Past Philosophy of Science (POS) Seminars

For the current schedule, please see here.

Spring 2017

  • 13.2. Tuukka Kaidesoja (TINT & University of Helsinki):
    Middle-Range Theorizing
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 20.2. Emrah Aydinonat (TINT & University of Helsinki):
    Models and Explanation
    Snellmaninkatu 12 (Soc&kom), room 210

  • 27.2. Uskali Mäki (TINT & University of Helsinki):
    Interdisciplinarity and Philosophy of Science: Issues and Ideas
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 6.3. Allard Tamminga (University of Groningen):
    Collective Obligations, Group Plans and Individual Actions (co-authored with Hein Duijf)
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 13.3. James Justus (Florida State University):
    The Status of the Fact-Value Distinction in the Teleological Sciences
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 20.3. Anita Välikangas and Carlo Martini (TINT & University of Helsinki):
    Objectivity in Science
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 8.5. AID session:
    Democratising knowledge production: extra-academic collaboration in science and humanities
    16-18 Unioninkatu 40, room 6

  • 15.5. Jaana Eigi (University of Tartu):
    The Third Wave of Science Studies Meets the Social Turn in Philosophy of Science
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 5.6. Wade Hands (TINT & University of Puget Sound):
    Hypothetical pattern explanations in economic science: Hayek's pattern predictions and explanation of the principle meets contemporary philosophy of science
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 12.6. Paloma Atencia-Linares (Investigationes Filsoficas-UNAM, Mexico City):
    Photography, Epistemology and Communication Models
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 19.6. Manuela Fernandez Pinto (TINT & Universidad de Los Andes):
    Epistemic landscapes reloaded: An examination of agent-based models in social epistemology
    14-16 Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

Autumn 2016

  • 29.8. Brandon Boesch (University of South Carolina):
    The Vertical Transference of Modelling Skills
    14-16 Unioninkatu 37, room 4

  • 5.9. Alfred Mele (Florida State University):
    Free Will and Neuroscience
    14-16 Unioninkatu 37, room 4

  • 12.9. AID: Lauri Nummenmaa, Susanna Paasonen & Christian von Scheve, moderated by Mikko Salmela
    The Affective Turn: One or Many? Conceptual and Methodological Implications
    16-18 Unioninkatu 37, lecture room

  • 19.9. Emrah Aydinonat (TINT) & Emin Koksal (Bahēesehir Üniversitesi):
    The curious case of the Hotelling location model: Erroneous, False, Non-robust yet Explanatory?
    14-16 Unioninkatu 37, room 4

  • 24.10. Chiara Lisciandra (University of Groningen):
    On the origin of social preferences in behavioural economics
    14-16 Unioninkatu 37, room 4

  • 14.11. Luis Mireles Flores (TINT):
    Is economic policy making positive, normative, or something else?
    14-16 Unioninkatu 37, room 4

  • 21.11. Caterina Marchionni (TINT) and Samuli Pöyhönen (TINT):
    Integrating evidence for behavioral policy via mechanistic models
    Venue: U37 room 4

  • 28.11. Alkistis Elliott-Graves (TINT):
    Experiments, replication and imperfect knowledge
    Venue: U37 room 4

  • 5.12. Michiru Nagatsu (TINT):
    When do birds of a feather flock together?: Results from a public goods game with "like-minded" people
    Venue: U37 room 4

Spring 2016

  • 18.1. Jesus Zamora Bonilla (UNED):
    Realism versus Anti-Realism: Philosophical Problem or Scientific Concern?
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 2

  • 25.1. Donnchadh O'Conaill (University of Helsinki):
    Ontic Structural Realism and the Ontology of Relations
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 12

  • 15.2. Marion Godman (TINT):
    How Do Social Groups Underpin the Social Sciences?
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 12

  • 22.2. AID: Jussi Koitela & Georgios Papadopoulos, with comments by Inkeri Koskinen & Uskali Mäki:
    Skills of Economy: Artistic Research and Philosophy of Science
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 6

  • 21.3. Tero Ijäs (TINT)
    Design under Randomness: How Variation Affects the Engineering of Biological Systems
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 4

  • 11.4. Carlo Martini (TINT)
    How biased do you think you are? Experiments on two kinds of overconfidence
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 4

  • 18.4. Don Ross (University of Waikato)
    Varieties of paternalism and the heterogeneity of utility structures
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 4

  • 25.4. Inkeri Koskinen (TINT)
    Where is the epistemic community? On democratisation of science and social accounts of objectivity.
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 4

  • 2.5. AID: Indrė ˇliobaitė & Anna Ronkainen, with comments by Carlo Martini & Laura Sibinescu
    Ethical machines: data mining and fairness
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 6

  • 9.5. Sonja Amadae (TINT)
    Assumptions Structuring Orthodox Rational Choice
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 4

  • 16.5. Corrado Matta (Stockholm University)
    Qualitative Research and Empirical Support
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 12

  • 23.5. Julie Zahle (TINT & University of Copenhagen):
    Values in Qualitative Research
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 12

  • 30.5. Kristina Rolin (TINT & Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)
    The epistemic significance of diversity
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House, U40 room 12

  • 6.6. Harold Kincaid (TINT & University of Cape Town)
    Unrealistic models, mechanisms, and the social sciences
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 12

  • 20.6. Wade Hands (TINT & University of Puget Sound)
    Conundrums of the Representative Agent
    14-16 Soc&kom, Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210

  • 29.6. (N.B. Wednesday!) Scott Sehon (Bowdoin)
    Action Explanation and the Free Will Debate
    14-16 Metsätalo/Forestry House U40, room 12

Autumn 2015

Spring 2015

  • 2.2. (14-16 U37 seminar room 4)
    Saana Jukola: Biases in journal peer review

  • 9.2. (16-18 Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, room 5)
    AID: "Epidemiology: an approach with multidisciplinary applicability"
    discussed by Mervi Toivanen (economics, Bank of Finland), Jaakko Kaprio (genetic epidemiology, University of Helsinki), and Alex Broadbent (philosophy of science, University of Johannesburg). Jointly organised by TINT and Finnish Epidemiological Society.

  • 9.3. (16-18 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Managing Interdisciplinarity: Centres, Departments, Universities"
    discussed by Anna Mauranen (Vice Rector, U of Helsinki), Jussi Pakkasvirta (Dept of Political and Economic Studies), Markku Kivinen (Aleksanteri Institute), Minna Franck (Collegium for Advanced Studies), and Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki (HENVI - Helsinki University Centre for Environment).

  • 16.3. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Janne Hukkinen: Addressing the practical and ethical issues of nudging in environmental policy

  • 23.3. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Aki Lehtinen & Caterina Marchionni: The epistemic virtues of generality in economic models

  • 30.3. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Tuomas Tahko: Breaking the Laws (of Nature)

  • 13.4. (16-18 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Human nature concepts and explaining human behavior"
    discussed by Alexander Bird (University of Bristol) and Stephen Downes (University of Utah).

  • 20.4. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Salim Rashid: Vaguely right or exactly wrong; local knowledge versus mathematics in development economics

  • 27.4. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Inkeri Koskinen: Introductory essay: Objective Communities and Relativistic Practices

  • 4.5. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Frank Hindriks: Group Freedom, Group Rights, and Social Mechanisms

  • 11.5. (14-16, U40 room 12)
    Till Grüne-Yanoff: Toy Models as Possibility-Identifying Devices

  • 18.5. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Panu Raatikainen: Baumgartner's new exclusion argument

  • 25.5. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Jaakko Kuorikoski: The Mind, the Brain and Inter-Level Causation: Perspectives from the cerebellum and the dopamine system

  • 1.6. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Julie Zahle: Privacy, Informed Consent, and Participant Observation.

  • 8.6. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    John Michael: Why does coordination create commitment?

Autumn 2014

  • 1.9. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Mariam Thalos: Three stances of practical reason

  • 15.9. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Anna-Mari Rusanen: On Relevance

  • 22.9. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Manuela Fernández Pinto: Economics Imperialism in Social Epistemology: A Case for Pluralism

  • 29.-30.9. (University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, room 12)
    Data and Phenomena in Qualitative Inquiry
    See events for more information

  • 6.10. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Petri Ylikoski: Thinking with a bathtub - Understanding the Coleman diagram

  • 13.10. (16-18 U40 room 6)
    AID: "On scenarios, counterfactuals and foreign policy planning"
    discussed by Henri Vogt (Professor of Political Science, University of Turku) and Veera Mitzner (Postdoctoral researches in Political Science, University of Helsinki)

  • 20.10. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Mikko Salmela & Michiru Nagatsu: Collective emotions and joint action: beyond classical and minimalist approaches

  • 27.10. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Carlo Martini: Expertise and Institutional Design in Economics

  • 11.11. (NOTE: TUESDAY, 16-18 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Integrating ethics and economics in climate policy assessment"
    discussed by John Broome (University of Oxford), John O'Neill (University of Manchester), and Matti Liski (Aalto University)

  • 17.11. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Samuli Pöyhönen & Jaakko Kuorikoski: Behaviorally Informed Policy and Social Interaction

  • 1.12. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Uskali Mäki: Vaihingerian realism

  • 8.12. (16-18 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Predictive ambitions and responses to predictive failure: Economics, cosmology/particle physics, and meteorology/climatology"
    discussed by Heikki Järvinen (Meteorology and Climatology, University of Helsinki), Antti Ripatti (Economics, University of Helsinki), and Syksy Räsänen (Particle physics and Cosmology, University of Helsinki)

  • 15.12. (14-16 U40 room 4)
    Stephen Clarke: Opposition to Human Cognitive Enhancement, Status Quo Bias and the Reversal Tests

Spring 2014

  • 20.1. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Tuukka Kaidesoja: Macro Mechanisms in Explanations of Large-Scale Social Processes

  • 27.1. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Säde Hormio: Why intention is important in collectivities

  • 3.2. (14-16 Arppeanum, Snellmaninkatu 3, auditorium)
    AID: "What is real and what is social in social construction?"
    discussed by Dave Elder-Vass (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Loughbourough University) and Olli Pyyhtinen (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Turku)

  • 10.2. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Edit Talpsepp (Tartu): Folk biological studies, psychological essentialism and the 'innateness' concept

  • 17.2. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Till Grüne-Yanoff (KTH Stockholm/TINT): Why Behavioural Policy Needs Mechanistic Evidence

  • 3.3. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Biology needs more than biologists: How do engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists fit into one tent?"
    discussed by Merja Penttilä (Research professor, VTT Techical Research Centre of Finland), Sampsa Hautaniemi (Professor of systems biology, University of Helsinki), and Kai Lindstöm (Åbo Akademi, Professor of ecology and environmental sciences). Coordinated by Tarja Knuuttila and Miles Macleod

  • 10.3. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Causal exclusion afternoon : feat. Jaakko Kuorikoski, Tuomas Pernu, and Panu Raatikainen

  • 17.3. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Saana Jukola: Meta-analysis and Objectivity - A Social Epistemological Examination

  • 31.3. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Corrado Matta (StockholmU): Scientific representation: insights from research on science learning

  • 7.4. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Religion: Viewed from Theology, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science"
    discussed by Ilkka Pyysiäinen (University lecturer in Study of Religions, University of Helsinki) and Simo Knuuttila (Professor of Theological Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, University of Helsinki)

  • 14.4. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    John Michael (CEU Budapest): A Minimal Approach to Commitment

  • 28.4. (9-16 U40 room 2)
    Experimental Social Science workshop
    For the event programme, please see here.

  • 5.5. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Das Adam Smith problem today: How to reconcile economics and moral philosophy"
    discussed by Jack Russell Weinstein (Professor of Philosophy, University of North Dakota) and Ralf Erikkson (University lecturer in Economics, Åbo Akademi)

  • 12.5. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Kristina Rolin: Scientific imperialism and epistemic injustice

  • 19.5. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Frank Hindriks (Groningen/TINT): Taking responsibility together

  • 26.5. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Alessandra Basso & Simo Kyllönen: Integrating ethics and economics of climate change? Intergenerational theories of justice informing the choice of the social discount rate

  • 2.6. (NOTE: 15-17 University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, room 8)
    Five ideas: Five snapshots of innovative work done in the CoE

  • 9.6. (14-16 U38 A205)
    Ramzi Mabsout (American University of Beirut): Metaphors in Game Theory

Autumn 2013

  • 16.9. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Panu Raatikainen: Chalmers on the Unity of Science

  • 23.9. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Henrik Thorén (Lund): Resilience as a Unifying Concept

  • 30.9. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Miles MacLeod: The Benefits of Ethnographic Approaches in Philosophy of Science: An Illustrative Case from Systems Biology

  • 7.10. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Marion Godman, Michiru Nagatsu, and Mikko Salmela: Social motivation as the basis for human sociality

  • 14.10. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Economics and ecology are almost alike, but do they neglect one another?"
    discussed by Mikko Mönkkönen (Professor in Applied Ecology, University of Jyväskylä) and Olli Tahvonen (Professor of Forest Economics and Policy, University of Helsinki)

  • 21.10. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Johannes Himmelreich (LSE): Agency and Embodiment

  • 28.10. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Jaakko Kuorikoski and Petri Ylikoski: External Representations and Scientific Understanding

  • 4.11. (14-16 University of Helsinki Main Building, room 5)
    AID: "Development Studies as an Intrinsically Multidisciplinary Discipline"
    discussed by Susanne Dahlgren (Anthropology - Lecturer of Development Studies, UH), Barry Gills (Political Science - Professor of Development Studies, UH), and Paola Minoia (Geography - Lecturer of Development Geography, UH)

  • 11.11. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Pekka Mäkelä and Adrian Walsh: Austerity Obligations, Citizenship and Just War Theory

  • 18.11. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Chiara Lisciandra: Why Are Descriptive Norms There?

  • 2.12. (14-16 University of Helsinki Main Building, room 6)
    David Papineau (KCL): Normativity and Epistemic Practice

  • 9.12. (14-16 University of Helsinki Main Building, room 5)
    AID: "Think tanks, science, and politics"
    discussed by Teppo Eskelinen (Director, Left Forum Finland and Elina Lepomäki (Research Director, Think tank Libera

  • 16.12. (14-16 U40 room 12)
    Martina Merz: Visual Representations of the Higgs Search: Producing and Communicating Evidence in Large-Scale Collaborations

Spring 2013

  • 21.1. (14-16 U38 room D112)
    Bengt Hansson (Lund/HCAS): There are no Ceteris Paribus Laws

  • 28.1.
    Coordination Meeting

  • 8.2. (Friday!) (10-12 U40 room 7)
    Aidan Lyon (Maryland) The Wisdom of Crowds and the Epistemic Benefits of Diversity

  • 11.2. (14-16 U38 room D112)
    Kristina Rolin: Social Values in the Social Sciences

  • 18.2. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "‘Social theory’ and ‘social ontology’: Two transdisciplinary fields in need of interfield contact between philosophy and social sciences?" Discussed by Antti Gronow (Sociology, U of Helsinki) and Arto Laitinen (Philosophy, U of Jyväskylä) 

  • 25.2. (14-16 U38 room D112)
    Carlo Martini: How biased do you think you are? Experiments on two kinds of overconfidence

  • 4.3. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Jan Baedke (RuhrU Bochum): Causes, mechanisms and explanatory power in epigenetics

  • 11.3. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Roberto Fumagalli (Bayreuth): Neural Data, Economic Models and the Case in Favour of Neuroeconomics

  • 18.3. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Climate and biodiversity: Contrasting cases of political engagement and transdisciplinarity".
    Discussed by Eeva Furman (Professor, Director of Centre for Environmental Policy) and Pekka Kauppi (Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, U of Helsinki)

  • 8.4. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Pekka Mäkelä & Petri Ylikoski: Collective Understanding

  • 15.4. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Reconciling Citizens' Entitlements and Sound Public Finance – the Nordic Case: Perspectives from Economics and Political Philosophy". Discussed by Juhana Vartiainen (Director General, Government Institute for Economic Research) and Adrian Walsh (TINT Centre of Excellence and University of New England, Australia)

  • 22.4. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Julie Zahle (Copenhagen): Holism, Emergence, and the Crucial Distinction

  • 29.4. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    John O'Neill (Manchester): Climate Change, Responsiblity and Justice

  • 6.5. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Frank Hindriks (Groningen/TINT): How Autonomous Are Collective Agents? Normative Individualism and Corporate Rights

  • 13.5. (14-16 U40 room 6)
    AID: "Defining Death: Medicine vs Humanities". Discussed by Hannu Sariola (Professor in Developmental Biology) and Sami Pihlström (Director of the Collegium for Advanced Study)

  • 27.5. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Katri Huutoniemi: Interdisciplinarity as academic accountability: Prospects for quality control across disciplinary boundaries

  • 3.6. (14-16 U38 room A205)
    Steve Clarke (Charles Sturt University): On Scientific Imperialism

  • 11.6. (14-16 U40 room 8)
    Till Grüne-Yanoff (KTH Stockholm/TINT): Teaching Philosophy of Science to Scientists: Why, What, and How?