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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

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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Deleuze conference in Istanbul (14-16/07/2014)

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7th International Deleuze Studies Conference Istanbul 2014
Model, Machines and Memories
July 14-16th 2014, Istanbul
Istanbul Technical University, School of Architecture, Taşkışla

Program can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

July 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Talk in Istanbul: Zoltán Somhegyi (Izmir) on ” Places and Concepts of Art Collecting ” 21/06/2014

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 Art collections at Akbank Sanat Beyoglu, tomorrow,  Saturday, 21 June at 14:30. Details can be found here.

Places and Concepts of Art Collecting 

Dr. Zoltán Somhegyi (Art Historian, İzmir University)

In the second lecture of the two-session series on the ways of collecting, the focus is on the places of acquiring artworks and on the concepts of building a collection. Why some prefer buying in a gallery, on an art fair or directly from the artist in the studio? Besides these questions, the possible concepts of a collection are also analysed: potential guidelines that can be helpful for both establishing a new art collection and for giving a characteristic profile to an already existing one. What are the advantages and disadvantages of focusing only on a certain period, on a group of artists, on a specific topic or on one medium?

The lecture is in English, and it is the continuation of the one on 24 May, it can be followed without attending the previous one.

No charge for admission




Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

CFP (Istanbul) : 8th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games: Freedom in Play, 13-15 November 2014

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The 8th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games: “Freedom in Play”  will take place in Istanbul  Istanbul, from 13-15 November 2014.

The call for papers can be found here.

The concept of freedom is central in the shaping of game experiences and game cultures. It is a lens through which we can critically evaluate the philosophical, cultural and political relevance of computer games, as an art form and as a way of life. This year we especially invite papers that address the following areas of philosophical investigation:

1. The nature of freedom in games. Which philosophical concepts can help us clarify ontological and metaphysical dimensions of freedom in games and gaming?
2. The experience of freedom in games. How do we describe and evaluate specific experiences of freedom in play? Are certain types of freedoms in games artistically or ethically more desirable than others? In what way may such evaluations collide when people play together, especially in an on-line context?
3. Games and existential concepts of freedom. In what ways are games capable of expressing truths about the human condition? Is there a way in which they are inherently more or less capable of expressing ethical and normative truths than cinema, photography or art? How do we account for the semantic underpinnings of how games can create this sort of knowledge?
4. Political and ethical freedom. In what way can game mechanics or the social roles of gaming provide normative reasons for decision-making with regard to political freedom, gender issues, etc? Do computer games have a particular potential for being either politically conservative, progressive or subversive?

Accepted papers will have a clear focus on philosophy and philosophical issues in relation to computer games. They will refer to specific examples from computer games rather than merely invoke them in general terms.

In addition to papers that are directed at the main theme we invite a smaller number of papers in an ?open? category. We are especially interested in papers that aim to continue discussions from earlier conferences in this series.

The abstracts should have a maximum 1000 words including bibliography. Please note if you intend your paper to fit in the open category. The deadline for submissions is Midnight GMT, 15 August, 2014. Please submit your abstract through http://review.gamephilosophy.org. All submitted abstracts will be subject to double blind peer review.

Notification of accepted submissions will be sent out by 15 September 2014. A full paper draft must then be submitted by 6th November 2014 and will be made available on the conference website.

We also invite proposals for panels/workshops on October 12th. Please contact the programme committee chair if you are interested in organising one.


Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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