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Philosophy/Cog-Sci Talk at Bogaziçi: Jacob Beck (York) on “The Number Sense Represents (Rational) Numbers” (22.01.2021)

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Jacob Beck (York) will be giving a talk (via zoom) on Friday, January 22nd. From 5-7pm, Istanbul time (9-11am EST). The zoom address is: https://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/97817367347

“The Number Sense Represents (Rational) Numbers.”

Abstract: On a now orthodox view, humans and many other animals possess a “number sense,” or approximate number system (ANS), that represents number. Recently, this orthodox view has been subject to numerous critiques that question whether the ANS genuinely represents number. We distinguish three lines of critique—the arguments from congruency, confounds, and imprecision—and show that none succeed. We then provide positive reasons to think the ANS genuinely represents numbers, and not just non-numerical confounds or recherché substitutes for number, such as “numerosities” or “quanticals,” as critics propose. In so doing, we raise a neglected question: numbers of what kind? Proponents of the orthodox view have been remarkably coy on this issue. But this is unsatisfactory since the predictions of the orthodox view, including the situations in which the ANS is expected to succeed or fail, turn on the kind(s) of number being represented. In response, we propose that the ANS represents not only natural numbers (e.g. 7), but also non-natural rational numbers (e.g. 3.5). It does not represent irrational numbers (e.g. the square root of 2), however, and thereby fails to represent the real numbers more generally. This distances our proposal from existing conjectures, refines our understanding of the ANS, and paves the way for future research.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

December 28, 2020 at 9:47 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 17 Dec: Helen Brown Coverdale on Moral Permissibility of Punishment (Online Event)

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Risking penal collateral consequences and the moral permissibility of punishment

By Helen Brown Coverdale (UCL) 

Date: Thursday December 17, 2020

Time: 1330-1500 (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 link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87545376459?pwd=RnV6Sy9sanRsakVoRjl3anFabzh0Zz09

Meeting ID: 875 4537 6459
Passcode: 654104

Abstract: Offenders need to ‘get lucky’ to avoid significantly harmful outcomes when their punishments interact with their personal and social circumstances. The collateral consequences of punishment have recently received some of the attention they deserve. However, collateral consequences for offenders following from interactions between the sentence and the offender’s circumstances are more complex and morally significant than we have realised. Without paying sufficient attention to circumstances, the state cannot claim to know the risks of collateral consequences, much less defend these risks as morally permissible. To provide equal concern and respect, the state cannot rely on luck to avoid morally impermissible harms to those it punishes. Hence, the state fails to treat offenders as equals, undermining the justification of punishment.

About the speakerHelen Brown Coverdale is a Teaching Fellow in Political Theory in the Political Science Department at University College London. Her core research interest is the moral dimensions of interactions between individuals and the state; particularly the relevance of context for understanding what morally appropriate treatment requires in practice, and the contribution of legal frameworks to supporting morally appropriate treatment of persons by states. She has published in journals including Ethics and Social WelfareTheory and Research in Education and has an article forthcoming with the Journal of Applied Philosophy. Helen previously worked in the criminal justice sector, and as a senior parliamentary researcher in the Westminster parliament.

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December 10, 2020 at 6:41 pm

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Two Full-Time Positions at the Department of Philosophy in Boğazici University

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The Department of Philosophy of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, invites applications from people who are not Turkish citizens for appointment to a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in our department. In exceptional cases, an appointment at a higher level may be considered.

            Minimum qualification: at least one major English-language publication in an SCI, SCIE, SSCI, or AHCI indexed journal. Area of specialiization (AOS) is open. Desired areas of competence (AOC) include epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science, ethics, and ancient philosophy. Collegiality and willingness to share departmental responsibilities are essential.

Information about our programs is available at http://www.phil.boun.edu.tr/. For further information please contact Stephen Voss at shvoss@gmail.com. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 December.  Please submit your complete application as a single PDF file to https://bit.ly/BOUN-PHIL-SUBMIT-DOSSIER. (It will help to follow the instructions in https://www.ilovepdf.com/word_to_pdf and https://combinepdf.com.) And have three confidential letters of recommendation uploaded to the same form.
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The Department of Philosophy of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, invites applications from Turkish citizens for appointment to a full-time faculty position at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor in our department.

            Minimum qualifications: for Associate Professor, 5 major publications, at least 2 in SCI, SCIE, SSCI, or AHCI indexed journals; for Professor, 4 additional major publications, at least 2 in similarly indexed journals. To be appointed at either rank, a candidate must already have gained that rank elsewhere. Area of specialization (AOS) is open. Desired areas of competence (AOC) include epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science, ethics, and ancient philosophy. Teaching is two courses per term for students at bachelor, master, and Ph.D. levels. Collegiality and willingness to share departmental responsibilities are essential.

            Information about our programs is available at http://www.phil.boun.edu.tr/. For further information please contact Stephen Voss at shvoss@gmail.com. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 December.  Please submit your complete application as a single PDF file to https://bit.ly/BOUN-PHIL-SUBMIT-DOSSIER. (It will help to follow the instructions in https://www.ilovepdf.com/word_to_pdf and https://combinepdf.com.) And have three confidential letters of recommendation uploaded to the same form.

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December 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 27 Nov: Claudio Calosi on Mereological Atomism (Online Event)

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How to Build Things from Atoms

By Claudio Calosi (Geneva) 

Date: Friday November 27, 2020

Time: 1230-1400 (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://us02web.zoom.us/j/81367491177?pwd=NDl1QlBXaTM1NXpZV1BBNi84a3Brdz09

Meeting ID: 813 6749 1177
Passcode: 921453

Abstract: Mereological atomism is the thesis that everything is ultimately composed of atomic parts, i.e., parts lacking proper parts. Typically, this thesis is characterized by an axiom stating, more simply, that everything has atomic parts. The present paper argues that the success of this standard characterization crucially depends both on how the notion of composition is related to the notion of sum and on how the notion of sum is initially defined. In particular, we put forward a novel definition of mereological sum that:

(i) is not equivalent to extant definitions in the literature, provided no strong decomposition principle is assumed;

(ii) can be used to claim that the standard characterization of atomism fails in that having atomic parts is not sufficient to be the sum of atoms; and

(iii) delivers a purely mereological distinction between structured and unstructured wholes.

About the speaker: Claudio Calosi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva. He has written on a variety of topics in metaphysics and is currently leading a 5-year project on the metaphysics of quantum objects, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. His work has appeared in such journals as AnalysisErkenntnisSynthesePhilosophical Studies, and the Philosophical Quarterly.

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November 24, 2020 at 1:56 pm

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The Liberal Herald 2020: Stories, Histories, Memories

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Program:

The schedule for Stories, Histories, Memories is now up. A live YouTube stream will be available on this page.

OPENING NOV 20 | 1pm CET

Dagmar Kusá (Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)

James Griffith (Department of Philosophy, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

PANEL 1 Phenomenology and Historicity | NOV 20 | 1:30pm – 2:50pm CET | Moderated by Alex Nemec

Maria Cristina Vendra (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences)

“Interaction with the Past and Openness toward the Future. Paul Ricœur and Jan Patočka at the Boundary of Historicity and History”

Francesco Ferrari (Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, University of Jena)

“Four diseases of temporality and their impact on reconciliatory processes”

Peter Šajda (Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences)

“How to Overcome Political Narratives about the Absolute Enemy”

James Reuter (Department of Philosophy, California State University – Long Beach)

“A Phenomenology of History”

PANEL 2 Art and Literature | NOV 20 | 3pm – 4pm CET | Moderated by Hanna Vasilenka

Haluk Ihsan Talay (Department of English Language and Literature, Yeditepe University, Istanbul)

“The Image of the Turk and Orientalist Discourse in Panait Istrati’s Kyra Kyralina and Ivo Andrić’s The Bridge on the Drina”

Sean Homer (Department of Languages and Theater, American University in Bulgaria)

“History, Narrative and Trauma in Balkan Cinema”

Jaroslava Vydrová (Institute of Philosophy at the Slovak Academy of Sciences)

“Autobiographical Thinking. Alta Vášová’s “The Islands of NonMemory” and their inspiration for philosophy”

PANEL 3 Memory in Public Space | NOV 20 | 4:10pm – 5:40pm CET | Moderated by Nikola Orlovská

Tyler Johnson (Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma)

“A Lost Cause? Biography, Legacy, and the Future of Memorials to Confederate General Robert E. Lee”

Rafael Pérez Baquero (Department of Philosophy, University of Murcia) “Forsaken bodies, hidden narratives and the reframing of the past”

Alfred Frankowski (Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale)

“Monuments of Racial Terror: Intersections Between Memorial Aesthetics and Land Sovereignty”

María del Rosario Acosta López (Department of Hispanic Studies, University of California – Riverside)

“Grammars of Listening: Building Historical Memory in the Aftermath of Trauma (A Decolonial Perspective)”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER NOV 20 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm CET | Moderated by James Griffith

Charles Sabatos (Department of English Language and Literature, Yeditepe University)

“Bratislava as a cultural borderland in the Danubian narratives of Leigh Fermor and Magris”

PANEL 4 Narratives of the Past | NOV 21 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm CET | Moderated by Tomáš Štrba

Lucie Janotová (Department of Political and Social Science, Scuola Normale Superiore – Florence)

“Hidden histories of Charter ‘77”

Slavka Otčenášová (Department of History, Šafárik University in Košice)

“Our heroes, your enemies: Using historical personalities as identity-formation elements in history textbooks”

Veronika Budaiová & Jonáš Jánsky (Central European University)

“The changing narratives of the Slovak National Uprising: Analysis of presidential speeches and remembrance of nation-building”

PANEL 5 The Politics of Memory | NOV 21 | 2:15pm – 3:15pm CET | Moderated by Vivien Slíž

Michael Samjetsabam (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay)

“History and Puyas: The Case of Meitei Community in India’s North-eastern State of Manipur”

Felix Diaz (Department of Philosophy and Psychology, American University in Bulgaria) “Narratives of Forced Displacement at the Gates of Europe”

Aubrial Harrington (Department of Philosophy, Arizona State University)

“Silent narratives”

PANEL 6 Philosophy of History | NOV 21 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm CET | Moderated by Marek Dubovský

Giovanni Patriarca (Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City)

“History as a Cycle: Social Bonds and Changing Values. Rediscovering Ibn Khaldun”

Alexandre Leskanich (Royal Historical Society)

“Retrospective Redundancy: The Anthropocene and the Crisis of Historical Comprehension”

Dashan Xu (De-Wulf Centre for Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

“Why is Fiction More Serious than History?”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER NOV 21 | 4:45m – 5:45pm CET | Moderated by Dagmar Kusá

Phil Gamaghelyan (Joan B. Kroc School of Peace, University of San Diego)

“Memory as an obstacle to peace in the Caucasus region”

Roundtable on Politics of Memory | NOV 21 | 6pm – 7:30pm CET | Moderated by Dagmar Kusá & James Griffith

Fahd Humayun (Yale University)

Emery Kalema (Stellenbosch University)

Ehud Eiran (University of Haifa/Stanford University)

Robert Sata (Central European University)

Carla Habif (The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro or University of Brazil)

Houda Mzioudet (University of Toronto)

CLOSING NOV 20 | 7:30pm CET

Dagmar Kusá (Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)

James Griffith (Department of Philosophy, Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

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November 16, 2020 at 4:58 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 19 Nov: David Liebesman on Truth-Conditional Semantics (Online Event)

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Copredication and the Possibility of Truth-Conditional Semantics

By David Liebesman (Calgary) (joint work with Ofra Magidor, Oxford)

Date: Thursday November 19, 2020

Time: 1730-1900 (GMT+3)

Click here for Zoom link.

Abstract: Copredicational sentences can be true despite the fact that they ascribe prima facie categorially incompatible properties. For instance, “Lunch was delicious but took hours” can be true even though it is natural to assume that only events can take hours while only food can be delicious. Dramatic lessons have been drawn from this phenomenon. In particular, Chomsky and several of his followers have taken copredication to provide key evidence that we ought to abandon systematic truth-conditional semantics altogether. After clarifying the challenges posed by copredication, we’ll undermine Chomskyan arguments from copredication to scepticism about truth-conditional semantics. We’ll then sketch our favoured view–the property versatility view–which meets the challenges without either abandoning truth-conditional semantics or significantly complicating our semantic theory. 

About the speakerDavid Liebesman is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Calgary. He works primarily in the philosophy of language and metaphysics, and has published numerous articles in such journals as Analysis, the Australasian Journal of PhilosophyMindNoûs, and Philosophers’ Imprint.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

November 10, 2020 at 9:19 am

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SWIP-TR 3 : Program, Youtube Channel and Registration

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Feminist History of Philosophy

The conference will take place online 19-20 November. Some of the talks will be in Turkish and some in English.

The Program, available here has several papers on women in the history of philosophy.

Details about how to register will be available shortly.

Those who are registered will be able to watch the talks on our YouTube Channel.

Registration is now open, here.

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October 29, 2020 at 7:53 pm

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Call for Participants: Int. Workshop on Theory (Re-)Construction in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (TRC2020), Sat & Sun, 7-8 NOV 2020

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Int. Workshop on Theory (Re-)Construction in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (TRC2020)

Sat & Sun, 7-8 NOV 2020 (online, using ZOOM)

Boğaziçi University, Dpt. of Philosophy & Cognitive Science Program, 34342 Bebek/Istanbul, Turkey

http://bit.ly/TRC2020-BOUN

http://bit.ly/ProgramTRC2020

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

It has been repeatedly observed that the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS) lack well-developed theoretical superstructures, structures that researchers could apply to generate (point-)predictive empirical hypotheses. The MTR project treats this lacuna as an important reason to explain, and to treat, the ongoing replicability crisis in the ESBS. 

To join this meeting as a discussant, please register on or before 1 NOV 2020.

Participation is on-site or online (using zoom). There are no fees

SPEAKERS

Amit Pundik (University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Tel Aviv University, Israel) – Predictive Evidence and Unpredictable Freedom  

Edouard Machery (Keynote) (University of Pittsburgh, United States) – Are perverse incentives responsible for the replication crisis?  

Erich Witte (University of Hamburg, Germany) – What is a well-supported empirical theory and research program in psychology and how to measure it?  

Holger Andreas (The University of British Columbia, Canada) – Carnapian Structuralism  

Johanna Sarisoy (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – Methodological Realism in Psychometrics  

Klaus Fiedler (Keynote) (Heidelberg University, Germany) – Nothing more practical than a good theory…  

Majid Beni (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan) – Fleshing out the social aspect of Cognitive Structural Realism  

Maximilian Maier, Noah van Dongen and Denny Borsboom (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Comparing Theories with the Ising Model of Explanatory Coherence  

Roberto Fumagalli (King’s College London, United Kingdom)- A Reformed Division of Labour for the Science of Well-Being  

William Cullerne Bown (Independent, United Kingdom) – Measurement as metaphysics

Registration https://bit.ly/TRC2020-registration

Learn more about MTR  https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/home-2/project/about/

Cog-Sci/Philosophy reading group at Boğaziçi with Mark Bickard (Lehigh) – Fall 2020

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This semester the Boğaziçi Philosophy/Cognitive Science reading group will meet on Wednesdays from 6-8pm (Istanbul Time) on zoom. Starting on October 28th, 2020. The zoom link is: https://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/688552381

This semester we will read a book manuscript by Mark Bickhard (Lehigh) and he will attend the weekly meetings. The title of the manuscript is “The Whole Person: Toward a Naturalism of Persons.” We will start this week reading up to p.69.

If you would like to receive a copy of the manuscript, please email Oğuz: oguzerdin@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome.

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October 22, 2020 at 5:11 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 8 Oct: Max Cappuccio on Intentionality in Sport Performance (Online Event)

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Wax on, Wax Off! Skillful control and varieties of intentionality in sport performance

By Massimiliano L. Cappuccio (UNSW, School of Engineering and Information Technology) 

Date: Thursday October 8, 2020 

Time: 1330-1500 (GMT+3)

Zoom link: 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82644320711  

Abstract: I would like to introduce a thought experiment inspired by the iconic “wax-on-wax-off” Miyagi-sensei’s training routine, as portrayed in the original Karate Kid movie (1984). This experiment provides us with an occasion to revisit the Habitualism vs Intellectualism debate in philosophy of skill & expertise, critically discuss Anders Ericcson’s notion of Deliberate Practice, and appreciate the non-representational nature of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s notion of Motor Intentionality. The key philosophical question to be addressed through this thought experiment is the following: what role does habit formation play in the development of sport skills?

My analysis shows that motor habits are both necessary for and constitutive of sensorimotor skill as they support an automatic, yet inherently intelligent and flexible, form of action control. Intellectualists about skills generally assume that what makes action intelligent and flexible is its intentionality, and that intentionality must be necessarily cognitive in nature to allow for both deliberation and explicit goal-representation. There is some truth to the intellectualist claim that goal-oriented action involves intentionality and that some skilful activities involve cognitive effort, deliberate control, and self-awareness. However, habitual action in sport is too intricate a phenomenon to be accounted for by dichotomies that oppose controlled skillful sport performance (intelligent, deliberate, and controlled actions) and automatized mechanisms (unintelligent, inflexible, motor habits). In this presentation I offer a philosophical alternative that shows how flexibility, control, and intelligence can arise from automatized expert behavior. Against Intellectualism I argue that the habitual behaviours that compose skilful action are accompanied by their specific, non-cognitive form of intentionality: this is motor intentionality, which is purposive and adaptive while involving no explicit deliberation or goal representation.

My account of habit based on Motor Intentionality explains why the formation of motor habits can sometimes act as the sole basis of skill acquisition: Motor Intentionality is inherently purposeful because it is an embodied source of sensorimotor anticipation, pre-reflective motivation, and pragmatic know-how. Skill development through exercise always builds on a motor intentional component even when it is guided by Deliberate Practice to the point that, pace Intellectualism, Deliberate Practice is disclosed, not constrained, by habit formation. As suggested by the fact that repetitive exercises can play a major role in the development of flexible and intelligent sport skills, automatism is not a drawback for strategic control and improvisation but rather their pragmatic foundation.

About the speaker: Massimiliano (Max) Cappuccio is Deputy director of the Values in Defense and Security Technology group at University of New South Wales Canberra. He also holds a secondary affiliation with UAE University, the national university of the United Arab Emirates, where he had been Associate professor of Cognitive science and director of the Cog Sci Lab for several years (August 2011 – December 2018). His research is concerned with the ethical implications of AI and social robotics and the philosophical foundations of cognitive science. As a cognitive philosopher and a philosopher of technology, Max’s research on the processes underpinning embodied cognition, social intelligence, and skill acquisition & disruption aims to integrate phenomenological analyses, empirical experimentation, and synthetic modelling. He conducts an intense activity as organizer of academic events, including interdisciplinary workshops, research seminar series, and international conferences (like the TEMPER workshop on Training, Enhancement, and Military Performance at UNSW Canberra and the annual Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics in Abu Dhabi). He is the editor of the MIT Press Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology.

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October 8, 2020 at 9:31 am

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CFP: Prokopton – Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

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We now accept submissions for the second issue of Prokopton: Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy. 

The submission deadline is November 19, 2020.

Check our first issue 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.

If you would like to submit anything other than original paper(s), please contact us with the details of your work(s). Doing so will highly increase the chances that your work is accepted. 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.

You can send all your submissions to prokoptonjournal [at] gmail [dot] com.

To be eligible for submission, 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 2021 in order for us to consider your work for our second issue, which is going to be published in 2021. Undergraduate authors from all fields (not just philosophy) are welcome to submit their work.

For more information: http://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr/

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October 6, 2020 at 7:59 am

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CFA: Online student conference

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James Griffith, from ODTU is part of the organizing committee for this student conference. This year it’s happening online, and so we would like to encourage students in Turkey to apply.

Title: Stories, Histories, Memories
November 20 – 21, 2020
Deadline for Abstracts: October 15, 2020
Contact: theliberalherald@bisla.sk
Website: tlherald.wordpress.com
LOCATION: ONLINE    
Link for submission

The Liberal Herald is pleased to issue the Call for Abstracts for its seventh academic conference. The Liberal Herald was founded by students and alumni of the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts and is organized in partnership with the Central European University and Bard College in Berlin

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.

The conference is supported by research grants from the Slovak Research and Development Agency (grant No. APVV-15-0682) and Bringing Theory to Practice, an independent project in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Stories, Histories, Memories

We understand the world and ourselves through stories. We tell stories about who we are, as individuals, families, communities. These stories tell where we come from, what our purpose is, who are our enemies, what we believe in, and why. Stories create nations, elevate leaders, or make them fall. Stories of the past, in particular, are closely intertwined with our identities and politics. Yet these stories often conflict, with those others tell themselves and between themselves in a single person or culture. What do we understand, then, when we understand ourselves and the world through conflicting stories? Do we understand stories as conflicting or ourselves as in conflict? What stories do we choose to believe in and why these over others?

In Latin, both ‘stories’ and ‘histories’ are historarium and this overlap survives in Italian, French, Portuguese. Yet are the stories we tell ourselves histories, especially when they conflict? Are they narratives chosen for reasons separate from the story itself, for reasons that themselves have histories? Can history operate in the singular? Is there ever, can there ever, should there ever be history as such, at least as anything more than a certain dream of certain historians? Are histories always themselves just stories, perhaps just-so stories, regardless of the scientific rigor with which they are told?

Bernard Bailyn differentiated history from collective memory based on the latter’s “emotional, not intellectual” relation to the past. Historians are supposed to record and guard facts, objectively report events, whereas memory is selective and emotional, placing heroes and entire eras on a pedestal or damning them to hell. Yet, though the historian’s task is to look at the past through established facts and nothing but, he or she sifts through and selects only those they deem important to narrate a story, interpret connections, establish causes and consequences. Meanwhile, political leaders often operate with collective memory. They appeal to and justify their decisions by it, tap into the emotions associated with it. Governments establish institutional designs—laws, memorials, curricula and textbooks—that mold and are molded by our collective relation to the past and present. 

Recent populist politics in India, the United States, United Kingdom, and Hungary as well as challenges to simple narratives established by statues in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa all highlight the use of collective memory and historical grievances for political goals, as do the statements on or silence over the thirtieth anniversaries of the 1989 revolutions in Central European countries. 

This conference will explore the political and methodological questions concerning the relationship between stories, histories, and memories. That is, it aims to untangle, to the extent is possible, the difference between these connected phenomena.

GENERAL TOPIC SUGGESTIONS

1.      History and historiography
The craft of history
History textbooks and curricula
History in the singular?

2.      Politics of Memory and Identity
Collective memory in politics
“Dead bodies”: Statues, memorials, ceremonies
Emotions in the political use of the past
Public space and memorialization

3.      Narratives
Narrative constructions of history and memory
The historian as storyteller
Hidden stories: Alternative histories, resistance
to mainstream narratives 

4.      Temporality
Changing relations to the past
Government’s crafting of collective temporality through institutional and legislative designs 

CRITERIA FOR ABSTRACTS
Contributors must submit abstracts which are
– pertinent to the subject matter
– scholarly
– in English
– max. 300 words long

Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by October 20, 2020. Authors will be required to submit their complete entries by November 10, 2020. 
All abstracts should be submitted via online form (LINK: https://forms.gle/hNAg8Wf65A1NzkXQA).

COMPLETE PAPER CRITERIA
Papers should be
– 2000 – 3500 words long
– revised and edited
– in APA citation and reference style format 

Organizers and Contacts:
Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA), Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Mgr. Dagmar Kusá, PhD., James Griffith, PhD
Email: kusa@bisla.sk,  theliberalherald@bisla.sk, Phone: + 421 915 373 226
Central European University, Budapest (CEU), Budapest Hungary
Robert Sata, satar@ceu.edu
Bard College in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Michael Weinman,  m.weinman@berlin.bard.edu

Written by Sandrine Berges

September 18, 2020 at 11:50 am

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Online lecture by Victoria Holbrook (İstanbul Bilgi University, Department of Architecture): “Beauty…”, 18 August at 20:00

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August 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm

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1st Practical Philosophy Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Conference – CFA (in Turkish)

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Society for Practical Philosophy is organizing an online conference.

 

Conference Date: August 7-8, 2020

Conference Language: Turkish

Platform: Zoom

Abstract length: 500-1000 words

Submission deadline: June 30, 2020

Notification of acceptance: July 20, 2020

How to submit: Fully anonymous abstracts and a separate document containing the name, surname, affiliation and contact information of the author(s) should be submitted to konferans@pratikfelsefe.com as a PDF or Word document. The subject line of the submission e-mail should be “2020 Pratik Felsefe Konferansı Özet Gönderimi”.

 

Keynote Speakers:

1. Prof. Bülent Gözkan (Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi)
Kant’ın Temel Projesi: Doğa Varlığı Olan İnsanı Bir Ahlâk Varlığına Dönüştürmek

2. Dr. Cansu Canca (AI Ethics Lab)
TBA

 

Conference themes include, but are not limited to:

Normative ethics

Social and Political philosophy

Applied ethics

Philosophy of law

Metaethics

Moral psychology

 

The aim of the conference is to gather graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who earned their doctoral degrees within the last five years. The conference is expected to be a medium where researchers working on various subfields of practical philosophy can provide each other feedback, criticism and suggestions.

 

Each presentation will have 20 minutes, followed by another 20 minutes dedicated to Q&A.

 

Please do not hesitate to share this CfA with all potentially interested parties.

For more information contact info@pratikfelsefe.com or check out our website at https://www.pratikfelsefe.com.

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June 20, 2020 at 4:59 pm

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Summer Lecture Series: “İyilik, Güzellik * Goodness and Beauty”, Tuesdays 20:00 İstanbul Time

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Meetings will be held on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83435659814

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June 17, 2020 at 2:11 pm

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Int. Workshop on Theory (Re-)Construction in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (TRC2020), 7-8 NOV 2020 (online or on-site)

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Int. Workshop on Theory (Re-)Construction in the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (TRC2020)

Sat & Sun, 7-8 NOV 2020 (online or on-site)

Boğaziçi University, Dpt. of Philosophy & Cognitive Science Program, 34342 Bebek/Istanbul, Turkey
https://bit.ly/TRC-BOUN-2020

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

It has been repeatedly observed that the Empirical Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESBS) lack well-developed theoretical superstructures, structures that researchers could apply to generate (point-)predictive empirical hypotheses. The MTR project treats this lacuna as an important reason to explain, and to treat, the ongoing replicability crisis in the ESBS.

We invite abstracts from any scientific field addressing this lacuna via reconstructions of empirical theories (from the ESBS or not), research on frameworks (or methods) for theory reconstruction, synchronic or diachronic work on concept formation/ontology in the ESBS, and explanatory accounts why this lacuna persists. We particularly invite applied work on how to go about constructing an ESBS theory.

Participation is on-site or online. There are no fees. Please submit an abstract (max. around 500 words) plus key references by 15 SEPT 2020.

What now?

Submit abstract https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=trc2020

Receive e-mail updates https://bit.ly/TRC2020-registration

Registration https://bit.ly/TRC2020-registration

Learn more about MTR  https://mtrboun.wordpress.com/home-2/project/about/

Important Dates

Deadlines are at midnight, GMT+3.

Abstract submission 15 SEPT 2020
Acceptance letters sent 30 SEPT 2020
Registration for speaker 15 OCT 2020
Program ready 22 OCT 2020
Registration for discussants by 1 NOV 2020

Contact

Zeynep Burçe Gümüşlü
gumuslu.burce@gmail.com

 

 

 

Deadline Extended till 1 July: SWIP-TR 3

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Call for Abstracts: 3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference on Philosophy, Gender and Social Justice  
The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Conference and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 19-20 November, 2020 at Maltepe University, Turkey.

Date of the Conference: 19-20 November, 2020
Place: Maltepe University, Istanbul.
Abstracts: in English or Turkish
Word limit: between 900-1200 words (3 pages long)
Deadline for abstract submission:  July 1,  2020 
Notification of acceptance:  July 15, 2020
E-mail anonymized abstracts and a separate document with contact details as word or PDF to swiptr2020@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2020 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”
Review Process: Long abstracts will be double-blind reviewed according to criteria listed here. Abstracts that are not retained will receive feedback from an anonymous reviewer upon request.
Publication: After an independent triple-blind review process, selected papers will be published in FE Journal: Feminist Critique.

                          3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference on Philosophy, Gender, and Social Justice 
                                                                                     Keynote Speakers
Prof. Betül Çotuksöken (Maltepe University, Istanbul)
Prof. Nazile Kalaycı (Hacettepe University, Ankara)

This conference is co-organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR), Maltepe University Department of Philosophy and Maltepe University UNESCO Chair for Gender Equality and Culture.

The goal of the event is to create a forum for women in philosophy to meet and help each other. More specifically, we wish to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in Turkey as well as women philosopher from Turkey who study or work abroad.

The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on the following subtopics spread over two days.
Philosophy, Gender, and Social Justice
–           Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy
–           Being a Woman in Philosophy
–           Topics in Feminist Philosophy
–           Gender, Race and Intersectional Analysis
–           Topics in Women’s Studies
–           Philosophical Questions about Social Justice
–           Philosophical Questions about Family

We invite (those identifying as) women philosophers to submit longs abstracts for presentation.
Please feel free to share this message with interested parties.

For further information, please e-mail swipturkey@gmail.com
Website: https://swip-tr.weebly.com/

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May 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

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Talk by Bill Wringe (Bilkent): “Shared Emotions and Other Minds” (21.05.2020)

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Bill Wringe (Bilkent) will have a guest lecture in my Social Cognition Class at Bogazici on Thursday, May 21st from 11am til 1pm (Istanbul time). Anyone is welcome to join.

Link can be found here: https://boun-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/95389796502

ABSTRACT: Philosophers sometimes suggest we might address skepticism about other minds by defending a ‘direct realist’ account of our knowledge of the mental states of other people, on which we have direct perceptual access to the mental states of others. Our knowledge of the emotions of other people seems to provide us with a promising point of entry for such an account. However, we might doubt whether a state’s having an intentional object can be a part of what is directly perceived. If an emotion’s intentional directedness is essential to its being a mental state, then what we are able to attribute on directly perceptual grounds seems to fall short of being a fully-fledged mental state. This problem cannot be solved by direct realists who retain a ‘spectatorial’ approach to
accounting for our capacity to attribute mental states to others. Some suggest that ‘interactivist’ accounts can achieve more than purely spectatorial ones. However, it is at least initially unclear what interaction could add. Here I present an account on which our capacity to understand the emotions of others is based on our capacity for shared emotional involvement. On this view, my capacity to know what you are feeling is grounded in a more basic capacity to know what we are feeling. This approach solves the problem I raised for the spectatorial direct realist, since the fact that mental states that I share can be directed to particular intentional objects is not open to skeptical doubt.

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May 19, 2020 at 11:18 pm

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Talk: Victoria Holbrook, “The Architecture of Mimesis – Poetry in Plato and the Quran”, May 5th, 2020, 18:00

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Bilgi Üniversitesi Mimarlık Yüksek Lisans öğrencilerinin düzenlediği “Mekan Konuşmaları” serisinin 69.sunda Victoria Holbrook bizlerle olacak.

Konuşma Konusu: “The Architecture of Mimesis: Poetry in Plato and Quran”

Oluşan koşulların Doğu-Batı ayrımı olmaksızın toplumları aynı düzlemde buluşturduğu bugünlerde, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi’nden Dr. Victoria Holbrook, sanatın, siyasi yaşamın temsilinin ve epistemolojinin temelindeki “mimesis” kavramını, Plato’nun çalışmalarında ve Kuran’daki mekansal “mimesis” anlayışının ortaklıkları üzerinden tartışacak.

İlgilenen herkesi bekliyoruz.

Online Yayın: Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7388490722
(Konuşma herkese açıktır, katılım 100 kişi ile sınırlıdır.)
Tarih: 05.05.2020 Salı Saat: 18.00

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May 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm

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BOUN Phil Colloq in May, Fridays 5pm, on ZOOM

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8 MAY 2020, 5pm
Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Emory University, Atlanta, USA): What is Kant’s Non-Ideal Theory of Politics

15 MAY 2020, 5pm
Ali Emre Benli (Department of Ethics, Law and Politics; Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnics and Religious Diversity; Gottingen; Germany): Should refugees vote?

22 MAY 2020, 5pm
Pascale Roure (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany): Logical Empiricism in Turkish Exile. Hans Reichenbach’s Research and Teaching Activities at Istanbul University (1933-1938)

To view abstracts, find zoom links, and to copy these entries to your personal calendars, go to: https://phil.boun.edu.tr/calendar

Download the zoom browser plugin at https://zoom.us/download

 

 

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April 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 30 Apr: Saniye Vatansever on Kant and Stoicism (Online Event)

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Consolation of Kant’s Philosophy: The Stoic Elements in Kant’s Letter to Maria von Herbert

By Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent, Philosophy) 

Date: Thursday April 30, 2020 

Time: 1640-1800 GMT+3

Zoom link: 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:  https://zoom.us/j/767639034

Abstract: In this paper, I examine the letter correspondence between Kant and Maria von Herbert, an Austrian woman who is well-versed in Kant’s moral philosophy. Herbert writes three letters to Kant and we only have access to Kant’s reply to her first letter. In her letters, Herbert explains her misery and seeks consolation from Kant in person as she claims that she couldn’t find comfort in philosophy. Thus, she raises interesting philosophical questions regarding the immorality of suicide, the dullness of leading a dutiful life, and consolation of philosophy. Whether Kant provides satisfactory answers to her questions is a matter of controversy. According to Rae Langton, Kant’s reply to Herbert simply ignores Herbert’s questions and that negligence on Kant’s part might be due to the underlying assumption that the less said on suicide, the less likely the morbid thoughts will arise. Contra Langton, I argue that by analyzing the nature of Herbert’s actions and the underlying causes of her feelings, Kant attempts to change Herbert’s negative emotions leading to suicidal thoughts. In other words, Kant aims to provide consolation and comfort to Herbert by helping her rationally analyze the causes of her destructive emotions. By doing so, Kant acts as a stoic philosopher attempting to transform the false judgments leading to negative emotions with the correct ones.

About the speaker:  click here.

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April 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm

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Online Talk hosted by Istanbul Bilgi 22 April: Geoffrey Bowe, “Socratic Spaces: Ingress and Egress, Inside and Outside – Setting in Plato’s Dialogues”

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Click here or on the poster below for a link to the meeting (via Zoom).

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April 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

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Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University

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The first issue of Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University is online at prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr.

Prokopton is an annual online journal. It is the first refereed international academic journal of philosophy for undergraduate students in Turkey. ‘Prokopton’, is a Greek term used by Stoics, which means making progress toward truth or being a student of wisdom.

The journal includes original research articles, translations, book reviews and interviews by undergraduate students. There is also a section for high-school students, edited by high school students. The managing editorial board of the journal consists of undergraduate students at Bilkent.

Please see the submission guidelines if you would like to submit your work for the next issue.

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April 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 2 Apr: Jonathan Payton on Counting Composites (Online Event)

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Counting Composites  

By Jonathan Payton (Calgary, Philosophy) 

 Date: Thursday April 2, 2020 

Time: 1640-1800 

Zoom link: This is 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: https://zoom.us/j/556133950.

Abstract: According to the thesis ‘Composition Entails Identity’ (CEI), a whole is identical to all its parts taken together. CEI seems to imply that things can outnumber themselves, i.e., that there can be more things in a collection than there are. For instance, if two objects, a and b, compose a third object, c, then by CEI, (I) a and b are both many things and one, and (ii) they’re both two things and three. I solve this problem by distinguishing two kinds of number ascriptions – which I dub ‘cardinality ascriptions’ and ‘ipseity ascriptions’ – and hence two ways for some objects to be n things. While no collection can possess two or more distinct cardinalities – and so cannot, in that sense, outnumber itself – a single collection can possess two or more distinct ipseities. 

About the speaker:  Jonathan Payton received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and he is currently SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. He specializes in and the philosophy of action, drawing heavily on research in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic. He has published in journals such as Australasian Journal of Philosophy,  SyntheseCanadian Journal of Philosophy and Erkenntnis. In addition, he has a book under contract with Cambridge University Press entitled ‘Negative Actions and the Metaphysics of Agency’. 

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April 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

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UPDATE: Deadline for applications to the MA Program in Philosophy at Koç University extended to 17 April, 2020

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March 30, 2020 at 1:02 pm

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Application deadline for MA/PhD at Bilkent (May 29)

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We are now accepting applications for our M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, for those starting in Fall 2020.

  • Deadline for regular applications: 29 May, 2020

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. 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, CUNY Graduate Center, 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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March 24, 2020 at 1:01 pm

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Call for Applications to the MA Program in Philosophy at Koç University – Online Information Session 26 March

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March 23, 2020 at 10:53 am

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Lecture Series at Bogazici, 18, 19, 23 & 24 MARCH 2020: Patricia Rich (University of Bayreuth, Germany): Successful Scientific Communities–Lessons from Epistemology

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Patricia Rich is junior professor of philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. She teaches among others in the Philosophy & Economics program.

The lectures are open to BA and MA/PhD students.

Rooms to be announced at http://bit.ly/BOUN-PHIL-CALENDAR. Warm welcome!

WED 18 MARCH, 5-7 pm: Values in science

This session presents a challenge to the notion of scientific objectivity, based on the realization that values play an often hidden role in scientific inquiry, and that science is in fact forced to make implicit value judgments. A healthy scientific community is often seen as the only way to achieve a kind of objectivity.

THU 19 MARCH, 5-7 pm: Systems-oriented social epistemology

Traditional epistemology ignores the social context of individual reasoning, and this has increasingly been recognized as a problem. The quickly-growing literature in social epistemology remedies this problem. This session introduces the research program in “systems-oriented social epistemology”, which allows us to address the diversity challenge from the previous session.

MO 23 MARCH, 5-7 pm: Evolutionary epistemology

Much of this new research in epistemology reflects our understanding of humans as evolved beings. Appeals to evolution must be critically assessed and used cautiously, however. This session explains basic principles of evolutionary biology and discusses the conditions under which evolutionary theory could help us to understand scientific communities.

TUE 24 MARCH, 5-7 pm: Knowledge-first epistemology

Traditional epistemology has also taken the notion of ‘belief’ as its most important building block. This session explains why many epistemologists now reject this tradition as well, rebuilding epistemology on the concept of ‘knowledge’ rather than ‘belief’. Ways in which knowledge-first, systems-oriented, and evolutionary epistemology may be mutually-reinforcing developments are explored.

Host: Boğaziçi University (BOUN), Dpt. of Philosophy, Bebek, 34342 Istanbul, Turkey. Local organizer: Dr. Frank Zenker (frank.zenker[AT]boun.edu.tr). Funded by the European Union Erasmus+ teaching exchange program.

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March 5, 2020 at 11:38 am

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CFP: 3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference, Maltepe

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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference on Philosophy, Gender and Social Justice  

 

The Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Conference and Meeting of SWIP-Turkey between 19-20 November, 2020 at Maltepe University, Turkey.

 

Date of the Conference: 19-20 November, 2020

Place: Maltepe University, Istanbul.

Abstracts: in English or Turkish

Word limit: between 900-1200 words (3 pages long)

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 May 2020

Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2020

E-mail: anonymized abstracts and a separate document with contact details as word or PDF to swiptr2020@gmail.com. The subject heading of the e-mail should be “2020 SWIP-TR Abstract Submission”

 

Review Process:

Long abstracts will be double-blind reviewed according to criteria listed here: (https://swip-tr.weebly.com/abstract-assessment.html). Abstracts that are not retained will receive feedback from an anonymous reviewer upon request.

 

Publication: After an independent triple-blind review process, selected papers will be published in FE Journal: Feminist Critique (http://cins.ankara.edu.tr/).

 

 

3rd Annual SWIP-TR Conference on Philosophy, Gender, and Social Justice 

Keynote Speakers

 

Prof. Betül Çotuksöken (Maltepe University, Istanbul)

 

Prof. Nazile Kalaycı (Hacettepe University, Ankara)

 

The conference is co-organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy in Turkey (Swip-TR), Maltepe University Department of Philosophy and Maltepe University Center for Women and Family Studies.

 

The goal of the event is to create a forum for women in philosophy to meet and help each other. More specifically, we wish to foster exchanges between women philosophers studying or working in Turkey as well as women philosopher from Turkey who study or work abroad.

 

The conference will consist of panels in Turkish and English on the following topics spread over two days.

 

 

 

 

Philosophy, Gender, and Social Justice
–           Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy

–           Being a Woman in Philosophy
–           Topics in Feminist Philosophy
–           Gender, Race and Intersectional Analysis

–           Topics in Women’s Studies

–           Philosophical Questions about Social Justice

–           Philosophical Questions about Family

 

We invite (those identifying as) women philosophers to submit longs abstracts for presentation.

 

Please feel free to share this message with interested parties.

For further information, please e-mail swipturkey@gmail.com

Website: https://swip-tr.weebly.com/

 

 

 

 

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March 5, 2020 at 11:23 am

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Talk at Bogazici, 10 April 2020, 5.00- 7.00pm: Pascale Roure (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany): Logical Empiricism in Turkish Exile. Hans Reichenbach’s Research and Teaching Activities at Istanbul University (1933-1938)

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ABSTRACT: The purpose of my talk is to shed new light on a less known stage in the development of Hans Reichenbach’s thought, namely his research, output and teaching activities at the University of Istanbul (1933–1938). I argue here that the experience of Turkish exile was decisive in the development of Reichenbach’s philosophical views, as presented in his work written in Istanbul, Experience and Prediction. I therefore suggest a new reading of this book, based on the study of its Turkish context of elaboration and reception. To this end, I will take in consideration not only Reichenbach’s efforts to popularize and extend the program of scientific philosophy in Turkey and other European countries in the 1930’s, but also the Turkish lectures and the work of Reichenbach’s students at the University of Istanbul. By studying these two faces of the Turkish reception of Logical Empiricism and by highlighting the specificity of Reichenbach’s positions, I will show that Reichenbach’s impact was not limited to a unilateral transfer of knowledge, but was also an indirect contribution to the scientific development of philosophical disciplines such as psychology and sociology at the University of Istanbul.
LOCATION: John Freely Hall, Bebek, BÜ Güney Kampüsü No:6, 34342 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey (map)

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March 4, 2020 at 2:15 pm

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