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Talk at Bogazici, Alan Coffee (King’s College London), “Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft on the One Fault Women of Honour May Not Commit with Impunity”

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There will be a talk this Wednesday, May 4th, at 5pm at Bogazici University by philosopher Alan Coffee (King’s College London). The location is TB 130 (Anderson Hall 130). Please join us.

“Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft on the One Fault Women of Honour May Not Commit with Impunity”

ABSTRACT:

Republican theory is often regarded as being patriarchal and hostile to women. Even in its revived, inclusive contemporary form, non-domination, feminists often ask the question, ‘can republicanism be good for women?’ And yet, not only is there a long history of women writing within this political tradition, but they have written some of its most significant and innovative work. Nevertheless, their contribution remains almost entirely unknown. From Livy, through Machiavelli and Milton, to the eighteenth century revolutionaries, the accepted canons of republican sources are exclusively male.

A great many women were writing during this revolutionary period across Europe and in America. I focus on two of the most prominent. Catharine Macaulay could plausibly claim to be the greatest of all republican writers. She was highly influential in her own time and may even have first introduced the phrase ‘the equal rights of men’. Although her monumental History of England and her Letters on Education stand as exemplary republican treatises, as rigorous and detailed as any, there are no currently widely available published editions, and she remains an obscure figure in intellectual history. Her influence on Mary Wollstonecraft was very profound. While Wollstonecraft is celebrated today for her inspiration to feminists, her achievements as a broad-ranging philosopher and political theorist in her own right have been neglected (I argue elsewhere for their continuing relevance, especially in securing equal freedom for all in diverse populations).

Taken together, Macaulay and Wollstonecraft provide a thorough, insightful and still relevant blueprint for analysing and remodelling the structural forms of domination that combine to prevent women from acting as free agents and citizens on their own terms. Legal, political and economic dependence on men play their part but their ultimate source of oppression is cultural. Wollstonecraft in particular shows how collaboratively rebuilding social values and practices with men and women both contributing must form the basis of any lasting social and political equality.

Written by markedwardsteen

May 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm

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3rd Int. Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Science

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ISBCS 2016

Web: http://isbcs2016.yeditepe.edu.tr/
Date: 8 May 2016, Sunday
Place: Yeditepe University
Program Highlights:
-Marcin Milkowski: ‘To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Unification by transposition in cognitive science
-Johannes Fahrenfort: Neuronal integration in visual cortex, or how your brain can be conscious without you knowing it
-Ilhan Raman: Recent advances in psycholinguistic research: The case of Turkish orthography
-Deborah Talmi: Memory for emotional experience: Insights from cognitive neuroscience
-Erol Sahin: Affordances: The elephant that can talk
-Beyza Sümer & Asli Özyürek: What do our hands tell us about language, communication and cognition?: Insights from deaf and hearing individuals

Plus, more than 35 posters will be presented… Registration and participation is FREE. Visit http://isbcs2016.yeditepe.edu.tr/registration.html to get a name tag ready.

Written by albertalisalah

May 2, 2016 at 12:03 am

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci talk at Boğaziçi: Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences) on ” Situatedness and embodiment of computational systems” (09/05/2016)

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Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences) will give a talk at Boğaziçi University next Monday (09/05/2016) on the “Situatedness and embodiment of computational systems”. The talk will take place from 5-7pm in TB130. Everybody welcome.

PHILOSOPHY & COG.SCI. TALK by (2)

This talk is organised as part of Lucas Thorpe‘s TÜBİTAK project “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” ( 114K348).

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci talk at Boğaziçi: Jonathan Knowles (NTNU) “Anti-representationalism about thought and about perception” (05/05/2016)

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Jonathan Knowles (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) will give a talk this Thursday (05/05/2016) at Boğaziçi University from 5-7pm in TB130, on “Anti-representationalism about thought and about perception”. Everyone Welcome.

ANTI-REPRESENTATIONALISM ABOUT THOUGHT AND ABOUT PERCEPTION (2)

ABSTRACT:  The term ‘anti-representationalism’ and its counterpart ‘representationalism’ are used in a variety of different contexts in contemporary philosophical discussion. In this largely exploratory talk I will try to relate three of these different contexts to one another and sketch a more overarching anti-representationalist theory that draws on elements from each, hopefully thereby increasing the credibility of anti-representationalism both at local and global levels (so to speak). I take as my starting point the neo-pragmatist anti-representationalism associated especially with Richard Rorty and Huw Price. According to this (‘anti-representationalism about thought’, or ART) thoughts are not to be understood in terms of substantive relations of reference or truth to reality, an idea which is also meant to undermine many of the traditional metaphysical and epistemological concerns of philosophy.  Following Price’s lead, I will nevertheless pursue the question whether ART can be vindicated in a naturalistic setting. To this send, I first consider the representationalist versus anti-representationalist debate in cognitive science, suggesting that ART is not  inconsistent with either camp, though more naturally gels with the latter (ARCS). I then also consider a final debate where the distinction has been used, namely that about the nature of perception and perceptual experience. Here I suggest ART is in serious tension with representationalism about perception (since this involves, in Burge’s terms, a ‘non-deflationary’ conception of content), and consider different forms of anti-representationalist accounts that might instead be allied to it (i.e. of ARP). I argue however that neither the official neo-pragmatist nor recent so-called naïve realist accounts of perception are satisfactory to this end. I end with suggesting that a variant of enactivism ­– a form of both ARCS and ARP ­– can be seen as a more promising bed-fellow for ART and indeed as also standing to benefit from its alliance with the latter.

This talk is organised as part of Lucas Thorpe‘s TÜBİTAK project “Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action” ( 114K348).

 

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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Şehir Uni Philosophy Talks 23: Truth and Rightness in Legal Reasoning Vihren Bouzov 02 May

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Abstract

The efficiency in court’s proceedings has procedural, moral (social) and economic dimensions.  Several competing “right” solutions can fight in a court game within a framework set up by rules of procedure. It is impermissible to go beyond its rules, they are enacted in texts of law (procedural aspect of efficiency). The moral aspect comes down to sharing the benefits of legal justice as specific rights and obligations. Very important is the economic aspect of the case connected to an individual and the social benefits and losses. It can be successfully analyzed by means of the decision-theoric methodology of Law and Economics School. Their approach must be complemented by a social explanatory theory of legal method of solving conflicts.

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May 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Talk at Bilkent Tuesday 3 May 15:40

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Tuesday 3 May at 15:40-17:30 in room G160. All welcome.

To what extent does metaphysics depend on representationalism?

 

Jonathan Knowles

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

A prominent theme of neo-pragmatist thinking is that once we give up a certain representationalist conception of the relation between language and the world, many or even most of the characteristic concerns of philosophy will lapse. Among these are questions about how notions of everyday life such as meaning and value fit into a natural world (so-called ‘placement problems’). This line of thought is prominent in the work of Richard Rorty and, more recently, Huw Price. In this talk I critically examine Rorty’s and Price’s arguments against placement metaphysics from a rejection of representationalism. I will then discuss the implications of anti-representationalism for alternative or broader conceptions of what metaphysics might be.

Written by Sandrine Berges

April 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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Talk at Istanbul Technical University Friday 6th May 1.30

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To what extent does metaphysics depend on representationalism?

Jonathan Knowles

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

A prominent theme of neo-pragmatist thinking is that once we give up a certain representationalist conception of the relation between language and the world, many or even most of the characteristic concerns of philosophy will lapse. Among these are questions about how notions of everyday life such as meaning and value fit into a natural world (so-called ‘placement problems’). This line of thought is prominent in the work of Richard Rorty and, more recently, Huw Price. In this talk I critically examine Rorty’s and Price’s arguments against placement metaphysics from a rejection of representationalism. I will then discuss the implications of anti-representationalism for alternative or broader conceptions of what metaphysics might be.

Friday 6th May at 1:30

Istanbul Technical University

Ayazağa Campus (in Maslak)

Faculty of Science and Letters

Department of Humanities and Social Science

Seminar Room

 

 

Written by Barry Stocker

April 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

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