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Assos conference proceedings in Cambridge University Press

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The summer 2010 conference organised by Örsan Öymen at Assos, on the topic of Aristotle’s Politics, has given rise to a volume published by Cambridge and edited by two of the speakers at the conference, Pierre Destree and Marguerite Deslauriers. Details of the conference can be found on the Philosophy in Assos webpage (click on ‘Information’ and scroll down to July 2010).

Congratulations to Örsan, and everyone else involved!


Those of you who’ve been to one of the Assos conferences, will recognize the view of the Temple of Athena on the cover – the starting point of the conference every summer!

Written by Sandrine Berges

August 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Diogenes of Oenoanda at Galatasaray and in Muğla

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Colloque International
Diogène d’Œnoanda : Épicurisme et Controverses Philosophiques
22-24 septembre 2014 – Istanbul/Muğla

Université Galatasaray – ISTANBUL

Première Journée – 22. 09. 2014 Lundi
09.00 – 09.45 Accueil des participants
10.00 – 10.20 Ouverture du colloque
10.20 – 11.20 Francesca Masi (Università Ca’Foscari – Venezia) « Pleasure, Virtue and Cause. Diogenes of Oenoanda and the Stoics »
11.20 – 12.20 Voula Tsouna (University of California – Santa Barbara) « Diogenes of Oenoanda on the Cyrenaics and the Sceptics »
12.30 – 14.00 Déjeuner
14.00 – 15.00 Francesco Verde (Università Roma I – ‘La Sapienza’) « Plato’s Demiurge (NF 155) and Aristotle’s Flux (fr. 5 Smith): Diogenes of Oinoanda on History of Philosophy »
15.00 – 16.00 Michael Erler (Julius–Maximilians – Universität Würzburg Institut für Klassische Philologie) « Diogenes against Plato. Diogenes’ Critique and the tradition of Epicurean Antiplatonism »
16.00 – 16.20 Pause
16.20 – 17.20 Jean-Baptiste Gourinat (CNRS UMR 8061, Centre Léon Robin) « La critique des stoïciens dans l’Inscription »

Deuxième Journée – 23.09.2014 Mardi
10.00 – 11.00 Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford) « Diogenes of Oenoanda on the Gods »
11.00 – 12.00 Alain Gigandet (Paris) « Diogène d’Oenoanda fr. 9 – Lucrèce, IV, 973-86: un élément-clé de la théorie épicurienne de l’imaginaire »
12.00 – 13.30 Déjeuner
17.00 Départ à Muğla

Université de MUǦLA

Troisième Journée – 24.09.2014 Mercredi
09.00 – 10.00 Accueil des participants
10.00 – 11.00 Martin Bachmann (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Istanbul) « Framework and Results of the Oinoanda Survey Project 2007-2012 »
11.00 – 12.00 Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universität zu Köln) « The importance of the site of Oinoanda and its inscriptions for interdisciplinary research, the cultural heritage and the society of the 21st century »
12.00 – 12.30 Pause
12.30 – 13.30 Geert Roskam (KU Leuven – Catholic University of Leuven) « Diogenes’ Polemical Approach, or How to Refute a Philosophical Opponent in an Epigraphic Context »
13.30 – 14.30 Déjeuner
14.30 – 15.30 Pierre-Marie Morel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne UMR 7219 – Institut Universitaire de France) « Diogène d’Œnoanda et la politique »
15.30 – 16.30 Giuliana Leone (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) « Diogène d’Oenoanda et la polémique sur les meteora »
16.30 – 16.45 Pause
16.45 – 17.45 Refik Güremen (Mimar Sinan University – Istanbul) « Diogenes of Oinoanda and the Epicurean Epistemology of Dreams »

Clôture du colloque

Comité d’organisation :
Pierre-Marie Morel (Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne)
Jürgen Hammerstaedt (Universität zu Köln)
Refik Güremen (Université Mimar Sinan – refikg2001@yahoo.com )
Ömer Orhan Aygün (Université Galatasaray)

Pour toute information : refikg2001@yahoo.com

Institutions partenaires :

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – Istanbul (http://www.dainst.org/)

Institut Français des Etudes Anatoliennes (www.ifea-istanbul.net/)

Mugla University (www.mu.edu.tr/)

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July 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Posts in Political Theory at Istanbul Technical University

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The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.itb.itu.edu.tr) is looking for well qualified candidates in the following areas:

Social Thought, Social Theory, Social Philosophy


Art and Politics, Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics

The number of vacancies is subject to funding. In accordance with Turkish law, these positions are open to foreign (non-Turkish) nationals only.

Faculty members in the department are expected to teach courses as part of the undergraduate program Humanities and Social Science as well as the MA Program in Political Studies, and the Ph.D. Program in Political and Social Thought (http://www.siyaset.itu.edu.tr/english/). Thesis supervision and committee work is also expected. The language of instruction is English, and the teaching load is 3/2. Salaries are standard for the public sector in Turkey. Research and Conference Travel funds are available.

Minimum requirements for an Assistant Professor position are a doctorate in the relevant field from an institution of international standing, teaching experience and a publication record that includes a minimum of one ISI/AHCI journal article.

Candidates should send a letter of application, indicating their availability to visit the department in the event that they are short-listed for a position, as well as attaching a CV and a writing sample (max 5000 words). The deadline for applications is open, but we would hope to short list candidates for interviews in Fall 2014. As the hiring procedures are lengthy, early application is recommended.

According to the standard procedures of public universities in Turkey, short-listed candidates should travel to the department at their own expense to give a research paper, in support of their application.

Istanbul Technical University (http://www.itu.edu.tr) (est. 1773) is one of the leading research universities in Turkey, with an increasing number of international faculty. ITU is part of the Erasmus program of student and faculty exchanges between European universities. ITU ranks high internationally and has connections with universities around the world. It is spread over a number of campuses throughout Istanbul. Istanbul is a major European and world city, with one of the richest histories of any city in the world, and one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The city has a rich and diverse culture in music, art, theatre, and a wealth of library collections and museums.

Application materials should be sent via email to Dr. Geoff Bove (geoffrey.bowe@gmail.com).

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June 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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Senior thesis event at Bilkent

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Senior thesis event at Bilkent

Final year students at Bilkent Philosophy department will present their senior thesis on Tuesday 27 May, in G160. All welcome.

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April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

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Örsan Öymen at METU 26 December

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Örsan Öymen will give a talk at the Middle East Technical University, Department of
Philosophy on December 26, 2013 Thursday at 15:00 o’clock. (Felsefe
Bolumu, Beseri Bilimler Binası / B103).

The title of his talk is:

“Doubt and Anxiety: An Existentialist Reconstruction of Pyrrhonism”

It will be in English and is open to everyone who is interested.

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December 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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Writing Women’s Lives in Istanbul

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

This event : Writing Women’s Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography, seems like a very good opportunity to talk feminist history of philosophy!

The deadline for abstract submissions is 30 November.

The symposium will take place at Yeditepe, in Istanbul between 17 and 21 April.

Abstracts can be submitted online here, and there are several possible subject headings for writing about women philosophers.

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November 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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Milesian Philosophers in Aydin

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Yer: Aydın

Tarih: 8-9 Kasım 2013

Açılış Konuşmaları:  9.30-10.30

Türkiye Felsefe Kurumu Başkanı

                        Aydın Belediye Başkanı (Katıldıkları Takdirde)

        Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Rektörü

    Aydın Valisi (Katıldıkları Takdirde)

This is a symposium in Turkish on the Milesians on 8-9 November. The title claims that the focus will be Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, but there is also a talk on Aspasia by Hatice Nur Erkizan.

Full details here.

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November 7, 2013 at 10:16 am

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Where are all the (Pythagorean) women gone ?

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

     Until recently my doing ancient philosophy meant writing about Plato and Aristotle with a side helping of the Stoics. Then I decided to look into ancient women philosophers and discovered, among others, Perictione I, the author of a short text called « On the Harmony of Women ». Looking around on the internet for something to read to bolster my so far meager research on Perictione, I was delighted to come accross two brand new titles on Pythagorean women writers : Annette Bourland’s Huizanga’s Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters , and Sarah Pomeroy’s Pythagorean women : their History and Writings.This adds to a non-negligeable existing literature on the topic, counting the first four chapters of volume I of Waithe’s History of Women Philosophers , and Plant’s anthology Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome.


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October 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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Bio-ethics and the Turkish protests

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Sandrine Berges:

I’m mainly reblogging this because it links to Şerife’s article on Turkish bioethics.

Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:

Although the protestors in Gezi park and throughout Turkey are united by the desire for a more democratic process, as witness the numerous assemblies that have been taking place in parks everywhere in the country, there are a number of distinct issues motivating discontent – that is, there’s plenty of discrimination and infringement of rights going around, whether for the Alevis, the Kurds, the leftists, journalists, the LGBT community, or women.

One (of several) important background story as far as women’s particular motivation for participating in the protests is the ongoing, and recently revived threat on their reproductive rights. One year ago, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan voiced his conviction that abortion was tantamount to murder, (and the result of a foreign plot to prevent the growth of Turkey) and propose that it should be made illegal. C-sections, which he had heard somewhere might…

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July 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

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Women and Vulnerability in Turkey

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Originally posted on Feminist Philosophers:

As part of the Columbia center for the study of social difference project : Women Creating Change, Judith Butler and Zeynep Gambetti are hosting a workshop in Istanbul 16-19 September. Although there’s no reference in the blurb to current events, this is clearly very topical.

There is always something both risky and true in claiming that women are especially vulnerable.  The claim can be taken to mean that women have an unchanging and defining vulnerability, and that kind of argument makes the case for paternalistic protection.


And yet, there are good reasons to argue for the differential vulnerability of women; they suffer disproportionately from poverty and literacy, two very important dimensions of any global analysis of women’s condition.

Women have been extremely active in the protests of the last month, as a look at any picture taken in Gezi park, Taksim square in Istanbul, Kizilay or Kuglu park in Ankara, Eskisehir…

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June 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

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How to move from a Turkish institution to a UK one

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Or not. Read all about it in Istvan Aranyosi’s Times Higher Ed article, here.

For those of you who don’t know Istvan, he is not crazy, and he is one of the most pleasant colleagues it has been my pleasure to work with.

He’s also got some pretty good people writing references on his behalf. So it’s truly a mystery how this happened to him. Or rather, it’s a sign, as he persuasively argues, that there’s something wrong with the system.

NewApps has replied to the article, here.

Note that Eric Schliesser describes Bilkent as a ‘fantastic institution’! It had occured to me that one of the obstacles Istvan faced was that people outside Turkey perhaps did not think of Bilkent as a fantastic place, but more as a ‘have you ever heard of it?’ place. I’ll be glad if I’m wrong.

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May 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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Nietzsche in Assos

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Nietzsche in Assos

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May 7, 2013 at 7:34 am

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Add women and stir: filling some gaps in the history of philosophy.

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This is a post I wrote for the Feminist History of Philosophy blog. If you would like to write about a woman philosopher, please get in touch in the comments here or on the original blog. Turkish women philosophers would be a bonus. In particular, it would be very nice to have something about the Cappadocian philosopher  Macrina the younger.

When I posted about the History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcasts, commenting that they did in fact have some – women-shaped – gaps, a discussion started about who, if anyone, was to blame for systematically leaving women out of the history of philosophy.

One of our authors, Lena, pointed out that it certainly wasn’t the case that a only a few, male, philosophers were to blame. As students, most of us didn’t even ask ourselves why all the ‘classics’ we read were written by men, swept up as we were by the ideals of rationality, the thought that reason is universal and unaffected by gender. Certainly I still believe those things, as a Wollstonecraft scholar would, but I’m no longer so impressed with them that I fail to notice that most of those representants of human ungendered rationality offered to us as undergraduates had beards and penises. It’s no longer something I can overlook. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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A Book for International Women’s Day.

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Routledge just reminded me that my new book was a particularly good fit for today, so here is:


Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the greatest philosophers and writers of the Eighteenth century. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children’s book. Her most celebrated and widely-read work is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This Guidebook introduces:

  • Wollstonecraft’s life and the background to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • The ideas and text of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Wollstonecraft’s enduring influence in philosophy and our contemporary intellectual life

It is ideal for anyone coming to Wollstonecraft’s classic text for the first time and anyone interested in the origins of feminist thought.

Happy International Women’s Day.

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March 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm

John Pitseys at Bilkent

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Dr. John Pitseys from the Universite Catolique de Louvain
will give a talk on “Deliberation and Procedural Pluralism.”

The talk will take place in G160, Tuesday Dec. 4, at 15.40.

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November 28, 2012 at 9:07 am

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Positions in Kırklareli

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I’ve just heard of some junior positions going in Kırklareli.

Applicants need not have completed their Phds to apply. However, if they have, the start time will be very soon (possibly in February).

Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Here is the advert:

The following Assistant Professorship positions are available in Kırklareli University.

Department of Philosophy: 1 Asst. Prof.

Department of Psychology: 4 Asst. Prof.s

Department of Sociology: 2 Asst. Prof.s

Please Contact:

Asst. Prof. Mehmet Emre Taşgın

Tel: 0 530 235 88 92


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November 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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World Philosophy Day celebrations at Bilkent : Future Generations.

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World Philosophy Day celebrations at Bilkent : Future Generations.

The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University together with the Bilkent Philosophy Society is organising a
two-day event in honour of Unesco World Philosophy Day 2012.

The event will take place on Thursday 22 November in the afternoon and Friday
23 November in the morning in G160.
Light refreshments will be served on both days.
All welcome.

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November 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

Dummett workshop at Bilkent tomorrow

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A two-day workshop, organized by the Department of Philosophy on Dummett’s work will take place on September 27-28, 2012 in Room G-160. The keynote speaker is Dr. Anita Avramides (Oxford University). The workshop is open to public. A timetable can be found at


Hope to see you there.

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September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

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Job posting: Middle Eastern Philosophy in Sussex

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I thought the following add might be of interest to some of you:

As part of a significant investment in the study of the Middle East, the University of Sussex wishes to appoint a promising scholar to a Lectureship in Philosophy.

The precise area of specialization is open. However, applications are especially welcome from scholars working on the history of one or more Middle Eastern philosophical traditions; or political philosophers exploring issues such as national and/or ethnic identity; legitimacy of government; theories of rights; theories of democracy; the nature of citizenship; just war theory; legal theory with an emphasis on international or interstate relations.

The individual we seek will possess a profile of high quality published work; clear plans for future research; demonstrable excellence as a teacher; and an entrepreneurial attitude to generating research grant income.

He or she will join a friendly, intellectually invigorating department, committed to dialogue across philosophical traditions. We seek a colleague who will contribute fully to the life of the department and enjoy interacting with our highly engaged and intellectually able student community.

For further details, please see http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/647


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May 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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Dummett workshop at Bilkent.

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The seas of Michael Dummett

Leaflet with full details here.

A workshop organized by Bilkent University Department of Philosophy

Date: september 27-28, 2012


List of Speakers

  • Anita Avramides Keynote speaker (Oxford University) TBA
  • István Aranyosi (Bilkent University) In Defense of Dummett on Backwards Causation
  • Sandrine Berges (Bilkent University) Hands-on Tarot Learning Session
  • Sandy Berkovski (Bilkent University) Tolerant Reductionism
  • David Grünberg (Middle East Technical University) Towards a Convergence Theory of Truth
  • Norman Stone (Bilkent University) – to be confirmed
  • Lars Vinx (Bilkent University) Michael Dummett’s Defense of the Borda Count: A Normative Analysis
  • Simon Wigley (Bilkent University) Migration and Global Justice
  • Bill Wringe (Bilkent University) A Bearable Lightness of Being? Dummett and Others on Mathematical Platonism


Varol Akman

Department of Philosophy

Bilkent University, Bilkent, Ankara 06800, Turkey

Phone/Fax: [90] (312) 290-3349/-1074

Email: phil@bilkent.edu.tr

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May 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

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Yahya Michot at Ankara University today.

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Yahya Michot is giving a lecture entitled “Ibn Taymiyya against Extremisms.” at Ankara University Faculty of Divinity on April 30, 2012 at 3:30pm. Venue: Yunus Emre Conference Hall

Yahya Michot (Ph.D. Catholic University of Louvain, 1981) is currently Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, Hatford, Connecticut, USA.

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April 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

I recently came across a great textbook: An Unconventional History of Philosophy, edited by Karen Warren.

The book is an introduction to the history of philosophy presented as a dialogue between men and women writers. Most of the usual suspects are there, from Plato to Wittgenstein, but for each extract from a male philosopher, Warren gives us an extract from a woman philosopher writing in the same period, about the same problems. So alongside Plato and Aristotle, we have Diotima, Perictione and Theano, Hildegard and Heloise accompany Augustine and Abelard. Then there’s Descartes and Elizabeth, Hobbes and Macaulay, Locke and Masham, Leibniz and Conway, Rousseau and Wollstonecraft, Kant and Van Schurman, Mill and Taylor, Heidegger and Arendt, Dewey and Addams, Wittgenstein and Anscombe, Sartre and Beauvoir. The exerpts are short, so quite suitable as an introduction for first year undergraduates, and also apt to be supplemented by other texts…

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April 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

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Sorin Baiasu at Bilkent

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Sorin Baiasu, from Keele University, will give the following talk on Tuesday 10 April, 15.40, G160.


The attempt to discuss the process of practical justification in Kant encounters several difficulties. First and paradoxically, although an examination of Kant?s justification of various (especially practical) norms
is under way in the literature and most of the Kantians have something to say about this topic, yet not much has been written on Kant?s view of justification [Rechtfertigung]. Secondly, what has been written on Kant?s Rechtfertigung suggests that practical Rechtfertigung in Kant is a non-epistemic notion and, hence, a notion that cannot be placed within an account of Kant?s moral or practical epistemology. Thirdly, Kant makes use of the notion of Rechtfertigung in many ways and many contexts, so much so that it sometimes looks like we are dealing with more than one concept under the same name. In this paper, I hope to answer all these questions in a way which shows that Kant?s view of practical justification is unitary and coherent, that it is significant for practical epistemology and that it overlaps with the contemporary notion of justification in a way which makes it relevant for the numerous current debates.

All welcome.

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March 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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I have just finished a draft of a chapter on virtue ethics in the Middle Ages from the perspective of women. As I knew next to nothing about that period (twelfth century) before I started, I decided to focus mostly on Heloise. I could have written about Hildegard of Bingen, as Barbara Newman has written a very nice book about her, but I chose Heloise because she was in dialogue with other philosophers of her time (well, Abelard, anyway) and because she is steeped in whatever was left-over of ancient virtue ethics – she is particularly fond of Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius. 

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March 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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Oliver Leaman in Ankara University, 23 March

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I just heard that Oliver Leaman will be giving a paper in Ankara tomorrow.

Here’s the announcement:

“Oliver Leaman is giving a lecture at Ankara University Faculty of Divinity on March 23, 2012 at 2pm (tomorrow). The title of the lecture is “Can Art be Religious: The Case for Islamic Art”

Venue: Yunus Emre Conference Hall

The lecture will be in English and no Turkish translation will be provided. I am sorry for the late announcement. Everybody is welcome. Please kindly let anybody who might be interested know. Many thanks in advance.

Oliver Leaman (Ph.D. Cambridge, 1979) is a Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He has published extensively on Islamic, Jewish and eastern Philosophy.

Ankara University Faculty of Divinity is conveniently located in Besevler, and only a few minutes walk away from the Besevler Station of ANKARAY.”

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March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

On the steps of Ancient Philosophers in Turkey: Diogenes of Sinope.

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Not much is known about this Diogenes, if only because, although he seems to have written some texts, including letters, none have survived. The other Diogenes (Laertius, the Perez Hilton of the ancient world) tells us that he was originally from Sinop, on the Black Sea. His dad minted coins. Diogenes helped him deface them, or he did it all by himself, or someone else did it and they were framed. Diogenes exiled himself to Athens, his father ended up in jailed and died there. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm


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