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POND workshop, 7-8 SEPT 2022, Bogazici

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TOPIC: “Social sciences, theory, and replication”
Wed-Thu, 7-8 SEPTEMBER 2022
Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/2022/07/05/pond-workshop/

VENUE
Dpt. of Philosophy, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey,
John Freely Hall, Room JF 507 (top floor)
https://goo.gl/maps/sNcsebL5cCn7U9cF8

To enter the campus, obtain a guest pass by leaving your ID with the security guards at the main entrance.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 30 AUG

This two-day meeting is primarily intended for junior scholars (Ph.D. students, post-doc, or similar) working on the theme “social sciences, theory, and replication,” broadly construed. You’d want to have a draft paper in hand and look for constructive input from a commentator. More “senior folk,” of course, are equally welcome to submit an abstract but primarily to serve as commentators.

REGISTRATION

To register as an audience member, please complete this form by 30 AUGUST 2022.

PROGRAM: 7 SEPT 2.30 PM to 8 SEPT 5.15 PM (view program and abstracts))

[Keynote:] Tracking open textured truth
Michael Morreau, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway

Replicability Busters: Are Experimental Semanticists on the Right Track?
Vanja Subotić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Dimensions of Replication
Charles Beasley, LSE, UK
(CANCELLED)

Replicability in Philosophy: The Epistemic Benefits (or Harms?) of Thought Experiments
Petar Nurkić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

I Get to Decide What Determines Me
Ozan Altan Altinok, Hannover University, Germany

Barriers to valid meta-analyses in the behavioral sciences
Zeynep Burçe Gümüşlü, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Can There Be A Science of Virtue
Kaj André Zeller & Berker Bahçeci, Koç University, Istanbul

Cohen’s Error-Rates and the Body of Scientific Knowledge
Aran Arslan, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

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August 25, 2022 at 11:00 am

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SWIP-TR Bildiri Çağrısı / Call for Papers

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August 19, 2022 at 5:54 pm

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CFP: Prokopton – Bilkent Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, Issue #4

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Call for papers:

Prokopton – Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy now accepts submissions for the fourth issue.

The deadline is December 4, 2022.

Check out our previous issues here.

Among the kinds of philosophical work we accept are original papers, book and article reviews. You can submit your work either in English or Turkish. We also accept translations of philosophical work from any language to Turkish or Turkish to English. You may submit as many works as you like.

If you would like to submit anything other than original paper(s), please contact us with the details of your work(s). Also, make sure to see our previous issues and the kind(s) of work we publish. If you would like to submit an original paper, please take a careful look at our submission guidelines here.

You need to be an undergraduate student in the year of the issue you send your work for. For example, you must be an undergraduate student in at least some part of 2023 in order for us to consider your work for our current issue, which is going to be published in 2023. Undergraduate authors from all fields (not just philosophy) are welcome to submit their work. However, we also accept essays from high school students in some exceptional cases.

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August 17, 2022 at 8:50 am

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Talk at Bogazici: Democracy without Enlightenment

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Michael Paul Morreau (The Arctic University of Norway), https://en.uit.no/ansatte/michael.morreau

Friday 2 SEPT, 5 PM, Department of Philosophy, Bogazici University (Room JF 507, John Freely Hall)

Abstract: This talk proposes a novel solution to problems of voter ignorance in democracies. The idea is to set democratic institutions up with voting methods in which voters evaluate options — whether candidates, policies or whatever else — by grading them from best to worst. I present a jury theorem for one evaluative voting method, median grading, in which the option with the highest median grade wins. Then I show that this voting method can enable assemblies reliably to choose the better of two options even when individual voter competence is so low that, as Condorcet warned long ago, majorities are most likely to settle on the worse option. We see that median grading can enable unenlightened assemblies to “track the truth” — even with people so ignorant and prejudiced that majorities can be counted on to run themselves off the rails.

All welcome!

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August 13, 2022 at 11:04 am

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CFA: 6th Bilkent International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

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Call for Abstracts:

We invite undergraduate students from all departments and universities to take part in the 6th Bilkent International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Saturday, November 19, 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 the 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. Please include 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 October 21, 2022. Accepted submissions will be announced by October 25, 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:

  • October 21, 2022: Submission Deadline
  • October 25, 2022: Announcement of Accepted Submissions
  • November 12, 2022: Pre-recorded Video or Slide Submission Deadline
  • November 19, 2022: Conference Date

phil.bilkent.edu.tr

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

August 9, 2022 at 12:04 pm

POND WORKSHOP

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(POND=Philosophy Of Science Around the Mediterranean)
https://pondposmed.wordpress.com/

TOPIC: “Social sciences, theory, and replication”
Wed-Thu, 7-8 SEPTEMBER 2022
Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/2022/07/05/pond-workshop/

DEADLINE: 25 JULY 2022

Call for Abstracts

This two-day meeting is primarily intended for junior scholars (PhD students, post-doc, or similar) working on the theme “social sciences, theory, and replication,” broadly construed. You’d want to have a draft paper in hand and look for constructive input from a commentator. More “senior folk,” of course, are equally welcome to submit an abstract but especially to serve as commentators.

SUBMISSION

To present a paper, please submit a max 800-word abstract including author name and affiliation, as well as key references (that do not count towards the word limit) as a PDF on or before 25 JULY 2022. To serve as a commentator, please submit your CV and areas of specialization/competence by the same date. Please use this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13qixOQMm_FlM9WnApi0KiDSvXTlOJxCY2b-0XS1Ikvk

FORMAT
Presentations last 60 minutes (including the commentary and Q&A). We expect to invite some 8 papers for presentation by 1 AUGUST.

BURSARIES/FEES
Accepted junior scholars are provided with three nights of accommodation and a conference dinner. Participants make their own travel arrangements. There are no fees.

VENUE
Dpt. of Philosophy, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, https://goo.gl/maps/g6ZqkyKPgUbbfpVE8

LOCAL ORGANIZER CONTACT
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July 5, 2022 at 8:40 pm

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Prokopton: Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

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The third issue of Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy Prokopton is out!

https://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr/current-issue-2022/

In this issue:

Can Groups Hold Rights? Rethinking Collective Rights Without Attributed Groups A Moral Status
Hasan Ayer – Ankara University

The Nullity of Non-Consent Revisited
Luchino Hagemeier – University of Hamburg

Universes Out of Sync: A Critique of Scott Alexander’s God-Like Superentity
Curtis Heinen – Ryerson University

Art, Artificial Intelligence, and Meaning
Yaren Kılıç – Middle East Technical University

Psikoloji Felsefesinde Temel Problemler
Emir H. Özel – Adnan Menderes University

The Origins of the Conflict Between Tragedy and Socrates
Hasancan Türkyılmaz – Middle East Technical University

Translation (ENG to TUR): Birlikte Yürümek: Paradigmatik Sosyal Fenomen – Professor Margaret Gilbert
trans. by S. Gül Erdim – Bilkent University

High School Essay: Why Do We Still Need Philosophy?
Yağız Kaygı – SSBL

Book Review: Keşke Hiç Olmasaydık | Var Olmanın Kötülüğü
Damla Belemir Aydın – Bilkent University

Interview: Erhan Demircioğlu | Söyleşi: Erhan Demircioğlu

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June 28, 2022 at 9:10 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Assoc. Prof. Yaylagül Ceran Karataş on “What Happened to Human Being: New Perspectives/Questions on Philosophical Anthropology” (07.06.2022) Via Zoom

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Assoc. Prof. Yaylagül Ceran Karataş (Istanbul Medeniyet University) will give a talk at Marmara on Tuesday. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday June 7, 2022

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 (Istanbul Time)

To attend the event please send an e-mail to marmara.phil.talks@gmail.com

“What Happened to Human Being: New Perspectives/Questions on Philosophical Anthropology“

About The Speaker: Yaylagül Ceran Karataş graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Philosophy in 1999. She has two master degree. First one was at the Istanbul University, History of Philosophy in 2001, her thesis was about Critics of Modern Subject: Modernite versus Postmodernite. Second one was at the Boston University, Urban Affairs Program in 2010, her project was about Effects of Broadband – Smart Cities on Human Being. Her doctorate in 2010 at the Marmara University, Philosophy of Religion. Her thesis subject was Understanding of Human Being in Philosophy of Whitehead. She has been working Istanbul Medeniyet University, Department of Philosophy since 2014. She received title of associate professor in 2019. She is interested in philosophical anthropology, evil problems, city and philosophy, and gender issues. Her focus nowadays working, reading, and writing on posthumanism. She wrote articles about evil problem, contemporary feminist debates, posthumanism, city and philosophical anthropology. Her new book Posthuman is on the shelves next month.

Abstract: I will mention contemporary two philosophical anthropology interpretations which are an intersection of critics of “human/man being”. The one is a linguistic perspective which changed and revised setting up the question of philosophical anthropology (Wittgenstein, Cassirer and Ricoure). Another one is posthumanism that is critical understanding about anthropocentric perspectives. Posthumanism changed the context of discussion and created a new focus to think of different ways of becoming, especially the body of human and non-human (Braidotti, Haraway and Hayles). I would like to begin with a classic perspective on philosophical anthropology, questions, concepts, and methodologies. Then I will say some arguments about how philosophical anthropology has been changed by  these approaches.

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June 2, 2022 at 12:59 pm

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CFA: MANCEPT Workshop on Corporate Agency and the Responsibilities of Citizens and States (Online)

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (7–9 September 2022)
Corporate Agency And The Responsibilities Of Citizens And States[Online Panel]

Convenors: Evrensel Sebep (Bilkent University), Ahmet Gönüllü (Bilkent University), Barış Kaştaş (Bilkent University), Bill Wringe (Bilkent University)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Tracy Isaacs (Western), Avia Pasternak (UCL), Anna Stilz (Princeton)

What is the state? Is it a corporate agent? Does it have moral agency? Various philosophers have attempted to answer these questions in recent years. This has led to an increased interest in works at the intersection of social ontology and political philosophy. Today, many philosophers hold that the state is a corporate moral agent (List and Pettit, Erskine, Stilz, Pasternak, Collins and Lawford-Smith). But even if we accept that the state is a moral agent, we can ask some further questions: Who is part of the state agent? Who should we attribute state actions to? Who should be held responsible for these actions? Do the citizens and the state have obligations towards each other? Would our answers to these questions change under different circumstances? In this workshop, we aim to discuss these issues.

Holly Lawford-Smith (2019) argues that only the members of the national government are responsible for state actions. According to her, citizens are excluded from this responsibility. By contrast, Avia Pasternak (2021) argues that citizens can be held responsible for state actions if they make genuine intentional contributions to the maintenance of the state. The workshop is predicated on this debate and further expands on it by focusing on a wide range of responsibilities in relation to the state.

We welcome contributions to the following questions and related topics: 

  1. Who should be the responsibility-bearer for state actions? Should citizens be included or excluded? Should we adopt proportional or nonproportional distribution of state responsibility? Is there a possibility of rejecting or accepting both approaches based on the circumstances?
  2. Do the state and citizens have obligations towards each other? Are there any responsibilities states have to other states? Do citizens have responsibilities to their fellow citizens and/or to the citizens of other states? What would be these responsibilities, if there are any?
  3. Do these responsibilities differ in adverse circumstances such as a coup d’état, pandemics, war, social unrest? If, for example, the state is in a war, can it justifiably relinquish some/all of its responsibilities? How do changes in the form of government affect the moral agency of the state? Are there collective responsibilities of citizens towards their state or to the rest of the world in times of war? What can we learn about the fundamental nature of state and citizen responsibility in light of its articulations in extreme times?
  4. Are there responsibilities of any potential subgroups within the state such as the army, the supreme court, and the scientific community? What would these responsibilities include?

Submission Information: Please send in your anonymised abstracts of 300-500 words to evrenselsebep@gmail.com by June 10, 2022. This workshop will take place online. Each speaker will have 30 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of discussion time. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions.

Conference Information: Registration for the conference opens in May, and all participants must register in order to attend. This year’s fees for online attendance are as follows: Academics £45; Graduate students £20; Non-speaker attendees £15. A small number of fee waiver bursaries will be available for current graduate students. The deadline for bursary applications is the 27th of June. Only people accepted to present on a panel should apply for bursaries.

For more information about MANCEPT, please visit their webpage: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/mancept/mancept-workshops/

We look forward to reading your abstracts!

Evrensel Sebep, Ahmet Gönüllü, Barış Kaştaş, Bill Wringe

https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/mancept/mancept-workshops/programme-2022-panels/corporate-agency-and-the-responsibilities-of-citizens-and-states

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May 31, 2022 at 3:04 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Asst. Prof. V. Abdullah Özkan on “Nonhuman Animals versus Human Animal: 22nd Epistle of Rasā’il Ikhwān al-Safā’” (17.05.2022) Via Zoom

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Dr. Abdullah Özkan (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University) will give a talk at Marmara on Tuesday. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday May 17, 2022

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 (Istanbul Time)

To attend the event please send an e-mail to marmara.phil.talks@gmail.com

“Nonhuman Animals versus Human Animal: 22nd Epistle of Rasā’il Ikhwān al-Safā’

About The Speaker: Abdullah Özkan graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Theology in 2005. He worked as a teacher at Ardaham Religious Vocational High School for nearly two years. In 2008, he went to the United States with a Turkish Government scholarship. He completed his master’s degree in 2010 and his doctorate in 2016 at the University of California, Los Angeles. After returning to Turkey, he worked in Üsküdar District Directorate of National Education for nine months. In 2017, he was appointed as a research assistant to Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Faculty of Theology Department of Islamic Philsophy. He continues his studies as an assistant professor at the same university.

Abstract: Humans conceive themselves as the rightful owner of the universe. They can do whatever they want with it. Both monotheistic religions and western philosophy seem to justify their claim of superiority over other beings. As a result of this entitlement, they have taken other animals under their rule from the beginning to the present. It is right for humans to feed themselves with their flesh and cloth themselves with their skins. They can mount them as means of transportation and use them for plowing the earth. When they see appropriate for themselves, they can grab the lands of animals without any remorse. This seems to be the general ideology of mankind.

In the last centuries, this ideology has been challenged constantly. The challenges results from both ethical considerations and the ecological crisis the earth faces. Now, we are more aware of the existential threats created by this attitude of humans toward nature and nonhuman animals. Animal right groups and environmental organizations try to change our attitude toward nature so that we can live an ethical and sustainable lives.

The serious challenges to this attitude seem to be modern. However, one of the most striking challenges to this attitude comes from the mouths of animals themselves in the form of an epistle written in the tenth century by Ikhwān al-Safā’. They dedicated their twenty second epistle to this topic. In this epistle, animals file a complaint against humans before the king of the jinn. Deriving their evidence mostly from the Qur’ān and the sayings of the prophet, animals refute the claims of human superiority one after another. In some cases, animals claim that they are superior to humans. Throughout the epistle, the Ikhwān give the impression to their reader that there are no rational or religious bases for human superiority. But in the end, they make a u-turn suddenly and accept the claims of mankind. The objective of the Ikhwān with the epistle is not clear. However, many topics discussed in it pushes one to think about human’s treatment of animals. In this presentation, we will try to provide some glimpses into the epistle.

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May 10, 2022 at 6:11 pm

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CFA: The End of Autonomy?

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November 4 – 5, 2022 

BISLA, Bratislava 

Deadline for abstracts: 

June 15, 2022 

Deadline for full papers*: 

October 1, 2022 

Link for online submission: https://tlherald.wordpress.com/?page_id=378 

Slovakia), together Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (with the Department of Political Science at the Central European University (Austria) and the Department of Philosophy at Middle East Technical University (Turkey) are pleased to announce the eighth Liberal Herald conference. The conference brings together students and experts from several continents and academic fields to present their research on equal footing. The best contributions have the opportunity to be published in a book publication. 

(Please note the separate deadline for the full paper submissions for those among selected participants interested in publication).

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May 7, 2022 at 10:35 am

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 5.00 PM (GMT+3): Slobodan Perović (University of Belgrade, Serbia): Life and its origins: philosophical dilemmas and scientific quests

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Bogazici University, Dpt. of Philosophy, John Freely Hall, Room JF 507-8 https://goo.gl/maps/yPFwRCMa689AbJ3T6

Abstract: The biological search for the origin of life has inevitably immensely expanded in the last hundred years due to the exponential accumulation of relevant scientific knowledge. A larger philosophical framework would be beneficial in order for roughly hundred existing theories of the origin of life to adequately address the question and most fruitfully interconnect to each other. I present a set of wide key criteria characterizing life and its possible origin, both on our planet and in the astrobiological context, which may define such a framework.  

Slobodan Perović is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Join us onsite or via this zoom link: https://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/95690145003 (Meeting ID: 956 9014 5003)

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May 6, 2022 at 5:09 pm

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Talk at Bilkent, Apr 28: Laura Georgescu on Cavendishian observations on principal and occasional causes (via Zoom)

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Title: Cavendishian observations on principal and occasional causes

By Laura Georgescu (Groningen, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday April 28, 2022

Time: 15.30-17.00 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. You can find Zoom information here.

Abstract: Suppose you are an early modern natural philosopher committed to a substance–mode ontology. If all the available entities in your ontology are substances and their modes, then change has to be explained either as change in modes or as change in substance. But, since substance is that which persists through change, you are pretty much left with explaining change purely as modal change. Modal change as a general account of change turns out to be less intelligible than meets the eye. Or, at least, this is what Margaret Cavendish – one of the early moderns committed to both naturalism and a thoroughgoing materialism – aims to show. If change as modal change is not intelligible, but change is possible, then, Cavendish argues, occasional causation is the best available account of change, and perhaps the only intelligible account. This talk presents Cavendish’s theory of occasional causation. We will first stop to understand Cavendish’s reasons against modal change. Then we will look at the decoupling of occasional causation from occasionalism (the view that God is the only efficient cause). Finally, in the third part of the talk, we will try to make sense of how Cavendishian occasional causation works, and what difficulties it encounters (i.e., what remains unexplained in Cavendish’s own solution to the problem of change).

About the speaker: Laura Georgescu is currently an assistant professor in the department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen. She works primarily on early modern philosophy and science. Recently, Laura and her colleague, Han Thomas Adriaenssen, published an edited volume on Kenelm Digby’s natural philosophy, with Springer. Today, her talk will not focus on Digby, but on a woman philosopher Laura enjoys working on, Margaret Cavendish.

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April 26, 2022 at 1:25 pm

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Talk at Bilkent, Apr 21: Sergio Tenenbaum on Innumerate Views and Saving the Many (via Zoom)

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Title: Can’t Kant Count: Innumerate Views and Saving the Many

By Sergio Tenenbaum (Toronto, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday April 21, 2022

Time: 15.30-17.00 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please see the event page for Zoom information. 

Abstract: here are many views that reject the idea of aggregating the value of persons’ lives (or well- being) when determining our duties to aid. The grounds can be very different: for Kantians, it might be that the dignity of persons does not allow adding the values of lives in this manner; for contractualists, it might be that principles cannot be reasonably rejected by aggregating the complaints of different persons; for neo-Aristotelians, it might be suspicions about the kind of impersonal value that seems to be presupposed by such aggregation. However, these views all seem to have the embarrassing consequence that in a case in which I could either save two strangers by, say, sailing left or save one stranger by sailing right, it would be permissible for me to sail right and save fewer people. These traditions seem all committed to what Parfit calls “Innumerate Ethics”. Philosophers in these “innumerate” traditions have dealt with these cases in different ways. They might accept the consequence and try to argue for its plausibility, they might try to find within the confines of their specific view ways of rejecting the embarrassing consequence. I argue in this paper, from very general considerations about the nature of defeasible reasoning that innumerate ethics is not committed to this embarrassing consequence. These considerations are such that any form of innumerate ethics must accept, and they show that the kind of reasoning that allows all these positions to avoid the embarrassing consequence is already present in contexts that are radically different and in which no moral duties are involved. At the end, I discuss how and whether these results can be extended to more complex cases.

About the speaker: Sergio Tenenbaum is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, specializing in ethics and the philosophy of action. In addition to over thirty articles in such venues as NoûsPhilosophy and Phenomenological ResearchPhilosophical Quarterly, and Oxford Studies in Metaethics, he has published two monographs: Appearances of the Good: An Essay on the Nature of Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Rational Powers in Action: Instrumental Rationality and Extended Agency (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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April 20, 2022 at 10:34 am

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Talk at Bilkent, Apr 14: Anne Schwenkenbecher on Corporate Ignorance (via Zoom)

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Title: Corporate Ignorance

By Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday April 14, 2022

Time: 15.30-17.00 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please see the event page for Zoom information.

Abstract:  The greater an organization’s (or corporate agent’s) complexity, the greater is the potential for internal doxastic inconsistency. And there is a special corporate type of doxastic inconsistency that can only occur in complex structures: where one part of the organization does not ‘know’ what the other part ‘knows’ – in other words, where knowledge (here understood as true belief) is not distributed in the right way and hence beliefs are not held by the corporate agents in the right way to ensure it is acting on its relevant beliefs. It is this particular type of corporate doxastic inconsistency that appears to have occurred within mining corporation Rio Tinto when it took the (in many ways) disastrous decision to destroy two ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara in Western Australia in May 2020. A parliamentary inquiry identified severe shortcomings in the mining corporation’s communications structure as responsible for the destruction of the site, which experts considered of the ‘highest archeological significance’ in Australia. Using this example, I will explore the epistemic foundations of corporate or group agency.

About the speaker: go to http://profiles.murdoch.edu.au/myprofile/anne-schwenkenbecher/

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April 11, 2022 at 11:01 am

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Talk at Bilkent, Apr 7: Stephen Voss on Belief about Myself (via Zoom)

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Title: Belief about Myself

By Stephen Voss (Bogaziçi, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday, April 7

Time: 15.30-17.00 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please see the event page for the Zoom information.

Abstract: My question is this. What is it to have a belief about oneself, as oneself – for short, an “I belief”? For that matter, what is it for me to conceive a certain individual as me? John Perry once had a supermarket adventure, when he believed a certain individual was making a mess, but even though that individual was him, his belief didn’t motivate him to stop. It was only his belief “l am making a mess” that did the trick. He concluded that he was believing the same thing he believed before but in a different way, that somehow moved him to take action and stop making a mess.

I’ll suggest that it’s this link with an I believer’s action that is the key to understanding the way he believes, so I’ll embed my answer in Aristotle’s theory of practical reason in On the Movement of Animals, chapter 7. Aristotle says that a reason to act is constituted by a desire-belief pair. John Perry had a non-I desire, “The person making a mess should straighten the sack of sugar in the shopping cart,” and an I belief, “I am that person,” which together gave him a reason to act. My suggestion will be that an I belief is a belief such that for some non-I desire, if the person were to have that desire the two would give that person a reason to act. This thesis provides the key to understanding what it is to conceive one individual, out of all the 8 billion possibilities, as oneself. We’ll try to clarify and to evaluate the resulting theory.

Note: the paper for this talk is available from the author upon request.

About the speaker: First I was excited about mathematics at Wheaton College, then about philosophy at Berkeley and Stanford. In order to make a living I agreed to teach, first at Nebraska, then at San Jose and Boğazıcı, where I’ve been for 29 years now. I did some research at Australian National University, Notre Dame, and the French countryside, where I learned about, respectively, Descartes, consciousness, and Leibniz. Now I’m interested in mind and self, both in theoretical terms and as part of philosophy as a way of life. I share Socrates’s conviction that one great way to gain understanding is dialogue with others who also wish to understand. That’s why I am grateful for the opportunity to present some ideas at Bilkent. 

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April 5, 2022 at 9:01 pm

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Full-time Position at Bogazici University (Assist. Prof.)

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The Department of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul invites letters of interest to be considered for appointment to a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Prof. in our department. In accord with Turkish government provisions, this search is for Turkish citizens ONLY. Information about our programmes is available at http://www.phil.boun.edu.tr/

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in philosophy or in fields directly related to AOS specified below (by June 15, 2022) and one research publication. The area of specialty (AOS) is History and Philosophy of Science (with an emphasis on the history of science); areas of competence (AOC) are open. Collegiality and willingness to share departmental responsibilities are required. Typically teaching is two courses per term, undergraduate and graduate, plus typical departmental administrative or committee assignments.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit each of the following: (1) a letter of interest, (2) current C.V. (including contact details, academic training, teaching responsibilities, publications, and current research titles or topics), and (3) 3 to 6 confidential references. Concise statements regarding research plans or teaching may be included. These materials are due by 18 April 2022; ONLY complete dossiers can be considered. Please submit all materials as PDF documents to: nurbayirmak@gmail.com.

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April 5, 2022 at 2:56 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Asst. Prof. V. Metin Demir on “The Tension Between Reason and Nature in Hegel’s System” (29.03.2022) Via Zoom

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Dr. Metin Demir (Bursa Uludağ University) will give a talk at Marmara on Tuesday. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday March 29, 2022

Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (Istanbul Time)

To attend the event please send an e-mail to marmara.phil.talks@gmail.com

“The Tension Between Reason and Nature in Hegel’s System”

About The Speaker: Dr. Metin Demir has received his Ph.D in Philosophy from İstanbul University. His dissertation was on Hegel”s idea of habit and its connection with cultural neuroscience. Currently he is at Uludağ University. Dr. Demir’s areas of specialization are nature-culture relations, German idealism, philosophy of mind, history and philosophy of science.

Abstract: This presentation will discuss the relationship between the externality of nature and the autonomy of reason, one of the most vexed problems in Hegel’s philosophy. Simply, it focuses on the question of how the compatibility of the logical structure of reason and factual reality is solved in Hegelian system.

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March 22, 2022 at 9:59 am

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Talk at Bilkent, Mar 24: Umut Baysan on Mindless Beliefs (via Zoom)

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Title: Mindless Beliefs

By Umut Baysan (Oxford, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday March 24, 2022

Time: 15.30-17.00 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click here for the Zoom meeting information. 

Abstract: If group entities such as companies and organizations could have beliefs and desires, what would that tell us about the nature of beliefs and desires? I argue that it would show that beliefs, desires, and more generally propositional attitudes are not mental states. In a nutshell, the argument is that if propositional attitudes are mental states, then only minded beings could have them; but there are reasons to think that some non-minded beings could bear propositional attitudes. To illustrate this, I appeal to cases of genuine group intentionality. I argue that these are cases in which some group entities bear propositional attitudes, but they are not subjects of mental states. Although propositional attitudes are not mental states, I propose that they are typically co-instantiated with mental states. In an attempt to explain this co-instantiation, I suggest that propositional attitudes of minded beings are typically realized by mental states.

About the speaker: go to www.umutbaysan.org

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March 21, 2022 at 12:20 am

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Online Talk Tonight on The Role of Myth in Plato’s “Republic”

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Finally and happily, we meet tonight (March 16th) at 19:00 for our third and last online meeting with Damien Storey (Koç) and Geoffrey Bowe (İTÜ) on the role of myth in Plato’s “Republic” on the Youtube channel linked below. Send a request to omeraygun@gmail.com if you would like to join the Zoom session.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ork_oPgGvaDaGoLKjq-0A

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March 16, 2022 at 9:21 am

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Talk at Bilkent, Mar 17: Phil Clark on Expressivism, Subjectivism, and Inquiry (via Zoom)

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Title: Expressivism, Subjectivism, and Inquiry

By Phil Clark (Philosophy, Toronto)

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

Time: 1530-1700  (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome.

For the Zoom link, please see the event web page.

Abstract: The view now known as expressivism derives its name from a distinction between expressing and reporting an attitude. Expressivists use this distinction to explain why they are not subjectivists. Subjectivism about some topic, they say, is the view that our talk about that topic reports our attitudes. Expressivism, by contrast, is the view that our talk expresses, as opposed to reporting, our attitudes. As Mark Schroeder notes, however, expressivists have had “a hard time shaking” the charge that their view is somehow subjectivist or mind-dependent. I offer a diagnosis of this situation. The reason we have trouble articulating the charge of subjectivism, I argue, is that we look in the wrong place. We look at what expressivists say about judgments and language, when we should be looking at what expressivists imply, but do not say, about inquiry. Thinking that p is one thing and considering whether p is another. It is what expressivists imply about the latter that makes them subjectivists.

About the speakerhttps://philosophy.utoronto.ca/directory/phil-clark/

Web: http://www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr

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March 15, 2022 at 8:31 am

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Talk at Bilkent, Mar 3: Pauline Kleingeld on Independence and Kant’s Positive Conception of Freedom (via Zoom)

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Title: Independence and Kant’s Positive Conception of Freedom

By Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday March 3, 2022

Time: 15.30-17.00 (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. 

For the Zoom link, please see the event web page.

Abstract: The resurging interest in the republican tradition of legal and political theory has shed new light on Immanuel Kant’s conception of freedom and revealed that it is best understood along republican lines. The discussion of Kant’s republicanism to date, however, has focused heavily on what he calls the ‘negative’ conception of freedom, that is, on his definition of freedom in terms of the absence of something, as ‘independence’, ‘non-domination’, and ‘not being subject to another master’. What has received much less attention is Kant’s ‘positive’ conception of freedom as being subject to one’s own legislation. The relation between these two conceptions of freedom has not yet been examined at all. In this paper, I argue that Kant’s positive conception of political freedom plays a crucial role in his legal and political theory. The ‘innate right’ to external freedom in the (negative) sense of individual independence requires and is realized by freedom in the (positive) sense of collective self-legislation by the citizens. This result suggests that current Kantian republican theorists would do well to consider complementing their focus on independence with a stronger emphasis on citizenship and democracy.

About the speaker: Pauline Kleingeld is Professor of Ethics and its History at the University of Groningen. She is internationally renowned for her work on Kant, Kantian ethics, cosmopolitanism and its history. She also works on practical rationality and political philosophy, including feminist theory. She is currently working on the meaning of empirical psychological research for ethics and the question of how to justify moral duties. In 2020 she received the Spinoza Prize (worth €2.500.000.), which is awarded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and is the highest scientific award in the Netherlands.

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February 28, 2022 at 10:17 am

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Maeve Cooke on “Re-Envisioning Freedom: Ethical Agency in the Anthropocene” (22.02.2022) Via Zoom

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Prof. Maeve Cooke (University College Dublin) will give a talk at Marmara on Tuesday. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (Istanbul Time)

To attend the event please send an e-mail to marmara.phil.talks@gmail.com

“Re-Envisioning Freedom: Ethical Agency in the Anthropocene”

About The Speaker: Maeve Cooke is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. She has published two monographs in critical social theory: Language and Reason: A Study of Habermas’s Pragmatics (MIT Press, 1994) and Re-Presenting the Good Society (MIT Press, 2006) and is the author of many articles in the areas of social and political philosophy. She is on the editorial board of a number of scholarly journals and has held visiting appointments at leading universities in the USA and Europe. Recently she commenced work on a new project on the ethics and politics of the Anthropocene.

Abstract: There is widespread agreement that human activity, intensified by capitalist industrialization, is a major factor in the contemporary global ecological disaster. There are strong reasons to think that certain understandings of human agency play a significant role in this. These rest on the conviction that humans are ethically superior to nonhumans, which are primarily objects for manipulation and control. In political theorizing, the predominant conceptions of freedom in terms of individual choice and decision express this conviction. Aiming to develop a fundamentally different framework for contemporary political theorizing, I call for a fundamental re-envisioning of freedom and offer a distinctive ethical-aesthetic-political conception. My vision is ethical in a double sense: I tie self-determining human agency to concern for the good, which, in the present context, entails an ‘ecologically attuned’ ethical perspective. It is also aesthetic: taking aesthesis to mean perceptual change through disclosure, I emphasize the imbrication of transformation of self and society. My overall intention is political: I re-envision human freedom in order to motivate humans globally to adopt modes of thinking and action that are ecologically attuned, and corresponding democratic institutions and practices, rendering humans better equipped to address the manifold uncertainties and challenges presented by the Anthropocene.

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February 15, 2022 at 8:53 pm

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5th Bilkent International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
(via Zoom)

To attend the conference, please register (registration is free):
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYucOuhrTwtHtCqWFNZHc63UfBuugrGQkXv

After registration, you will receive an e-mail with the Zoom link for the conference.

For more details, please see the conference web page:
http://www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr/index.php/2021/11/20/5th-international-undergraduate-philosophy-conference

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February 15, 2022 at 7:15 pm

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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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