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University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts


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Faculty office:
Unioninkatu 40, 3rd floor
Faculty of Arts
P.O. Box 24
00014 University of Helsinki

Phone: +358 (0)294 1911 (exchange)
Fax: +358 (0)2941 23100
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Welcome to the Faculty of Arts!

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The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest and largest institution for teaching and research in the humanities. It offers a wide range of fields of study and international contacts.

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The Happiness Project: Impact means affecting everyday life

When Helsinki Challenge started, team Happiness Project had a mission to enhance people’s happiness by creating awareness of language and interaction. The goal is still the same, but the means to do it have become concrete during the competition.

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Jaakko Hintikka in Memoriam

  Jaakko Hintikka, one of the most distinguished philosophers in the world, died in Porvoo on August 12, 2015, at the age of 86.

Hintikka studied philosophy at the University of Helsinki in the late 1940s and early 1950s, completing his doctoral degree in 1953 with the thesis, Distributive Normal Forms in the Calculus of Predicates. He was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University in 1956-1959. In 1959, he was appointed to the Chair of Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki. In addition to the University of Helsinki, he worked as a professor at Stanford University, the Academy of Finland, Florida State University, and finally (since 1990) at Boston University, retiring in 2014.

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Laboratory for a New Architecture: The Airport Terminal, Eero Saarinen and the Historiography of Modern Architecture

Laboratory for a New Architecture: The Airport Terminal, Eero Saarinen and the Historiography of Modern Architecture   Why is the airport terminal not mentioned in the histories of modern architecture? How did this building type develop, and how did Eero Saarinen’s terminal buildings become icons of aviation architecture?

In her historiographical study Susanna Santala evaluates the placement of Eero Saarinen’s airport terminals in the history of modern architecture.

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Do you passively receive information, or perceive the world actively?

Suzie Thomas  from Glasgow to a university lectureship in museology in Helsinki   Does the Aristotelian tradition describe humans well, or is the Augustinian view more accurate? According to José Filipe Silva, these questions of the history of philosophy are still current.

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