Category Archives: Humanities

Stefan Zaric: Introducing Estonian Art History in Serbia

Stefan Zaric from Serbia was the only foreign art history student at the University of Tartu last semester. He gave tours at Tartu’s Art Museum and is now introducing Estonian art history in Serbia. Continue reading

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Should the Public Have a Say in Science? A Philosophy Of Science View

Should the public have a say in science and what does fishing in New York have to do with it? Using philosopher of science Philip Kitcher’s arguments and an example of environmental activism in Brooklyn Jaana Eigi explains some reasons to involve the public in science. Continue reading

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Kikee D. Bhutia: Reviving the Sikkimese (Denjongpo) culture

Doctoral student Kikee D. Bhutia from Sikkim, India is certain that the knowledge and experience gained from the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore will help her better research her own community, the Bhutia, as well as to understand their traditions and culture. Continue reading

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Could Creaky Voice Decrease the Pay Gap in Estonia?

Scientists have noticed that more and more women have started to speak with a creaky voice quality (also known as vocal fry). Kätlin Aare and Pärtel Lippus studied the vocal fry phenomenon in Estonian conversations. Continue reading

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Is It OK To Take Pleasure in the Misfortunes of Other People?

Schadenfreude – a pleasure derived from the misfortune of others – is often thought of as something immoral to the core. Heidy Meriste, a PhD student of philosophy discusses whether schadenfreude really is as bad as it seems, or could it perhaps sometimes be morally justified? Continue reading

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How Did They Build the University in Tartu?

Kadri Asmer writes about the construction process of the University of Tartu Main Building and about its architect Johann Willhelm Krause. The article is based on the compendium “Johann Willhelm Krause. The University in the Athens of the Emajõgi River. Catalogue 4.” Continue reading

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Introducing the Relationship between Human Rights Issues and Philosophy of Biology

Edit Talpsepp, a researcher of philosophy of science, explains how philosophy can have a practical relevance to different domains of human life – including human rights issues. Continue reading

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