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Soyarslan (North Carolina State) on Spinoza at ITU, 27.05

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The Transformative Ascent from Ordinary Life to Blessedness in Spinoza’s Ethics

Sanem Soyarslan

North Carolina State University

27th May 2014, at 13:30

Seminar Room, Department of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Science and Letters, Central Campus Istanbul Technical University (by ITU metro station)

Abstract: The origin of Spinoza’s philosophizing is the ethical dissatisfaction with ordinary life and its values. An ordinary life, for Spinoza, is prone is bondage to the passions, as it is a life dominated by the pursuit of transitory goods like honor, sensual pleasure and wealth. According to Spinoza, human happiness and wellbeing do not lie in ordinary life. Rather, the good human life is a life according to the order of the intellect. This is because for Spinoza there is an intrinsic relationship between the pursuit of understanding and the pursuit of the good life, where the latter consists in increasing the power of the mind over the passions and, thereby, becoming free and virtuous. Life according to the order of the intellect is marked by two ways of understanding (adequate knowledge) according to Spinoza’s taxonomy of knowledge [cognitio] in the Ethics: reason (ratio) and intuitive knowledge (scientia intuitiva). In this paper, I give an account of the transition from ordinary life to life according to the order of the intellect with a particular emphasis on intuitive knowledge, which Spinoza describes as the source of the highest human happiness. While reason has received much attention from Spinoza scholars with regard to its power and limits in restraining the passions, the power of intuitive knowledge vis-à-vis the passions has been largely overlooked. Drawing on this neglected aspect of Spinoza’s thought, I propose that the above mentioned transition (a) is achieved by way of a transformative ascent that culminates in intuitive self-knowledge—i.e. adequate knowledge of our own essence as it directly follows from God’s essence, and (b) consists in a change in perspective that helps us to reorder our desires and, consequently, become less prone to harmful passions in this life.

Written by Barry Stocker

May 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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Philosophers speaking at Animal Politics event, Istanbul 12th-13th Dec.

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Animal Politics: Theory and Practice

International Symposium
12 and 13 December 2013 * Larespark Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

The symposium is organised by the Animal Politics Foundation (APF), the foundation that organises and coordinates the international activities of the Party for the Animals.
Contact details:info@animalpoliticsfoundation.nl

https://www.partijvoordedieren.nl/recent/InternationalSymposium

Written by Barry Stocker

December 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

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Talk at ITU (10.12.13): Rainer Brömer on ‘Bioethics from Theoretical and Applied Perspectives’

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Tuesday 10th December, 1.30

Istanbul Technical University

Department of Humanities and Social Science Seminar Series

“Bioethics from Theoretical and Applied Perspectives”

Rainer Brömer

İstanbul University Medical Faculty (Çapa)

Beşikçizade Center for Medical Humanities (BETİM)

‘Bioethics is a field of interdisciplinary research between philosophy, science, and medicine. With the increasing reach of medical technology and its impact on human life, doctors and other healthcare professionals have become increasingly compelled to confront novel medical ethical dilemmas (e.g., brain death concept). A growing sensitivity to animal suffering and the detrimental impact of human activities on the biosphere have led to a revaluation of ethical issues regarding non-human life forms, too. Often the same sources for bioethics are being interpreted in diametrically opposed ways, while attitudes deriving from different traditions can cause conflict in pluralistic societies (e.g., veganism among Muslims during Kurban Bayramı). We will look at the state of practical bioethical debates in Turkey today from the perspective of different theoretical approaches.’

Department of Humanities and Social Science
Seminar Room
Faculty of Science and Letters
Istanbul Technical University
Central Campus

Written by Barry Stocker

December 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm

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Talk at ITU, 13:30. 26.11.13, Başak Keki, University of Sussxex, ‘Nietzsche on Individuation’

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Başak Keki (University of Sussex)

‘Nietzsche on Individuation: Cultivating a Style of Character’

Tuesday 26th November, 2013

13:30

Istanbul Technical University

(Central Campus)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

Maslak

Istanbul

(Campus is by the ITU-Ayazağa Metro station, it may be useful to note that the campus and station are in Maslak, not Ayazağa, which is a nearby but separate district)

 

Written by Barry Stocker

November 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) talk at ITU 19th November, 13:30“Can We Have a Duty to Kill Our Neighbors? : Moral Pluralism, Moral Conflict and the Duty to Enter the Civil Condition in Kant”

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“Can We Have a Duty to Kill Our Neighbors? : Moral Pluralism, Moral Conflict and the Duty to Enter the Civil Condition in Kant”

Lucas Thorpe (Department of Philosophy) Boğaziçi University

Tuesday November 19th, starting 13:30. Abstract can be found here.

Istanbul Technical University (Central Campus Maslak)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

Campus is next to ITU metro station

Written by Barry Stocker

November 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Manuel Knoll, Istanbul Technical University, 17th December. ‘Max Weber’s Interpretation of Machiavelli. The Consequence of Political Realism for the Relation of Ethics and Politics’

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Prof. Dr. Manuel Knoll, Boğaziçi University
‘Max Webers Interpretation of Machiavelli. The Consequences of Political Realism for the Relation of Ethics and Politics’

This paper investigates Machiavelli’s influence on Max Weber’s political thought. It points out the views held in common by both writers on politics, which revolve around their political realism. If politics is based on power and force, a specific ethics needs to be developed for this area of human conduct. The thesis of the paper is that Weber’s concept of an “ethics of responsibility” was inspired by Machiavelli’s political ethics.

The talk begins at 13:30

on

17.12.13

Location

Istanbul Technical University

Central Campus (Maslak)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

Written by Barry Stocker

November 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Barry Allen on Aesthetics of Engineering, 12th November, Istanbul Technical University

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Professor Barry Allen of the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University, currently visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, will give a talk on ‘Aesthetics of Engineering’ to the Culture and Art Club (Kültür ve Sanat Birliği), Istanbul Technical University, at the central Campus, 12:30, 12.11.2013.

Written by Barry Stocker

November 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Aesthetics

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