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UNILOG 2015 – Istanbul 25-30 June

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The 5th World Congress on Universal Logic is being held in Istanbul, starting tomorrow.

See here for more details including how to register. You can register on arrival but it’s a lot cheaper if you do it online.

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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World Refugee Day event at Koç, 20 June.

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On Saturday, June 20th, in the occasion of the “World Refugee Day”, the Migration Center “Mirekoç”, Koç University will hold a special event “PhotoShow and Documentary Premiere” to critically engage with Turkey, EU and other States and main actors’ responses to the Syrian refugee crises.

According to the latest inter-country report of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), issued on May 7th, 2015, the humanitarian crisis has reached an unprecedented scale: 7.6 million people are internally displaced in Syria, while more than 3.9 million are seeking protection in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

The recent Syrian refugee critical situation presented unprecedented challenges and intensified the debates on migration law in Turkey: What is the status of refugees and asylum seeker? Whose responsibility is it to help them? What rights do they have? And how should the financial responsibility be shared?

The event will feature a Photo Show and a Documentary focusing on the impact of the Syrian crisis on Turkey, as a neighboring country, and Turkey’s response to it, followed by a Q&A discussion.

Photoshow: “N-either Refugees, N-or Guests. Refugees in Camps and in the Urban Space in the Turkish Context” directed by Georgiana Turculet

Documentary Premiere: “We don’t Stay in Camps” directed by Yahya Al-Abdullah and Max Harwood

Registration is free and available by RSVP at giorgi82@gmail.com or by “Attend” at the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/465207063642275/ . Refreshments will be provided for all who register.

refuge poster

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

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Anil Gomes (Oxford) at Koç University (İstiklal Location): “Unity, Passivity, Objectivity”, Thursday, June 25th

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Anil Gomes (CUF Lecturer in Philosophy, Oxford University, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Trinity College)

‘Unity, Passivity, Objectivity’

Thursday, June 25th,  16.00-18.00

RCAC (İstiklal Cad. No:181, Beyoğlu) ALL WELCOME!

Abstract: P.F. Strawson’s take on Kant’s transcendental deduction of the categories in The Bounds of Sense contains stretches of argument as dense, difficult and downright puzzling as anything to be found in Kant. My target in this talk is the section ‘Unity and Objectivity’, in which Strawson argues that ‘for a series of diverse experiences to belong to a single consciousness it is necessary that they should be so connected as to constitute a temporally extended experience of a unified objective world’ (p.97). More prosaically: unity of consciousness requires experience of an objective world. In this talk I’ll attempt to reconstruct and assess Strawson’s argument. I’ll then use the failure, as I see it, of Strawson’s argument to motivate an alternative connection between unity and objectivity, one which turns on the passivity of perceptual experience.

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June 18, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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Interactivist Summer Institute 2015 at Bilkent, June 20-23.

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ISI, Summer Workshop: June 20th – 23rd, Bilkent University. For more information, please visit http://www.lehigh.edu/~interact/
If interested, please contact Dr. Jedediah Allen to register.

ISI, 2015 Program Poster

Written by Sandrine Berges

June 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

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Turkish-European Network for the study of women in the history of philosophy

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

It is with great pleasure that I would like to inform you of the creation of a Turkish-European Network for the study of women in the history of philosophy.

The purpose of this informal network is to encourage greater exchange between scholars working in Turkey and other European countries on women philosophers at any period in history, and to enable them to join in with the great debates currently taking place in the rest of the world. We will build on existing connections between Yeditepe in Istanbul and Paderborn in Germany and exchange news and ideas about workshops, conferences, resources, publication projects and grant proposals.

We hope that this will encourage researchers to pursue their interests in women philosophers, and perhaps enable the recovery of Turkish and other European women philosophers who have not yet come into the limelight.

So far the following individuals and institutions have volunteered to be…

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Written by Sandrine Berges

June 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Workshop and Conference on Theories of Causality and Occasionalism at Bogazici – June 2nd-7th, 2015

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Further details can be found here. Everyone welcome.

WORKSHOP ON THEORIES OF CAUSALITY AND OCCASIONALISM


PROGRAM

June, 2nd 2015-Tuesday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

10.00-10.10 Opening Remarks, Nazif Muhtaroğlu

10.10-10.20 Welcoming Remarks, Chryssi Sidiropoulou

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Islamic Philosophy

10.20-11.40 “Natural Causality: Views of Mu’tazilites and the Ash’arites,” Muhammad Basil Altaie (Physics Department-Yarmouk University, Jordan)

11.40-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.20 “Efficient Causation and Continued Existence in Kalam, Avicenna and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi,” Ayman Shihadeh (Department of the Near and Middle East-SOAS, University of London, UK)

13.20-14.50 Lunch Break

14.50-16.10 “Occasionalism and The Evolutionary Causal Process,” Alparslan Açıkgenç (Philosophy Department, Yıldız Technical University)

16.10-16.30 Coffee Break

  1. Session – Occasionalism and Causation among the Scholastics

16.30-17.50 “Suarez on Divine Efficient Causation,” Jeffrey McDonough (Philosophy Department, Harvard University, USA)

June, 4nd 2015-Thursday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

  1. Session- Occasionalism and Causation in Early Modern Philosophy

10.00-11.20 “The Causal Theories and Occasionalism among the Continental Rationalists,” Brandon Look (Philosophy Department, University of Kentucky, USA)

11.20-11.40 Coffee Break

11.40-13.00 “Malebranche’s Occasionalism and British Empiricists,” Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Philosophy Department, Boğaziçi University)

13.10-14.30 Lunch Break

  1. Session- Contemporary Theories of Causality and Occasionalism

14.30-15.50 “Prominent Theories of Causality Today,” Douglas Kutach (Philosophy Department, University of West Indies-Mona, Jamaica)

15.50-16.10 Coffee Break

16.10-17.30 “Current Approaches to Causality and Occasionalism”

Edward Moad (Philosophy Department, Qatar University)


CONFERENCE ON THEORIES OF CAUSALITY AND OCCASIONALISM


PROGRAM

June, 6th 2015-Saturday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

8.40-8.50 Opening Remarks, Nazif Muhtaroğlu

8.50-9.00 Welcoming Remarks, Chryssi Sidiropoulou

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Islamic Philosophy

9.00-9.25 “Causality: An Analysis of the Views of the Mu’tazilites and the Ash’arites,” M. Basil Altaie (Yarmouk)

9.30-9.55 “The Emanation Theory, Mere Conservationism and Occasionalism,” Davlat Dadikhuda (McGill)

10.00-10.25 “How Effective is the Comparison between Malebranche’s Occasionalist Causation and Dogen’s Soto Zen Buddhist Practice?
(in the light of another pair of comparison: Scholastics’ Concurrentism and Rinzai Zen Practice),” Takaharu Oda (Edinburgh)

10.25-10.35 Coffee Break

10.35-11.25 The Discussion of the First Session

11.25-11.45 Coffee Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Modern Philosophy

11.45-12.10 “Creatures that Cause? Pre-established Harmony and Occasionalism” Paul Martin (Ohio)

12.15-12.40 “Spinoza’s Pantheism and Malebranche’s Occasionalism” Brandon Look (Kentucky)

12.45-1.10 “Berkeley’s Rejection of Occasionalism” Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard)

1.15-1.40 “Hume, Kant and Al-Ghazali on the Universal Principle of Causality” Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Boğaziçi)

1.40-2.50 Lunch Break

2.50-3.40 The Discussion of the Second Session

3.40-3.50 Coffee Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Contemporary Philosophy

3.50-4.15 “How A Contemporary Theory of Fundamental Physics Supports Occasionalism” Douglas Kutach (West Indies)

4.20-4.45 “Regularity and Counterfactual Theories of Causation in Relation to Occasionalism” Edward Moad (Qatar)

4.50-5.15 “Knowledge, Minds and Causal Efficacy” Bruce Katz (Independent)

5.15-5.25 Break

5.25-6.20 The Discussion of the Third Session

June, 7th 2015-Sunday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

9.00-9.50 “Does Causal Dispositionalism Make Room for Occasionalism?” Anna Marmodoro (Oxford)

9.50-10.00 Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Quantum Mechanics

10.00-10.25 “Reviving Kalam Occasionalism by ways of Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories” Mehmet Bulgen (Marmara)

10.30-10.55 “Causality in Quantum Mechanics: A New Perspective” M. Basil Altaie (Yarmouk)

11.00-11.25 “How Quantum Mechanics Supports Occasionalism” Douglas Kutach (West Indies)

11.30-11.55 “Quantum Occasionalism” Vasil Dinev Penchev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

11.55-12.10 Coffee Break

12.10-1.00 The Discussion of the Fourth Session

1.30 Lunch


Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

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Daniel Hutto at Bogazici: “Narrative Self-Shaping: A Modest Proposal” (8/06/2015)

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Hutto talk

Daniel Hutto will give a talk at Bogazici in TB130 entitled “Narrative Self-Shaping: A Modest Proposal”  on Monday June 8th from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome. Details on how to get to Bogazici by metro can be found here. And here’s a video showing how to find the TB building.

Daniel Hutto is the author of many books, including, Narrative and Folk Psychology (2009, editor), Folk Psychological Narratives: The Sociocultural Basis of Understanding Reasons (2007), Narrative and Understanding Persons (2007, editor), Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy: Neither Theory nor Therapy (2006), Beyond Physicalism (2000).

His latest book, written together with Erik Myin is Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content (2012). Prof. Hutto and Prof. Myin will be presenting a draft of their new manuscript at a conference at Bogazici from June 9-11, 2015. Details of this conference can be found here.

Abstract: This paper distinguishes a modestly construed Narrative Self Shaping Hypothesis (or NSSH) from Strong Narrativism in an attempt to motivate devoting our intellectual energies to the former.  Here is how the action unfolds. Section one briefly introduces the notions of self-shaping and rehearses reasons for thinking that self-shaping, in a suitably tame form, is, at least to some extent, simply unavoidable for reflective beings. It is against this background that basic commitments of a modest Narrative Self-Shaping Hypothesis (or NSSH) are articulated. Section two identifies a foundational commitment – the central tenet – of all Strong Narrativist proposals, those that posit a necessary link between self-shaping (or self-constitution) and implicit Narrativizing. Section three reminds the reader of Strawson’s (2004a) challenge to Strong Narrativism. It is revealed that Strawson’s objections are most effective if they target Strong Narrativism’s central tenet construed as phenomenological revelation about what is necessary for self-experience and not merely the psychological Narrativity thesis, construed as an empirical hypothesis about typical Narrativizing proclivities. Having set the stage, section four critically examines two different strategies, pursued by Rudd (2012) and Schechtman (2007) respectively, for escaping the horns Strawson’s dilemma poses for Strong Narrativism. In the end both strategies invoke the notion of implicit Narrativizing at a crucial juncture. Section five reveals that a substantive proposal about what implicit Narrativizing might be is lacking, hence we have no reason to believe that it actually occurs. It is concluded that, as things stand, Strong Narrativism has no way of avoiding the horns of Strawson’s dilemma.  The brief concluding remarks of the final section are a reminder why, despite their modesty, softer versions of the NSSH – when coupled with a developmental proposal about the narrative basis of our folk psychological competence – are non-trivial and worthy of further development and investigation.”

More Info: In Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences on Narrativity, Interpretation and Responsibility (other contributors include Daniel C. Dennett and Marya Schechtman). The final publication is available at Springer via DOI: 10.1007/s11097-014-9352-4

Support for this workshop was provided by BAP project 9320, ‘Kant on Character, Virtue and Impossible Ideals’.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

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