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

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Title: Aesthetic Injustice

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

Date: Thursday September 9, 2021

Time: 1900-2030 (GMT+3)

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

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

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

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

Organized byPatrick Fessenbecker

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

September 5, 2021 at 4:38 pm

Posted in Aesthetics, Uncategorized

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

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: 10 SEPT 2021; Bursaries available

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

Bogazici University (BOUN), Istanbul, Turkey 

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

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

Submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by fzenker

September 2, 2021 at 10:29 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Science and Philosophy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

August 16, 2021 at 6:32 am

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

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Fri to Sun, 8-10 October 2021

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

Call for Abstracts and Discussants

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

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

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

Submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by fzenker

August 8, 2021 at 12:47 pm

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CFA/CFP: 4th SWIP-Tr Conference

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(Call in English below Turkish)

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

Yaşam ve Ölüm Ekseninde Felsefe

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

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

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

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

Ana Konuşmacılar:

Şeyla Benhabib, Yale Üniversitesi

Banu Bargu, Kaliforniya Üniversitesi, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Yıldız Silier, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Konferans Tarihi: 19-20 Kasım 2021

Konferans Dili: İngilizce ve Türkçe 

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

Bildiri özeti son gönderim tarihi: 1 Ekim 2021

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

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

IV. SWIP-TR Conference Call for Notification and Declaration

Summary: Philosophy on the Axis of Life and Death.

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

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

– race, bioactive and necrosity

– resurrection and non-sinking metaphysical concepts

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

– life and death

– philosophy and aesthetics of existence as a lifestyle

– mortality and life after death

– virtue, happiness and good life

– nihilism, power demand and life positivity

– social death, hate crimes and structural violence

– suicide, absurd and meaninglessness of life

– vulnerability, injury and care

– war, genocide and refuge

– death and mourning

– Dasein and-to-death-the-right-being

– labour as alienation and life activity

– domestic violence and female murders

– sickness and health

– zoe, bios and naked life

– pregnancy, law and abortion

– aging and injury

– imprisonment, open strikes and death penalty.

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

Keynote Speakers:

Sheila Benhabib, Yale University

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

Star Silier, Boğaziçi University

Conference Date: November 19-20, 2021Conference

Language: English and Turkish

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

Deadline for abstracts : October 1, 2021

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

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

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

Written by Sandrine Berges

July 31, 2021 at 3:18 pm

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

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Live Interview with Amy Kind on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel.

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

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

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

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

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

June 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

Posted in Philosophy of Mind

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

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

Must Punishment Be Intended to Cause Suffering?” 

Respondent: Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi)

Moderator: İzel Karaoğlu (Boğaziçi)


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


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


Here is the details:

Date: 16 June 2021

Time: 14:00-16:00

Zoom link

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

Meeting ID: 928 0501 3618

Passcode: 794543


Best wishes,
Zübeyde Karadağ Thorpe

Written by Zübeyde Karadağ Thorpe

June 14, 2021 at 7:21 pm

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

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

Dates: 25th – 27th June 2021

Place: Online (Zoom/YouTube)

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

Contact: interactivistconference2021@gmail.com

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

Conference program can be found at this link.

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

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

Panel speakers (including Mark Bickhard in each one):

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

Individual talks:

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

Organizing Committee,

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

Written by Oguz

June 10, 2021 at 9:18 pm

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

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

Respondent: Umut Eldem (Doğuş)

Moderator: Lucas Thorpe (Boğaziçi)

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

“Mere Means, Mere Things and Mere Enemies”

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

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 3, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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

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

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

“Apt perception, aesthetic engagement, and installation art”

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

Written by Lucas Thorpe

June 3, 2021 at 7:24 pm

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

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

Date: Friday, 4 June 2021

Time: 14.50-17.00 (Istanbul Time)

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

Meeting ID: 938 7669 3506

Password : 867051

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

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

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

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May 31, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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

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

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

Transcendental Argumentation as a Methodology in the Free Will Debates

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

Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 30, 2021 at 9:51 pm

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

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

By Leonie Smith (University of Manchester, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday, 27 May, 2021

Time: 1400-1530 Istanbul time.

Zoom

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

Meeting ID: 965 6724 3607
Passcode: 856917

This is a SWIP-TR event.

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

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

About the speaker: click here.

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May 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

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

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

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

  • Deadline for regular applications: 28 May 2021

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

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

Admission to the Program is highly competitive.

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

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

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

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May 18, 2021 at 6:38 pm

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Interview with Donald Robertson at Bilkent (online event)

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Live Interview with Donald Robertson on Bilkent Philosophy YouTube Channel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 13, 2021 at 4:01 pm

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

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

The outcomes of the workshop:

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

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

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

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

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May 10, 2021 at 6:56 pm

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Talk at Bilkent, May 6: Helen Steward on Freedom in a Law-Governed World (via Zoom)

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Title: Laws Loosened: How to make Way for Freedom in a Law-Governed World

By Helen Steward (Leeds, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday May 6, 2021

Time: 1530-1700 (GMT+3)

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

Abstract: In this paper, I shall consider a number of different ways in which philosophers in recent years have attempted to offer conceptions of natural law which in various respects suggest that the grip of law on reality might be less tight than has been traditionally supposed. One such loosening is represented by the suggestion that many laws might be best thought of as probabilistic rather than deterministic. A second kind of loosening has been the admission that certain laws relevant to human behaviour might hold only ceteris paribus. Yet a third is the suggestion that all laws – including even fundamental physical ones – might hold only ceteris paribus (Cartwright, 1999). How, though, are these different suggestions related to one another? Which kinds of loosening might entail which other kinds? And which, if any, might be most promising as regards making room in the universe for free will? In this paper I shall try to suggest that the first and second strategies are far less useful than the third in making the kind of space which would be required to subserve the reality of free will; and that a fourth kind of loosening – compatible with but not entailing any of these other kinds – from laws as world-dictators to laws as world-constrainers might yet be more useful than any of the other three in this respect.

About the speaker: Helen Steward is Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds. She has written on many issues in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of action, and general metaphysics. Her work has appeared in such venues as Analysis, the Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Noûs, and Philosophical Perspectives. She has also published two monographs with Oxford University Press: The Ontology of Mind: Events, Processes, and States (1997); and A Metaphysics for Freedom (2012).

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

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May 3, 2021 at 3:47 pm

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Francisco L. Lisi Bereterbide on “Plato and Tyranny, A Nietzschean Reading of Plato’s Political Texts and Their Impact in Nietzsche” (07.05.2021) Via YouTube

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Prof. Francisco L. Lisi Bereterbide (University Carlos III of Madrid) will give a talk at Marmara on Friday. All are welcome.

Date: Friday, 7 May 2021

Time: 16.00-18.00 (Istanbul Time)

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/wSptKQfMUqI

“Plato and Tyranny, A Nietzschean Reading of Plato’s Political Texts and Their Impact in Nietzsche”

Abstract: Plato’s influence on Nietzsche’s political thought has already been demonstrated by different scholars. This talk does not intend to reopen this question, but to analyse Plato’s ambivalent attitude to absolute power. Plato rejects the tyranny, but he sees in it the fastest way to change society into the best state and also defends the absolute power in the hands of the philosopher king. Focusing on Plato’s thought, the exposition will consider its reception by Nietzsche and its impact in contemporary thought.

About the Speaker: Prof. Francisco L. Lisi Bereterbide’s main research interests are the Classical political theory and its reception (mainly in contemporary political theory), the history of Platonism (Philo of Alexandria, Cicero’s philosophical works, Plotinus, Proclus, etc.). At present his main objects of research are an annotated translation into Spanish of Proclus’ The Elements of Theology and of Marinus, Neapolitanus. He is also concerned with an edition for the Blbiotheca Classica Teubneriana of Plato’s Laws and a translation into Spanish and commentary of Aristotle’s Politics. He is an emeritus professor of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) and former director of the Instituto de Estudios Clásicos ‘Lucio Anneo Séneca” of the same University.

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April 28, 2021 at 6:38 pm

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Q&A with Peter Singer at Bilkent (online event)

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Live Q&A Session with Peter Singer on Bilkent Philosophy Youtube Channel.

Wednesday May 5, 2021 12:30 – 13:30 (GMT+3)

We are now collecting questions for this event. If you have any questions for Peter Singer about effective altruism, you can let us know via tufan.kiymaz@bilkent.edu.tr. We will choose some of them for the live Q&A.

For details: http://www.phil.bilkent.edu.tr/index.php/event/qa-with-peter-singer-online-event/

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April 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm

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Prokopton: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Bilkent University

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The second issue of Bilkent University Undergraduate Philosophy Journal “Prokopton” is out at https://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr

In this issue:

How to Know the World in Opposition to Skeptical Approaches
Burak Arıcı – Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Bilim-Felsefe Karşıtlığı Çerçevesinde Özgür İrade Deneyleri
İbrahim Çelik – Istanbul 29 Mayıs University, Istanbul

Time Dependence of Chance
İbrahim Hansu – Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Bias in Artificial Intelligence
Gamze Büşra Kaya – Bilkent University, Ankara

An Investigation on the Nature of Definitions in Aesthetics
Uğur Parakoz – Middle East Technical University, Ankara

On Feser’s Aristotelian Argument and Hierarchical Causation
Deniz Saraç – Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Moral Education in Plato’s Laws & Sophocles’ Antigone
Ceren Sevin – Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Historical Injustice And Immigration
Nuryezdan Pekmezci – Bilkent University, Ankara

Çeviri (ENG -> TUR): Soru Paradoksu – N. Markosian
trans. by Meltem Alkur – Hacettepe University, Ankara

Çeviri (ENG -> TUR): Soru Paradoksu Üzerine – T. Sider
trans. by Meltem Alkur – Hacettepe University, Ankara

Çeviri (ENG -> TUR): Çokkültürcülük Kadınlar için Kötü müdür? – S. M. Okin
trans. by Eren Aslı Tekin and Faruk Tayyip Yalçın – Bilkent University, Ankara

Kitap İncelemesi: Bir Hayatı Kurtarmak: Dünyadaki yoksulluğu sona erdirmek için üzerinize düşeni nasıl yapmalısınız?
Meltem Alkur – Hacettepe University, Ankara

Book Review: Revising The Land Ethic After 30 Years: J. Baird Callicott’s “In Defense of the Land Ethic”
Efe Aytekin – Bilkent University, Ankara

Interview | Söyleşi: Sandrine Bergès

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April 26, 2021 at 9:54 am

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Philosophy/Cognitive Science talk at Boğaziçi: Kevin Lande (York) on “Ecological Form: The Semantic Significance of Perceptual Structures” (07.05.2021) VIA ZOOM

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Kevin Lande (York) will give a philosophy/cognitive science talk at Boğaziçi on Friday, May 7th, from 5.15-7pm. (Istanbul time) over zoom. Everyone is welcome.

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

Ecological Form: The Semantic Significance of Perceptual Structures

ABSTRACT: Mental states are complex. The state I am in when I see a maple leaf consists in having a representation of the leaf’s orange color and a representation of its articulated shape. My representation of the leaf’s shape is itself complex, consisting in representations of the peaks, valleys, and sides that make up the leaf’s outline. Focusing on vision, I argue that perceptual representations have what I will call ecological form. There are domain-specific constraints on how perceptual representations can combine, such that the very structure of a complex perceptual state––the mode of composition of its representational parts––imposes substantive commitments about the things represented. Perceptual representations are structurally limited, roughly, to represent circumstances that would plausibly occur in our normal environment. The way shape representations and color representations can and cannot combine reflects regularities in how shapes and colors are co-instantiated in our normal environments. The way representations of contour segments can and cannot combine into representations of whole outline shapes reflects regularities in how contours actually do and do not operate in our environment. I conclude by discussing how the ecological form of perceptual states may contribute to perceptual warrant and its relation to the “logical form” of propositional attitudes.

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April 24, 2021 at 1:35 pm

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9 Week Reading Group for the Interactivism in Perspective Conference

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Dear all,


For the next 9 weeks (21/04 – 23/06) we will have a reading group focusing on the papers of the panel speakers participating in the first day of the Interactivism in Perspective conference. In our first meeting we will discuss the third chapter of Moreno and Mossio’s book “Biological Autonomy” (Teleology, normativity, and functionality). Time and place details are as follows:


Wednesdays at 17:00 (Istanbul time),
Zoom Link: https://sabanciuniv.zoom.us/j/95214457748

28-Apr             Moreno & Mossio – “Teleology, normativity and functionality”

05-May            Terrence Deacon – “The Transition From Constraint to Regulation at the Origin of Life”

12-May            Tom Froese

19-May            Ruth Milikan

26-May            Dan Hutto

02-Jun             Marcin Miłkowski

09-Jun             Ruth Kempson

16-Jun             Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi

23-Jun             Bert Hodges


For the schedule and the PDF version of the articles please contact interactivistconference2021@gmail.com.

Kind regards,

Oguz

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April 24, 2021 at 10:34 am

Talk at Bilkent, April 15: Kathrin Koslicki on the Limits of Human Creative Intentions (Online Event)

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Title: Artifacts and the Limits of Human Creative Intentions

By Kathrin Koslicki (Neuchâtel, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday April 29, 2021

Time: 1530-1700 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk, you can find the Zoom information here.

Abstract: According to Amie Thomasson’s author-intention-based account of artifacts, an artifact of kind K is essentially a product of a largely successful intention to create something of kind K (see, e.g., Thomasson (2003), “Realism and Human Kinds”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 67, No. 3, pp. 592-602). A maker has the relevant intention if and only if she has a substantive concept of the nature of Ks which largely matches that of prior makers of Ks (if any) and she intends to realize that concept by imposing K-relevant features.

In cases of prototype production, however, where there are no prior exemplars of the artifactual kind in question, Thomasson argues that what it is to be a K and what the K-relevant features are is determined, as a matter of invention or stipulation, purely by the content of the maker’s intentions and the goals she sets out to achieve through her creative act. As a result, an agent who is constructing a prototype is related in a special way to the artifact and the artifactual kind she creates which protects her from certain kinds of error concerning the outcome of her creative act (see, e.g., Thomasson, Amie (2007): “Artifacts and Human Concepts”, in Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation, edited by Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, pp. 60-61).

In this paper, I discuss the adequacy of Thomasson’s treatment of prototype production. I argue that the process of prototype production in fact allows for various sources of errors and failures on the part of agents attempting to carry out their creative intentions that are not recognized by Thomasson’s author-intention-based account.

About the speakerKathrin Koslicki is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her work focuses on metaphysics (and metametaphysics), philosophy of language, and Ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle), and has appeared in such venues as the Journal of PhilosophyNoûsPhilosophical Studies, and Oxford Studies in Metaphysics. She has also published two books with Oxford University Press – The Structure of Objects (2008) and Form, Matter, Substance (2018) – which develop and defend a neo-Aristotelian metaphysics of ordinary objects.

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

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April 22, 2021 at 10:17 am

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Philosophy Talk at Marmara: Prof. Giovanni Giorgini on “The Charm and The Problems of Relativism” (16.04.2021) via YouTube

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Prof. Giovanni Giorgini (University of Bologna) will give a talk at Marmara on Friday. All are welcome.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021

Time: 15.00-17.00 (Istanbul Time)

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/2wKvX0tUC_s

“The Charm and The Problems of Relativism”

Abstract: Relativism, the view that all knowledge is relative to some percipient subject and that there
is no universal, objective truth, is a product of the advancement of knowledge. It was most
likely the knowledge of different customs that brought about a challenge to knowledge
itself: some daring Greek thinkers argued that there was an obvious contrast between what
is valid by nature, always and everywhere, and what is valid by custom or law, and is
therefore situated in a specific time and place. From a notion about knowledge, relativism
quickly and naturally expanded into a full-fledge theory about everything: moral values,
education and civilization, political arrangements, the existence of the gods. Nowadays, it
is especially moral and cultural relativism that hold the sway, because of the strong
immigration fluxes and the exposure to different cultures. The problem of relativism, when
applied to practical matters, is still more interesting and commands our attention for its
consequences.
I propose to investigate first the relativist’s claims about knowledge and then the
stance taken by moral and cultural relativists. While examining the inconsistencies of the
relativists’ theoretical position I will also explore the appeal of relativism in contemporary
multicultural societies in order to show that the same inconsistencies can be detected also
in their stance on practical matters: relativism, although an attractive theory for its
deconstructionist slant, is untenable as a general outlook on reality and as a practical guide
in ordinary life.

About the Speaker: Giovanni Giorgini is Professor of History of Political Thought at the University of
Bologna and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. A Life Member
of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, he has been Fellow of the Italian Academy at Columbia
University and Visiting Professor in many universities in the United States (Princeton,
Chicago, Pittsburgh) and in Italy (Bolzano, IMT-Lucca).
He is the author of La città e il tiranno (Giuffrè, 1993), Liberalismi eretici (Edizioni
Goliardiche, 1999), I doni di Pandora (Bonomo, 2002) as well as of a translation with
introduction of Plato’s Politicus (Rizzoli, 2005). With Elena Irrera, he has edited The Roots
of Respect (De Gruyter, 2017), where he also contributed an essay on respect in ancient
Greek poetry; with Dino Piovan, he has edited The Brill Companion to the Reception of
Athenian Democracy (Brill, 2020), where he contributed an essay on Leo Strauss’ recovery
of ancient political philosophy. He is the author of numerous essays on ancient political
thought and contemporary liberal theory, translations and entries in encyclopaedias.

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April 14, 2021 at 8:57 pm

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Talk at Bilkent, April 15: Matti Eklund on Maps and Alien Languages (Online Event)

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Title: Maps, Predication, and Alien Structure

By Matti Eklund (Uppsala, Philosophy)  

Date: Thursday April 15, 2021

Time: 1430-1630 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. For the Zoom meeting access information, click here.

Abstract: In the talk, I will do two things. First, I will introduce the general questions I am trying to address at the moment. Can there be languages structurally different from familiar ones – alien languages? Might the metaphysical structure of reality be better captured by some such language? Second, I will discuss a particular suggestion regarding how to make progress on these issues. In some recent discussions, e.g. Elisabeth Camp’s “Why Maps are Not Propositional”, it has been claimed that maps have a different sort of content from ordinary linguistic representations, and theorists have sought to describe just how maps differ. In particular, it has been claimed that maps do not employ predication. I will consider whether ideas from this discussion might help make sense of what an alien language might be like.

About the speakerMatti Eklund is Chair Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden. He works primarily in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of logic. His work has appeared in such venues as Analysis, the Australasian Journal of PhilosophyPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophical Studies. In 2017, his book Normative Concepts was published by Oxford University Press.

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

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April 12, 2021 at 8:01 am

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Talk at Bilkent, April 12: Michael Trestman on Bee Consciousnes (Online Event)

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Title: Flower communication in social bees: a case study in
biophenomenology

Speaker: Michael Trestman

Psychology department seminar.

Date: Monday, 12 April 2021
Time: 16:30
Zoom Meeting Information:
https://zoom.us/j/8760742468?pwd=Q201VENwY09aUS9mb3hEcFpHSHA2UT09
Meeting ID: 876 074 2468
Passcode: 362441

Abstract: In this talk, I argue that behavioral, developmental,
ecological, and evolutionary evidence support attributions of
consciousness to bees, and further, that understanding the ways bees
experience their worlds is essential to fully understanding their
behavior and evolution. For a conscious animal, the world as experienced
is a critically important component of its phenotype, influencing many
aspects of behavior, development, ecology and evolution. In order to
make this discussion concrete, I will focus on the case study of the
social bees in family Apidae, which includes the honeybees, bumblebees
and the highly social stingless bees. In particular, I will focus on the
diversity of communication forms that have evolved in the social bees,
allowing returning foragers to communicate information about the
abundance, location, profitability and safety of specific flower
patches, to bees preparing to leave the nest on their own foraging
expeditions. This evolving behavioral system provides a fascinating
window into the way these animals experience their world, and serves as
an example of how consciousness can have a detectable signature on the
evolution of behavior: I argue that the observed distribution of
communication forms points to the existence, in the common ancestor of
Apidae of both conscious memory consolidation through episodic
recollection and decision-making through conscious episodic prospection.

About the speaker: Dr Trestman is an independent researcher in
consciousness studies and biological theory. He received his PhD in
philosophy in 2010 from University of Caifornia, Davis, and has held
Postdoctoral Fellowships from the USA National Science Foundation (NSF)
and the Tanner Humanities Center at University of Utah.

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Philosophy talk at Boğaziçi: Sasha Mudd (Southampton/Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile): “A positive, capabilities-based account of epistemic justice.” 23/04/2021 – Via Zoom

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Sasha Mudd (Southampton/Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)will give a talk at Boğaziçi on Friday, April 23rd, 2021, 5.15 – 7pm (Istanbul time). Everyone welcome.

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

“A positive, capabilities-based account of epistemic justice.”

ABSTRACT: In this paper, we deliver a positive, distributive, capabilities-based conception of epistemic justice, which is intended to improve upon Fricker’s canonical, failure-first, ‘discriminatory’ conception. We follow Fricker in taking Nussbaum’s capabilities-based approach to social justice as a starting point, however we go further than Fricker in accepting the distributive principle at the heart of Nussbaum’s view.  Here we agree with Coady that Fricker’s reasons for resisting a distributive model of epistemic (in)justice are not persuasive, and that an adequate account of epistemic justice should be centered on a principle of fair distribution.  According to the principle we develop, epistemic justice obtains when there is a distribution of capabilities to all individuals in a given domain that secures their opportunities for minimal epistemic agency. In this paper we explain and defend this conception of epistemic (in)justice, arguing that it does a better job than does Fricker’s conception of capturing the true extension of the concept.

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April 8, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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[CFP] Deadline extended to 18 April for submissions to Ergon

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Dear authors,

After meetings with the editorial board and our faculty advisor Dr. Robert Howton, we’ve decided to extend our original deadline of April 1, 2021 to April 18, 2021 for Spring 2021 submissions.

Submissions on all areas and within all traditions of philosophy are accepted. With that being said, original, insightful philosophical work with rigorous and cogent argumentation is expected and greatly valued. Although Ergon is dedicated to giving undergraduates an opportunity to publish philosophy, after receiving submissions from graduate students we’ve decided with the editorial board and Dr. Robert Howton also to accept submissions written by fresh graduates. Authors that have graduated no earlier than one year prior to the cycle that they plan on submitting may send their papers. So, for instance, if you’ve graduated in Spring 2020 or later, you may submit your paper for the Spring 2021 issue; papers that are submitted by authors that graduated earlier than Spring 2020 will not be accepted.

An updated call for papers, complete with the updated deadline and submission guidelines, is available here: https://ergon.ku.edu.tr/blog/

Sincerely,
Ongun Kılıç
Editor-in-Chief, Ergon


About the journal. Ergon is the undergraduate philosophy journal at Koç University. It was founded in 2020 and is one of the first in Turkey to publish philosophy in English. It is run by Koç University undergraduates. A new issue is published every Fall and Spring.

Spring 2021 Call for Papers. Ergon is now accepting papers for the Spring 2021 volume. Submissions are due April 18, 2021. Email ergon [at] ku [dot] edu [dot] tr for any queries.

Submission Guidelines. The Editors ask that submitted papers meet the following guidelines:

  • Must be a topic on philosophy. Submissions on all areas and traditions of philosophy are accepted.
  • Authors are advised to follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Authors may be asked to reformat if their paper is selected for publication.
  • Authors are encouraged, but not required, to include an abstract of no more than 300 words.
  • Submissions must be between 1500-5000 words and should be 1.5 spaced 12pt.
  • Submitted papers must not include any identifying information, including the author’s name, year of study, university, or major. This information should be sent in a separate document to maintain the impartiality of the blind review process.

For more information, please visit Ergon‘s homepage at ergon.ku.edu.tr.

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April 5, 2021 at 6:03 pm

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Conference Announcement: “Interactivism in Perspective: Celebrating Mark Bickhard’s Contributions to the Psychology of the Whole Person”

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

Dates: 25th – 27th June 2021

Place: Online (Zoom/YouTube)

Conference website: https://www.ecointeractivism.com/conference

Contact: interactivistconference2021@gmail.com

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

Contemporary cognitive science is undergoing what has been termed “a pragmatic turn”: Opposing the traditional computational views, the current trend focuses on the dynamic, embodied, and embedded nature of psychological phenomena. Many of the theories that have grown to prominence in this action-oriented climate (e.g. enactivism, predictive processing, emulation theory etc.) share significant common-ground with interactivism, while, nevertheless differing from it in various important respects. “Interactivism in Perspective” offers a theoretical discussion between interactivism and such congenial models, as well as presents research conducted within and in relation to the interactivist framework.

The conference will involve three panels dedicated to three areas of major interest to interactivist theory – normativity, representation, and language. It will also feature traditional talks by researchers working within or in close relation to the interactivist framework. There will be no open CFP for this conference, but there will be considerable time allocated to questions from the audience.

Attendance is free and open for all but you are kindly asked to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interactivism-in-perspective-tickets-146941727663.

Panel speakers:

  • normativity (Terrence Deacon, Tom Froese, Alvaro Moreno)
  • representation (Dan Hutto, Ruth Millikan, Marcin Miłkowski)
  • language (Ruth Kempson, Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi)

Individual talks:

Richard Campbell, Robert Campbell, Müge Kuyumcuoğlu,

Alex Levine, Johanna Seibt, Georgi Stojanov, Lucas Thorpe

Stay tuned for more details!

Organizing Committee,

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