciousness. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Bruno Mölder: potential topics of supervision

I am happy to supervise theses on various topics in philosophy of mind and psychology. Below are some examples, other topics and suggestions are available on request.

Understanding others

How do we understand other people? Do we apply an implicit theory, simulate others’ thoughts or is social cognition rather an embodied and interactive affair?

Background reading:
Ravenscroft, Ian, "Folk Psychology as a Theory", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Gordon, Robert M., "Folk Psychology as Mental Simulation", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Experience of time

There are several philosophical puzzles concerning subjective time: What does it take to experience the world as flowing continuously from one instant to another? How can we experience change? Is the subjective present extended in time?

Background reading:
Dainton, Barry, "Temporal Consciousness", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Interpretivism in the philosophy of mind

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the interpretivist position, the view that interpretation is central for propositional attitudes and possibly other mental states? Most famous versions of this view have been propounded by Donald Davidson and Daniel Dennett.

Background reading:
Jeff Malpas, “Donald Davidson”
Daniel Dennett, “Intentional Systems Theory”, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind, OUP 2009

Psychological and social mechanisms of disagreement

What are the psychological and social mechanisms underpinning disagreement? What role do emotions and social cognition play in disagreement?

Experimental philosophy of mind

What can the empirical results of the experimental philosophy tell us about mind and consciousness?

Background reading:
Justin Sytsma, Folk Psychology and Phenomenal Consciousness. Philosophy Compass, 5 (8)

Uku Tooming: potential topics of supervision

1. Theories of mental content

What it is for a mental state to represent and have correctness conditions? Can intentionality be naturalized? What kinds of contentful mental states are there?

Philosophia, Vol. 43, No. 3. Special Issue: The Natural Origins of Content
Ramsey, W. 2010. Representation Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press.

2. Self-knowledge

Do we have privileged access to our own minds? How do we know what we believe, want, intend and feel? Can psychological research call our self-knowledge into question?

Brie Gertler "Self-Knowledge", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Gertler, B. 2011. Self-Knowledge. Routledge.

3. Desire

What are desires? What do we say when we say that we want something? How do we know what we want? What is the relation between desire and pleasure?

Tim Schroeder "Desire", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Lycan, W. 2012. Desire considered as a propositional attitude, Philosophical Perspectives, 26, 201–15.

4. Imagination

What kinds of imaginative states are there? What is the nature of mental imagery? How to solve the puzzles of fictional emotions and imaginative resistance? Can imagination provide knowledge?

Tamar Gendler "Imagination", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Currie, G. & I. Ravenscroft. 2002. Recreative Minds. New York: Oxford University Press.

5. Meta-philosophy

What kind of evidence is there for philosophical claims? How does philosophy differ from science? What kind of philosophical methods should we trust?
Haug, M.C. (Ed.) 2013. Philosophical Methodology: Armchair or Laboratory? Routledge.

6. Folk psychology

How do we know what other people believe or want? Why do others' beliefs and desires matter to us?

Zawidzki, T. 2013. Mindshaping. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Apperly, I. 2012. Mindreaders. Psychology Press.