Archive for August 2012
On 17 September 2012, the second workshop will be held at the new Besikcizade Medical Humanities Center (Beşikçizade Tıp ve İnsani Bilimler Merkezi, BETİM), launched by hayatvakfı (http://www.hayatvakfi.org.tr/ ).
Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Sass (USA/Germany) will lead a one-day workshop on the topic ‘Clinical Ethics · Concepts, Problems and Challenges’ from 9.15am to 4pm.
Description of the Workshop:
In parallel with the scientific developments in modern medicine we observe an increase in the number of ethical problems arising in medical practice. Solving these problems has become a complex task. Especially in the last 20 years, clinical ethics has come to the fore as an academic discipline addressing these issues. In this workshop, world-renowned philosopher Hans Martin Sass will first outline the historical development of clinical ethics in the Western world and then discuss ethical decision making in clinical everyday life and its challenges. Subsequently, he will introduce the Bochum Working Paper, which he himself developed as a tool for solving medical ethical problems. Finally, his concept will be analyzed in its application to interesting and complex clinical cases.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Marin Sass is a Founding Member of the Zentrum für Medizinische Ethik (Center for Medical Ethics) at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, and Emeritus Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, as well as Honorary Professor at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China, and Academic Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He read philosophy and religious studies in Erlangen, Marburg and Münster, Germany. He earned his PhD 1962 at Münster University with a thesis on Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion. Having published widely on Hegel, Marx, and Heidegger, for the last 30 years Sass has focused on Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics.
Workshop languages are Turkish and English (with simultaneous translation provided).
Registration is required electronically by 7 September 2012, please, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your name, institutional affiliation, mobile phone number, and e-mail address
Archai: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic interpreters
In commemoration of the 1600th anniversary of the birth in Constantinople of Proclus, fourth last head of the Platonic Academy, we invite scholars to present papers both on all aspects both of Proclus’ own thought and of his reception in the Abrahamic traditions. The conference will be hosted by Fatih University and Yildiz University (Istanbul) from December 12-16, 2012 in Istanbul.
Prof. Carlos Steel (K.U. Leuven) will give the keynote lecture for the entire conference. There will be three plenary lectures: Prof. Wayne J. Hankey (Dalhousie University / University of King’s College (Halifax)) on the Christian reception; Prof. Richard C. Taylor (Marquette University; visiting professor at K.U. Leuven & Universidad Panamericana) on the Islamic reception; and Prof. Tzvi Langermann (Bar-Ilan University) on Jewish reception. Prof. D. O’Meara (Universität Freiburg) will give a public lecture on Proclus’ influence on the architecture of the Haggia Sophia, together with a choral concert of sacred music by the chamber choir, ChorISTanbul. A conference outing will be planned for Sunday, December 16.
Papers will be 20-25 minutes long, although there may be some flexibility given some merit. Please submit an abstract of approximately 300-500 words by Friday, September 14, 2012 to David Butorac at Proclusinistanbul@gmail.com, with letters of acceptance issued by Monday, September 17.
For further details:
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The advisory committee includes:
David Butorac (Fatih University)
Süleyman Dogan (Yildiz University)
Carlos Steel (K.U. Leuven)
Dominic O’Meara (Universität Freiburg)
Wayne J. Hankey (Dalhousie / University of King’s College (Halifax))
Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)
Caroline Macé (K.U. Leuven)
Marije Martijn (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
Bert van den Berg (Universiteit Leiden)
Confirmed speakers include:
Carlos Steel, Dominic O’Meara, Wayne J. Hankey, Tzvi Langermann, Stephen Gersh (University of Notre Dame), Helen Lang (Villanova University), Thomas Curran (University of King’s College, Halifax), Sarah Klitenic-Wear (Stubenville University), Menahem Luz (University of Haifa), Tim Riggs (University of Jyväskylä), Michele Trizio (University of Bari), J.M. Charrue (Université de Lille III, Paris), Levan Gigineishvili (Ilia State University), Andras Kraft (Central European University), Frederick Lauritzen (Fondazione per la Scienza Religiose), Georgios Steris (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Gheorghe Pascalau (Universität Heidelberg), Gary Gabor (Boston College), Torrance Kirby (McGill University), Danny Layne (Georgia Southern University), John Walbridge (Indiana University), Eugene Afonasin (Novosibirsk State University) and Anna Afonasin (Novosibirsk State University)
Additional conference funding will be sought through TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey).
Taking Pains: Plato on the Care of Self and Others
Mon. 10 Sept. 2012 12:00 noon
Hadımköy Campus, room A-306 (İbn-i Haldun Anfisi, previously known as Blue Hall)
In this paper, I analyze the relationship between ethics and politics in Plato’s thought in order to demonstrate that Plato understood this relationship to be characterized by an ineradicable element of agonism and instability. Drawing upon texts such as the Apology, Alcibiades I, Gorgias, and Symposium, as well as upon Foucault’s late works, I take the epimeleia heautou, “the care of the self,” as the organizing theme of my analysis, in order to show that this agonism has the aporetic result that, though Plato conceived of the ethics of the care both of oneself and others as the truest form of statesmanship, he was nevertheless unwilling or unable to generalize it into an unproblematic political system.
How to reach us:
By public transport: Thankfully, the metrobus extension has been completed. Direction TÜYAP, get off one stop before terminus (misleadingly called Hadımköy), take the blue bus 418 or the yellow (sometimes green or red and white) HT18 towards Hadımköy (ca. 15 min. to Fatih Kampüsü)
By car: leave the TEM at Hadımköy gişeleri, turn right and follow the signs for Fatih Üniversitesi