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Talk at BETİM: Origin of Morality – by Hümeyra Özturan, 8 May 2015

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The Origin of Morality as a Philosophical Problem

(Talk in English; discussion English and Turkish)

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May 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Conference at Boğaziçi: Normativity in Action (16/05/2015)

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Normativity in Action
1st Southampton-Boğaziçi Workshop on Agency and Autonomy
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Ibrahim Bodur Oditoryumu
1pm – 6pm

1.00  – 2.30  Jack Woods (Bilkent) “Footing the Costs (of Normative Subjectivism)”
Respondent: Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki)
Chair: Merve Tapınç (Boğaziçi)

2.30 – 4.00  Jonathan Way (Southampton) “Reasons and Guidance’
Respondent: Eylem Özaltun (Koç)
Chair: Çağla Çimendereli (Boğaziçi)

4pm- 4.30 Coffee Break

4.30 – 6.00 Alex Gregory (Southampton) “Aversion to Second-Order Desires.” ”
Respondent: Ayca Boylu (Izmir)
Chair: Matthew Jernberg (Boğaziçi)

6.00-7.30 – Drinks at Keçi

7.30pm Dinner.

Funding for this Workshop was provided by the joint Boğaziçi -Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project AF140071 “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government” run by Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi) and Sasha Mudd (Southampton).

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April 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Talk by Philippe van Haute (Radboud, Nijmegen) at Koç University “Back to normal? Patho-analytic reflections on the status of the perversions in Lacanian metapsychology”

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Psychoanalysis quite often presents itself as a liberating theory and practice. According to Arnold Davidson Freudian psychoanalysis breaks away from a ‘psychiatric style of thinking’. In doing so it undermines the conditions of possibility for the construction of the sexual perversions as separate and independent mental disorders. Indeed, according to Freud the different perversions show us the building blocks of the sexuality of the human being as such. Lacanian psychoanalysis claims to perform a ‘return to Freud,’ but at least with regard to the status of the perversions it falls back into the psychiatric style of reasoning that Freud wanted to overcome. It does so because it understands sexuality from the perspective of sexual difference. Such a perspective inevitably leads to a conservative and normalizing theory that Freud wanted to overcome in the first place.

Koç University, Wednesday 29th April, 4pm, SOS 104

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April 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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Talk at BETİM: Autonomy and human dignity – by Heike Baranzke, 15 May 2015

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Autonomy and Human Dignity: Cultural Roots – Ethical Transformations – Biomedical Challenges

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April 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

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Talk at Bilkent: Emre Arda Erdenk, “Hume’s Sympathy Mechanism and Perceptual Intuitionism”

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The Department of Philosophy at Bilkent University is pleased to invite you 
to the following talk:
Friday, April 24, 2015, 17:40, at G 160

David Hume’s Sympathy Mechanism and Perceptual Intuitionism

Assist. Prof. Dr. Emre Arda Erdenk

Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Department of Philosophy


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Talk at Bogazici, Hikmet Unlu (Yeditepe), “Aristotle and the Problem of Unity”

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Please join us.

Monday, April 27

TB 130 (Anderson Hall)

Hikmet Unlu (PhD Yeditepe, MA Amsterdam)
“Aristotle and the Problem of Unity”
According to Aristotle the material aspect of matter-form compounds is ultimately reducible to the four elements, for it is from these four elements (earth, water, air, fire) that everything in the sublunary realm is made. Living beings are a special case of matter-form compounds, and they owe their unique status to the alleged interaction between the soul and the elements. Such an account is highly problematic, however, because the elements already have particular inclinations, and it is difficult to conceive how the soul could override these inclinations. The interaction problem threatens not only the unity of living beings but also the substancehood of substances, which in turn leads us to question the basic assumptions of Aristotelian ontology.

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April 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Symposium at Bilkent 25 May- Three Women Political Philosophers of the Late Enlightenment

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On the occasion of a visit by Dr Martina Reuter (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr Alan Coffee (King’s College London) the Department of Philosophy at Bilkent is hosting a symposium on the work of three philosophers of the late eighteenth century.

If you would like to participate in the event as a respondent, please get in touch with me (sandrineberges@gmail.com).

Here is, below, the provisional program.

Three women political philosophers of the late Enlightenment.

Monday 25 May 2015.

Room G160

10.40-11.10: Welcome

11.10 – 12.30: Martina Reuter: “The role of passions in Wollstonecraft’s concept of virtue”

12.30 – 13.50: Lunch Break

13.50 – 15.20: Alan Coffee: “Catharine Macaulay and Neo-Roman Republican Theory”

15.20 – 15.40: Tea Break

15.40 – 17.00: Sandrine Berges: “ Phlipon Roland’s Rural Republicanism”

Abstracts will be posted soon and drafts of the papers will be available to respondents.

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

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