Potential MA topics in History of Philosophy | University of Tartu

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  • University of Tartu Press
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    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    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
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 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 20–324, 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
  • Dean's Office
    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, 50406 Tartu
  • 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, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 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 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
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • 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, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 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, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 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
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Potential MA topics in History of Philosophy

Areas of expertise

The Chair of History of Philosophy has developed expertise to supervise MA projects in the following areas:

  • Ancient Greek philosophy
  • Early Modern philosophy
  • 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy
  • 20th-century French philosophy

Roomet Jakapi: potential topics for supervision

1. Theories of the mind/soul in early modern philosophy

  • René Descartes, Selected Philosophical Writings (1988)
  • Henry More, The Immortality of the Soul, So farre forth as it is demonstrable from the Knowledge of Nature and the Light of Reason (1659)
  • John Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding (1690)
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Philosophical Essays (1989)

2. Theology and natural philosophy in early modern thought

  • Robert Boyle, Selected Philosophical Papers of Robert Boyle (1991)
  • William Whiston, A New Theory of the Earth, From its Original, to the Consummation of all Things. Wherein the Creation of the World in Six Days, the Universal Deluge, And the General Conflagration, As laid down in the Holy Scriptures, Are Shewn to be Perfectly Agreeable to Reason and Philosophy (1696)

3. The deist controversy

  • John Toland, Christianity not mysterious: Or, a treatise shewing, that there is nothing in the gospel contrary to reason, nor above it: and that no Christian doctrine can be properly call’d a mystery (1696)
  • Peter Browne, A letter in answer to a book entitled Christianity not mysterious (1697)
  • George Berkeley, Alciphron, or the Minute Philosopher. In Seven Dialogues; Containing an Apology for the Christian Religion, Against Those Who Are Called Free-Thinkers (1732)

For more info see Roomet Jakapi's profile

Toomas Lott: potential topics for supervision

Ancient philosophy

  • Epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
  • Pre-Socratic philosophy
  • Ancient rhetoric, sophists
  • Ancient medical authors (esp. the Hippocratic corpus)
  • Hellenistic philosophy

Epistemology

  • Ethics of belief. Are there norms of belief? What are they? How do they interact with other norms?
  • Epistemology of disagreement. Should one change one’s mind if one is confronted with a disagreeing peer?
  • Inquiry and belief. What is the aim of inquiry – is it belief, knowledge or understanding?
  • Expertise and epistemic authority. When, if ever, is one justified in surrendering one’s judgment and treating others as authorities?
  • Beliefs and credences. Are there grades of belief or credences? Are full beliefs simply credences that pass a certain threshold?

Eduard Parhomenko: potential topics for supervision

Phenomenological reduction in Husserl and Merleau-Ponty

  • Edmund Husserl. Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy. First Book. General Intoduction to a Phenomenological Philosophy. Trans. F. Kersten. Martinus Nijhoff, 1982.
  • Edmund Husserl. Cartesian Meditations. An Introduction to Phenomenology. Trans. Dorion Cairns. Kluwer, 1999.
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenology of Perception. Routledge. Trans. Donald A. Landes. Routledge, 2012
  • Dan Zahavi. Husserl's Phenomenology. Stanford UP, 2003.
  • Taylor Carman. Merleau-Ponty. Routledge, 2008

The painter as thinker in Merleau-Ponty´s philosophy of art

  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Cézanne’s Doubt. – The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy and Painting. Ed. by Galen A. Johnson. Northwestern UP, 1993
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Indirect Language and the Voice of Silence. – The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Eye and Mind. – The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenology of Perception. Routledge. Trans. Donald A. Landes. Routledge, 2012
  • Galen A. Johnson. The Retrieval of the Beautiful. Thinking Through Merleau-Ponty's Aesthetics. Northwestern UP, 2010

Language, grammar and logic in and around Heidegger's "Being and Time"

  • Martin Heidegger. Logic: The Question of Truth. Trans. Thomas Sheehan. Indiana UP, 2010.
  • Martin Heidegger. The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic. Trans. Michael Heim. Indiana UP, 2010.
  • Martin Heidegger. Being and Time. Trans. Joan Stambaugh. State University of New York Press, 1996
  • Greg Shirley. Heidegger and Logic. The Place of Logos in Being and Time. Continuum, 2010

Poetry and politics in Heidegger's philosophy of art

  • Martin Heidegger. The Origin of the Work of Art. – Martin Heidegger. Of the Beaten Track. Trans. Julian Young, Kenneth Haynes. Cambridge UP, 2002
  • Martin Heidegger. The Will to Power as Art. -- Martin Heidegger. Nietzsche I. Trans. David Farell Krell. Harper Collins, 1991
  • Martin Heidegger. Hölderlin’s Hymns “Germania” and “The Rhine”. Indiana UP, 2014
  • Julian Young. Heidegger's Philosophy of Art. Cambridge UP, 2001

Thinking through animals in Jakob von Uexküll and Martin Heidegger

  • Martin Heidegger. The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics. World - Finitude - Solitude. Trans. William McNeill, Nicolas Walker. Indiana UP, 1995
  • Martin Heidegger. The Eternal Recurrence of the Same. - Martin Heidegger. Nietzsche. Vol II. Trans. David Farrell Krell. Harper Collins, 1991
  • Jakob von Uexküll. A foray into the worlds of animals and humans. Trans. Joseph D. O'Neil. University of Minnesota Press, 2010
  • Giorgio Agamben. The Open. Man and Animal. Trans. K. Attell. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2004

The quest for another beginning in contemporary Russian philosophy in the light of the reception of Heidegger's thought

  • Владимир Бибихин. Мир. Водолей, 1995
  • Владимир Бибихин. Новый Ренессанс. Наука, 1998
  • Александр Дугин. Мартин Хайдеггер: философия другого Начала. Академический проект, 2010
  • Александр Дугин. Мартин Хайдеггер: возможность русской философии. Академический проект, 2011
  • Martin Heidegger. Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning). Trans. Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly. Indiana UP, 1999

Phenomenology, sacrifice and political resistance in Jan Patočka's thinking

  • Jan Patočka. Plato and Europe. Trans. Petr Lom. Stanford UP, 2002
  • Jan Patočka. Body, Community, Language, World. Trans. Ezim Kohak. Open Court, 1998
  • Jan Patočka. Philosophy and Selected Writings. Trans. Ezim Kohak. The University of Chicago Press, 1989
  • Edward F. Findlay. Caring for the Soul in a Postmodern Age: Politics and Phenomenology in the Thought of Jan Patočka. State University of New York Press, 2002
  • Barbara J. Falk. The Dilemmas of Dissidence in East-Central Europe: Citizen Intellectuals and Philosopher Kings. CEU Press, 2003

Research projects

Below is a short overview of the research projects that the Chair of History of Philosophy is involved with – these topics are opportunities to offer students hands-on research experience and supervision.

Disagreements

1. Determining religious disagreements. Religious disagreements are common and often embody exclusivist views. Questions about truth and objectivity can be seen as transcendental and unanswerable. In philosophy of religion, these issues transform into questions about the rationality of particular religious beliefs, which – to some extent – can be defended or opposed by means of philosophical argument. We assess the rationality of religious beliefs by analysis of historical case studies, especially by looking at religious disagreements in Early Modern metaphysics. The aim is to determine whether philosophical analysis of religious doctrines can provide a rationale for religious beliefs and in turn contribute to solving religious disagreements, which can then be seen as genuine disagreements.

2. Resolving peer disagreements. In contemporary epistemology revisionists claim that one should withhold judgment when peer disagreement occurs (i.e. disagreement with someone with roughly the same evidence and the same intellectual abilities). The non-revisionists argue that one has no such obligation. We will offer a historical perspective on this currently hotly debated topic. We analyze arguments by Ancient sceptics for their revisionist position and show that they are relevant for the contemporary discussion of peer disagreement. An important premise for the sceptics’ revisionist argument is the principle according to which one has the epistemic duty to treat one’s beliefs impartially. Contemporary non-revisionists tend to deny this principle of impartiality, e.g. by invoking the notion of “intellectual self-trust”.
 

Conceptions of the Soul and Immortality in the British Thought from 1640 to 1740.

The project is concerned with the conceptions of human soul put forward by British thinkers in the period of 1640-1740. In particular, it proposes to study their philosophical-theological accounts of the soul in its post-mortal states. Modern scholarly literature on the Early Modern conceptions of the soul focuses mainly on the soul in its present, embodied state. In this way, the modern scholarship tends to ignore an important aspect of their views, for Early Modern philosophers were equally interested in soul’s immortality and afterlife. They produced numerous accounts of the separate/intermediate as well as final state of the soul. No systematic research has been done on these accounts to be found in the works of British thinkers. The project aims to expound, compare and analyze the views and arguments concerning the future states of souls in their textual and intellectual context.