Seminar series on the theory and philosophy of history
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Autumn and Spring 2013-2014
The detailed dates and an outline for a programme below.
Interest in theoretical and philosophical studies of history has dramatically increased in recent years. One example of this phenomenon is the conference The Future of the Theory and Philosophy of History in July 2013 in Belgium, which attracted hundreds of speakers and participants from all over the world. This current trend contrasts starkly with the almost total disappearance of the philosophy of history and historiography from the departments of philosophy since the 1970s, although the theory of history stayed on the agenda in other academic contexts, such as history, literary studies and anthropology.
This seminar is designed to capture the positive momentum and examine and discuss the nature of theoretical and philosophical studies of history. The series is not committed to any particular school or dogma; nor is it limited to any specific style or approach. Theoretical and philosophical questions of history can be examined from conceptual, historiographical, metahistorical, literary, anthropological, social and many other perspectives. We welcome both metaphilosophical approaches and analyses on any specific problems or questions on history. The intention is not that the seminar will converge on a view of what the theoretical and philosophical studies are, but it is rather hoped that the seminar manages to shed light on the various manifestations these studies may take.
Any expressions of interest to talk or/and participate in the seminar are called for. The seminar functions with the ‘work-in-progress’ principle. Informal addresses and discussions are particularly encouraged, although also the presentations of finished manuscripts are welcome.
For more information, please contact Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen. If you would like to participate in the seminar, send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The seminar takes normally place on Fridays 2-4pm.
The venue is Seminar Room 136, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Fabianinkatu 24)
October 11 Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen
4-6pm! Theoretical and philosophical study of
history. What could it be?
November 8 Jorma Kalela
Shared histories and the role of the
historians in saving democracy
December 13 Marek Tamm
Truth, proof and objectivity: old concepts
January 24 Petri Ylikoski
February 7 Lisa Muszynski
’Styles of reasoning' in Hayden
White: Examples from a selection of
February 28 Kalle Pihlainen
March 14 Päivi Seppälä
April 11 Sami Syrjämäki
Anachronism as Original Sin -
Skinner, Gadamer and Collingwood on
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