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Judgement and Human Rationality

Judgment and Ontology

University of Tampere

September 29-30, 2014

Organizers: "Judgment and Human Rationality" research project funded by the Academy of Finland (2011-2014); School of Social Sciences and Humanities/Philosophy, University of Tampere


Monday September 29, Pinni B3117

10:00            Welcoming words by Leila Haaparanta
                     and welcome by Risto Kunelius
10:15            Camilla Serck-Hanssen: “The Crucial Role of Infinite Judgment in Kant's Second Paralogism”
11:15            Hanne Appelqvist: “Wittgenstein, Kant, and the Art of Judgment“
11:50            Sami Pihlström: “Judging God? Judgment and Ontology in the Philosophy of Religion”
12:25            Lunch
13:15            Michael Beaney:  “The Creativity of Analysis”
14:15            Sara Heinämaa: “Intersubjectivity, Language and the World”
14:50            Alma Korko: “The Transition of G. E. Moore from Idealism to Metaphysical Realism”
15:25            Coffee
16:00            Anssi Korhonen: “Russell, Truth and the Psychologizing of Judgment”
16:35            Sirkku Ikonen: “A Pseudoproblem or the Real Scandal of Philosophy? Cassirer, the Vienna Circle and 
                     the Knowledge of Other Minds”
17:10            Mikko Leinonen: “Assessing Rickert's Influences on Carnap”
17:40            Jani Hakkarainen and Markku Keinänen: “How to Avoid Bradley’s Regress, How to Solve It?”


Tuesday September 30, Pinni B3032

10:15            Robert Hanna: “Rationality is Deeper and Wider than Science: The Case of Authoritative Rational 
11:15            Leila Haaparanta: “The Human Mind and the Realm of Logic: Sellarsian Reflections on the Strange 
11:50            Arto Laitinen: “Normative Judgment and Action: an Apparent Puzzle”
12:25            Lunch
13:15            Heikki J. Koskinen: “Mediated Recognition and the Categorial Stance”
13:50            Panu Raatikainen: “Chalmers' Two-Dimensional Semantics - What is it Good for?”
14:25            Jenni Tyynelä: “Fiction and Ontology”
15:00            Jukka Mikkonen “Thinking with Literary Narratives”
15:30            Closing words, Mirja Hartimo



The book of abstracts


University of Tampere

May 30−31, 2013

Thursday May 30

All Thursday sessions are held at Pinni B 1097

10.00 Welcome by Leila Haaparanta

10.15-11.45 Plenary talk by Kathleen Stock: Fiction, Belief, Imagining and Cognitive Value
(Chair: Leila Haaparanta)

Session I.

Chair: Jenni Tyynelä

11.55-12.30 Arto Laitinen: On Literary Fiction, Science Fiction and Thought Experiments in Practical Philosophy

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Session II.

Chair: Jukka Mikkonen

13.30-14.05 Lars-Olof Åhlberg: Imaginary and Imagined Worlds in Narrative Fiction

14.10-14.45 Karen Simecek: The Rationality of Poetry

14.50-15.25 Alexander Bareis: The Interpretation of Fictional Narrative and Rationality

15.25-15.55 Coffee

Session III.

Chair: Hanne Appelqvist

15.55-16.30 María José Alcaraz León: Warranted Emotional Responses to Artworks and the Problem of Moral Education through the Arts

16.35-17.10 Angela Curran: Aristotle on the Nature of Our Affective Responses to Literature

17.15-17.50 Stephen Chamberlain: Emotion and Imagination in the Rationality of Fiction


Friday May 31

09.15-10.45 Plenary talk by Elisabeth Schellekens: Understanding Fiction: Concepts, Character and Coherence
(Pinni B 1097. Chair: Jukka Mikkonen)

10.45-11.15 Coffee

Session IV. (Pinni B 1096)                                

Chair: Hanne Appelqvist                                   

11.15-11.50 Riku Juti: Philosophical Lessons from Dickens                                 

11.55-12.30 Timo Vuorio: A Novel as an Argument. Dostojevsky on Crime         

Session V. (Pinni B 1097)

Chair: Leila Haaparanta

11.15-11.50 Hanna Meretoja: Literature, Ethics and a Sense of History

11.55-12.30 Olli-Pekka Moisio: Ernst Bloch and Literature

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Session VI. (Pinni B 1096)                                

Chair: Jenni Tyynelä                                         

13.30-14.05 Jukka Mikkonen: Literary Experience, Reason, and Philosophical Insight

14.10-14.45 Ana Falcato: Form is an Expression of Content. John Coetzee against Substitution Ethical Thought            

14.50-15.25 Bridget Vincent: Reasoning with Literature. Poetic and Prosodic Irrationality                                     

Session VII. (Pinni B 1097)

Chair: Hanne Appelqvist

13.30-14.05 Niklas Forsberg: Teachings of Density and Distance. Remarks on the Philosophical Significance of Novels beyond the Presence of “Philosophy”            

14.10-14.45 Ingeborg Löfgren: Cavell and Projective Imagination in Philosophy and Literature – Clarification, Mystification, and the Logic of Narration

14.50-15.25 Nora Hämäläinen: Cora Diamond, Alice Crary and an Extended Conception of Rationality

15.25-15.55 Coffee

16.00-17.30 Plenary talk by Garry Hagberg: TBA
(Pinni B 1097. Chair: Hanne Appelqvist)

Closing Words by Leila Haaparanta


Literary Fiction and Rationality

University of Tampere, Finland
30-31 May 2013

Plenary Speakers are:

Garry Hagberg (Bard College)

Elisabeth Schellekens (Durham University)

Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex)

Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2013

Literature gives us a unique opportunity to examine persons and their lives. For example,
literature may be seen as illuminating rationality and the different kinds of reasons that agents
have for their actions, beliefs, and judgements. It also enables us to examine rationality as a property of a person, and reasons as constituted by the context of a person’s life narrative. Literature may also be considered a source of empirical, moral, and aesthetic reasons and beliefs. The purpose of this conference is to critically discuss these and other conceptions of the relation between literary fiction and rationality.


We welcome paper submissions for the two-day conference, to be held in Tampere, Finland, on May 30-31 2013. Topics to be discussed might include, but are not limited to:

- literature in the constitution of rationality

- literature and human agency & action

- irrationality in literature

- rationality, irrationality, and creativity

- rationality and literary interpretation


Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted by email to Hanne Appelqvist: hanne.appelqvist[at] They should include the author’s name, affiliation, contact information, and the title of the paper. Accepted papers will receive 35 minutes each (25 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). The deadline for proposals is Friday 15 February 2013. Proposals will be considered by the conference committee:


Leila Haaparanta

Jukka Mikkonen

Jenni Tyynelä

Hanne Appelqvist

The conference is organized by the research project Judgment and Human Rationality, funded by the Academy of Finland. For further information, go to:



Judgement and Justification

Conference on Philosophy

School of Social Sciences and Humanities University of Tampere, Finland, 24 - 26 September 2012


The theme of judgements and their justifications is of central importance to scientific, political, and everyday practices and discourses. In these various contexts, we routinely make judgements on various topics, for example on the plausibility of a hypothesis or the moral value of an act. By making a judgement, we incur the responsibility to provide a justification when required. The nature of different kinds of judgements and their justifications is one of the core questions of philosophical research.

According to one view that derives from the philosophy of Gottlob Frege, the father of modern logic, judgements are acts in which a propositional content, a thought, is presented as true. Assertions, in turn, can be considered as judgements made public by means of language. By making a judgement, you present yourself as entitled to this act, which means that you have a justification for your judgement. Certain types of contents for judgements, for example ones concerning moral value or taste, raise special questions about the possibility and the nature of justification.

More generally, philosophers have addressed issues concerning the sources and the legitimate forms of justification. Such inquiry need not be only descriptive; in fact, it can result in revisionism about justificatory practices, as witnessed for example in Michael Dummett's philosophy.

This international conference brings together a prestigious group of experts to discuss state-of-the-art philosophical research on the nature of judgments and their justifications.

The book of abstracts (pdf)


Monday 24.9.

Paavo Koli Lecture Theatre, Pinni A2100

9:45 Opening

     Leila Haaparanta

10:00 Assertion and Proof

     Maria van der Schaar (Leiden)

11:30 Break

11:45 Justification and Truth Conditions in the Concept of Knowledge

     Dale Jacquette (Bern)

12:30 On Judgement and Commitment

     Tuomo Aho (Helsinki)

13:15 Lunch

14:30 Justification, Responsibility and Doxastic agency

     Conor McHugh (Southampton)

15:15 Coffee

2 Parallel Sessions

I Paavo Koli

16:00 Formal and Cognitive Foundations of Probabilistic Justification

     Niki Pfeifer (LMU Munich)

16:45 Justifications and Wrong Judgements

     Giuseppe Primiero (Ghent)

II Pinni A3111

16:00 No Rest for the Realist - Why Dummett's Challenge is still a Threat

     Johan Gersel (Copenhagen)

16:45 Judgement and Justification: a Phenomenological Point of View

     Mirja Hartimo (Helsinki)

17:30 Welcoming Reception  (Pinni B4132)


Tuesday 25.9.

Paavo Koli Lecture Theatre, Pinni A2100

10:00 Assent, Judgement and Belief

     Katalin Farkas (CEU)

11:30 Break

11:45 Reflective Equilibrium and Justification

     William Knorpp (James Madison University)

12:30  Intuitionism about Epistemic Judgements

     Rachael Boch (Brigham Young University)

13:15 Lunch

14:30 Conceiving and Justifying: What is the Connection, if any?

     Leila Haaparanta (Tampere)

15:15 Coffee

2 Parallel Sessions

I Paavo Koli

16:00  Believing, Judging and Supposing

     Benoit Gaultier (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris)

16:45 Easy Knowledge and the Scope of the Epistemic Theories of Justification

     Joose Järvenkylä  (Tampere)

 II Pinni A3111

16:00 Justifying Modal Beliefs and the Analogy to Perception

     Margot Strohminger (St. Andrews)

16:45-17:30 Coordination and Primary Intension

     John Hawthorne and Juhani Yli-Vakkuri (Oxford)

19:00 Conference dinner  (TBA)


Wednesday 26.9.

Paavo Koli Lecture Theatre, Pinni A2100

10:00 Disagreeing Judgements: Ethics and Elsewhere

     Folke Tersman (Uppsala)

11:30 Break

11:45 Moral Disagreement and Metaethical Variability

     Francesco Orsi (Tartu)

12:30 Moral Knowledge by Testimony

     Amber Riaz (University of Management Sciences, Lahore)

13:15 Lunch

14:30 Moral Judgement and Moral Reality: a Non-Orthodox Humean Approach to Justification

     Dejan Simkovic (Sydney)

15:15 Coffee

2 Parallel Sessions

I Paavo Koli

16:00 The Possibility of Assertion

     Alfredo Di Giorgio (Bari) & Daniele Chiffi (Padova)

16:45 G.E. Moore and the Nature of Judgement

     Alma Korko (Tampere)

II Pinni A3111

16:00 Wittgenstein on Music and Rules

     Hanne Appelqvist (Helsinki)

17:30 Ending





Organising Committee:

Professor Leila Haaparanta

Docent Mirja Hartimo

Dr Jani Hakkarainen

Dr Antti Keskinen

Dr Heikki J. Koskinen


The conference is organised and financed by the Academy of Finland project Judgement and Human Rationality (


► This project website is maintained by Heikki J. Koskinen, e-mail: heikki.j.koskinen[at]

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