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Archive for April 2012

Philosophy in Assos, July 2-5, 2012: “Passions and Emotions in Ancient and Modern Philosophy”

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The program is now up for the Philosophy in Assos summer event. For those of you who have never been before, this is one of the nicest events on the Turkish philosophical calendar.

Assos is a very small seaside village and is a natural venue for philosophy events as Aristotle lived there for many years.  The events (organised every year by Örsan Öymen) are really good philosophically, and lots of fun.

This years speakers are: Fulvia De Luise (University of Trento), Stephen Leighton (Queen’s University), Pascal Engel (University of Geneva), Amy Schmitter (University of Alberta), Simon Blackburn (University of Cambridge), Kevin Mulligan (University of Geneva) and Toni Ronnow-Rasmussen (Lund University).

Further information can be found here. The program is below the fold:

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Yahya Michot at Ankara University today.

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Yahya Michot is giving a lecture entitled “Ibn Taymiyya against Extremisms.” at Ankara University Faculty of Divinity on April 30, 2012 at 3:30pm. Venue: Yunus Emre Conference Hall

Yahya Michot (Ph.D. Catholic University of Louvain, 1981) is currently Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, Hatford, Connecticut, USA.

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April 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

Rousseau and Turkey (2-4 May, 2012)

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There will be an international conference from May 2nd-4th on “Rousseau and Turkey” in Istanbul, that will be in French and Turkish. Details can be found here. May looks like it will be Rousseau Month in Istanbul – there are a number of other events taking place in addition to the conference.

[For those who didn’t know, JJ’s dead-beat dad lived, and died, in Istanbul – he lived next to the Galata tower.]

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Robert Gordon (UM-St. Louis) at Bogazici, May 2nd, 5-7pm.

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Robert Gordon will be giving a talk jointly organised by the Bogazici cognitive -science program and the philosophy department, on May 2nd from 5-7pm. Venue: M2170 (Engineering Building)

Professor Gordon is the founder of Simulation Theory. As far as I know (please correct me if I’m wrong about this) he introduced this expression in his extremely influential 1986 paper ““Folk Psychology as Simulation”.

“The Shared World in Which Minds Meet”


The title is based on William James, writing against Berkeleian idealism:

“Practically, … our minds meet in a world of objects which they share in common…. Your objects are over and over again the same as mine. If I ask you where some object of yours is, our old Memorial Hall, for example, you point to my Memorial Hall with your hand which I see. If you alter an object in your world, put out a candle, for example, when I am present, my candle ipso facto goes out.” (Radical Empiricism)

In the spirit of this quote, I defend a kind of externalist account of folk psychology, grounded in a hypothesis about shared neural representation. Shared representation (strongly overlapping neural implementation) is well‐established for visualizing and seeing, to give just one example; also, for pain and the perception of pain in others. I describe a kind of shared external representation that would cause us to frame our understanding of others in terms of a Jamesian shared world, by default. It is implicit in this default understanding that others have epistemic access to the world – that is, that the facts (as we ourselves believe them to be) are known to others. Shared representation of this sort would seem to support Williamson’s “knowledge first” thesis in epistemology. Although shared external representation would be consistent with a simulation account of folk psychology, it would be consistent with a pluralistic account as well; however, it would not support your typical “belief‐desire theory” theory.

Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Ziauddin Sardar at Fatih University

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Muslim Writers in the West Debates- 2
Event Type: Conference
Date / Time: 24 April 2012, Tuesday 13:00-15:00
Place: D Block Conference Hall
Participants: Fatih University
Organizer: Akademeia & Praxis Club
Contact: 0212 866 33 00/ 4066 / kuluplerofisi@fatih.edu.tr
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On Tuesday 24 April 2012 Professor Ziauddin Sardar is visiting Fatih University to discuss his work on Muslims in the West. This event is part of a Muslim Writers in the West Series that the Sociology Department is holding in conjunction with the English Language and Literature Department at Fatih University.

This is the second in the series. Last year, Mohsin Hamid, acclaimed author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, came to campus. That event proved to be a major success, and it is anticipated that this year’s event will have an even greater following.

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April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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The Liar and the Liar Denier – Or “Will the real Liar please stand up and then sit down where she’s told to?”

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Here are some thoughts (by a non-logician) on our recent workshop on semantic paradoxes.

Some Turkish philosophers have strange dreams. Erdinc’s are so weird and wonderful that he cannot even tell us about them. And after our two day workshop on paradoxes with Graham Priest and Stephen Read, Ilhan told us about a strange dream in which he met ‘The True’ who appeared as to him as a small talking metallic sphere. And I think it makes some sense to think of sentences as such spheres. So let’s suppose that sentences are small shiny metallic spheres that (a) can be named and (b) tell us what they mean. And let’s think of three such spheres. One of them is called “The Liar” and the second is called “The Liar-Denier” The third is called “The Liar-Affirmer”. The Liar and The Liar-Denier are twin sisters. The Liar-Affirmer is their younger sister. [Perhaps they’re all daughters of ‘The True’ who Ilhan met in his dream.] Anyway, this is what we know about each sphere:

(1) The Liar says: “What the Liar says is False”.

(2) The Liar-Denier says: “What the Liar says is False”.

(3) The Liar-Affirmer says: “What the Liar says is True”

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

April 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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Feminist History of Philosophy

I recently came across a great textbook: An Unconventional History of Philosophy, edited by Karen Warren.

The book is an introduction to the history of philosophy presented as a dialogue between men and women writers. Most of the usual suspects are there, from Plato to Wittgenstein, but for each extract from a male philosopher, Warren gives us an extract from a woman philosopher writing in the same period, about the same problems. So alongside Plato and Aristotle, we have Diotima, Perictione and Theano, Hildegard and Heloise accompany Augustine and Abelard. Then there’s Descartes and Elizabeth, Hobbes and Macaulay, Locke and Masham, Leibniz and Conway, Rousseau and Wollstonecraft, Kant and Van Schurman, Mill and Taylor, Heidegger and Arendt, Dewey and Addams, Wittgenstein and Anscombe, Sartre and Beauvoir. The exerpts are short, so quite suitable as an introduction for first year undergraduates, and also apt to be supplemented by other texts…

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Written by Sandrine Berges

April 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

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