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Celebrating the Diversity of Analytic Philosophy at Bilkent tomorrow

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The Philosophy Department at Bilkent University is happy to announce a workshop celebrating the
diversity of analytic philosophy in honor of UNESCO World Philosophy day.
The speakers are Nurbay Irmak from Boğaziçi University, Harry Platanakis from Koç University, and Derek Baker from the Lingnan University in Hong Kong, Sandrine Berges and Simon Wigley from Bilkent. The event will be held in G-160 on Thursday, November 20th. The schedule can be found in the link
below. Hope to see you there!


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November 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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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

Written by markedwardsteen

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)

Written by markedwardsteen

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. “

Written by markedwardsteen

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


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