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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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Written by Sandrine Berges

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.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

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.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

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/

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

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/

Written by Sandrine Berges

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.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

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

Written by Ömer Aygün

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.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

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.

Written by Tufan Kıymaz

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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Talk at Bogazici, 27 MARCH 2020, 5.00-7.00pm: Alireza Fatollahi (Princeton University, USA): A Statistical Defense Of Predictionism

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ABSTRACT: There has been a long and lively debate in the philosophy of science over predictionism: the thesis that successfully predicting a given body of data typically provides stronger evidence for a theory than merely accommodating the same body of data. However, despite the intuitive appeal of the thesis, it has never been decisively defended. One of the strongest reasons against predictionism is that whether any given datum was predicted or accommodated by a hypothesis is a matter of how the hypothesis was constructed and belongs to the context of its discovery. However, there is an old and popular idea in philosophy of science that one should carefully distinguish the context of discovery and the context of justification of a theory. I will argue that the idea underwriting this celebrated distinction is, at least in its general form, seriously mistaken. My argument is based on the statistical achievements of the second half of the twentieth century on the so-called “model selection” problem. Various model selection criteria tell us that the model (i.e., family of hypotheses) from which a hypothesis is constructed has a significant bearing on how well-supported the hypothesis is. Particularly, in this framework simplicity is a feature of the model from which a hypothesis is designed, not the hypothesis itself. Simplicity, so understood, is shown to be deeply connected to various epistemically valuable features of a theory, viz, its likelihood and predictive accuracy. Thus considerations of simplicity, which are undoubtedly important in theory appraisal, are responsive to parameters in the context of discovery! Moreover, given a specific hypothesis, H, and body of data, D, the model from which H was constructed is typically simpler if H was not constructed to accommodate D (i.e., if H predicted D). This, I argue, provides a convincing argument for a very strong version of predictionism.
LOCATION: John Freely Hall, Bebek, BÜ Güney Kampüsü No:6, 34342 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey (map)
Followed by an informal dinner.

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March 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm

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Talk at Bogazici, 20 MARCH 2020, 5.00-7.00 pm: Patricia Rich (University of Bayreuth, Germany): Epistemic Diversity: A Re-Evaluation

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ABSTRACT: It is a familiar problem that individuals often follow the crowd instead of relying on their own good judgment. Such behavior is especially troubling because it can cause the whole group to go badly astray, for example becoming convinced of falsehoods. Paradoxically, however, the standard view in philosophy is that it is typically the individuals who do *not* follow the crowd who are in fact irrational. If individuals were all perfectly rational, we would have much more conformity than we in fact have. I illustrate this state of affairs using the example of ‘information cascades’; the term is used to describe events as varied as stock market crashes and book, restaurant and fashion trends. In information cascades, individuals follow the crowd because their private evidence is outweighed by public evidence in the form of others’ actions. I explain why the standard analysis, which concludes that the non-conformists are irrational, is problematic, and how it reveals a basic limitation of our modeling approach. I argue that we can only really explain the non-conformist behavior we observe by adopting a game-theoretic perspective. From this perspective, non-conformist behavior is naturally construed as cooperative. I provide new results, using computer simulations, which show that sticking to one’s own evidence can constitute a rational cooperative strategy for individual group members. This shows that the diversity of opinion that we see need not be the result of individual irrationality, contrary to the standard account.

LOCATION: John Freely Hall, Room JF 507, followed by an informal dinner

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: https://www.phil.uni-bayreuth.de/en/people/rich/index.php

 

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March 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 5 Mar: Murali Ramachandran on the Paradox of the Ravens

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Hempel’s Paradox of the Ravens

By Murali Ramachandran (Witwatersrand, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday,  5th March, 2020

Time: 1540-1710

Place: H-232

Abstract: Hempel’s paradox of the ravens arises from two very compelling principles, SUPPORT and EQUIVALENCE:

SUPPORT
Observations of FGs support (confirm, count as positive evidence for) the hypothesis ‘All Fs are G’, so long as no non-G Fs have been observed.
(E.g. observations of tigers with stripes supports the hypothesis [All tigers have stripes], so long as tigers without stripes have not been observed.)

EQUIVALENCE
Evidence that supports a hypothesis equally supports any logically equivalent hypothesis.
(E.g. any evidence which supports [There are Latvian vegetarians] equally supports [There are vegetarian Latvians])

Now consider the following statements:

[Rave]     All ravens are black.
[NoB]      All non-black things are non-ravens.

These are logically equivalent: one cannot be true without the other being true as well. By SUPPORT, observation of a red pencil, say, being an observation of a non-black nonraven, supports hypothesis [NoB], and thus, by EQUIVALENCE, also supports hypothesis [Rave] that all ravens are black.

It is at least prima facie paradoxical that a red pencil should count as positive evidence for a hypothesis about ravens!

This is Hempel’s paradox of the ravens. My goal in this talk is to explain why I think causal realists—that is, just about all of us(!)—escape the paradox.

(Those already familiar with the paradox can get a foretaste of my position by looking at my paper here)

About the speakerMurali Ramachandran’s research is focused on metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophical logic. He is currently Associate Professor in philosophy at Witwatersrand University.  Previously he taught at Trinity College Dublin, Manchester University and Sussex University. He has published in journals such as MindPhilosophical QuarterlyAustralasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies and Analysis.

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March 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

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Talk at Bilkent 27 Feb: Anthony Cross on Aesthetic Obligations

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Taking Aesthetic Obligations Seriously

By Anthony Cross (Texas State, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday 27th, 2020

Time: 1540-1710

Place: H-232

Abstract: Are there any aesthetic obligations? The standard story of aesthetic normativity says no: aesthetic value may generate reasons, but these are never obligatory. I first introduce several cases that demonstrate that the standard story is incorrect, and that obligations play a significant role in our aesthetic lives. Taking such obligations seriously raises a number of questions: how are such obligations grounded? And what makes them aesthetic? I argue that aesthetic obligations are grounded in commitments to aesthetic objects with which we have an appreciative relationship. I then concede that there may be nothing distinctively “aesthetic” about aesthetic obligations, besides the fact that they involve commitments to aesthetic objects. The upshot, I argue, is that aesthetic obligations can acquire the same status and importance as other, more familiar forms of commitment. I conclude by considering the question of why we might form obligation-grounding commitments to aesthetic objects; I argue that such obligations are useful tools for fixing our practical identities, for enabling long-term creative and appreciative projects, and for securing the temporal structure of our aesthetic lives.

About the speakerAnthony Cross is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University. His primary research interests are in aesthetics and ethics; his research focuses on the normative significance of relationships with artworks and cultural objects. In June 2017, he completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University, where his advisors were Alexander Nehamas and Michael Smith. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Duke University. Prior to teaching at Texas State, he was a visiting lecturer at U.C.L.A from 2013-2016. He has published in journals such as The British Journal of Aesthetics and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

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February 26, 2020 at 6:15 pm

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Talk at Istanbul Bilgi 17 March: Geoffrey Bowe, “Socratic Spaces: Ingress and Egress, Inside and Outside – Setting in Plato’s Dialogues”

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February 26, 2020 at 2:36 pm

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Şehir Philosophy Talks 52 Barry Stocker on Foucault

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February 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm

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