Conference: Encountering Others, Understanding Ourselves in Medieval and Early Modern Thought

The conference Encountering Others, Understanding Ourselves in Medieval and Early Modern Thought is organized by the Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition at the University of Helsinki. It is held 16–18, 2019 at Kirkkokatu 6.


Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition

Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki

Academy of Finland

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9.30, Registration (hall 104)

9.50, Opening words, Virpi Mäkinen   

10.00–11.00, Keynote (hall 104), chair: Virpi Mäkinen

Isabelle Mandrella, Professor of Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich

Encountering Others in Medieval Ethics: The Case of Thomas Aquinas


11.00–11.30, Coffee break (hall 504)


11.30–13.00, Session 1 (hall 505), chair: Mikko Posti

Ritva Palmén (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies):

Hope, Shame and Self-evaluation in Thomas Aquinas’s Moral Philosophy

Nicolas Faucher (University of Helsinki):

Scientia, fides or opinio? Aquinas on the Epistemic Status of Heretical and Demonic Belief

Juhana Toivanen (University of Jyväskylä/University of Gothenburg):

Conditions for a Conceptual Distinction between Common and Individual Good


13.00–14.00, Lunch break


14.00–15.00, Session 2 (hall 505), chair: Nicolas Faucher

Samuel Fernandés (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile):

Origen's Doctrine on the Pre-existence of the Soul: A Speculation about Prehistory or a Biblical Enquiry about Our Present Identity?

Patricia Calváro (University of Porto):

The Contribute of the Palamite Controversy (14th c.) for the Formation of the Hesychast Identity


15.00–15.30, Coffee break (hall 404)


15.30–17.00, Session 3 (hall 404), chair: Ritva Palmén  

Reima Välimäki (University of Turku):

The Worst of All Heresies: Polemical Responses to Waldensianism ca. 1200–1400

Michael Dunne (University of Maynooth):

Conflicts, Controversies and Confrontations: The Irish, the Armenians and the Muslims in the Thought of Richard FitzRalph (1300-1360)

Stefan Schröder (University of Helsinki):

“O what a strange unnatural fast, fit only for carnal and beastly men!” The Interrelation between the ‘Other’ and the ‘Self’ in Late Medieval Travel Reports to the Holy Land


18.00–22.00, Reception (salad buffee & wine)

Faculty of Theology, Faculty Hall (Vuorikatu 3, 5th floor)



10.00–11.00, Keynote (hall 104), chair: Jeremy Kleidosty

Frederick Neuhouser, Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College, Columbia University

Rousseau on the Nature and Source of Social Inequality


11.00–11.30, Coffee break (hall 504)


11.30–13.30, Session 4 (hall 505), chair: Panu-Matti Pöykkö

Tim Stuart-Buttle (University of York) and Heikki Haara (University of Helsinki):

Recognition and the Acknowledgement of Equality: from Hobbes to Smith

Kaisa Iso-Herttua (University of Helsinki):

The Conflict between Religious Identity and Political Order – Lockean Solution

Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki):

Farewell to Early Modern Accounts: Recognition in Schleiermacher's On Religion (1799)


13.30–14.30, Lunch break


14.30–16.00, Session 5 (hall 505), chair: Juhana Toivanen

Emanuelle Lacca (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic):

Justice, Dignity and the Care of the Others in Pedro de Ledesma (1544-1616)

Ryan Manley (Texas A&M University):

A Friend Within: Montaigne on Friendship and Conscience

Vili Lähteenmäki (University of Helsinki):

Anthony Collins on Powers and Selves


16.00–16.30, Coffee break (hall 504)


16.30–18.00, Session 6 (hall 505), chair: Jari Kaukua

Mikko Posti (University of Helsinki):

Medieval Christian Encounters with Pagan Views of Divine Causality

Susan Gottlöber (University of Maynooth):

How Tolerable is Cusa’s Tolerance? Revisiting Cusa’s Encounter with Islam

Panu-Matti Pöykkö (University of Helsinki): Some Help from Two Medieval Friends:

Levinas, Maimonides and Judah Halevi on Idolatry


18.30–23.00, Conference Dinner

Unioninkadun juhlahuoneistot (Unioninkatu 33)


Music: Nelli Saarikoski (vocals/piano), Mikko Posti (guitar), Kimmo Vainio (bass)



10.00–11.00, Keynote (hall 104), chair: Antti Ruotsala

Jukka Korpela, Professor of History, University of Eastern Finland

Does the Law Need Reason and Recognition? Cases from Eastern Church and Politics


11.00–11.30, Coffee (hall 504)


11.30–13.00, Session 7 (hall 505), chair: Pekka Kärkkäinen

Joanna Comes (University of Porto):

Translating Religious Differences: An Impossibility?

Päivi Räisänen-Schröder (University of Helsinki):

Encountering Reformation Others in Early Modern German Administration

Joonas Tammela (University of Jyväskylä):

The Limits of the “New Israel”? The Collective Lutheran Identities and

the Recognition of “the Others” in Swedish Local Sermons, 1790–1820


13.00–14.00, Lunch buffee and coffee (hall 504)


14.00–15.00, Session 8 (hall 505), chair: Heikki Haara


Jukka Ruokanen (University of Jyväskylä):

Dimensions of Tolerations in the Political Theory of Johannes Althusius

Virpi Mäkinen (University of Helsinki):

Extreme Necessity and the Rights of Foreign Poor in Later Scholastic Thought


15.00–15.15, Closing words, Virpi Mäkinen (hall 505)