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A group blog by philosophers in and from Turkey

Soul in Plato’s “Republic”

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The second of our three live Youtube/Zoom meetings on Plato’s “Republic” with Geoffrey Bowe (İTÜ) and Damien Shorey (Koç) shall take place tomorrow at 8pm. Here is the link to the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ork_oPgGvaDaGoLKjq-0A

If you wish to join the Zoom session for contributing or asking questions, e-mail omeraygun@gmail.com

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January 19, 2022 at 10:15 pm

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Talk at Bogazici (via Zoom), Jan 18, 7:00 pm: Luca Pitteloud (Federal University of ABC) on “Damascius on the Ineffable”     

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January 17, 2022 at 12:25 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Barbara Montero on “Mathematical Truth and the Causal Relevance of Abstract Entities” (20.01.2022) Via Zoom

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Prof. Barbara Montero (Graduate Center, CUNY, Collage of Staten Island, CUNY) will give a talk at Marmara on Thursday. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022

Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (Istanbul Time)

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91625939965?pwd=L2NwZ0xQV21DTUFGbFNSeXRoSjQ3Zz09

Meeting ID: 916 2593 9965

Password: 802559

“Mathematical Truth and the Causal Relevance of Abstract Entities”

Abstract: What makes the axioms of mathematics true? According to mathematical platonists, the axioms are true because they express the structure of a nonspatiotemporal, mind-independent, abstract mathematical realm. Furthermore, mathematical platonists frequently maintain that we know that they are true because we have insight into this abstract realm. Many mathematicians feel that platonism accurately captures the experience of searching for mathematical truth—an experience of discovery rather than invention—yet platonism is also plagued by a philosophical worry: it is unclear how we could have firsthand knowledge of abstracta, unclear how nonspatiotemporal objects could causally affect our spatiotemporal cognitive faculties.  I argue that this worry is ill founded. 

About The Speaker: Barbara Gail Montero is Professor of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research considers two different notions of ‘body’: body as the physical or material substance of the world, and body as the moving, breathing, flesh and blood instrument that we use when we run, walk, dance, and play. She is author of Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind (2016), Very Short Introduction: Philosophy of Mind (2022), and a co-author of Continuous Improvement: Intertwining Mind and Body in Athletic Expertise (2022).

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January 14, 2022 at 4:16 pm

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Call for papers|Ergon: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal at Koç University

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Ergon: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal at Koç University is now accepting submissions for its 2022 issue.

Submissions will be open until April 4, 2022.

For more information and guidelines about how to submit, please visit https://ergon.ku.edu.tr/submission-guidelines/.

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January 11, 2022 at 11:58 am

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Talk at Turkish-German University, Istanbul

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Nedim Nomer (Sabancı University) on ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Politics of Inequality’

TGU, Language Center, Conference Hall. Wednesday 22nd December. 11:00 – 12:30.

Evidence of vaccination status required

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December 20, 2021 at 6:43 pm

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3 Online Streamed Talks on Plato’s Republic

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The first of our 3 online-streamed talks “Plato’s Republic – The Cave, Soul, and Myth” begins this Thursay at 8 pm (Turkish time). All interested are welcome: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ork_oPgGvaDaGoLKjq-0A

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December 20, 2021 at 5:25 pm

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Call For Abstracts: 5th Bilkent Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

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Conference date: Saturday, February 26, 2022 (via Zoom)

Deadline for submission: Sunday, January 23, 2022

We invite undergraduate students from all departments and universities to take part in the 5th Bilkent Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Saturday, February 26, 2022, which will be held online via Zoom. The purpose of this conference is to provide an academic platform for undergraduate students to share their philosophical views and arguments with their peers.

Presentations will be in the form of a 20-minute (live or pre-recorded) talk followed by a 10-minute question-answer session. Pre-recorded presentations are possible but the question and answer session that follows the presentation will be live in each case.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. There is no restriction on subject matter, as long as a philosophical argument is presented.
  2. Submissions and all other inquiries should be sent by e-mail to philstudentconf@bilkent.edu.tr
  3. Participants should send an abstract of 300-500 words.
  4. Your abstract should have the title on top, but it should be anonymous and not in any way give away the identity of the author (this is necessary for the blind-review process).
  5. Pleaseinclude in the body of the submission e-mail your full name, university affiliation, the title of your paper and your contact information (such as your e-mail address). Also, please indicate whether you would like to make a live or pre-recorded presentation.
  6. The submitted abstracts and PowerPoint presentations should be in English. The conference language will be exclusively English.
  7. The deadline for submission is January 23, 2022. Accepted submissions will be announced by January 30, 2022.

All presenters are expected to use PowerPoint (or similar) slides during their presentations. The accepted participants will submit either their pre-recorded video or PowerPoint (or similar) presentation by February 12, 2022.

Among the accepted submissions that are presented successfully at the conference, some of them will be selected by the conference committee to be published on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel, with the permission of the presenter. Also, the longer version of their abstract of the selected presentations will have the chance for publication in Prokopton, Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy (prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr), as part of the conference proceedings. The final decision about publication belongs to the Prokopton editorial board.

Important Dates:

  • January 23, 2022: Submission Deadline
  • January 30, 2022: Announcement of Accepted Submissions
  • February 19, 2022: Pre-recorded Video or Slide Submission Deadline
  • February 26, 2022: Conference Date

Organizers:

  • Bilkent University Department of Philosophy
  • Bilkent Philosophical Society

Organizing Committee:

Faculty Supervisor:

  • Dr. Tufan Kıymaz (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)

Undergraduate Committee Members:

  • Eylül Adıgüzel (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Esma Bihter Akın (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Damla Belemir Aydın (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Hasan Alparslan Bayrak (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Berk Celayir (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)
  • İrem Sena Karakoç (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Gamze Kaya (Bilkent University, Department of Philosophy)

For more information and updates: phil.bilkent.edu.tr

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December 9, 2021 at 11:03 am

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Talk at Bilkent, Nov 30: Robert Williams on Team Reasoning and Layers of Agency (via Zoom)

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Title: Team Reasoning and Layers of Agency

By Robert Williams, (Leeds University, Philosophy)

Date: Tuesday, November 30th

Time: 13.30-15.30 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. You can find the Zoom link on the event page.

Abstract: Team reasoning (Bacharach, Gold, Sugden) is a theory of how individual agents can rationally cooperate to achieve the optimal outcomes for the group. In Bacharach’s version, it involves two major claims about how individuals choose in moments they are in “team mode”. One is “agency shift” where each individual chooses “for the group as a whole”. The other is “preference shift” where each agent takes on the group’s preferences, rather than their own. This paper will have two goals. The first is to examine again the basic foundations of the team-reasoning framework, and give my own preferred take on what’s going on, normatively speaking, in the initially mysterious agency and preference shifts. The second is look at the consequences for wider theory if team-reasoning, so formulated, is true. I’m interested, in particular, at how team-reasoning can help us explain cooperative action in larger, structured and informationally-asymmetric groups, and in the disanalogies it creates between individual and collective intention/action.

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November 24, 2021 at 4:28 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Eric Olson on “Immortality For Nonbelievers” (25.11.2021) Via Zoom

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Prof. Eric Olson (University of Sheffield) will give a talk at Marmara on Thursday. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday, 25 November 2021

Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (Istanbul Time)

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95257594535?pwd=UzBoZlNnL2xIbENrVm1XNDlVOE9QQT09

Meeting ID: 952 5759 4535

Password: 026988

“Immortality For Nonbelievers”

Abstract: Would it be a good thing if we lived forever? Most philosophers think not: the dominant view is that no matter what the circumstances, an endless life would inevitably be shallow or boring or pointless. Life’s value requires it to have an end. I don’t know whether this is right, but I think the debate could be improved by taking greater care in stating the question. There are different sorts or senses of immortality, and correspondingly different senses in which we are mortal. I think the sorts of immortality most often discussed are metaphysically impossible. And even if they were possible, they wouldn’t be the most interesting or important ones. The sort of immortality most worth thinking about is seldom discussed. Moreover, what sort is at stake makes a big difference to the debate over its desirability.

About The Speaker: Eric Olson grew up in the deserts of eastern Washington state, surrounded by tumbleweed, coyotes, and rattlesnakes. Like many philosophers, he spent his childhood wanting to become a scientist but had a conversion experience as an undergraduate. His expensive education was followed by a period of unemployment and hunger. Eventually his luck changed and in 1995 he obtained a lectureship at Cambridge. He moved to Sheffield in 2003.

Eric’s research is primarily in metaphysics and related areas. Topics of particular interest include personal identity, material objects, time, and death. He is perhaps best known for his book The Human Animal, which argues for the unorthodox view that we are biological organisms (‘animalism’).

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November 18, 2021 at 9:49 am

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Talk at Bogazici (via Zoom), Nov 12, 5:00 pm: Byron Simmons (Syracuse) on Ontological Pluralism and the Thin Concept of Being

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November 5, 2021 at 5:13 pm

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Talk at Bilkent, Nov 9: David Nicolas on Mixtures and Mass Terms (via Zoom)

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Title: Mixtures and Mass Terms

By David Nicolas (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time: 1330-1530 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. You can find the Zoom link on the event page.

Abstract: In this presentation, I show that the semantics one adopts for mass terms constrains the metaphysical claims one can make about mixtures like lemonade. I first expose why mixtures challenge a singularist approach based on mereological sums. After discussing an alternative, non-singularist approach, I take chemistry into account and explain how it changes our perspective on these issues.

Web: phil.bilkent.edu.tr

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November 4, 2021 at 9:57 am

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Galen Strawson on “Meaning in Life and Narrativity” (04.11.2021) Via Zoom

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Prof. Galen Strawson (University of Texas at Austin) will give a talk at Marmara on Thursday. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday, 4 November 2021

Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (Istanbul Time)

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94745503705?pwd=WVF2UGRHVjlYejYwQmlxZitKQmk1dz09

Meeting ID: 947 4550 3705

Password: 339529

“Meaning in Life and Narrativity”

Abstract: What is the connection between [1] meaning in life and [2] having a ‘narrative’ attitude to life? What, for short, is the connection between [1] Meaning and [2] Narrativity? This paper takes [1], Meaning, to be, quite simply, interestingness. It takes [2], Narrativity, to be a matter of experiencing or conceiving of one’s life as having the form of a story, or perhaps a collection of stories, and in some manner living in and through this conception. It argues, first, that much of our awareness of time is not distinctively narrative in character, second, that bad lives may be as interesting as good lives, third, that Narrativity is not necessarily a good thing, and fourth, that it is neither necessary nor sufficient for Meaning, even when we restrict our attention to good lives.

About The Speaker: Galen Strawson taught at Oxford University from 1979-2000, and at Reading University from 2001-2012. Since 2012 he has been the President’s Chair of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include Freedom and Belief (1986), The Secret Connexion: Realism, Causation, and David Hume (1989), Mental Reality (1994), Selves (2009), Locke on personal identity: Consciousness and Concernment (2011), The Evident Connexion: Hume on personal identity (2011), The Subject of Experience (2017), and Things That Bother Me (2018).

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November 1, 2021 at 10:56 am

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Interview with Massimo Pigliucci: Philosophy as a Way of Life

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Live Interview with Massimo Pigliucci on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 18:00 (GMT+3)

Tufan Kıymaz will be conducting an interview with Massimo Pigliucci on philosophy as a way of life, with an emphasis on Modern Stoicism.

The interview will be aired live on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzij4ZE6X-bu1d9t6DJhlLA 

We are collecting questions for this event. If you have any questions for Massimo Pigliucci, you can let us know via tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr. We will choose some of them for the live interview.

Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophies of Stoicism and New Skepticism.

Prof. Pigliucci has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudo-scientific attack.”

In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. He blogs on practical philosophy at Patreon and Medium.

At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 181 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 15 books, including the best selling How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Books). Other titles include Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press), and Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World (Teaching Company / Audible).

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October 4, 2021 at 3:34 pm

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Talk at Bilkent, Sep 9: Dominic McIver Lopes on Aesthetic Injustice (via Zoom)

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Title: Aesthetic Injustice

By Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday September 9, 2021

Time: 1900-2030 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click on the following link when the event is due to begin. 

Zoom linkhttps://zoom.us/j/92910259417?pwd=ekJveXhQRklrek8wQ1RnRnZoUktRdz09

Abstract: People with different cultures come into contact with each other, and the contacts can go well or they can go badly. Indeed, if justice is goodness in the arrangement of social life, then arrangements of social life that shape cultural contact can be just or unjust. This talk introduces a framework for thinking about what is special in contact between aesthetic cultures, in particular, and it proposes two interests that should be built into a theory of aesthetic justice. In proof of concept, the framework is briefly applied to cultural appropriation.

About the speakerDominic Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He has worked on pictorial representation; the aesthetic and epistemic value of pictures, including scientific images; theories of art and its value; the ontology of art; computer art and new art forms; aesthetic value; and the history of aesthetics in Europe and Asia. His most recent books are a collection of his essays on methodological themes, Aesthetics on the Edge: Where Philosophy Meets the Human Sciences, a book on Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value, and Les Arts et les images: Dialogues avec Dominic McIver Lopes. Lopes is now at work on a book on Aesthetic Injustice: A Cosmopolitan Theory. He is also co-authoring Aesthetic Life and Why It Matters with Bence Nanay and Nick Riggle, to be published by Oxford University Press this year, and The Geography of Taste with Samantha Matherne, Mohan Matthen, and Bence Nanay, which will be published by Oxford University Press  in 2022.

Organized byPatrick Fessenbecker

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September 5, 2021 at 4:38 pm

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Int. Workshop on Improved Theoretical Structures in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (ITS 2021)

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: 10 SEPT 2021; Bursaries available

Int. Workshop on Improved Theoretical Structures in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (ITS 2021)
Fri to Sun, 8-10 October 2021

Bogazici University (BOUN), Istanbul, Turkey 

Call for Abstracts and Discussants
We invite submissions of abstracts (for online or on-site presentation) that address the need for improved theoretical structures in the empirical social and behavioral sciences. Please submit either (i) your own scholarly work or (ii) your reasoned response to a draft by this research group (https://osf.io/zue4h). Under (i), preference is given to presentations of reconstructed theoretical structures, proposals for new structures, and explanatory accounts why such structures are rare today, as evaluated by the organizers. (The prior probability of acceptance is independent of the type of submission.)

Format
Presentations last 20 minutes plus 20 minutes for discussion. We expect at least 10 active participants, plus audience members, meeting from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, preferably on-site, with online participation possible.

Submission

Please indicate the title and content of your presentation in a max 500-word abstract, prepared for blind reviewing, and submitted on or before 10 September 2021 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=its20210. (References do not count towards the word limit). 

Bursaries
The project hosts invited participants, covering their accommodation (at least 3 nights) and a dinner. Travel bursaries are available for invited junior scholars (within 7 years of obtaining their PhD). All other participants are expected to cover their own travel costs.

Local Organizers
Ayça Akan, Ecenaz Bal, Irmak Ergin, Frank Zenker & The MTR group

Venue
Boğaziçi University
South Campus, Bebek
34342 Istanbul, Turkey
https://goo.gl/maps/hBmsAxCpL5fdSX4MA

Important dates
Extended submission deadline (abstracts & discussants): 10 September 2021
Invitations sent: 15 September 2021
Registration deadline: 1 October 2021
Workshop: Fri-Sun 8-10 October 2021

Funder
TUBITAK
https://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en

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September 2, 2021 at 10:29 am

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Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science and Philosophy

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Live Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 18:00 (GMT+3)

Tufan Kıymaz will be conducting an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the relation between science and philosophy.

The interview will be aired live on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzij4ZE6X-bu1d9t6DJhlLA 

We are collecting questions for this event. If you have any questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson about the relation between science and philosophy, you can let us know via tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr. We will choose some of them for the live interview.

eil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Tyson studied at Harvard University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University. From 1991 to 1994, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In 1996, he became director of the Hayden Planetarium and oversaw its $210 million reconstruction project, which was completed in 2000. Since 1996, he has been the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.

From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the “Universe” column for Natural History magazine, some of which were later published in his books Death by Black Hole (2007) and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017). During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in StarDate magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name “Merlin”. Material from the column appeared in his books Merlin’s Tour of the Universe (1998) and Just Visiting This Planet (1998). Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the U.S. aerospace industry and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in the same year. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS. Since 2009, Tyson has hosted the weekly podcast StarTalk. A spin-off, also called StarTalk, began airing on National Geographic in 2015. In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his “extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

August 16, 2021 at 6:32 am

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CFA: Int. Workshop on Improved Theoretical Structures in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey (deadline: 1 Sept 2021)

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Fri to Sun, 8-10 October 2021

Bogazici University (BOUN), Istanbul, Turkey
https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/its-2021/

Call for Abstracts and Discussants

We invite submissions of abstracts (for online or on-site presentation) that address the need for improved theoretical structures in the empirical social and behavioral sciences. Please submit either (i) your own scholarly work or (ii) your reasoned response to a draft by this research group (https://osf.io/zue4h).

Under (i), preference is given to presentations of reconstructed theoretical structures, proposals for new structures, and explanatory accounts why such structures are rare today, as evaluated by the organizers. (The prior probability of acceptance is independent of the type of submission.)

Format
Presentations last 20 minutes plus 20 minutes for discussion. We expect at least 10 active participants, plus audience members, meeting from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, preferably on-site, with online participation possible.

Submission

Please indicate the title and content of your presentation in a max 500-word abstract, prepared for blind reviewing, and submitted on or before 1 September 2021 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=its20210. (References do not count towards the word limit). 

Bursaries
The project hosts invited participants, covering their accommodation (at least 3 nights) and a dinner. Travel bursaries are available for invited junior scholars (within 7 years of obtaining their PhD). All other participants are expected to cover their own travel costs.

Local Organisers
Ayça Akan, Ecenaz Bal, Irmak Ergin, Frank Zenker & The MTR group

Venue
Boğaziçi University
South Campus, Bebek
34342 Istanbul, Turkey
https://goo.gl/maps/hBmsAxCpL5fdSX4MA

Important dates
Submission deadline (abstracts & discussants): 1 September 2021
Invitations sent: 7 September 2021
Registration deadline: 1 October 2021
Workshop: Fri-Sun 8-10 October 2021

Funder
TUBITAK
https://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en

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August 8, 2021 at 12:47 pm

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CFA/CFP: 4th SWIP-Tr Conference

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(Call in English below Turkish)

IV. SWIP-TR Konferansı Bildiri ve Bildiri Özeti Çağrısı:

Yaşam ve Ölüm Ekseninde Felsefe

Geçtiğimiz yıl boyunca pandemi, ontolojik koşulumuz olan kırılganlığı her zamankinden daha belirgin hale getirdi. İzolasyonda yaşadığımız her gün faniliğimizle yeniden yüzleşerek, hastalığın milyonlarca insanı etkilemesine tanık olduk. Ekonomik belirsizliğin ortasında sevdiklerimiz için kaygılandık. Bu yepyeni zorlukların gölgesinde, kadınlar olarak pandemi öncesi sorumluluklarımızın yükünü orantısız biçimde üstlendik. Tüm bu zorluklara rağmen, bugün fikirlerimizi yazmanın ve geliştirmenin her zamankinden daha elzem bir ihtiyaç haline geldiğini düşünüyoruz. Entelektüel çevrelerimizden uzak düşerek gitgide daha yalıtılmış hayatlar sürmemiz, bir araya gelip fikirlerimizi paylaşma gerekliliğini tüm aciliyeti içinde daha belirgin kılıyor. İçinde bulunduğumuz küresel halk sağlığı krizi bağlamında felsefi düşüncenin önemini göz önüne alınca, Türkiye Kadın Felsefeciler Topluluğu (SWIP-TR) olarak bu yıl düzenleyeceğimiz konferansa kadın araştırmacıları, yaşam ve ölüme dair soruları ele alacakları çalışmalarını sunmaya davet ediyoruz. 19-20 Kasım 2021 tarihlerinde Zoom üzerinden gerçekleştireceğimiz konferansa ilişkin çağrı, tüm felsefi yaklaşım ve gelenekleri kapsamak ile beraber, özellikle tarihsel olarak yeterince temsil edilmeyen ve/veya epistemik olarak baskılanmış yaklaşım ve geleneklere dair araştırmaları teşvik etmektedir.

Konferans, 19-20 Kasım tarihlerinde Zoom üzerinden gerçekleştirilecektir. Aşağıdaki alt başlıklar dahil ancak bunlarla sınırlı olmamak üzere “Yaşam ve Ölüm Ekseninde Felsefe” temasına Türkçe veya İngilizce dillerinde geniş kapsamlı katkılar bekliyoruz:

– ırk, biyoiktidar ve nekrosiyaset
– dirimselcilik ve batımerkezci olmayan metafizik anlayışlar
– ekomerkezcilik, post- ve trans- hümanizm ve insanın ötesinde yaşam ve ölüm
– bir yaşam biçimi olarak felsefe ve varoluşun estetiği
– fanilik ve ölümden sonraki hayat
– erdem, mutluluk ve iyi yaşam
– nihilizm, güç istenci ve yaşam olumlama
– sosyal ölüm, nefret suçları ve yapısal şiddet
– intihar, absürd ve hayatın anlamsızlığı
– kırılganlık, yaralanabilirlik ve özen
– savaş, soykırım ve sığınma
– ölüm ve yas
– Dasein ve ölüme-doğru-varlık
– yabancılaşma ve yaşam etkinliği olarak emek
– aile içi şiddet ve kadın cinayetleri
– hastalık ve sağlık
– zoe, bios ve çıplak hayat
– gebelik, düşük ve kürtaj
– yaşlanma ve sakatlık
– hapsedilme, açık grevleri ve idam cezası

Kendilerini kadın+ olarak tanımlayan felsefecileri, kör hakemlik usulüne uygun şekilde değerlendirilmesi için genişletilmiş bildiri özetlerini (900-1200 kelime) veya bildiri tam metinlerini (~3000 kelime) göndermeye davet ediyoruz.

Ana Konuşmacılar:

Şeyla Benhabib, Yale Üniversitesi

Banu Bargu, Kaliforniya Üniversitesi, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Yıldız Silier, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Konferans Tarihi: 19-20 Kasım 2021

Konferans Dili: İngilizce ve Türkçe 

Bildiri Özeti Kelime sınırı: 900-1200 kelime arasında veya tam metin (3000 kelime)

Bildiri özeti son gönderim tarihi: 1 Ekim 2021

E-posta: Anonimleştirilmiş özetler ile yazarların iletişim bilgilerini içeren ayrı bir dokümanın swiptr2021@gmail.com adresine (Word dosyası veya PDF olarak) “2021 SWIP-TR Özet Gönderimi” konu başlığı ile gönderilmesi rica olunur. 

Özet İnceleme Süreci: Uzun özetler SWIP-TR web sitemizde açıklanan kriterlere göre değerlendirilecektir. Yazarların talebi üzerine, kabul edilmeyen özetler için geri bildirimde bulunulacaktır.Yayın: Konferansta sunulan metinler arasından (bağımsız bir hakemlik sürecinin sonunda) seçilen makaleler Kilikya Felsefe Dergisi’nde yayınlanacaktır. Dergi ile ilgili daha fazla bilgi için.

IV. SWIP-TR Conference Call for Notification and Declaration

Summary: Philosophy on the Axis of Life and Death.

Over the past year, the pandemic has made our ontological conditions more obvious than ever. By facing our mortality every day we live in isolation, we witnessed the disease affecting millions of people. In the midst of economic uncertainty, we worried about our loved ones. Under the shadow of these brand new challenges, we as women have disproportionately taken the burden of our pre-pandemic responsibilities. Despite all these challenges, we think that writing and improving our opinions today becomes more important than ever. Our need to live more isolated lives by falling away from our intellectual surroundings makes the need to come together and share our opinions more obvious within all urgency. Considering the importance of philosophical thinking in the context of the global public health crisis we are in, we invite female researchers to present their work on addressing questions about life and death this year as the Turkish Society of Women Philosophers (SWIP-TR).

The conference will be held on November 19-20 via Zoom. We welcome contributions in Turkish or English on the theme ′′ Philosophy in the Axis of Life and Death ′′ including the following sub-themes but not limited to these:

– race, bioactive and necrosity

– resurrection and non-sinking metaphysical concepts

– ecommerce, post-and trans-humanism and beyond humanism

– life and death

– philosophy and aesthetics of existence as a lifestyle

– mortality and life after death

– virtue, happiness and good life

– nihilism, power demand and life positivity

– social death, hate crimes and structural violence

– suicide, absurd and meaninglessness of life

– vulnerability, injury and care

– war, genocide and refuge

– death and mourning

– Dasein and-to-death-the-right-being

– labour as alienation and life activity

– domestic violence and female murders

– sickness and health

– zoe, bios and naked life

– pregnancy, law and abortion

– aging and injury

– imprisonment, open strikes and death penalty.

We invite philosophers who identify as women to send extended abstracts (900-1200 words) or full papers (~ 3000 words) to be evaluated according to blind refereeing style.

Keynote Speakers:

Sheila Benhabib, Yale University

Banu Bargu, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Star Silier, Boğaziçi University

Conference Date: November 19-20, 2021Conference

Language: English and Turkish

Abstract Word limit: between 900-1200 words or full text (3000 words)

Deadline for abstracts : October 1, 2021

Submission: Please email a separate document containing contact information of writers with anonymized abstract to swiptr2021@gmail.com (as Word file or PDF) with the subject title ‘2021 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission’

Abstract Review Process: Long abstracts will be evaluated according to the criteria announced on our SWIP-TR website. Feedback will be provided for unaccepted summaries upon request.

Publishing: The articles selected among the texts presented at the conference (after an independent refereeing process) will be published in Kilikya Philosophy Magazine. For more information about the magazine: https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/pub/kilikya

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July 31, 2021 at 3:18 pm

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Interview with Amy Kind at Bilkent: Philosophy of Imagination (online event)

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Live Interview with Amy Kind on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 20:00-21:00 (GMT+3)

Tufan Kıymaz will be conducting an interview with Amy Kind on the philosophy of imagination.

We are collecting questions for this event. If you have any questions for Amy Kind, you can let us know via tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr. We will choose some of them for the live interview.

Amy Kind is the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. She is currently the Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies. She has previously served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy (2009 – 2012) and Associate Dean of the Faculty (2005 – 2008). At CMC, she teaches classes in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and logic. Her research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of mind, though most of her published work has concerned issues relating either to the imagination or to phenomenal consciousness.  She has edited three books: Knowledge Through Imagination (co-edited with Peter Kung), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination, and Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.  She has also written two introductory textbooks, Persons and Personal Identity (Polity Press) and Philosophy of Mind: The Basics (Routledge).

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June 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

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Guest lecture by Bill Wringe (Bilkent): “Must Punishment Be Intended to Cause Suffering?” (16.06.2021) via ZOOM

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This Wednesday (16.06.2021) Bill Wringe (Bilkent) will give a guest lecture during my class (Human Rights and Philosophy of Law) . We are working on the theory of punishment now and Bill’s paper fits very nicely into this topic. 

Must Punishment Be Intended to Cause Suffering?” 

Respondent: Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi)

Moderator: İzel Karaoğlu (Boğaziçi)


Abstract: It has recently been suggested that the fact that punishment involves an intention to cause suffering undermines expressive justifications of punishment. I argue that while punishment must involve harsh treatment, harsh treatment need not involve an intention to cause suffering. Expressivists should adopt this conception of harsh treatment.


If you have time, you all are very welcome to attend.


Here is the details:

Date: 16 June 2021

Time: 14:00-16:00

Zoom link

https://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/92805013618?pwd=T0VGcXBLSjRqcEd1Tm5DaU02N1FTZz09

Meeting ID: 928 0501 3618

Passcode: 794543


Best wishes,
Zübeyde Karadağ Thorpe

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June 14, 2021 at 7:21 pm

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Conference Announcement: “Interactivism In PerspectIve: CelebratIng Mark BIckhard’s ContrIbutIons to the Psychology of the Whole Person”

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Title: Interactivism in Perspective: Celebrating Mark Bickhard’s Contributions to the Psychology of the Whole Person

Dates: 25th – 27th June 2021

Place: Online (Zoom/YouTube)

Conference website (now also including a complete library of Mark Bickhard’s work!): https://www.ecointeractivism.com/conference

Contact: interactivistconference2021@gmail.com

Registration (only registered participants will receive the Zoom link before the event!):

Conference program can be found at this link.

Since its inception as a model of mental representation, interactivism has developed into a broad theoretical framework for understanding whole persons and their complex socio-cultural ontology. The present conference is a celebration of the work of interactivism’s creator and main advocate – Mark Bickhard.

The conference will involve three panels dedicated to three areas of major interest to interactivist theory – normativity, representation, and language. It will also feature traditional talks by researchers working within or in close relation to the interactivist framework.

Panel speakers (including Mark Bickhard in each one):

Please go to the website for additional materials related to the conference (pre-recorded talks and relevant articles by Mark Bickhard and the other panelists).

Individual talks:

Richard Campbell, Robert Campbell, Müge Kuyumcuoğlu, Alex Levine, Georgi Stojanov, Lucas Thorpe, Itay Shani, Jedediah Allen, Adrian Frazier, Robert Mirski

Organizing Committee,

Jedediah Allen, Oğuz Erdin, Adrian Frazier, Robert Mirski, Itay Shani

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June 10, 2021 at 9:18 pm

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Turkish Kant Society talk at Boğaziçi: Martin Sticker (Bristol) “Mere Means, Mere Things and Mere Enemies” 18/06/2021 – Via Zoom

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Martin Sticker (Bristol) will give a Turkish Kant Society talk at Boğaziçi on Friday, June 18th, 2021, 6 – 8 pm (Istanbul time).

Respondent: Umut Eldem (Doğuş)

Moderator: Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi)

Everyone welcome. Linkhttps://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/97817367347

“Mere Means, Mere Things and Mere Enemies”

ABSTRACT: I argue that besides a prohibition against treating others as mere means, Kant’s Formula of Humanity should also explicitly acknowledge prohibitions against treating others as mere things and mere enemies. The former captures cases of callous indifference, the latter of extermination. In both cases the person I am wronging is not my means, and thus cannot be a mere means, because I am either indifferent towards them (mere thing) or regard their existence as a positive impediment, not something of instrumental value (mere enemy). In a first section, I present cases that illustrate why we need these two new categories. In a second section, I explain why these categories cannot be reduced to treatment as mere means, and why the command to treat others as things in themselves is insufficient to capture the particular wrongs involved. In a third section, I elaborate on how treatment as mere means, mere thing and mere enemy differ from a victim and perpetrator perspective. In a final section, I discuss how my argument impacts our understanding of Kant’s ethics and what the stringency of the prohibition against treating as mere thing and mere enemy is, given Kant’s well-known distinction between perfect and imperfect duties. I argue that it is never permissible to treat someone as a mere means or mere enemy, regardless of distance and other factors, but that the prohibition against treating as mere things is more sensitive to distance and issues of feasibility.

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June 3, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Hande Tuna (UC Santa Cruz) “Apt perception, aesthetic engagement, and installation art” 11/06/2021 – Via Zoom

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Hande Tuna (UC Santa Cruz) will give a talk at Boğaziçi, with co-author, Octavian Ion (Museum Studies, University of Toronto), on Friday, June 11th, 2021, 6 – 8 pm (Istanbul time).

Everyone welcome. Linkhttps://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/97817367347

“Apt perception, aesthetic engagement, and installation art”

ABSTRACT: In this paper we apply the account Susanna Siegel develops in The Rationality of Perception to aesthetic cases and explore the implications of such an account for aesthetic engagement as well as curatorial and exhibitionary practices. We contend that one’s prior outlook – expertise, beliefs, desires, fears, preferences – can have both aesthetically good and bad influences on perceptual experiences, just as it can have both epistemically good and bad influences. Unless we take our perception of high-level and low-level aesthetically relevant properties to be assessable as apt or inapt, we will be at a loss to explain cases of “hijacked” aesthetic perception. We explore the merits of the aptness of perception thesis for reconceptualizing aesthetic engagement in more pluralist terms and show how such reconceptualization allows us to make sense of our engagement with installation art. We end by discussing some practical implications this approach has for curatorial and exhibitionary practices.

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June 3, 2021 at 7:24 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Dr. Manuel Knoll on “Deep Disagreements on Values, Justice, and Moral Issues: Their Meta-Ethical Relevance and the Need for an Ethics of Disagreement” (04.06.2021) Via Zoom

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Prof. Dr. Manuel Knoll (Turkish-German University) will give a talk at Marmara on Friday. All are welcome.

Date: Friday, 4 June 2021

Time: 14.50-17.00 (Istanbul Time)

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93876693506?pwd=YzFDQUd1aVR3NCtGWG1EdWxIL2tzZz09

Meeting ID: 938 7669 3506

Password : 867051

“Deep Disagreements on Values, Justice, and Moral Issues: Their Meta-Ethical Relevance and the Need for an Ethics of Disagreement”

Abstract: I start my talk with a historical section showing that until today deep disagreements among notions of social and political justice are a characteristic feature of the history of political thought. Since no agreement or consensus on distributive justice is possible, political philosophers should – instead of continuously proposing new normative theories of justice – focus on analyzing the reasons, significance, and consequences of such kinds of disagreements. In the second section I sketch some possible reasons for deep disagreements among notions of social and political justice. In the third I discuss the meta-ethical relevance of the lack of consensus on justice and reject ethical realism and cognitivism based on the argument from deep disagreements. In the fourth section I argue that we should avoid “epistemic arrogance”, adopt “epistemic modesty”, and work towards an Ethics of Disagreement. Such an ethics asks opposing parties who disagree on values, justice, morality, and ethics to acknowledge that (a) deep disagreements exist, (b) opposing positions should be recognized as worthy of respect, and that (c) one should seek dialogue and mutual understanding. This ethical approach conceives of toleration as a moral and political virtue and presents an argument for toleration based on deep disagreements.

About The Speaker: MANUEL KNOLL is Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Turkish-German University, member of Instituto “Lucio Anneo Séneca” of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and associate editor of Polis. The Journal for Greek and Roman Political Thought. He has lectured and published widely on topics pertaining to Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Political Philosophy and Ethics, in particular Ancient and Contemporary Theories of Justice, Deep Disagreements on Justice, Values and Morals, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Rawls and Walzer, Social Philosophy and Critical Theory. He is author of three books and 70 articles or chapters, editor of six volumes, co-editor of book series Collegium Politicum, member of the scientific boards of book series Staatsdiskurse (Franz Steiner), Koinos Logos (Rocco Carabba), and Cultura e Formazione (Bonanno Editore) and of journals ScientiaArte, Sofia Philosophical Review, Arkhe-logos, Kaıge, and Etica e Politica. In 2016, he was awarded Premio Lucio Colletti in the area of philosophy, Rome, Capitoline Hill. Website: http://www.manuelknoll.eu

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May 31, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Bob Lockie (UWL): “Transcendental Argumentation as a Methodology in the Free Will Debates” 04/06/2021 – Via Zoom

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Bob Lockie (UWL) will give a talk at Boğaziçi on Friday, June 6th, 2021, 6 – 8 pm (Istanbul time). Everyone welcome.

Linkhttps://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/97817367347

Transcendental Argumentation as a Methodology in the Free Will Debates

The structure of the argument is from Chapter 8 of: Lockie, R. (2018). Free Will and Epistemology: A Defence of the Transcendental Argument for Freedom; London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

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May 30, 2021 at 9:51 pm

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CHANGE OF DATE: Talk by Leonie Smith at Bilkent on Impostor Syndrome 8 June 14:00

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“What is our concept of impostor syndrome, and what do, and should, we want it to be?”

By Leonie Smith (University of Manchester, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday, 27 May, 2021

Time: 1400-1530 Istanbul time.

Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/96567243607?pwd=MXhFNWhoK0dCZ1I4bzlWM24zYklBQT09

Meeting ID: 965 6724 3607
Passcode: 856917

This is a SWIP-TR event.

Abstract: What is impostor syndrome? On Katherine Hawley’s account it involves a person holding negative mistaken beliefs or attitudes relating to her own competence and success in an area in which she is actually successful (Hawley 2019). Hawley suggests that an ameliorative concept of impostor syndrome will aim to provide opportunity for reducing non-competence impostor beliefs, in the sufferer. Sarah Paul, in contrast, has argued that we should focus more on “the debilitating emotional and behavioural consequences of such beliefs” than on the doxastic attitudes themselves, as this is where the sufferer experiences real pain (Paul 2019: 227, my italics).

But although often linked, it is at least conceptually possible for non-competence impostor beliefs of the type Hawley is concerned with and the ‘emotional and behavioural’ reactions which Paul is concerned with to come apart. This, as Hawley suggests, leaves open the possibility that, “perhaps there could be a sufferer from impostor syndrome who believes that she is skilful and successful, yet still has high levels of anxiety, of a type more appropriate to someone who lacks such beliefs” (Hawley 2019: 208). Hawley does not explore this further (although she and others do discuss the alternative case in which the beliefs are present without related feelings and behaviours), but I am intrigued by this open possibility, and its implications. The two questions I believe that we need to answer are these: First, is it possible for significant numbers of people to experience the emotional and behavioural reactions commonly associated with impostor syndrome without experiencing non-competence based impostor beliefs? And second, if they can, what are the implications of these cases for our taxonomy and treatment of impostor syndrome? Should we understand these cases as instances of impostor syndrome, or is there something missing from our current understanding of social reality? In this paper I will argue first, that there are such cases, and second, that failing to recognise them is an issue of social justice.

About the speaker: click here.

SWIP-TR

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May 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

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Initial Online Workshop on the Ethics of Conversation and Disagreement (June 18 and 19, 2021)

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May 21, 2021 at 1:12 pm

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Application deadline for MA/PhD at Bilkent (May 28)

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We are now accepting applications for our M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, for those starting in Fall 2021.

  • Deadline for regular applications: 28 May 2021

All successful applicants receive a comprehensive scholarship (tuition waiver, monthly stipend, housing support & private health insurance). Up to 5 will be selected for a fully-funded exchange with ANU Philosophy. We warmly welcome applications from international students, as well as philosophy and non-philosophy majors. The language of instruction for all aspects of the program is English.

The philosophy department at Bilkent is ranked #1 in Turkey for research (see here and here). We are an internationally diverse department with eight different nationalities represented among our faculty. Faculty received their doctoral degrees from institutions such as Princeton University, The University of Notre Dame, London School of Economics, Stanford University, and Oxford University and have published in leading journals and international publishers.

Admission to the Program is highly competitive.

For more information about the doctoral program and application process click here.

For more information about the master’s program and application process click here.

Note: The entrance exam and interviews, for those invited, will be conducted via Zoom.

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May 18, 2021 at 6:38 pm

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Interview with Donald Robertson at Bilkent (online event)

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Live Interview with Donald Robertson on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel.

Saturday, May 29, 2021 20:00-21:00 (GMT+3)

Tufan Kıymaz will be conducting an interview with Donald Robertson on the Stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, with an emphasis on the applications of Stoicism in daily life.

We are collecting questions for this event. If you have any questions for Donald Robertson about Marcus Aurelius or Stoicism, you can let us know via tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr. We will choose some of them for the live interview.

Donald Robertson is a writer, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist and trainer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). He specializes in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern psychotherapy (CBT) and and classical Greek and Roman philosophy.

Donald Robertson is the author of six books and many articles on philosophy, psychotherapy, and psychological skills training. His books on Stoicism are:
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (2019)
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013), part of Hodder’s Teach Yourself series
Build your Resilience (2012), part of Hodder’s Teach Yourself series
The Philosophy of CBT: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010)

His therapy practice specialised for many years in helping clients with social anxiety and self-confidence issues. His work, and that of his colleagues, has often featured in the media of different countries, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, etc.

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May 13, 2021 at 4:01 pm

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MTR ONTOLOGY WORKSHOP (25th, 30th of May and 1st of June)

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We are happy to announce that Models, Theories and Research Programs (MTR) project will carry on its second workshop. This workshop is tailored for MTR-Project participants and participants of COGS/PHIL 578.01 to learn Protégé, (https://protege.stanford.edu/). Protégé is an open-source ontology editor and a knowledge-management system that provides a graphic user interface to define ontologies used in the theories of the empirical, social, and behavioral sciences (the ESBS). The sessions will cover the fundamentals of description logics, principles for building a domain ontology, and practices with Protégé. The workshop will be given by Dilek Yargan. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at METU. Her academic interests are knowledge representation and reasoning, data science, mathematical and philosophical logics, and applied ontologies. A mathematician by training, Yargan is a research associate at the Laboratory for Computational Ontology and currently works as a data scientist in NeoZeka, ENDEKSA.

The outcomes of the workshop:

  • Participants will gain insight into how to construct an ontology.
  • Participants will grasp the trade-off between expressibility and reasoning complexity.
  • Participants will understand the characteristics of and differences between
  • Terminology Box (T-Box) and Assertion Box (A-Box).
  • Participants will sense the open-world assumption.
  • Participants will learn general principles of ontology design. These principles will help the participants having an ontologist mindset.
  • Participants will learn the golden rules before implementing the domain ontology in question.
  • Participants will know how to select, gather, and format the terms.
  • Participants will gain experience in defining the terms.
  • Participants will structure is a hierarchy.
  • Participants will learn how to check the consistency of a knowledgebase, both in TBox and A-Box.
  • Participants will gain experience in using the software tool, Protégé.

We have 5 empty slots for the workshop. To register the workshop and get detailed information about the program of the workshop, please visit the website below:

https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/home-2/blog/

Note: Unfortunately, we have limited amount of empty slots for the workshop (only 5 more participants). After receiving all requests, we will determine 5 people as “winners” and send a further email regarding the workshop. So make sure that you indicate your academic affiliation in the registration email. The deadline for the registration is 20th of May, 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions all sessions will be held online.

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May 10, 2021 at 6:56 pm

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