THE BACHELOR PROGRAM OF PHILOSOPHY (the Faculty of Arts)
Hello friend and welcome to Dilemma! You have chosen philosophy, the first of the sciences and a guiding light on the dark paths of history. Now it is your moment to pick up the torch, step to the forefront of this discipline and head towards new endeavours and adventures. You will feel the presence of a long continuum when you grasp any work at all. You will be absorbing philosophical dialogues dating back thousands of years and to these dialogues you will be making your own contribution. In no time you will you be finding new ardours that will guide you on the trails of philosophy and which only the Socratic method can reveal from underneath!
Founded in 1967, Dilemma is a student organisation and trustee of all philosophy students at the University of Helsinki. Before applying, philosophy students have decided between practical and theoretical philosophy and thus, as we are in two different faculties, of social sciences and of arts, we can cherry-pick from both. Regardless of whether philosophy is your major, minor subject or you are just a philosophy-minded person, you are most certainly welcome to events hosted by Dilemma.
In addition to promoting the interests of philosophy students at the University, Dilemma also hosts various kinds of events and thus bringing philosophy students together. In order to do this, Dilemma organises different sorts of entertainment, in addition to traditional parties and soirées. At the department coffee breaks students can meet with members of the staff from the philosophy department, while physical activities include for instance the C.S. Peirce football tournament and David Hume billiard competition. Arts are not forgotten either. In addition to visits to different art and culture venues, Dilemma also hosts legendary Easter plays, open mic events and reading circles. We also publish the oldest philosophical journal in Finland, “Minervan Pöllö” (Minerva’s Owl).
All in all, while other sciences manage to answer a lot of questions, a lot are also left into the shadows. Perhaps philosophy can illuminate some of them. Some things can possibly be approached through purely literary methods, some, on the other hand, might require some empirical (yuck!) ones. Either way, you are about to enter the enormous and complicated jungle of philosophy. Welcome!