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Kant Reading Group at Bogazici – Thursdays 5-7pm (Fall, 2015).

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Lucas Thorpe and Ken Westphal will continue their Kant reading group at Bogazici this semester on Thursdays from 5-7pm in TB365. Everyone is welcome.

This semester we will begin by reading T.M Scanlon‘s recent book Being Realistic about Reasons. We’ll start by looking at chapter 1 this Thursday (8/10/2015). There are 5 chapters, so we plan to spend the first 5 weeks of this semester looking at this book.

If you’d like to join our mailing list, or get a pdf of the readings, please email Melisa: melisakurtcan@gmail.com

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 7, 2015 at 8:37 pm

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Talk at Bogazici, Beril Idemen Sozmen (ITU), “Anattā and Animal Ethics”

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Talk at Bogazici, Beril Idemen Sozmen

Thursday, October 15, 5-7pm, TB 310 (Anderson Hall), Bogazici University.

Please join us.

Title and abstract:

Anattā and Animal Ethics
In this talk I am going to argue that anattā – the Pali term for the Buddhist concept of no-self – has implications for ethics in general and for animal ethics in particular: Anattā as the most fundamental realisation of pañña (wisdom) is a condition of becoming the ideal moral agent. Buddhist ethics in its most comprehensive form cannot be understood without anattā but interpreted in this way it provides us with both challenge and inspiration for traditional Western debates in ethics. One of these is the tension between agent-centred and patient-centred moral theories, which also appears in the disagreement between Gary Francione and his critics. My particular thesis here is that the connection between anattā and Buddhist ethics provides us with tools, especially with the Buddhist concept of dukkha (suffering) to argue that Francione’s abolitionism is too focused on the purity of the agent and thereby fails to give due consideration to the consequences of acts of harm-reduction. Contrary to the position of Donaldson and Kymlicka in the question of suffering in the wild, some forms of dukkha continue to be moral tragedies but the Buddhist call for skilful means in dealing with dukkha taken together with anattā leads to particularist and strategic results. These do not simply conceptualise humans as moral agents and other animals as moral patients but consider them both to be at different constellations of agency and responsibility in a given encounter. One consequence of such an understanding of the moral situation is therefore the rejection of the relational aspect of abolitionism, i.e. of the minimisation of inter-species relations as Francione proposes.

Written by markedwardsteen

October 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm

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Philosophy/Cog-Sci Reading Group on Perception at Boğaziçi.

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Our philosophy/Cog-Sci reading group at Boğaziçi will continue this semester on Tuesdays from 5.15-7pm in TB365. This semester we will focus primarily on perception. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email Elif at: conceptsandbeliefs@gmail.com

Provisional readings:

Tuesday, October 6th
David Marr, “Chapter 1: The philosophy and the Approach“, Vision: A Computational Investigation into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information, MIT Press, 2010.

Tuesday, October 13th
Frances Egan, “How to think about mental content.” Philosophical Studies, 2014.

Tuesday, October 20th
Matt Jones and Bradley C. Love, “Baysian Fundamentalism or Englightenment – On the explanatory status of Baysian models of cognition” BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES (2011) 34, 169–231

Tuesday, October 27th
Andy Clark, “Radical Predictive Processing”, Southern Journal of Philosophy 53:3-27 (2015) [see also Andy Clark,  Embodied Prediction]

Future readings to be decided.

This reading group is part of the Tubitak Project 114K348, Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action, run by Lucas Thorpe.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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Workshop at Boğaziçi: THE KALAM COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (5/10/2015)

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Kalam Cosm. Argument Workshop


The Kalam Cosmological Argument (A Critical Assessment)
One-Day Workshop (October 5th, Monday, 2015)

(This Event is open to the Public)

Venue: Boğaziçi University, North Campus, New Hall-Conference Room (1st Floor)

10.00-11.00 Opening Remarks & The Historical and the Philosophical Context of the KalamCosmological Argument (Nazif Muhtaroğlu/ Boğaziçi University, Philosophy)

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-12.15 Discussion

12.15-14.00 Lunch Break

14.00-15.00 Actual Infinity versus Potential Infinity (Enis Doko/Koç University, Physics)

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.15 Discussion

16.15-16.30 Coffee Break

16.30-17.30 A Scientific Evaluation of the Kalam Cosmological Argument (Ali Kaya/ Boğaziçi University, Physics)

17.30-17.45 Coffee Break

17.45-18.45 Discussion

Further info can be found here.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

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Turkish European Network For The Study Of Women Philosophers Website

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Come and check out our new website!

Written by Sandrine Berges

September 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm

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BETİM conference: Ethical Problems in Medical Decisions at the End of Life, 17 Sept. 2015

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Ethical problems in medical decisions at the end of life

Seminar by Dr. Mirjam de Vos (Amsterdam)

Thu. 17 Sept. 2015, 5-6.30pm

Language of the event: English, no simultaneous translation


Click on poster to enlarge

All welcome, registration not required.

for directions see



Written by rainerbroemer

September 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

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Talk at Bogazici, Nick Stang (Toronto), “Is Kant’s Critique of Metaphysics Obsolete?”

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Come join us:

Friday, September 18, 5-7pm, TB 130

Title and Abstract:

Is Kant’s Critique of Metaphysics Obsolete?
In the Critique of Pure Reason Kant took himself to have shown that metaphysics of a certain kind is impossible for human beings. However, two hundred years later we find metaphysics flourishing in analytic philosophy. On the one hand analytic metaphysics can seem continuous with early modern rationalism, focusing on many of the same concepts (e.g. modality) and even the same doctrines (e.g. the principle of sufficient reason, substance monism). On the other hand, analytic metaphysics differs in crucial respects from its pre-Kantian forebears; it is less epistemically ambitious and is not as wedded to its a priori status. Does Kant’s critique of metaphysics apply to contemporary analytic metaphysics, or, in the words of Kant’s 1790 essay On a discovery, has it been rendered obsolete?
website for Nick Stang

Written by markedwardsteen

September 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

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