Upcoming conferences and workshops
From this page you can find detailed info on upcoming conferences and workshops organized by the Department of Philosophy. If you are looking for a past event, click on the appropriate year from the side menu.
"Semantic Naturalism" with Mindaugas Gilaitis
Mindaugas Gilaitis (Vilnius University) will deliver four lectures on semantic naturalism from 15.-18. October. His visit is funded by the Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility programme.
Mindaugas Gilaitis, PhD, is an assistant professor of philosophy at Vilnius University. His main research interests are in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and action, epistemology and philosophical methodology. He has published on semantic naturalism and linguistic meaning, and is currently working on the project on semantic normativity.
Abstract of the lectures
Semantic naturalism – the philosophical doctrine that semantic concepts are concepts of the phenomena described by natural sciences – is the predominant idea in contemporary philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. The lectures are dedicated to a conceptual investigation of some of its problems and presuppositions: the methodological background, the representational theory of mind, the idea of normativity of meaning and its consequences for semantic naturalism, and the question whether reason explanations are a type of causal explanations.
1. 15.10 Tuesday 14.15-15.45 / room 114: Methodological Prolegomena
2. 16.10 Wednesday 12.15-13.45 / room 327: Meaning and Representation
3. 17.10 Thursday 18.15-19.45 / room 337: Meaning and Normativity
4. 18.10 Friday 12.15-13.45 / room 327: Reasons and Causes
It is possible to receive 1 ECTS for attending the lectures and writing a small essay. For this, register either for FLFI.00.110 Philosophy Conference I or FLFI.00.112 Philosophy Conference II.
Tartu Workshop in Ancient Philosophy
Tartu Workshop in Ancient Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu
17-19 October 2019
Thursday, 17.10 (Jakobi 2-114)
14.00-14.15 Coffee and snacks
14.15-16.00 Marta Jimenez (Emory) Aristotle and Protagoras against Socrates on the Courage of the Skilled Soldier
16.00-16.15 Coffee and snacks
16.15-18.00 Simon Shogri (Oxford) Assertion without Belief: Stoic Arguments for the Rationality of our Appearances
Friday, 18.10 (Jakobi 2-336)
8.45-9.00 Coffee and snacks
9.00-10.45 Mika Perälä (Helsinki) Aristotle on Incidental Perception
10.45-11. 00 Coffee break
11.00-12.45 Joseph Bjelde (Humboldt) Why Aristotle Split Wisdom
14.15-16.00 Toomas Lott/Laura Viidebaum (Tartu/NYU) Experts: Advisors or Authorities? Thucydides vs Plato
16.00-16.15 Coffee break
16.15-18.00 Christopher Bobonich (Stanford) Plato on Practical Rationality
Saturday, 19.10 (Jakobi 2-336)
10.00-10.15 Coffee and snacks
10.15-12.00 Elina Cagnoli Fiecconi (UCL) Aristotle on the Rationality of Desire
13.30-15.15 Franco Trivigno (Oslo) Plato’s Definition of Tragedy
15.15-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-17.15 Pauliina Remes (Uppsala) Conversational Norms: The case of Plato's Protagoras
Workshop "Postphenomenology, Technoscience and Hermeneutics"
May 4-7, 2020, workshop "Postphenomenology, Technoscience and Hermeneutics", teacher: Don Ihde, Distinguished Professorprofessor of Stony Brook University
t least since his POSTPHENOMENOLOGY, ESSAYS IN THE POSTMODERN CONTEXT (1993), Don Ihde has been known as the founder of postphenomenology, a modified phenomenology and pragmatism focused upon analysing technologies. It continues some phenomenological style, to which is added the insights of recent Pragmatism (Rorty) and classical Dewey with his emphasis upon an experimental organism/environment model of analysis. His own focal research—for now 40+ years—has been imagining technologies with a development of "material sensitivity" in relation to human experience and skill development highly influenced by Merleau-Ponty and Dreyfus. His 1998 EXPANDING HERMENEUTICS: VISUALISM IN SCIENCE looked into the human perceptual bodily relations to science practice and MATERIAL HERMENEUTICS follows these consequences. He is proposing to destroy the duality of the "Diltheyan Divide" and develop a singular hermeneutic centered style of analysis for both natural and human sciences.
Seminars take place every day at 10:00-13:30, public lectures on May 4, 5 and 6 at 16-18. One day seminars are replaced by practical work.
Schedule of the public lectures:
4 May: Why Material Hermeneutics? Otzy the iceman as a "pure" example of Material Hermeneutics
5 May: Why Civilizations Fail.
6 May: Postscript: Postphenomenology and Material Hermeneutics.
Readings for the workshop, to be read through beforehand:
Ihde, Don 2009, Postphenomenology and Technoscience
Ihde, Don 1993, Postphenomenology. Essays in the Postmodern Context, Introduction: Postphenomenology, pp 1-8
Ihde, Don 1998, Expanding Hermeneutics. Visualism in Science, pp 1-25 and part 4 Expanding hermeneutics, pp 139-198
Verbeek, Peter-Paul 2003, Material Hermeneutics. Techne 6:3, pp 91-96
Friis et al 2012, Book Symposium on Don Ihde's Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science, Philosophy and Technology, Vol 25, No. 2, pp. 249-270
The workshop is appropriate for students of all levels, beginning from advanced bachelor level, and also all other interested people are welcome. It is necessary to register beforehand. Participation is free. It is necessary to register beforehand until 3 February 2020 on the registration form (see below). Announcement of the selection process: 10 February 2020. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for students from abroad.Students can obtain 3 ECTS for the workshop (code of course in SIS: FLFI.03.107), for which they must submit a short essay by an appointed deadline.
To prepare for the workshop we have a reading group (FLFI.03.094) where we discuss the compulsory materials. The two courses can be taken separately.
Everyone interested is welcome to participate in either/both of them.
More detailed information will become available during the spring semester.
Contact: Ave Mets (avemets [ät] ut.ee)