The von Wright and Wittgenstein Research Seminar

The von Wright and Wittgenstein reseach seminar is co-organised by the philosophy unit and The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Helsinki. The seminar is open to scholars, to students at all levels and to all interested. The working language of the seminar is English unless otherwise announced.

The von Wright-Wittgenstein seminar is inspired by the legacy of the Finnish philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright (1916 - 2003) and his wide-ranging contributions to many areas of specialisation in philosophy, to inter- and trans-disciplinary research and to the diagnosis of our times. Hence, the programme will during each academic year typically include sessions on current issues in Wittgenstein scholarship, analytic philosophy and critical theory as well as on more general themes. Some sessions of the seminar are dedicated to issues related to archival research and development and to issues in digital humanities. In this field the seminar often addresses questions pertaining especially to Wittgenstein and von Wright scholarship and to the development of e-resources in cooperation with like-minded research units in Finland and globally.

Schedule spring 2024

During the spring of 2024 the sessions will take place Mondays from 16-18 (4-6 pm) in lecture hall 18 (B402), at the 4th floor of Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40, if not otherwise announced. (More sessions will be added to the programme later).

Monday, January 22nd

Book Launch seminar with Nora Hämäläinen (docent, post-doctoral researcher, University of Helsinki) on her new book The Making of the Good Person: Self-Help, Ethics and Philosophy (Routledge, 2023).

Comment: Professor Antti Kauppinen (Helsinki)

Time: 16-18 (4-6 pm)

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Common Rooms. Street address: Fabianinkatu 24.

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Monday, January 29th

Tommi Uschanov, (PhD student, Hki) presents his work in progress on "Wittgenstein and What Usually Happens".

Monday, Febrary 26th

Discussions in Finnish with Lasse Nordlund (farmer) and Antti Salminen (writer, professor / uniarts Helsinki) about self-sufficiency and the diagnosis of modernity on the basis of Salminen's
recent book: Lantun henki: Lasse Nordlund ja omavaraistuva elämä.

Monday, March 11th

"Philosophical, Legal and Historical Perspectives on Civil Disobedience". A workshop with introductions by prof. Kaarlo Tuori (Helsinki), University Lecturer Kati Nieminen (Helsinki) and
Thomas Wallgren (Helsinki).

Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15

"In Search of Philosophy: A Danish-Finnish Workshop"
The programme will include presentations by Morten Sørensen Thaning & Johan Gersel (Copenhagen Business School), Line Ryberg Ingerslev (University of Copenhagen), Mads Peter
Karlsen (University of Copenhagen), Joel Backström (Helsinki) and Niklas Toivakainen (Helsinki). The workshop is curated by Fredrik Westerlund (post-doctoral researcher, Helsinki).

Time: Thursday, 9.30 am to 6 pm. and Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.


Thursday 14th: Helsinki University, Main building, hall U4079

Friday 15th: Helsinki University, Main building, hall U3043

Monday, March 25th

Nicole Hassoun (HCAS core fellow, Professor, Binghamton University) presents her work in progress on the legitimacy of technocratic decisions. (Title to be confirmed).

Monday, April 8th

Leszek Koczanowicz (Professor, SWPS University, Poland). The title of professor Koczanowicz' paper is "Bodies of Politics: Somapower, Niches of Liberation, and the Microphysics of Emancipation".

Monday, April 15th

Kimmo Sarje (Docent, Helsinki) 

The title of Kimmo Sarje's presentation is "Sigurd Frosterus ja Olavi Paavolainen modernin diagnostikkoina". (Diagnosis of Modernity: Sigurd Frosterus and Olavi Paavolainen.) The presentation will be in Finnish

Prof. Hannu Riikonen (Helsinki), who is a specialist on Paavolainen, will present 

Monday, April 29th

Matti Häyry & Amanda Sukenick (Aalto university): Does the Omelas argument for antinatalism stretch the concept of responsibility too far?

Wednesday, June 19th

On Wednesday 19th June The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives (WWA), in cooperation with The Nordic Wittgenstein Society, will host a workshop with the title The Creation of Wittgenstein: Next Steps

Time: 9.30 am - 4 pm.

Venue: Seminar room 8, Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 24, University of Helsinki (TBC)