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Margit Sutrop
University of Tartu
Daniel Cohnitz
Utrecht University
Abstract
This personal letter describes the history and current situation of philosophy in Estonia. We sketch the development of academic philosophy since the foundation of Tartu University in 1632, and describe the current philosophical landscape. We discuss the challenges we are facing in trying to find a balance between the responsibility that a discipline in the humanties in a small country has with respect to local culture and society on the one hand, and our ambitions to build up an internationally collaborating department with an international graduate programme on the other. We close with a description of the relation between academic philosophy and Estonian society and the role that the Center for Ethics in Tartu plays in supporting that relation
Keywords Estonia  Tartu  Tallinn  Gustav Teichmüller  academic philosophy
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DOI 10.1515/dzph-2014-0024
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