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Simo Säätelä

Professor, Philosophy
  • E-mailSimo.Saatela@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 31 25
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplass 12-13
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 BERGEN

My research, and my teaching and supervision at the philosophy department, is mainly concentrated on different aspects of Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy. I am especially interested in his conception of philosophy, and in particular how he conceives of the relation between aesthetics and philosophy, especially the philosophy of mathematics. In this work I have great advantage of being able to use the resources of the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB). My research interests also include philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of mathematics more generally. Recently, I have also done research on David Humes philosophy, with special focus on his work on aesthetics and its relation to his general philosophical scepticism.

As the editor-in-chief of the open access internet journal Nordic Wittgenstein Review, I have a philosophical as well as a practical interest in Open Access (OA) publishing, and 2011-2013 I participated as one of the representatives of WAB in the EU-financed programme AGORA - Scholarly Open Access Research in European Philosophy, the aim of which was to improve the spread of research results in the field of European philosophy and advance new paradigms of OA publishing.

In 2006-2009 I was the coordinator of the Nordic Wittgenstein Network, a research network financed by NordForsk, and I am very intersted in promoting Nordic co-operation in this field of research.

Selected publications
  • Pichler, Alois; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2006. Wittgenstein : The Philosopher and his Works. 461 pages. ISBN: 3-938793-28-7.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2002. "Perhaps the Most Important Thing in Aesthetics" – Wittgenstein on "Aesthetic Reactions". Revue internationale de philosophie. 56: 49-72.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2011. From Logical Method to 'Messing About': Wittgenstein on 'Open Problems' in Mathematics. 8, pages 159-178. In:
    • Kuusela, Oskari; McGinn, Mary. 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press. 848 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-928750-5.
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari. 2013. Aesthetics ‒ Wittgenstein’s Paradigm of Philosophy? Aisthesis. 6: 35-53.
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari. 2017. Absolute and Relative Value in Aesthetics. kap., pages 349-364. In:
    • Majetschak, Stefan; Weiberg, Anja. 2017. Aesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Arts. Proceedings of the 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. Walter de Gruyter. 540 pages. ISBN: 978-3-11-054041-3.

Autumn 2017 I am teaching EXPHIL-HFSEM (critical thinking and philosophy for first-year Humanities students) and FIL217/FIL317 (Wittgenstein Studies and Master Topic in Wittgenstein Studies).

I have given these courses a number of times. In addition, I have taught following courses at our department: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Literature, History of Philosophy from Kant to the Present, as well as EXPHIL in different faculty variants.

Books
  • Gamlund, Espen; Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari. 2016. Filosofi for humanister. Universitetsforlaget. ISBN: 9788215025957.
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari; Gamlund, Espen. 2015. Filosofi for humanister: HF-varianten av examen philosophicum. Prøveutgave 2015. Universitetsforlaget. 248 pages. ISBN: 9788215025858.
  • Fjørtoft, Kjersti; GIlje, Nils; Grimen, Harald; Lavik, Trygve; Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2011. filosofi og vitenskapsteori til ExPhil. Universitetsforlaget. 324 pages. ISBN: 9788215019352.
  • Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2008. Indføring i filosofi: det sande, det gode og det skønne. Klim. 282 pages. ISBN: 978-87-7955-485-6.
  • Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2007. Det sanne, det gode og det skjønne : en innføring i filosofi. 2. utg. Universitetsforlaget. 267 pages. ISBN: 978-82-15-01171-4.
  • Pichler, Alois; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2006. Wittgenstein : The Philosopher and his Works. 461 pages. ISBN: 3-938793-28-7.
  • Entzenberg, Claes; Säätela, Simo. 2005. Perspectives on Aesthetics, Art and Culture. Essays in Honour of Lars-Olof Åhlberg. Thales. 351 pages. ISBN: 91-7235-062-8.
  • Pichler, Alois; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2005. Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works. 420 pages. ISBN: 82-91071-20-9.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S; Entzenberg, Claes. 2005. Perspectives on aesthetics, art and culture: Essays in honour of Lars-Olof Åhlberg. Thales. 351 pages. ISBN: 91-7235-062-8.
  • Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2004. Det sanne, det gode og det skjønne. En innføring i filosofi. Universitetsforlaget. 270 pages.
  • Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2003. Det sanne, det skjønne og det gode. Universitetet i Bergen. 275 pages.
Journal articles
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari. 2013. Aesthetics ‒ Wittgenstein’s Paradigm of Philosophy? Aisthesis. 6: 35-53.
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari; Pichler, Alois; Neuman, Yrsa. 2013. Note by the editors. Nordic Wittgenstein Review. 2: 5-6. doi: 10.1515/nwr.2013.2.1.5
  • Pichler, Alois; Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari; Neuman, Yrsa. 2012. Note by the Editors. Nordic Wittgenstein Review. 1: 5-6.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2009. Arthur C. Danto, Unnatural Wonders. Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques. XXIX: 17-19.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2009. Estetik, matematik och filosofisk metod: Wittgenstein om 'den sällsamma likheten' mellan en estetisk undersökning och en filosofisk undersökning i matematiken. Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift. 44: 274-288.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2008. Kunsthåndverk for kunsthåndverkets skyld? Kunsthåndverk. 106. 45-47.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2007. Reflections on aesthetic judgment and other essays. British Journal of Aesthetics. 47: 446-449. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/aym030
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2003. Stephen Mulhall, On Film. Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques. XXIII: 126-129.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2002. "Perhaps the Most Important Thing in Aesthetics" – Wittgenstein on "Aesthetic Reactions". Revue internationale de philosophie. 56: 49-72.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2002. Human Beings and Automatons. Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. X: 214-215.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2001. Art, Opinions, and Attitudes. Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. IX: 258-263.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2001. Minervas väg till muserna [anmeldelse av Stefán Snaevarr: Minerva and the Muses]. Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift. 36: 200-206.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2001. Kvalitet-en gåta? Artes: Tidskrift för litteratur, konst och musik. 27: 8-28.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2000. ’The Aesthetic Turn’: aisthesis och somaestetik. Nordisk Estetisk Tidsskrift. 20-21. 77-94.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2000. Amie L. Thomasson, Fiction and Metaphysics. Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques. XX: 71-73.
Book sections
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari. 2017. Absolute and Relative Value in Aesthetics. kap., pages 349-364. In:
    • Majetschak, Stefan; Weiberg, Anja. 2017. Aesthetics Today: Contemporary Approaches to the Aesthetics of Nature and of Arts. Proceedings of the 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium in Kirchberg. Walter de Gruyter. 540 pages. ISBN: 978-3-11-054041-3.
  • Säätelä, Simo Tuomo Sakari. 2013. La strana somigliani. Wittgenstein e il paragone fra indagine estetica e indagine filosofica in campo matematico. I:4, pages 105-136. In:
    • Caldarola, Elisa; Quattrocchi, Davide; Tomasi, Gabriele. 2013. Wittgenstein, l'estetica e le arti. Carocci editore. 391 pages. ISBN: 9788843066650.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2011. From Logical Method to 'Messing About': Wittgenstein on 'Open Problems' in Mathematics. 8, pages 159-178. In:
    • Kuusela, Oskari; McGinn, Mary. 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press. 848 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-928750-5.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S; Svendsen, Lars Fredrik. 2011. 1. Innledning: Hva er filosofi?; 2. Hva kan vi vite?; 10 Hva er et jeg?; 12 Hva er det skjønne; 13 Hva er kunst? 14 Hva er forholdet mellom kunsten, det sanne og det gode? kap. 1,2,10,12,13, pages . In:
    • Fjørtoft, Kjersti; GIlje, Nils; Grimen, Harald; Lavik, Trygve; Svendsen, Lars Fredrik; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2011. filosofi og vitenskapsteori til ExPhil. Universitetsforlaget. 324 pages. ISBN: 9788215019352.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2008. Är matematiska problem bara missförstånd? I:4, pages 49-68. In:
    • Forsberg, N; Rider, S; Segerdahl, P. 2008. Tankar tillägnade Sören Stenlund. Uppsala universitet. 387 pages. ISBN: 978-91-506-1984-3.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S; Adamson, Glenn; Schouwenberg, Louise. 2008. Question: Is there in fact any reason to define the concept of craft? ch. 7, pages 95-102. In:
    • Ahl, Zandra; Ernkvist, Päivi. 2008. Crafted Form: Continuation, Praxis and Reflection. 120 pages. ISBN: 978-91-633-3563-1.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2007. Kvalitet - en gåta? Kapitel 6, pages 199-226. In:
    • Rönn, Magnus. 2007. En fråga om kvalitet. Santérus Academic Press Sweden. 314 pages. ISBN: 978-91-89449-91-6.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S; Pichler, Alois. 2006. Introduction. Introduction, pages 13-71. In:
    • Pichler, Alois; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2006. Wittgenstein : The Philosopher and his Works. 461 pages. ISBN: 3-938793-28-7.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2005. Aesthetic experience and "non-conceptual content". 22, pages 292-312. In:
    • Säätelä, Simo T S; Entzenberg, Claes. 2005. Perspectives on aesthetics, art and culture: Essays in honour of Lars-Olof Åhlberg. Thales. 351 pages. ISBN: 91-7235-062-8.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S; Pichler, Alois. 2005. Introduction. innledning, pages 11-64. In:
    • Pichler, Alois; Säätelä, Simo T S. 2005. Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works. 420 pages. ISBN: 82-91071-20-9.
  • Säätelä, Simo T S. 2000. Filosofian esteettisyys – Wittgenstein ja ’esteettinen käänne’. 73-98. In:
    • Haapala, Arto; Nummi, Jyrki. 2000. Aisthesis ja poiesis: kirjoituksia estetiikasta ja kirjallisuudesta. ISBN: 951-45-9112-7.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

From Logical Method to 'Messing About': Wittgenstein on 'Open Problems' in Mathematics, in The Oxford Handbook of Wittgenstein, ed. Kuusela, Oskari; McGinn, Mary. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 159-178. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199287505.003.0009

'Perhaps the most important thing in connection with aesthetics': Wittgenstein on "aesthetic reactions", Revue internationale de philosophie 2002/1 (n° 219)

Nordic Wittgenstein Society: I am a founding member and former vice-president of this Society (founded in 2009), which continues the work of Nordic co-operation in Wittgenstein studies, laid down by the Nordic Wittgenstein Network (2006-2009)

Nordic Wittgenstein Review: I was (together with Alois Piochler and Yrsa Neumann) editor of the first two volumes of this international scholarly open access journal. The journal is now in its 6th volume, and I am its current Editor in Chief since june 2017.

Nordic Wittgenstein Studies (Springer Verlag): This publication series is a continuation of the series Publications from the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen. I am a member of its Editorial Board since its inception in 2015.

Perspectives on Aesthetic Quality in the Cultural Field is a multi-disciplinary research project financed Arts Council Norway 2016-. My research in this project focuses on a conceptual investigation of the concept of quality in the arts.