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Shmulik Nili at Bilkent Friday 14 Dec.

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“Unconditional Commitments, Integrity, and the Polity ”

By Shmulik Nili (Northwestern/ANU)

Date: Friday 14 December, 2018

Time: 1100-1230

Place: H-232

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Abstract: An important philosophical position holds that an agent’s moral integrity is entirely parasitic upon morality’s overall requirements. According to this “integrity skepticism,” we can only know what our moral integrity requires once we know how, all things considered, we morally ought to act. In this essay’s opening part, focused on individual ethics, I present two main arguments against integrity skepticism. The first argument is that since agents have important moral reasons to incorporate certain unconditional commitments into their self-conception, it is unfair to criticize agents who go on to treat these commitments as an independent factor in their moral deliberation. The second argument links agents’ unconditional moral commitments to their duty to sustain self-respect. In the essay’s latter part, I seek to show that parallel versions of these two arguments provide even stronger grounds for resisting integrity skepticism regarding collective affairs. Specifically, I contend that integrity skepticism fails when it comes to liberal-democratic polities as collective agents: such polities have their own morally important integrity, which is not parasitic upon them “doing the right thing.” Rather, a liberal polity’s moral integrity is an independent moral factor informing the analysis of what the polity ought to do.

About the speaker: Dr Nili’s current work focuses on three related themes. First, how we should think about the collective agency of “the sovereign people,” both as a matter of abstract philosophy and as a matter of concrete public policy (see The People’s Duty, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). Second, what political philosophy can contribute when facing obvious moral failures in public policy. Finally, the moral value of integrity, whether applied to ordinary people, to authoritarian demagogues, or to collective institutions.

Dr Nili’s inquiries into these three themes started with a focus on corruption issues. In particular, global corruption related to the “resource curse” and in philosophical questions that this “curse” raises about public property and democracy, as well as about the practical tasks of political philosophy. More recently, Dr Nili has sought to connect his global theory arguments to domestic politics, paying special attention to morally fraught dynamics in various developing countries, in the United States, and in his native Israel.

Dr Nili has publications in a number of journals including, Ethics, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Political Philosophy and History of Political Thought.

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Written by Sandrine Berges

December 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm

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Shmulik Nili will give a talk on Dec 17, Monday at Bosphorus

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Shmulik Nili (Northwestern University). “Unconditional commitments, integrity, and the polity.” ABSTRACT: An important philosophical position holds that an agent’s moral integrity is entirely parasitic upon morality’s overall requirements. According to this “integrity skepticism,” we can only know what our moral integrity requires once we know how, all things considered, we morally ought to act. In this essay’s opening part, focused on individual ethics, I present two main arguments against integrity skepticism. The first argument is that since agents have important moral reasons to incorporate certain unconditional commitments into their self-conception, it is unfair to criticize agents who go on to treat these commitments as an independent factor in their moral deliberation. The second argument links agents’ unconditional moral commitments to their duty to sustain self-respect. In the essay’s latter part, I seek to show that parallel versions of these two arguments provide even stronger grounds for resisting integrity skepticism regarding collective affairs. Specifically, I contend that integrity skepticism fails when it comes to liberal-democratic polities as collective agents: such polities have their own morally important integrity, which is not parasitic upon them “doing the right thing.” Rather, a liberal polity’s moral integrity is an independent moral factor informing the analysis of what the polity ought to do.

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December 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm

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Şehir Philosophy Talks – 43 / Foucault on Govermentality and Neoliberal Subjectivity / 05 December 2018

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November 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

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Talk by Ertürk Demirel at Bilkent this Friday

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“Acknowledgment, not Recognition: A Wish-to-say.”

By Erturk Demirel (Bogazici, Philosophy)

Date: Friday 30 November, 2018

Time: 1100-1230

Place: H-232

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Abstract: I examine acknowledgment in Rancière’s philosophy, drawing on his notion of disagreement. I reflect on the speech of Percennius the slave in Ancient Rome. Acknowledgment for Rancière is an act of speech irreducible to recognition that acknowledges and poetically investigates the silent figure that comes before the law, seeking words in this exposure to what is to come. It is not simply registration of emergent identities; it also relies on substitution for and suspension of the norms of sensibility under which it makes sense. I suggest the term ‘acknowledgment’ for a poetic speech act that is irreducible to recognition in Rancière’s philosophy.

About the speaker: Ertürk Demirel studied economics at Boğaziçi University and received a MA in philosophy from the same university, specializing on ethics and philosophy of language. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University, in political philosophy and produced a dissertation entitled “Politics of Silence: Temporality and Aporias of the Political.” He now holds the position of Visiting Lecturer at Boğaziçi University, teaching introductory philosophy courses. Among his published papers is “Acknowledgment, Not Recognition: A Wish-to-Say.” His research interests range from radical theories of democracy, recognition theory, metaethics, philosophy of language, modern French philosophy, post-structuralism, German Idealism and Phenomenology

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November 27, 2018 at 6:43 pm

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Şehir Philosophy Talks – 42 / Socrates in Neoclassical Art: A Philosophical Analysis of a Painting / 28 November 2018

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November 20, 2018 at 11:28 pm

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Talk by Emin Karagözoğlu at Bilkent 20 November

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Emin Karagözoğlu (Bilkent, Economics)

“The Influence of Fairness Judgments, Reference Points, and Subjective Entitlements on Bargaining Behavior and Outcomes”

Date: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Time: 1240 – 1330

Place: A-130

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Organized by the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Group at Bilkent University.

Abstract: Bargaining has always been one of the most popular topics within the game theory tradition. Not surprisingly, it gained a similar status when economists started running lab experiments. Bargaining experiments conducted in the 80s led economists to question some of their assumptions such as “selfish, rational man”. One consequence was a fast growing line of work on altruism (or other-regarding behavior), social preferences, and bounded rationality. My experimental work on bargaining focuses mainly on three topics: (i) richness of the context, (ii) jointly produced bargaining pies, and (iii) fairness judgments, subjective entitlements, and reference points. In this seminar, I’ll talk about some regularities in behavior, which I have been observing in my experiments in the last ten years and discuss some potential research ideas that could be pursued using FMRI experiments.

About the speaker: Dr. Karagözoğlu received his PhD degree from Maastricht University in 2010 with his thesis on bargaining and claim problems. Broadly speaking, his fields of expertise are game theory, experimental economics, and behavioral economics. He taught courses on microeconomic theory, game theory, and bargaining theory and experiments in various universities. In his current research, Dr. Karagözoğlu investigates fairness judgments, focal/reference points, time pressure, communication, joint production, roles of effort vs luck, complementarity of inputs, transaction costs, and arbitration in bargaining games/problems. His articles appeared in prestigious international journals such as Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Annals of Operations Research, Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Mathematical Social Sciences, Group Decision and Negotiation, Theory and Decision, and Operations Research Letters. Dr. Karagözoğlu has visited and conducted research at institutions such as Harvard University, MIT, LMU Munich, University of Nottingham, University of Innsbruck, Maastricht University, University of East Anglia. He is a CESifo-Munich research affiliate, recipient of The Science Academy’s Distinguished Young Scientist Award (2015) and Bilkent University’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2015). Dr. Karagözoğlu’s hobbies include reading about paradoxes in epistemology and probability theory, cognitive/neuro psychology, and literature; watching movies, auto races, and football.

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November 15, 2018 at 10:12 am

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Full-time Position at Bogazici University

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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 in our department. Information about our programmes is available at http://www.phil.boun.edu.tr/. (By national regulations, hiring domestic nationals is distinct to hiring foreign nationals; this request is addressed to NON-Turkish citizens.)

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in philosophy (by 1. Sept. 2018) and one research publication. The areas of speciality (AOS): epistemology, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science; desireable areas of competence (AOC) open. A plan for research, documented teaching abilities, 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) (3) sample research publication (4) 3 confidential letters of reference (submitted to the e-mail address indicated below). Statements regarding research plans or teaching may be included. These materials are due by 26 November 2018. Please submit all materials as PDF documents to: felsefe@boun.edu.tr. Please follow this schema for naming your PDF files: Surname-1stInitial-Keyterm2018Nov.pdf; e.g.: Westphal-KR-CV2018Nov.pdf

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November 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm

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