Welcome to Balphin!

Baltic Philosophy Network, Balphin, is an open network of institutions of philosophy in the Baltic Sea area. The purpose of the network is to enrich and facilitate the academic philosophy of the area, in such fields as research, education and student and teacher exchange, but also to create forums for philosophical culture in general, for discussion, publication and philosophical happenings.

At the moment the network consists of seven members, with the University of Tartu as the Coordinator, University of Helsinki, Tallinn University, University of Latvia, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Vilnius University and the University of Iceland.

  • Recent Posts

    • Balphin Symposium: The Philosophy of Food, Helsinki, 2-4 May 2018
    • May 4th, 2018 by Justina Pajus
    • DESCRIPTION The philosophy of food is a relatively new and fast-growing area of reflection and discussion for professional philosophers. While questions surrounding in particular the ethics of eating or drinking have not gone unnoticed in the philosophical tradition, it is only in the last 20 years that the world of food as a whole has

    • MA Philosophy in Tartu
    • January 26th, 2018 by Justina Pajus
    • 15th of March is the deadline to apply for a place in the two-year Master in Philosophy at the University of Tartu! Please go to this page for all the necessary information, interviews with current students, and the links to proceed to application: MA in Philosophy Tartu. From 2018 we will have three new professors: Juhani Yli-Vakkuri

    • Balphin Symposium: Chinese Philosophy, Vilnius, 4-8 December 2017
    • December 10th, 2017 by Justina Pajus
    • I post here below the programme of the intensive course successfully completed. COURSE DESCRIPTION Chinese philosophical traditions can be traced back more than 2500 years and even longer when considering their roots in the ancient art of divination during the 2nd millennium BCE. Contemporary Western philosophers are increasingly turning their attention, in particular, to Confucianism and Daoism (as

    • CFA: Emotions: Rationality, Morality and Social Understanding
    • May 29th, 2017 by Justina Pajus
    • Call for Abstracts: Emotions: Rationality, Morality and Social Understanding | 7-9 September, Tartu (Estonia) Emotions are complex mental states that have important behavioural, experiential, cognitive and social aspects. This interdisciplinary conference focuses upon the nature of emotions, the relationship of emotions to morality and to social understanding. The first set of questions concerns the nature of emotions. What

    • 10th Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy (NWEMP)
    • May 24th, 2017 by Justina Pajus
    • June 2-3, 2017 University of Tartu | Jakobi 2–336, Tartu, Estonia Friday, June 2 11.00 | Welcome 11.05-12.05 | Erik Åkerlund (Uppsala): “The End? Final Causes and Final Causation in some Baroque Scholastics” 12.15-13.15 | Jan Forsman (Tampere): “Life and Skepticism for Descartes: The Meaning of the Moral Code in the Discourse” 15.00-16.00 | Markku Roinila (Helsinki): “Cogito-argument and