Pia Houni (Finland)

Pia Houni (Finland) - PhD, adjunct professor, University of Tampere, philosophical practitioner, shared reading facilitator, writer, president of Finnish Philosophical Network.

Creativity and Rationality - Art-based Socratic Dialogue (Workshop) 

Nelsonian Socratic Dialogue as an Ethical Practice (Lecture) 

Presentation Language: English

Creativity and Rationality - Art-based Socratic Dialogue (Workshop)

In this workshop we will working The workshop is art-based philosophizing where we are going to study the topic by doing some art activities and constructed a philosophical question for the dialogue. In my experience, art-based activities can be an ice breaker or a shortcut to open people's minds to wonder, make questions, start philosophizing together. Art activity can also open some emotional aspects and build a bridge of dialogue between us and philosophical understanding. This all might lead us forward to deeper self-understanding.

Nelsonian Socratic Dialogue as an Ethical Practice (Lecture)

In this lecture we will discuss what are the valuable ends for philosophical practice in general, through analyzing the practices and ends of one specific philosophical practice namely Nelsonian Socratic dialogue. We approach Nelsonian Socratic Dialogue from the perspective of self-cultivation. We understand self-cultivation to be a process of developing one's capacities through one's own efforts and with the aim of moral transformation towards a good or harmonious life. To understand how Socratic dialogue can promote self-cultivation, we will examine the theoretical background of the Nelsonian tradition. We will discuss some of the values and normative ideals this way of a dialogue presupposes and passes to the participants, i.e what kind of ethical practice does it promote. We want to understand, for example, the role of the quest for truth for the ethical practice and how does this truth relate to other Platonic virtues, i.e. the good and the beautiful.