I was invited to present some of my research at two universities in
Finland in November 2007. I first traveled to Turku in south-west
Finland, where I delivered a paper on the alleged privacy of Berkeleian
ideas. Near where I stayed is the Turku Cathedral (Lutheran). I took
this shot at about 3pm - and it is nearly dark already.
I gave my paper in Turku on Friday and had Saturday to explore the city.
Fortunately it cleared and the day was beautiful. Here I am walking
along the river looking back towards the cathedral. The city has about
100,000 people and is quite lovely.
Near the area where the river reaches the sea is an old castle. I toured
the castle and the museum inside.
This is an 'environmental monument' - not quite sure what that means.
Perhaps my favorite part of Turku was seeing the 'duckpig.' This large
piece of art actually looks over a highway onto the philosophy
department (I could see the duckpig from the room where I gave my talk).
Here is the duckpig up close. I am told that in December they put a
giant santa's stocking hat on it for the season. Just missed it! I think
every philosophy department needs something like a duckpig of its own. I
would like HSC to commission a 'tigerpig' or something like it to be
erected on the lawn of Morton hall....
Sunday I traveled back to Helsinki and on Monday met with members of the
philosophy department at the University of Helsinki. I gave my talk on
Tuesday (and returned home by ferry that night). Here is the
Alexanderplatz with its large cathedral.
I did not get to see much of Helsinki, but I did manage one trip to the
'Church in Rock.' It is a church carved/blasted out of a huge granite
hill. I went mainly to listen to the choir practice, but was happy to
discover that soloists were practicing instead. With the church organ
and the great acoustics, it was delightful.