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Eva Piirimäe

Associate Professor of Political Theory, PhD (Cambridge)

Research:
My focus is in history of political thought and political theory. In particular, I am interested in
  • early modern theories of moral psychology and sociability
  • early modern and contemporary theories of patriotism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism
  • early modern and contemporary theories of republicanism
  • early modern and contemporary theories of international justice
  • Enlightened philosophy of history
  • the foundations and status of universal norms
  • the relationship of value pluralism to liberalism
  • meta-theoretical issues in political theory (contextualism, realism, etc.)
  • methodological issues in studying history of political thought

Currently writing a book on Johann Gottfried Herder’s philosophy of national identity, patriotism and cosmopolitanism.

Topics to supervise:
Early modern moral philosophy; History of Estonian, Baltic German and German political thought; Historical and contemporary theories of nationalism, patriotism, and cosmopolitanism; Enlightenment philosophy of history; Early modern and contemporary republicanism

E-mail: eva.piirimae[at]ut.ee

Education
2006 PhD (History)
University of Cambridge
2000 MPhil (Intellectual History and Political Thought)
University of Cambridge
1999 MA (History) (cum laude)
University of Tartu
1997 BA (History, Philosophy, Semiotics) (cum laude)
University of Tartu
Academic career
Since 2014 Associate Professor of Political Theory
Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu
2009-2014 Senior researcher in Political Philosophy
Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu
2007-2009 Estonian Science Foundation post-doctoral researcher
Department of Politics and Government, University of Tartu
2005-2006 Extraordinary researcher
Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu
Academic service
Member of the Council
Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu
Head of the Humanities’ Council
Publishing Committee of the University of Tartu
Organisational membership
International Herder Society
European Society for the History of Political Thought
International research group  “Commerce and Perpetual Peace”
Courses taught
  • Philosophy of History
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Political Liberty
  • Democratic Peace: Immanuel Kant’s Perpetual Peace in Historical and Contemporary Philosophical Context
  • Political Theory
  • Key Concepts in Political Theory
Publications (selection)
Piirimäe, E., 'Sociability, Nationalism, and Cosmopolitanism in Herder's Early Philosophy of History', History of Political Thought (forthcoming).
Piirimäe, E., ‘Herder and Cosmopolitanism’, Critique of Cosmopolitan Reason: Timing and Spacing the Concept of World Citizenship, ed. Rebecka Lettevall and Kristian Petrov (Berlin et al.; Peter Lang Verlag, 2014 (forthcoming)).
Piirimäe, E., ‘Humanität versus Nationalism as the Moral Foundation of the Russian Empire: Jegór von Sivers' Herderian Cosmopolitanism’, Ajalooline Ajakiri 139/140: 1-2 (2012) (=Baltic Regionalism, ed. Pärtel Piirimäe and Andres Andresen), 79-113.
Piirimäe, E., ‘Keeleline pööre’ [Eng: ‘Linguistic turn], Humanitaarteaduste metodoloogia. Uusi väljavaateid, ed. Marek Tamm (Tallinn: Tallinn University Press, 2011), 33-58.
Piirimäe, E., ‘Monarchisms, Republicanisms, and Enlightenments’, History of European Ideas 36(1) (2010), 125-129.
Piirimäe, E., ‘Dying for the Fatherland: Thomas Abbt’s Theory of Aesthetic Patriotism’, History of European Ideas 35 (2009), 194-208.
Piirimäe, E. (ed. and introd.) Rahvuslus ja patriotism. Valik kaasaegseid filosoofilisi võtmetekste. [Eng: Nationalism and Patriotism. A Selection of Key Contemporary Philosophical Texts] (Tartu: Eesti Keele Sihtasutus, 2009).
Piirimäe, E., ‘Teoreetilisi perspektiive 19. sajandi eesti rahvusluse uurimiseks’ [Eng: ‘Theoretical Perspectives on the Study of Estonian Nationalism in the 19th century’], Eesti Ajalooarhiivi toimetised = Acta et commentationes Archivi Historici Estoniae 16/23 (2009) (=Vene Impeerium ja Baltikum: venestus, rahvuslus ja moderniseerimine 19. sajandi teisel poolel ja 20. sajandi alguses, ed. Tõnu Tannberg and Bradley Woodworth), 167-191.
Piirimäe, E., ‘Eesti rahvuslus Euroopa kontekstis’ [Eng: ‘Estonian nationalism in European context’], Ajalooline Ajakiri 119 (2007), 93-109.
Piirimäe, E., ‘The Vicissitudes of Noble National Pride: Johann Georg Zimmermann’s (1728-1795) Theory of Patriotism’, Human Nature as the Basis of Morality and Society in Early Modern Philosophy, ed. Juhana Lemetti and Eva Piirimäe (= Acta Philosophica Fennica, 83) (2007), 121-141.
Piirimäe, E. and Juhana Lemetti (ed. and introd.), Human Nature as the Basis of Morality and Society in Early Modern Philosophy (= Acta Philosophica Fennica, 83) (2007).
Grants, honours, awards
 2011-2014 Grant holder of ETF research grant No 8887 “Liberal loyalties and Cosmopolitan Commitments. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”
2008-2010 Grant holder of ETF research grant No 7584 “The Philosophical Genesis of German nationalism (1750-1815)”
2006 Scholarship of Volkswagen Foundation
2004 Scholarship of Global Estonian Central Council
2003 Prince Consort Foundation Studentship Award, Cambridge University
2000 Honorary scholar of British Overseas' Trust
2000-2004 Benefactors' Scholar, StJohn's College, Cambridge
1999/2000 FCO/ Soros foundation scholarship
1997 I prize at the student theses' competition at the Estonian Academy of Sciences
1997 The prize of Estonian Knighthood for the BA thesis