Category Archives: Humanities

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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Getting Inspired at the International Summer University

14 International Summer University participants share their thoughts and feelings about their studies at University of Tartu and the time spent in Estonia. Continue reading

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A Letter to Tartu Students from a Moscow Prison

Read the letter from prominent Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky sent to Tartu students from a Moscow prison. Continue reading

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You Are What You Eat

Ethnologist Ester Bardone shows how food reflects our identities and values. Continue reading

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How Sharing a Meal Is About Sharing a Culture

Ethnologist Ester Bardone explains how sharing a meal deepens the sense of belonging and togetherness. Continue reading

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