Seminar: Scientism and the Limits of Reality

Areiopagi will organise the last seminar of its three year project on 13.-14. October 2016. The theme of the seminar is scientism and its critique. The keynote speaker will be Mikael Stenmark, the professor of philosophy of religion at the faculty of theology in the University of Uppsala. A Finnish translation of Stenmark’s book Scientism: Science, Ethics and Religion will be published at the seminar.

The seminar will be held at the Small Hall (Pieni Juhlasali) of the main building of the University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 33). Areiopagi and Kirjapaja will be publishing Stenmark’s book at the seminar with the Finnish title Tiedeusko ja todellisuuden rajat, (Translated by Kirsi Nisula) You can read a description of the book here.

Another foreign guest speaker of the seminar is the professor of philosophy Jeroen de Ridder from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. De Ridder is specialized in the research of scientism. Much of the seminar discussion and lectures will be held in English.

The seminar is free, and the seats will be filled in arrival order. For the coffee we ask you to register through this link.

Partnering in organising the seminar is the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence Reason and Religious Tolerance from the faculty of theology in the University of Helsinki.


Thursday 13.10.

10.30-12 Mikael Stenmark at Think Corner (Aleksanterinkatu 7). Interviewed by adjunct professor Aku Visala

14.00 Welcome speech (Small Hall, Fabianinkatu 33)

14.15-15.30 Mikael Stenmark: The Forms of Scientism. Comment: Professor Leila Haaparanta

15.30-16.15 Coffee

16.15-17.30 Jeroen De Ridder: Critiquing Scientism while Appreciating Science. Comment: Professor Outi Krause

Friday 14.10.

9.30-11.00 Mikael Stenmark: Scientism and World View. Comment: University Lecturer Tuomas Tahko

11.00-12.30 Lunch

12.30-14.00 Jeroen De Ridder: Scientism in Popularising Science. Discussion with the audience.

14.00-14.45 Coffee

14.45-16.30 Panel: Science and Values. Professor Anne Pessi, Professor Markku Kulmala, Professor Leila Haaparanta. Moderator: Adjunct Professor Aku Visala.

There is an event in Facebook for the seminar. It can be used if you want to spread information about the seminar.