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Revised Program and call for commentators: Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion, 22-23 May, Bilkent

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Dear all

Our program for the workshop on Resistance, Disobedience and Coercion is now final. We are looking for commentators for papers. If you are planning to be in Ankara on 23 or 24 May, and would be interested in taking part, please get in touch with Lars Vinx (vinx@bilkent.edu.tr), or myself (berges@bilkent.edu.tr) and we will try to fit you in.

Here is the program below, with abstracts.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

10.00-11.00:    Martina Reuter, University of Jyväskylä

Hannah Arendt and John Rawls on the Justification of Civil Disobedience

11.00-12.00:    Alberto Siani, Yeditepe University

Legitimacy, Coercion and Resistance in Rawls’ Political Liberalism

12.00-13.30     Lunch Break

13.30-14.30     Sine Bagatur, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Right to Resistance as the Fundamental Human Right

14.30-15.30     Jacob Maze, Middle Eastern Technical University

Foucault, Governmentality, and Civil Disobedience: A Foucauldian Analysis of Resistance and the Rights of the State

15.30-17.00     Kimberley Brownlee, University of Warwick

The Many Faces of Disobedience

19.00-22.00     Workshop Dinner

Friday, 22 May 2015

10.00-11.00:    Amanda Cawston, University of Cambridge

 Resistance is Futile? The Problem of Resistance in a World of Alienated Violence

11.00-12.00:    Vincent Millou, Sciences Po

The Case for Uncivil Disobedience

12.00-14.00:    Lunch Break

14.00-15.00:    Jorge Nunez, Manchester Metropolitan University

Normative Systems as Law in Synergy: Validity and Effectiveness

15.00-16.30:    Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia

Coercing Obedience – The Authority’s Perspective

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Written by Sandrine Berges

April 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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Talk by Maya Chebaro MS: Islamic Definition of Death Fri. 10 April 2015

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Everybody welcome, for directions see


(map on bottom of page)

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Written by rainerbroemer

April 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

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Beginning of Life and Human Dignity, talk by Monika Bobbert at BETİM 7 April 2015

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At (very) short notice, renowned bioethicist

Monika Bobbert

(Professor in Luzern, Switzerland)

has kindly agreed to give a talk at the

Beşikçizade Center for Medical Humanities (BETİM) on

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 at 5.15pm

Title of her talk is

Beginning of Life and Human Dignity

(duration of seminar ca. 2 hours)

Monika Bobbert’s website:



The BETİM center expects you on Tuesday, directions at the bottom of the contact page


Nearest tram stop T1 Fındıkzade

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Written by rainerbroemer

April 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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History of women philosophers and scientists at Yeditepe, Istanbul.

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Originally posted on Feminist History of Philosophy:

The Department of Philosophy at Yeditepe, Istanbul, is offering, jointly with the University of Paderborn, the world’s first Master’s program in the History of Women Philosophers.

The Department of philosophy will host an event to present the new program Joint Master Program on 9th April. The German Minister for Innovation, Science, and Research of Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, Frau Svenja Schulze, will attend the opening and  Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, head of Paderborn Philosophy Department, will give a talk entitled “2600 Years History of Women Philosophers”. The event will take place in German and Turkish – program below. Everybody welcome, please share!


yeditepe program

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Written by Sandrine Berges

April 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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Conference on Modernism in Istanbul (18-19/04/2015)

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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Talk, Zeynep Talay-Turner (PhD, Polish Academy of Sciences), “Self-deception as a Philosophical Problem”

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Please join us:

Bogazici University

Friday, April 10, 5-7pm

TB 130 (Anderson Hall)


Self-deception as a Philosophical Problem
Approaches to self-deception range from those that see it as the product of individual strategies and decisions to those that see it as the consequence of emotions, from those that see it as a failing to those that see it as part of the contingency of personhood.  After reviewing some of this material I try to test the plausibility of these ways of talking about self-deception on two cases: Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain and the memoirs of Albert Speer.  I argue that, rather than a matter of holding contradictory beliefs, self-deception may be better viewed as the evasion of a truth.  

Written by markedwardsteen

April 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

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CFA: Enriching Embodied Cognition (Boğaziçi) 9-11/06/2015

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Call For Abstracts: Enriching Embodied Cognition
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
June 9th-11th, 2015

Keynote Speakers: Daniel Hutto (Wollongong) and Erik Myin (Antwerp)

This workshop will be centered around material for the manuscript of Hutto and Myin’s latest book, Enriching Embodied Cognition: A Unified Enactivist and Ecological Framework, which is a follow-up to their 2013 book Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content.

Articles and draft material will be circulated to the participants in advance, and in the morning sessions Hutto and Myin will present and discuss core arguments with the participants. In the afternoon participants will present papers. These papers should be on themes discussed in the book, but do not have to be direct responses to Hutto and Myin’s work. If you would be interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please send a short abstract to istanbulembodied@gmail.com by April 20th. Successful applicants will be informed by April 25th.

Enriching Embodied Cognition: A Unified Enactivist and Ecological Framework will provide an enriched understanding of embodied cognition: showing just how embodied it is and just how it is embodied. This book integrates what is best in the replacement approaches, advancing the sciences of the mind by providing a novel framework for non-representational embodied cognition ­ one that refines and critically synthesizes the main insights of the enactivist and ecological traditions. Hutto and Myin argue that once unified replacement approaches have all that is needed to do the necessary enriching work. In making their case Hutto and Myin highlight a recognized danger ­ call it the Retention Worry ­ that many applications of embodied, enactive cognition, (with headline cases in psychology, psychiatry and sports science) are missing the point. The Retention Worry arises for any account of embodied cognition that retains too much traditional thinking about the role of mental representations in cognition, for such accounts fail to successfully motivate any role for the body or environment, let alone the one identified in the research]. Only by clarifying what, if any, role representations play in cognitive science explanations will we gain a deeper and clearer understanding of the nature of embodied cognition.

This workshop is organized as part of Lucas Thorpe’s Tubitak project: Concepts and Beliefs: From Perception to Action.

The proposed chapter structure of the book can be found below the fold:

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm


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