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Philosophy Talk, Istanbul Technical University, 03.04

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“When Scientific Theories Constrain Scientific Concepts:
The Case of the Antagonistic Pleiotropy Theory of Ageing and the Concept of ‘Rate of Ageing’”

Stefano Giaimo

IFOM-IEO, Milan

Date: 3rd April, Time: 13:30. Place: Seminar Room. Department of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Science and Letters. Istanbul Technical University, Ayazağa Campus. On the Taksim metro line.

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Written by Barry Stocker

March 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Sorin Baiasu at Bilkent

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Sorin Baiasu, from Keele University, will give the following talk on Tuesday 10 April, 15.40, G160.

THE EPISTEMIC CHARACTER OF KANT’S PRACTICAL JUSTIFICATION

The attempt to discuss the process of practical justification in Kant encounters several difficulties. First and paradoxically, although an examination of Kant?s justification of various (especially practical) norms
is under way in the literature and most of the Kantians have something to say about this topic, yet not much has been written on Kant?s view of justification [Rechtfertigung]. Secondly, what has been written on Kant?s Rechtfertigung suggests that practical Rechtfertigung in Kant is a non-epistemic notion and, hence, a notion that cannot be placed within an account of Kant?s moral or practical epistemology. Thirdly, Kant makes use of the notion of Rechtfertigung in many ways and many contexts, so much so that it sometimes looks like we are dealing with more than one concept under the same name. In this paper, I hope to answer all these questions in a way which shows that Kant?s view of practical justification is unitary and coherent, that it is significant for practical epistemology and that it overlaps with the contemporary notion of justification in a way which makes it relevant for the numerous current debates.

All welcome.

Written by Sandrine Berges

March 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Iulian Toader (Bucharest) at Bogazici, March 30th.

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Iulian Toader (University of Bucharest — Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science) will be giving a talk on “Weylean Skepticism” at Bogazici University this Friday, March 30th, from 3-5 pm in TB130.

Iulian Toader received his Phd from the University of Notre Dame, where he worked with Michael Detlefsen and Don Howard.

Abstract:

In this paper, I present a view according to which there is a fundamental tension between the conditions required for scientific objectivity and those needed for mathematical understanding: to the extent that it helps one attain objectivity, mathematics may do so only at the expense of understanding, and to the extent that it aims at understanding, may do so only by sacrificing objectivity. I think that this view should be attributed to Weyl and I therefore call it Weylean skepticism. After clarifying what Weyl himself thought were the necessary conditions for understanding and objectivity, I explain why they lead to this type of skepticism. Then I argue that there is no tenable answer to Weylean skepticism in the contemporary literature, which motivates my exploration of some possible responses.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

March 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Christiane Czygan (Hamburg) at Fatih University (2 more)

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Tuesday 3 April 2012

14.00-15.30

Christiane Czygan (Hamburg)

“Sources of Inspiration and the Relevance of Westernisation for Ottoman Intellectuals and Statesmen in the 19.th Century”

Room to be announced

Fatih University is at the Hadımköy exit of the TEM motorway towards Edirne

Public transport: 418 bus from Yenibosna Metro (ca. 60 min), E-60 bus from Mecidiyeköy (less than 60 min, but quite rare – will miss beginning of talk)

see http://www.fatih.edu.tr/?ulasimbuyukcekmece&language=EN

Written by rainerbroemer

March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Johannes Fritsche (Boğaziçi) at Fatih University

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My first attempt at blogging, sorry for potential mishaps

Tuesday 27 March 2012

14.00-15.30

Johannes Fritsche (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi)

“Kant’s Ethics as an Explanation of Common Sense”

Fatih University is at the Hadımköy exit of the TEM motorway towards Edirne

Public transport: 418 bus from Yenibosna Metro (ca. 60 min), E-60 bus from Mecidiyeköy (less than 60 min, but quite rare – will miss beginning of talk)

see http://www.fatih.edu.tr/?ulasimbuyukcekmece&language=EN

Written by rainerbroemer

March 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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Feminist History of Philosophy

I have just finished a draft of a chapter on virtue ethics in the Middle Ages from the perspective of women. As I knew next to nothing about that period (twelfth century) before I started, I decided to focus mostly on Heloise. I could have written about Hildegard of Bingen, as Barbara Newman has written a very nice book about her, but I chose Heloise because she was in dialogue with other philosophers of her time (well, Abelard, anyway) and because she is steeped in whatever was left-over of ancient virtue ethics – she is particularly fond of Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius. 

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Written by Sandrine Berges

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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Marc Rolli: Additional and Corrective Post

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Marc Rolli has just contacted me to offer a more accurate version of his research and publication interests than in the my post of 19th March.  This is the correct list.

 Modern French philosophy, philosophical pragmatism,
classical German philosophy (Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche) and the history of
(philosophical  and non-philosophical) anthropology (mainly critical).  

I wanted to pass on the news about Marc’s arrival in the Turkish philosophical scene as possible and I didn’t have time to check my account of his interests with him.  I’m very happy to post this correction, and to thank Marc for passing on the information.  

Written by Barry Stocker

March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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