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Two Talks by Meghan Sullivan (Univ. of Notre Dame) at Boğaziçi University

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Meghan Sullivan, a metaphysician at Notre Dame, will be joining us for the week of November 3rd and giving two talks. Please join us! Here are the details:

Talk, “Referring to God,” Monday, November 3,  17:00-19:00 TB 310
Talk, “Anti-Essentialism,” WednesdayNovember 5, 17:00  TB 130

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October 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

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Theories of the Good Life | Conference at Boğaziçi University

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Please join us for the following conference. All are welcome:

Theories of the Good Life

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Philosophy Department

November 22 2014, Room: TB 310 (Anderson Hall, South Campus)


10:00–11:00       Elena Irrera (Bologna), The Erotics of Beauty in Plato’s Symposium: a Path to Happiness.

11:15–12:15      Manuel Knoll (Istanbul), Aristotelian Hedonism. Human Nature as a Foundation for a Hedonist Ethics

 12:30–13:30     Maria Liatsi (Ioannina), The Epicurean Recipe for Happiness

13:30–15:00        Lunch Break

15:00–16:00      Christoph Horn (Bonn), Is there some Individualism in the Ancient Ethics of Good Life?

16:15–17:15     Giovanni Giorgini (Bologna), Alasdair MacIntyre, the Community, and the Good Life

17:30–18:30       Monika Betzler (Bern), The Value of Childhood and the Good Life

18:30                 End of Colloquium


Manuel Knoll (Manuel.Knoll[At-symbol]lrz.uni-muenchen[DOT]de)

Nevim Borçin (nevimborcin[AT symbol]gmail[DOT]com)

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October 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

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Professor Kenneth Westphal has joined the Bogazici University Philosophy Department.

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Professor Kenneth Westphal, the internationally renowned Kant and Hegel Scholar, has joined the Bogazici philosophy department as a full-time member.

Ken Wesphal is the author or editor of 8 books, including, as author:

(1)  Kant’s Transcendental Proof of Realism (Oxford University Press)

(2) Hegel’s Epistemology: A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Spirit (Hackett)

(3) Hegel’s Epistemological Realism: A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Springer)

(4) Hegel, Hume und die Identitat wahrnehmbarer Dinge (Klostermann)

And as editor:

(1) The Blackwell Guide to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Blackwell)

(2) Realism, Science, and Pragmatism (Routledge)

He has also published more than a 100 papers and articles.  Ken will be a valuable addition to the philosophy community in Turkey, and we welcome him to the department and to Turkey.

Kant Reading Group at Bogazici (Mondays, 5.15-7pm)

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Lucas Thorpe and Ken Westphal will be running a Kant Reading Group at Bogazici University that will meet every Monday from 5.15pm-7pm in TB365 (starting on Monday October 13th 2104).

We will start by reading the manuscript of Ken Westphal’s new book – Moral Constructivism: Hume’s and Kant’s Natural Law Constructivism.

Once we have finished this we will decide collectively what to read next. If you would like to join the reading group, be sent a copy of the manuscript, and be added to our mailing list, please email Zubeyde: zkaradag(at)gmail.com.

Everyone welcome.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Talk at Bogazici this coming Thursday: Matthew Fulkerson (UCSD), “The Presentational Character of Sensory Affect”

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Sorry about the late notice, but we hope you’ll join us for a talk this coming Thursday, September 18th, from 4-6pm, in TB 130 (Anderson Hall).

Matthew Fulkerson (UCSD), “The Presentational Character of Sensory Affect”

Abstract: Nina comes home from vacation to find the milk left out, its rotten stench filling her small apartment. Before she realizes not to, she breathes in, and comes to have a deeply unpleasant olfactory experience. What an awful smell!, she thinks. There is a discriminatory dimension to her experience; she immediately recognizes the sour smell as that of rotten milk (and not that of sulfur or dirty diapers). It’s natural to attribute the sourness to the odor in this case: the fumes wafting off the milk bottle are chemically different from those found in sulfur and diapers, in a way that makes a difference to how she experiences them. What about the awfulness? Where is that? Is that also a sensible chemical property of the odor? If so, which one? Or is it instead something in Nina, a kind of subjective reaction to the odors in the room? In this talk I will defend a hybrid account of sensory affect, in which both answers turn out to be true. “

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September 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci Reading Group: Concepts and Beliefs, from Perception to Action (Wednesdays, 17.15-19.00, Bogazici University, TB365)

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As part of a three year Tubitak 1001 project on “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” we will be running a weekly reading group, that will meet on Wednesdays from 17.15-18.00 in TB365 at Bogazici University. If you would like to participate and be added to our mailing list (and receive copies of the readings) please contact Merve Tapinc (mrvtpn@gmail.com)

Hopefully we will have a website for the project up and running in a month or so.

The schedule for the first 5 weeks of the reading group will be as follows:

(1) September 24th, 2014
Stephen Laurence and Eric Margolis, ‘Concepts and Cognitive Science’ in Concepts: Core Readings, Edited by Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence, MIT Press (1999), pp. 3-83

(2) October, 1st, 2014
Stephen Laurence and Eric Margolis, ‘Concepts and Cognitive Science’ in Concepts: Core Readings, Edited by Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence, MIT Press (1999), pp. 3-83 (continued)

(3) October 8th, 2014
Lawrence and Margolis (cont.)

(4) October 15th, 2014
James Gibson, The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception, LEA Publishers, 1979

(5) October 22nd, 2014
Gibson (cont.)



Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

UNILOG’2015 5th World Congress and School on Universal Logic will take place at Istanbul University from June 20th-30th 2015

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The 5th World Congress and School on Universal Logic is going to be held at Istanbul University, between July 20-30, 2015. First five days are designed to be a logic school, and the congress will take place in the next five days. For details you can see www.uni-log.org.

Since 2005 UNILOG has been a major event in logic, dealing with all aspects of logic and gathering researchers from all over the world such as Michael Dunn, Hartry Field, Jaakko Hintikka, Wilfrid Hodges, Saul Kripke, Dov Gabbay, Yuri Gurevich, Roberto Casati, David Makinson, Jan Wolenski, Stephen Read, Krister Segerberg, Gerhard Jäger, etc.

The 1st edition was in Montreux, Switzerland (2005), the 2nd in Xi’an, China (2007), the 3rd in Lisbon, Portugal (2010), the 4th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013). The 5th edition will happen in Istanbul, Turkey, June 20-30, 2015.

In UNILOG’2015 there will be a school with about 30 tutorials followed by a congress with many workshops and invited speakers.
As in previous editions there will also be a contest (The Future of Logic)
and a secret speaker (a speaker whose identity is revealed only at the time of her/his/its talk).

The tutorials of UNILOG’2015 will provide a serious background for a general knowledge of the logical world
They are divided into three categories:
1) History of Logic: the logic of Aristotle, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Boole, Husserl, Frege, etc.
2) Logic and XXX: Logic and Music, Logic an Colours, Logic and Nonsense, Logic and Information, Logic and the Theory of Relativity, Logic and Fiction, etc
3) Theorems: Compactness theorem, Completeness theorem, Lindström theorem, Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, etc

During the congress there will be an amazing variety of workshops
– Philosophy of non-classical logics
– Representation and reality: humans, animals and machines
– Computational Creativity, Concept Invention and General Intelligence – C3GI
– Connexive Logics
– Logic and the Web

And as in previous editions there will be a book exhibition with the main publishers:
Springer, Cambridge, Oxford, etc
Will be launched in particular the book “The Life and Work of Leon Henkin”
edited by M.Manzano, I.Sain and E.Alonso


and the first ever Encyclopaedia of Logic


Welcome to Istanbul for UNILOG’2015
5th World Congress and School on Universal Logic


A good opportunity to develop your reasoning capacities!

Written by Lucas Thorpe

September 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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