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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

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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

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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)

 

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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

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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

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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.

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November 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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Barry Allen (McMaster) at Istanbul Technical University, 08.10.2013

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KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
This talk is an essay in Comparative Philosophy, comparing ancient and modern western ideas of knowledge and wisdom with the conception found in classical Chinese thought. Compared with the Greeks and their contemplative theory the Chinese are pragmatists. Compared with the Moderns and their epistemology the Chinese are postmodern. Problematic ideas of truth and representation play no part in their understanding of knowledge or its value. Nor does their perplexity about knowledge turn on untenable dichotomies like mind and matter, being and becoming, or appearance and reality. Their questions concern, for example, the relation of knowledge to wisdom and virtue; the limits of its effectiveness; and the right appreciation of its contribution to civilized life. These are not logical but ethical questions, questions not about essence or being but quality and value. What desirable quality distinguishes knowledge? What value makes it wise and worth pursuing?

13:30 ITB Seminar Room

Istanbul Technical University

Ayazağı Campus (which is in Maslak not Ayazağı!)

Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi

Right by the İTU-Ayazağı metro station

Professor Allen is a visitor in the Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University for the current semester.

His homepage at McMaster http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~philos/people/profile_allen.php

 

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October 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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A talk on Philosophy of Religion with James Kraft (Huston-Tillotson) at Istanbul Technical University,18.06.13

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James Kraft of  Huston-Tillotson University will give a talk to the Department of Humanities and Social Science at Istanbul Technical University , ‘Using What’s Neutral against What’s Not in Religious Disagreements based on Testimony and Seemings’ on Tuesday 18th June at 13:30 in the department seminar room in the ITU central campus in Maslak (known formally as the Ayazağa Campus).

The campus is next to the Ayazağa-İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi metro station, on the line from Taksim.  There are minibuses and municipal buses to Maslak which go past the campus from Beşiktaş and Sarıyer.  Please be aware that both campus and station are in Maslak not Ayazağa, which is a different though neighbouring district.

 

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June 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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Roderick Long (Auburn University, Philosophy) at Bilgi University, Istanbul, 23.05.13;17:00.

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May 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm

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Istanbul Technical University Talk (23.10 at 13:00). Zsolt Bátori (Budapest University of Technology and Economics). Philosophy of Perception Meets photography

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“Philosophy of Perception Meets Photography”
Zsolt Bátori
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

23.10. 2012, Tuesday, 13.00

Istanbul technical University

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science, Seminar Room

Abstract
In this paper I consider an important aspect of photographic realism that is strongly connected to the debate over photographic transparency, and to the question of what types of processes are to be considered perception proper. Photographic transparency theory holds that in photographs we see the scene photographed as we see objects through eyeglasses or in mirrors. I discuss some of the major arguments for and against transparency, and then I argue that formulating a position first requires an explication of one’s position about the nature of perception (seeing). In order to show what decisions one must make to arrive at a position about seeing, I consider beings with perceptual systems more or less different from ours. This discussion not only enables us to see how relative our notion of photographic realism is to our specific visual capacities, but it also helps to explicitly formulate a position about what conditions one might or might not consider necessary for seeing.! Although I do not argue for or against any of these specific conditions here, my considerations show through what steps the transparency debate may be resolved. This discussion also sheds some light on how to proceed when arguing for or against the (proper) perceptual status of specific perceptual mechanisms.

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October 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Kierkegaard in Antalya

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In February, I had the honour to be invited to speak at the Antalya Philosophy Days, Ethics, Politics and Otherness on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.  A very beautiful location in which neighbouring mountains could be seen from the Atatürk Cultural Centre, where the event was held.  I had the opportunity to meet great people from the Antalya municipality, and the Department of Philosophy at Akdeniz (Mediterranean) University, in Antalya, along with many other people in Turkish philosophy.  

I’m still thinking about the issues in the paper I wrote and I’ve recently started some more work on that paper, and linked papers, so this seems a pod moment to share a précis of what I was talking about at Antalya.  I am pasting the proposal I sent to the Antalya organisers before, without revision, because it is a continuous bit of writing, rather than staccato summary, and I still think it conveys what I am trying to do in my work on Kierkegaard as a thinker about subjectivity, ethics, literature and politics.  Comments are very welcome. 

In Two Ages, Kierkegaard is concerned with the difference between the revolutionary and the reflective, through its appearance in a novel.  This intersects with a concern regarding the difference between antiquity and modernity, to be found in his thoughts about ancient and modern drama.  This is part of Kierkegaard’s general examination of subjectivity with regard to the aesthetic, the ethical and the religious; the particular, the universal and the ethical.  In this context, the theme is developed in Two Ages of the need to combine prudence and infinite enthusiasm, going back to Socrates.  That issue is taken up by Samuel Fleischacker in A Third Concept of Liberty (1999).  Fleischacker discusses Kierkegaard with reference to the need to present the theoretical through the particular; and with reference to the difficulty of a Christian in visiting the Deer park, given the way that the religious person is concerned with the absolute, and keeping to it. Both these issues appear in Two Ages with regard to the relation between prudence and the absolute.  Though, Fleischacker draws attention to a tension, he lacks Kierkegaard’s sense of the paradox, of the force of conflict and the necessity of that conflict.  Fleischacker’s account draws on Kant’s critique of aesthetic judgement, but is less engaged with literature than Kierkegaard, and in general Fleischacker is dismissive of any strongly aesthetic point of view, or any deeply subjective point of view.  He offers a way of bridging liberty as freedom from external constraint, and liberty as self-mastery, through a third concept of phronetic mastery, leaning towards prudence over enthusiasm.  That harmonising third term is not in the spirit of Kierkegaard, as for him it is opposition, and living through that opposition subjectively which is important.  He demonstrates the nature of the modern public, along with its attitudes to ethics and politics with a deep unifying argument, in the terms of paradox.  The problem Kierkegaard identifies at the basis of any understanding of the political world, or any understanding of the public domain, is one of equality, excellence and envy.  In antiquity, the excellence of a relative few apparently undermining inevitably stimulates envy, dealt with both though comic drama and through ritualised exclusion, as in the Athenian institution of ostracism.  That still allows the community to be shaped by the excellence of the few, by emphasising it in a negative way,  so resisting the emptiness of formal equality of individuals gathered in an aggregate.  In the modern world, Kierkegaard finds an alternation between the revolutionary reshaping of society though form, passion and immediacy; and a reflective emptying out of form, passion and immediacy so that we have only formalism, prudentialism, and reflection.  A public has emerged which cannot accept excellence, and insists on the superiority of majority opinion to any form of excellence.  Associations are experienced as negative limits, since the public is a pure aggregate which cannot form itself in associations of a positive kind.  Kierkegaard’s response includes a commitment to the role of literature in giving shape to the chaos of the times, and for maintaining enthusiasm behind the mask of prudence.  Kierkegaard suggests that monarchy rejected in revolution, can only be accepted in the modern world through its reduction to mere symbol.  He is seeking antique substance and excellence, along with the form and passion of revolution, in oder to transform modern reflectiveness, through concrete institutions, and rules, which recognise individuality.   The loss of the antique vision cannot be simply negative for Kierkegaard, since he sees it as connected with the Christian distinction between the religious and the worldly.  What fits Kierkegaard’s preconceptions is a politics, connected with an aesthetics, which draws us to the absolute through social forms that do not substitute for the absolute or obliterate the individual.  These are the ways we encounter subjectivity and the problems of communication.

 

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April 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

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Philosophy Talk, Istanbul Technical University, 03.04

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“When Scientific Theories Constrain Scientific Concepts:
The Case of the Antagonistic Pleiotropy Theory of Ageing and the Concept of ‘Rate of Ageing’”

Stefano Giaimo

IFOM-IEO, Milan

Date: 3rd April, Time: 13:30. Place: Seminar Room. Department of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Science and Letters. Istanbul Technical University, Ayazağa Campus. On the Taksim metro line.

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March 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Marc Rolli: Additional and Corrective Post

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Marc Rolli has just contacted me to offer a more accurate version of his research and publication interests than in the my post of 19th March.  This is the correct list.

 Modern French philosophy, philosophical pragmatism,
classical German philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche) and the history of
(philosophical  and non-philosophical) anthropology (mainly critical).  

I wanted to pass on the news about Marc’s arrival in the Turkish philosophical scene as possible and I didn’t have time to check my account of his interests with him.  I’m very happy to post this correction, and to thank Marc for passing on the information.  

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March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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Marc Rolli: Another Philosopher has come to Turkey

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I’m pleased to report that the growing community of anglophone philosophers in Turkey has been joined by Marc Michael Rölli, who started work in the Department of Philosophy at Fatih University in Istanbul this semester.  Professor Rolli was previously at Darmstadt Technical University (Germany). He has been productive in the areas of Continental Philosophy (particularly Deleuze) and the Philosophy of Social Science (particularly Anthropology).  He looks like a valuable addition to the philosophy scene here, so  I look forward to seeing his future work, and his contributions to philosophical life in Turkey.

Publications (in English and German) include

‘The Story of Repetition’, Parallax 18(1), 2012

Kritik der anthropologischen Vernunft [Critique of Anthropological Reason), Matthes and Seitz, Berlin, 2011.

Philosophie and Nicht-Philosophie: Gilles Deleuze - Aktuelle Diskussionen [Philosophy and Non-Philosophy: Gilles Deleuze -

Contemporary Discussions], edited with Friedrich Balke, Transcript Verlag, 2011

‘Deleuze on Intensity Differentials and the Being of the Sensible’, Deleuze Studies 3, 2009

‘Micropolitical Associations’ (with Ralf Krause), book chapter in Deleuze and Politics, Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

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March 19, 2012 at 12:23 am

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Philosophy Seminar at Istanbul Technical University, 13th March

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David Horst (University of Leipzig) will present a seminar paper on ‘Practical Knowledge’ (abstract below)

Day: Tuesday, 13th March

Time: 13:30

Place: Seminar Room, Department of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Ayazağa Campus (which is in Maslak not Ayazağa!), on the metro line from Taksim.

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March 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Philosophy Seminar at Istanbul Technical University, 6th March

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Turning the Tables on Truth: An Objection to Williamson’s Proof of Necessary Existence
Aviv Hoffmann (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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February 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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