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"Quest of Heart" - An interdisciplinary Conference on affective knowledge

A conference supported by PMP-unit called “Quest of the Heart” will be held at Birkbeck College London on the 2nd-3rd June 2013. As speakers we have scholars on history of philosophy, social scientists and artists discussing emotions, imagination, spirituality and their impact on good life. All welcome! The event is free.

Click below to the event description and to the full program at the Birkbeck philosophy website:

For further information: Minna Koivuniemi,



June 24–26 2013 Jyväskylä
Venue: University of Jyväskylä, Historica building, Lecture hall H320

Mon 24
14.00–14.15 Opening words (Taneli Kukkonen)


14.15–15.15 David Charles (Oxford): Aristotle on Desire and Action
15.15–16.15 Ismo Dunderberg (Helsinki): Moral Progress in Early Christian Stories of the Soul

16.45–17.45 Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Copenhagen): Stoicism, Christianity and Moral Universalism

Tue 25
PHILOSOPHY, chairs Risto Saarinen & Annabel Brett

9.00–10.00 Taneli Kukkonen (Otago): Parts and Powers
10.15–11.15 Joseph Ziegler (Haifa): The Nature of Character in Pre-Modern Learned Physiognomy
11.15–12.15 Roberto Lambertini (Macerata): Psychology and Politics – Are There Political
Virtues According to Mediaeval Scholasticism?

14.00–15.00 Henrik Lagerlund (Western Ontario): John Mair on the Will
15.00–16.00 Jussi Varkemaa (Helsinki): Conrad Summenhart and Jacques Almain on Liberty and Dominion

EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY, chair Mikko Yrjönsuuri

16.30–17.30 Michael Moriarty (Cambridge): Passions in Malebranche’s Moral Philosophy

Wed 26
EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY, chair Mikko Yrjönsuuri

8.30–9.30 Mads Langballe Jensen (London): The Psychology of Melanchthon’s Moral and Political Thought

09.45–10.45 Juhana Lemetti (Helsinki): Hobbes’s Political Psychology
10.45–11.45 Lilli Alanen (Uppsala): Ideas and Affects in Spinoza’s Therapy of Passions

Workshop on Early Modern Moral Philosophy

5. 8. 2013 University of Helsinki
Main Building, Unioninkatu 34
Aud. VIII, 10-17


10.15 – 11.15 Aaron Garrett (Boston University): The History of the History of Ethics and Emblematic Passages
11.15 – 12.15 Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University): Was Spinoza a Moral Relativist?


14. 00 – 15.00 Dario Perinetti (Université du Québec à Montréal): Morality and the Historical Point of view: Reading Hume's 'A Dialogue'
15.00 – 16.00 Anik Waldow (University of Sydney): Delimiting the Self – A Humean Account

All welcome!

The Workshop is organized by Ville Paukkonen and Markku Roinila in co-operation with the Philosophical Psychology, Morality and Politics CoE (Academy of Finland). For more information, contact or


University of Helsinki
Friday, 6 September 2013
Venue: University Main Building, Auditorium IX

10 am – 10:15 Opening Words – Professor Simo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki)
10:15 – 11:45
Markku Peltonen (University of Helsinki), Virtues in early-modern English grammar school
Rachel Foxley (University of Reading ), The moral psychology of James Harrington's republican polity
Chair: S-J Savonius-Wroth

11:45 – 12:15 Tea and Coffee

12:15 – 1 pm
Martin Dzelzainis (University of Leicester), "This jail I count the house of liberty" (Samson Agonistes, 949): John Milton, Isaiah Berlin, and the moral psychology of slavery
Chair: Martina Reuter

2:30 – 4 pm
Jon Parkin (University of Oxford), Framing the mind: The moral psychology of Hobbes's writing strategies
Justin Champion (Royal Holloway, University of London), The Enlightenment or Enlightened Hobbes?
Chair: Adriana Luna-Fabritius

4 pm – 4:30 Tea and Coffee

4:30 – 5:30
Annabel Brett and John Robertson (University of Cambridge), Natural Law, Sacred History and the problem of sociability 1650-1750
Chair: Risto Saarinen

Convenors: Markku Peltonen & S.-J. Savonius-Wroth
Sponsored by: Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Philosophical Psychology, Morality, and Politics




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